I love heading out for a morning of treasure hunting with a completely open mind and no expectations – not knowing what I might find is what makes it so much fun. That said, I do have a few treasures that are on my list of “must buys” – if I’m ever lucky enough to come across them – tobacco baskets, wicker demijohns, and dough bowls are at the top of the list.
Turns out I’m lucky enough, because I stumbled upon not one, but two, dough bowls this past Sunday at the flea market…and it was love at first sight.
I have wanted a dough bowl forever. I love their rustic character – they add warmth and charm to any space, and no two are alike. Problem is, authentic bowls are not the easiest to come by, and if you do, they usually come at a very steep price. Even reproductions are costly. I knew that if I was ever going to have one of these beauties for my own, it would likely have to be the result of something like stumbling upon one at a flea market –which is exactly what happened.
These bowls are quite a bit smaller than most that I see (I’d still love to get my hands on a large one), but what they lack in size they make up for in character. The vendor brought them back from his family home in Mexico – he told us bowls like this serve many different purposes there. They are primarily used for mixing masa, but also to make bread, to do the washing, or really any other day to day task. He figured these particular bowls were at least one hundred years old – I love how the bigger one is contoured on one side from being held for so many years.
I bought only the larger bowl at first, but then as we were making our second lap around the market, Jordan suggested we should probably grab the small one if it was still there. I wasn’t going to argue with that, and I could hardly wait until we made our way back to the right booth. As luck would have it, it hadn’t sold yet. 🙂
These would look beautiful sitting on a shelf or console just as they are, but I’m already thinking of all the fun ways to use them in seasonal displays. I can see them holding pumpkins and gourds in the fall, collecting small gifts or Christmas cards during the holidays, holding large blooms of lilacs during the spring, I could go on and on with this list. For now, I have one filled with lemons for a simple summer centerpiece.
What kind of vintage fun is on your wish list? I love hearing what other people are always on the lookout for…share with me below! 🙂