We have so many convenient thing these days that are made of plastic, easy to store, easy to use, non-breakable, etc. And rather non-cute a lot of it.
Take the ice pack. Nothing cute about the ones we use – but why would they need to be? The get stored in the freezer where they are never seen and then used in lunch boxes and coolers where, again, they are never seen. (We also pack picnics of plastic bagged/wrapped sandwiches and chips instead of fried chicken on a china platter and creamy potato salad in Aunt Maud’s pottery bowl)
(Neither do we use Vintage Plaid Cold Packs that are really cute and cool and retro.)
Years ago though, they DID take plaid cold packs to keep picnic lunches cold. (they weren’t vintage yet then.)
Years ago plastic hadn’t really become the product of choice yet – and I have to say metal and plaid created some amazing cold packs that packed a huge cuteness wallop!
Seriously. Would these not be so cute tucked into a lunch basket to keep the lunch cool?! I’m sure you can find cute ice packs (made of plastic of course) today but these vintage, metal, plaid printed cold packs are just so much fun.
I found these way back in the corner of an old cupboard in the basement at my Grandma’s when we were working on cleaning things out. I’d even dug through the cupboard earlier and thought I had everything out that was worth keeping. I missed these and I’m so glad I went back through and found them – cause they are just fun and cute. (I’m also glad my sister missed them when she was here 😀 heehee!)
I posted last week with a pic of these asking if anyone knew what they were – a few commented that they did. I’d never seen anything like these but some had. I think I might need to pack up a picnic just so I can have an excuse to use these. A plaid picnic – hmmm. I will have to see what other plaid stuff I can round up.
What would you do with these? Would use them for a quirky display? Keep them cold so you could use them at a moments notice? Sell them? Store them away for ‘someday’? I’d love to hear your thoughts!