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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Black Tole Trays

I started collecting black tole trays about 12 years ago when my son-in-law brought me a large reproduction one back from England. He had found it in the gift shop at Buckingham Palace, and from then on I was smitten. Some can be pretty pricey, so I try to look for the bargains. My little collection has steadily grown, but this last few weeks I've been on a roll.



 I found this one on Etsy here at a great price, and was so happy to find it, despite the small areas of rust. It's a pretty good size, and if perfect, these can set you back a penney or two.



I'm sticking with hand-painted ones for now, even if they're a little rusty.
( a little rust never hurts anything anyway! right?)



It's now setting on my double ovens, making a pretty statement.


Before, this smaller one just didn't show up enough.


Then, this last week when Anne and I were out scouring the shops,  I found this one with pink flowers. It's in the Dining Room for now on an old black wooden folding luggage stand.












Then, in St. Louis I came across this one that had pink roses. 
I found a spot on the kitchen counter for this one.





And then a baby one from St. Louis too...
Anne put it here on top of the scales and I think it looks so sweet!


right behind one of my chalkware lambies.



I found this other smaller one a while back,
and it has made it's way to the countertop.




This was from last Fall,
love them lined up on the backsplash.


I've been tempted with other background colors, but there's something about the black ones that just grabs me. I think it's that they remind me of an English Country kitchen, and I love the contrast of the black with the antique white cabinets.



I'll be joining in for these parties this week:

Thrifty Finds at Southern Hospitality
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Cowgirl Up at Cedarhill Ranch
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Sweet and Simple Friday at Rooted in Thyme
And be sure and come back Tuesday afternoon for the Blogaversary Give Away. I'll be giving away 3 (yep, 3 of them) copies of Carolyn Westbrook's new book, Through the French Door. See you tomorrow for Monday Marketplace!


xoxo,




54 comments:

  1. Love your collection of black tole trays!

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  2. Once again, birds of a feather...I have a small collection of 5 of the old handpainted black ones. LOVE the way they look. Just one more reason I know we should get together someday!

    Hugs,
    Judy

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  3. Debra, you really have a great collection of these trays going on there. They are so pretty. I love the gorgeous flowers on them. I have a huge one that's almost 27 inches by 18 inches. It is a burgundy colour with muted flowers.
    It's so huge it won't fit on our standard coffee table so it's leaning against the wall in the family room! I like your small round one in the kitchen. A nice size. Pamela

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  4. What a beautiful collection of tole trays, Thank You for sharing them with us.

    Have a wonderful day!
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

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  5. Debra love all your tole trays and you have them displayed beautifully! I have about 1/2 dozen of these trays too and they are some of my favorite things in my house!

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  6. This is awesome Debra! I just got my first one of these from a Estate sale last week. I love them. I was so excited to find it! Yours are beautiful!
    Sherry

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  7. If it's a collectible, Debra has it!!! ;-)

    I'm just jealous. She has at least three of everything I love.

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  8. Gorgeous Debra,
    I have a small collection that I am selling, so if your ever interested in getting more, let me know. :)
    They look so beautiful in your home!
    Hope you have a wonderful day.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  9. I love how you display your collection of trays. Recently I found a really big tole painted black tray on the curb (yes in the trash). I snatched it up and took it home.

    Danielle

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  10. You HAVE been on a roll, Debra! I love them all and where you've put them. I also love the tray I can see across from the new one you found with the pink roses on the counter. That one looks lovely, too, with the scene in the middle. Do we all have that good for nothing cabinet over a refrigerator, oven or microwave? Such a waste, isn't it. I think the only thing it is good for is to prop up things we lean up against it!

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  11. Oh Debra, those are so pretty!... I especially love the one with the pink roses... I have one TEENY black one is all and I would love to have a collection like yours... they are hard to come by around here... thanks for sharing!... you have such a way of decorating with ease... love your birdnest like wreath too!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  12. love your tole trays- match the fabric shade perfectly! especially love the heart topiary in front of it!

    Karen

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  13. Debra, your trays are all fabulous. I love how you have them displayed. They look great in your kitchen with your white cabinets, such a lovely contrast and all of your vignettes are so pretty. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  14. I bought my first tole tray at a thrift store about two weeks ago for only $6! Thank you for sharing your lovely collection.

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  15. I love toile trays, too, Debra, and your collection is amazing! They are perfect against the white back drop of your kitchen, and coordinate beautifully with your curtains! Now I need to start shopping for some:)

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  16. Debra, love, love your black trays!! I have a few and just can't part with them. You are right, the black ones are just the best. There is just something about black in a room. It just brings something that nothing else quite does. Love your blog and hearing about your recent adventures with Ann and Elizabeth!!

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  17. I too love those trays, the white sets them off and looks awesome.....your home is so beautiful!!!

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  18. They are all beautiful Debra. You have quite a gorgeous collection there!

    Best wishes for a lovely week,
    Natasha in Oz

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  19. I've loved the looks of them for several years.I have other tin trays but I don't know the story behind the black ones.Maybe I should Google them.They are gorgeous in your home.Denise

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  20. Wonderful trays. I like them lined up on your back splash too! Great look.

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  21. I've looked for them a lot on eBay. But the good ones are very pricey. Love your collection!
    Brenda

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  22. Debra,
    Oh~h~h...I love your collection of balck trays! What an impressive impact grouped together in your English Country Kitchen! Thank you for sharing one of your passions with us! Have a great week, dear friend!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  23. Those black tole trays are so pretty. You've really got a good collection going now! Sounds like you hit the jackpot last weekend too. The nice thing about those trays is that they can be used anywhere and for anything!

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  24. