Everyone knows I love vintage linens. And one of my favorite things to have in my kitchen are vintage kitchen or tea towels. They just brighten up the kitchen. And yes some are pure kitsch!
The nice thing about vintage tea and kitchen towels are there also made of much better fabric and then you find and a lot of kitchen towels and tea towels today. The ones I look for are either a heavy linen or cotton. You will find some cute ones embroidered on what was feed sack material.
For the most part I hand wash them and line dry them, especially if they are embroidered. Sometimes I iron them before I put them out, or as was the case yesterday I just put them out.
You can find these towels in lots of places. Usually anywhere from $6 to $10 a towel. And those prices are pretty good considering a lot of them are all hand embroidered. And yes you can use them every day even with the hand embroidery! After all, they were meant to be used!
One of the things I love to have in my kitchen are fun and sometimes funky linen kitchen towels. They aren’t for display, I use them.
I prefer the vintage kitchen towels because often the material is a better quality than you will find today and the price is right. I generally don’t go above five dollars a towel.
I find them at church sales, barn sales, garage sales, and so on. If they are stained or have holes I don’t bring them home, but you will often find these towels in miscellaneous linen piles. A lot of times they were purchased as souvenirs on trips or were hostess gifts which were never used.