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 Today I want to share with you how to go about displaying thrifted vintage copper in your home!

If you have been following me for a little while, you probably know all about my love for vintage copper. Copper just has this simple beauty to it that is aged and timeless and can be worked into any room. The coloring of copper really can’t be compared to anything else, and the best is when that coloring is covered with a beautiful antique patina. Follow along as I share on displaying thrifted vintage copper!

A Brief History Of Copper

Copper has been around for thousands of years, some copper being dated back to around 9000 BC! Since it’s discovery, copper has always been valuable. It has been an important metal because it is very diverse, being used for practical purposes as well as decorative.

a collection of vintage copper

Copper cookware became popular during the 1800’s and into the 1900’s. These old pieces are quite expensive and heavy, typically showcasing a brass or cast iron handle. As Julia Child said in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, “copper pots are the most satisfactory of all to cook in, as they hold and spread the heat well.”

Where to Find Thrifted Vintage Copper

None of my pieces of copper are super old. In fact, most of my copper pieces are light and the metal on them is fairly thin, but each piece is unique and worthy of collecting.

I started collecting copper a few years ago and am always on the hunt for more pieces. You might assume that you need to pay a high dollar amount to purchase vintage copper pieces but I’m here to tell you that you do not! All of the pieces that you see here have been found thrifted for an affordable price.

vintage copper bowl with loop handle

All of my copper pieces have been found at antique stores or THRIFT STORES. Typically when I head into a thrift store I make a beeline straight for the kitchen and house ware aisles. I just start digging around, looking for copper treasure!

Collecting Thrifted Vintage Copper

Copper Teapots

My collection of copper teapots with white and blue porcelain handles have all come from thrift stores. I haven’t paid more than $6 for any of them. I absolutely love the mix of the porcelain with the copper. Each of my teapots has a slightly different shape than the other and the pattern on the porcelain is unique on each one as well. They are so pretty in my kitchen and bring me joy each time I see them.

Copper Creamers

Another copper piece in my collection is this adorable little creamer. I found it at a thrift store and paid $2 for it! I scoured the rest of the store looking for it’s mate, the sugar dish, but it wasn’t to be found. It is so cute and I have never come across anything like it before.

Copper Kettles

The largest piece of vintage copper that I found at a thrift store is this beautiful kettle. It was still in a box by the donation door that was being wheeled out to be put on the shelf and I scooped it up! The copper coloring has a pink hue to it and the double handles make this piece one of a kind.

Copper Pots

I was antiquing with my husband on Valentine’s Day and spotted this pot in one of the booths. Normally I don’t find copper at antique stores because they are always priced too high but this pot was marked for $10! What makes it extra special is that there is a stamp on the bottom that reads ‘ Old Colony’.

Copper Canisters

This canister is one of my favorite finds. Also found at an antique store, it was marked for only $7! It has a copper label on the front that reads ‘Flour’. I love the way that the label is a little darker than the rest of the piece and the little handle on top of the lid is just charming. I’m always looking for more canisters like these to add to my collection!

Why I Love Displaying Thrifted Vintage Copper

Collecting and displaying thrifted vintage copper is so rewarding. I just love the way that it creates a cozy yet bright mood in my kitchen. The copper color pairs beautifully with the green accents that are in my kitchen such as my antique green pendant light above the sink and the green knobs on my kitchen cabinets.

copper collection displayed in farmhouse kitchen

This old metal provides an instant statement from chic to contemporary spaces, but is just as effective at creating a warm and cozy atmosphere for a more vintage feel. The patina and weathered appearance that copper tends to give off adds such character to a space. It really is the perfect type of vintage decor for any home.

green and copper kitchen display

I hope you have found inspiration here today on displaying vintage copper and where to find it! Let me know in the comments below if you have a copper collection and how you display it in your home.

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If you are looking for more copper inspiration, go say hello to Andrea at Pine and Prospect Home. Her copper collection is beautiful and she always has great styling tips!

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11 Comments. Leave new

  • Marilyn Phillips
    February 1, 2022 11:31 am

    Love copper, too. I found an old “brass” bowl in a flea market in Sarajevo (yes! 2002) but over time, the brass has worn off and now it’s only just a simple copper bowl but I love the shape, the simplicity, how it lends itself to many sweet still lives. Copper is wonderful.

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      February 1, 2022 11:39 am

      Hi Marilyn!
      I’ve missed your comments!! Copper is beautiful…I think my collection of copper is at around 25 pieces now!

