June 22, 2014

Porcelain Enamelware and Clothespins

The glossy white finish of enamelware seems to always catch my eye at yard sales, estate sales, and thrift store.

The nicks on the enamelware tell a story of someone using these items for everyday purpose such as laundry, giving a baby a bath, cooking and mixing, or perhaps soaking their feet after a long days work. For me the black nicks, often in the shape of a black eye is a badge of honor.

My great declutter has unearthed several pieces of porcelain enamelware.

Larger sized enamelware some have seen better days others like new.
Heck the oval one, top right, still has the original sticker on it.
My aunts used to cook with enamelware pots and pans.
My favorite piece is the small bucket, and the round dish pans.
Which pieces would you keep?
I enjoy hanging my laundry on the lines in my backyard to soak up the smell of sunshine and the fresh scent of the breeze. Sweet memories of my mother hanging laundry on the line are seen in my minds eyes. How I loved going to bed as a child and smelling my sheets that were hanging on the line that morning, heck I still enjoy going to bed on freshly laundered sheets from my own clothes line.

During the declutter, I found a clothes pin bag filled with wooden clothes pins. I have an easy access clothes pin bag and use plastic pegs when I hang out my laundry.

I have no idea if these pegs are vintage or not. If you know anything about vintage clothes pins, please share your knowledge with me.

I won't be keeping all of these items, but will pick a few things to keep. Getting ready to go into the basement to continue the great declutter. Stay tuned for more of my decluttering of my collections/obsessions.


  1. I really need to declutter my basement too. I admire you for taking on such a project. Love those enamel pieces. Hope you have a nice day.


  2. Bless you for having the will power to declutter and lose some of the vintage stuff. I don't have a ton of stuff in my basement, but every time I start to have a yard sale I end up finding new uses for some of my "treasures". I do love me some enamel though.

  3. My Mom had an enamel double boiler, I never liked the feel of it or the sound of a spoon on it! Needless to say, I have never owned a piece!

    Good luck on the big declutter!

  4. I have memories of hanging laundry as a child. Something I still like to do! Love the enamelware and I also pick those up at sales. I use the larger ones at parties, I put ice in them and then stick coke bottles into keep them cold and for easy access for guests.