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