I first started collecting tole trays probably 20 years ago...back then you could find them at sales for a dollar. It's still possible, but not as likely today with many so people collecting them! I've sold most in my collection, as they lost their place in redecoratings, but I still have several that I enjoy in my home. I often am attracted to trays with a vintage patina- paint wear, etc, or something a little different. Different sizes and shapes are fun! The tray above is an old French oval tray- I love the colors, the hand painted floral motif, patina, and even the wear from over the years. I also have some trays with rich colors- deepest blue-green with red florals, red trays, black.
I have a couple of trays that are not traditional metal tole trays- one hand painted wood tray with fruits and peeling paint, and a metal tray which has an applied fruit print.
Tole trays make great art pieces on the wall, and accents in little nooks, etc. I'm always happy to run into them when I'm out thrifting and antiquing!
Until next time... Linda
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia
I am Linda Dresselhaus... married, the mother of three grown children, have five sweet and lively grandchildren, and two spoiled pugs. I partner with my daughter, Liana, in an antiques and art business- we love junking and creating! I sell on etsy and at a few other sales during the year, the biggest being Junk Bonanza! We also have full time space at Pond Road Antiques in Mankato, Minnesota! I love spending time with my family, hanging out at the lake, photography, writing, baking, decorating, reading, creating artwork and re-use projects, and gardening.
I'm so glad you stopped by!