Friday, November 9, 2007

Tole Trays

I seem to have started a collection of green tole trays for my kitchen. Like all my other collections, this one snuck up on me. I found the first one at the Visiting Nurse's Rummage Sale,

and Cindy, from My Romantic Home was sweet enough to give me the second one.

The third one came from an antiques store. It is is quite an unusual shape -- long and rectangular. I have placed it behind the faucet on my sink.

The last one is green and gold -- perfect colors for my kitchen. It was $4. at an antiques mall in Lambertville, NJ. I found it all dusty and dirty, under a pile of other stuff. As soon as I saw the colors, I knew it had to come home with me. I love it with these silver sauce boats.

I just lost a beautiful tray on ebay Tuesday night to someone named Rhonda. Rhonda, was that you?! :(


  1. Love your trays and you have them displayed so nicely :-)

  2. How lovely your trays are, Mary. I am thinking....this just MIGHT be my next collection. Oh, dear....I need MORE room around my old house!

  3. Wow !!!!!!!!!! Mary are completely amazed wonderful are your trays, special colors. When you decide to sell them tell me about Hi hi hi ovviamnte joke but if you tell me!

  4. Love those trays, and such beautiful colors!

  5. Laugh out loud, Mary!!! No it wasn't me, thankfully:) Sorry you lost out on the auction, that always makes me feel sooooo frustrated, glad I wasn't the culprit.
    I love your tole trays. I can't believe you found the last one covered in dust, it cleaned up very nicely!


  6. Love your tole trays, Mary! I have a thing for the black ones with floral design & have managed to collet 3 of them, 2 from yardsales. It takes awhile to find more, so I patiently wait. Your's look wonderful in their place in your house.


  7. Isn't it fun how a collection grows without even realizing it? Your trays are gorgeous, Mary, and I LOVE those faucets!!! (I'm looking to change some of mine.) Thanks so much for your lovely comments and good wishes on my blog! ~ hugs, Lynda xo

  8. Hi Mary... lovely findings... You have such a good taste! I love to come and see what's new on your little red cottage.

    Have a wonderful weekend!



  9. Your trays are beautiful and so many sweet pictures....thanks for the wonderful comment on our blog...

    Have a very blessed day,

    kari and kijsa

  10. Very pretty trays Mary, I love them too! Don't you just love these sneaky collections/obsessions?! I posted about the same thing a few weeks ago. Such fun! Have a great weekend!
    Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

  11. I love that color green!!

    They are beautiful..

  12. This is a wonderful collection....all your trays are so pretty. I especially like the one at the sink. What a neat way to display it. Linda

  13. Love your collection,but I always do.

  14. Oh Mary I am in love with your toleware trays! This is my newest collection passion too. I have one sage green one and I just love it, but I desperatly want a red one and for the life of me can't seem to find it. It's my reason for each and every venture in to a thrift or antique shop. Nothing like the thrill of the hunt :)


  15. What a lovely collection. I really like the one you found covered in dust.

  16. These are lovely, especially the green and white one. I rarely look at things on Ebay, and have never seen green trays before. Mostly, I see the black and the red ones.
    You have a very nice way of displaying your things. I've enjoyed seeing them.
    Thank you.

  17. You are quite the collector aren't you? And each one is just as marvelous as the next. Robin would go crazy over your trays.


  18. I love your trays!

    I was minding my own business, at the thrift store, when a red tole ware tray found me. It was only $3. It is signed, but there are no other markings on it to indicate it's age.


  19. What a beautiful collection Mary. I especially love how you have the one displayed behind your kitchen faucet.

  20. Mary,
    Love the trays. I have always collected black ones and I have one dark blue I love. I had a red one and gave it away. Ever do that and then want to change your mind?

  21. Holy cow...$4 what a deal! I have scads of tole trays...I have a serious weakness for them. I will have to show them sometime.
    Blessings to you for a fabulous weekend!


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