      Reply
  • I too just started collecting copper. My husband found an old large angle iron that he screwed into one of our old beams (my house is old) and welded “arms” to it so I could hang my collection. I just love them all. Like you, they bring me joy. I recently found small colanders in two different sizes in copper. How do you clean yours, do you have an easy way? I have a few that are a bit tarnished and would love to bring back some of its beauty. So glad I found you. You’re right up my alley. 🙂

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      February 1, 2022 12:21 pm

      Hi Cindy!!
      Thank you SO much for your lovely comment! Isn’t copper just stunning?! Where do you find your copper pieces? As far as cleaning, I honestly don’t clean them. The way I find them, usually with lots of patina, is the way I leave them since I’m using them for decor purposes. To me, that patina is the best part! But I do know of another blogger who has a post on cleaning copper if you would like to know more about that! I’m so glad you are here…I appreciate you!

      Reply
  • You have so many beautiful pieces of copper, they are just lovely. The teapots are my favorite! Have a great day, Donna

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      February 9, 2022 8:40 am

      Hi Donna! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment! The teapots are my favorite too and I’m always on the look out for more! I appreciate you stopping by my little corner of the blogging world!

      Reply
  • […] Those are my 8 pieces of vintage decor to find in 2022! Of course I will always be on the hunt for vintage copper, linens, and milk glass as well. Sourcing vintage decor for your home is so special. You are […]

    Reply
  • Ooh, this is awesome. I would love it if you would share this on the Fabulous Friday Link Party this Friday. You can easily find the link on my website, Peacock Ridge Farm. Blessings to you.

    Reply
  • awesome copper selection. I too, thrift for copper occasionally, I find a copper piece within my spending range. I love the hunt.

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      May 19, 2022 8:09 am

      Hi Vicki!
      Thank you!! Isnt’ it SO fun?! It’s the added challenge of finding pieces within the budget that makes it extra great. Thanks so much for stopping by…I SO appreciate it! Hope you have a lovely day!

      Reply

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Hello I’m Rachel.

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    Displaying Thrifted Vintage Copper

    Share this post. Share the Journey!

     Today I want to share with you how to go about displaying thrifted vintage copper in your home!

    If you have been following me for a little while, you probably know all about my love for vintage copper. Copper just has this simple beauty to it that is aged and timeless and can be worked into any room. The coloring of copper really can’t be compared to anything else, and the best is when that coloring is covered with a beautiful antique patina. Follow along as I share on displaying thrifted vintage copper!

    A Brief History Of Copper

    Copper has been around for thousands of years, some copper being dated back to around 9000 BC! Since it’s discovery, copper has always been valuable. It has been an important metal because it is very diverse, being used for practical purposes as well as decorative.

    a collection of vintage copper

    Copper cookware became popular during the 1800’s and into the 1900’s. These old pieces are quite expensive and heavy, typically showcasing a brass or cast iron handle. As Julia Child said in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, “copper pots are the most satisfactory of all to cook in, as they hold and spread the heat well.”

    Where to Find Thrifted Vintage Copper

    None of my pieces of copper are super old. In fact, most of my copper pieces are light and the metal on them is fairly thin, but each piece is unique and worthy of collecting.

    I started collecting copper a few years ago and am always on the hunt for more pieces. You might assume that you need to pay a high dollar amount to purchase vintage copper pieces but I’m here to tell you that you do not! All of the pieces that you see here have been found thrifted for an affordable price.

    vintage copper bowl with loop handle

    All of my copper pieces have been found at antique stores or THRIFT STORES. Typically when I head into a thrift store I make a beeline straight for the kitchen and house ware aisles. I just start digging around, looking for copper treasure!

    Collecting Thrifted Vintage Copper

    Copper Teapots

    My collection of copper teapots with white and blue porcelain handles have all come from thrift stores. I haven’t paid more than $6 for any of them. I absolutely love the mix of the porcelain with the copper. Each of my teapots has a slightly different shape than the other and the pattern on the porcelain is unique on each one as well. They are so pretty in my kitchen and bring me joy each time I see them.

    Copper Creamers

    Another copper piece in my collection is this adorable little creamer. I found it at a thrift store and paid $2 for it! I scoured the rest of the store looking for it’s mate, the sugar dish, but it wasn’t to be found. It is so cute and I have never come across anything like it before.

    Copper Kettles

    The largest piece of vintage copper that I found at a thrift store is this beautiful kettle. It was still in a box by the donation door that was being wheeled out to be put on the shelf and I scooped it up! The copper coloring has a pink hue to it and the double handles make this piece one of a kind.

    Copper Pots

    I was antiquing with my husband on Valentine’s Day and spotted this pot in one of the booths. Normally I don’t find copper at antique stores because they are always priced too high but this pot was marked for $10! What makes it extra special is that there is a stamp on the bottom that reads ‘ Old Colony’.

    Copper Canisters

    This canister is one of my favorite finds. Also found at an antique store, it was marked for only $7! It has a copper label on the front that reads ‘Flour’. I love the way that the label is a little darker than the rest of the piece and the little handle on top of the lid is just charming. I’m always looking for more canisters like these to add to my collection!

    Why I Love Displaying Thrifted Vintage Copper

    Collecting and displaying thrifted vintage copper is so rewarding. I just love the way that it creates a cozy yet bright mood in my kitchen. The copper color pairs beautifully with the green accents that are in my kitchen such as my antique green pendant light above the sink and the green knobs on my kitchen cabinets.

    copper collection displayed in farmhouse kitchen

    This old metal provides an instant statement from chic to contemporary spaces, but is just as effective at creating a warm and cozy atmosphere for a more vintage feel. The patina and weathered appearance that copper tends to give off adds such character to a space. It really is the perfect type of vintage decor for any home.

    green and copper kitchen display

    I hope you have found inspiration here today on displaying vintage copper and where to find it! Let me know in the comments below if you have a copper collection and how you display it in your home.

    signature from The Antiqued Journey

    If you are looking for more copper inspiration, go say hello to Andrea at Pine and Prospect Home. Her copper collection is beautiful and she always has great styling tips!

    Check out more Inspiration For Your Home.

    Create simple DIY Projects.

    Go shopping in The Antiqued Journey shop!

    If you are loving my content, please consider subscribing to my e-mail list. In return, you will get a free digital download as well as weekly inspiration. I would love for you to be a part of The Antiqued Journey community!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    11 Comments. Leave new

    • Marilyn Phillips
      February 1, 2022 11:31 am

      Love copper, too. I found an old “brass” bowl in a flea market in Sarajevo (yes! 2002) but over time, the brass has worn off and now it’s only just a simple copper bowl but I love the shape, the simplicity, how it lends itself to many sweet still lives. Copper is wonderful.

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        February 1, 2022 11:39 am

        Hi Marilyn!
        I’ve missed your comments!! Copper is beautiful…I think my collection of copper is at around 25 pieces now!

        Reply
    • I too just started collecting copper. My husband found an old large angle iron that he screwed into one of our old beams (my house is old) and welded “arms” to it so I could hang my collection. I just love them all. Like you, they bring me joy. I recently found small colanders in two different sizes in copper. How do you clean yours, do you have an easy way? I have a few that are a bit tarnished and would love to bring back some of its beauty. So glad I found you. You’re right up my alley. 🙂

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        February 1, 2022 12:21 pm

        Hi Cindy!!
        Thank you SO much for your lovely comment! Isn’t copper just stunning?! Where do you find your copper pieces? As far as cleaning, I honestly don’t clean them. The way I find them, usually with lots of patina, is the way I leave them since I’m using them for decor purposes. To me, that patina is the best part! But I do know of another blogger who has a post on cleaning copper if you would like to know more about that! I’m so glad you are here…I appreciate you!

        Reply
    • You have so many beautiful pieces of copper, they are just lovely. The teapots are my favorite! Have a great day, Donna

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        February 9, 2022 8:40 am

        Hi Donna! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment! The teapots are my favorite too and I’m always on the look out for more! I appreciate you stopping by my little corner of the blogging world!

        Reply
    • […] Those are my 8 pieces of vintage decor to find in 2022! Of course I will always be on the hunt for vintage copper, linens, and milk glass as well. Sourcing vintage decor for your home is so special. You are […]

      Reply
    • Ooh, this is awesome. I would love it if you would share this on the Fabulous Friday Link Party this Friday. You can easily find the link on my website, Peacock Ridge Farm. Blessings to you.

      Reply
    • awesome copper selection. I too, thrift for copper occasionally, I find a copper piece within my spending range. I love the hunt.

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        May 19, 2022 8:09 am

        Hi Vicki!
        Thank you!! Isnt’ it SO fun?! It’s the added challenge of finding pieces within the budget that makes it extra great. Thanks so much for stopping by…I SO appreciate it! Hope you have a lovely day!

        Reply

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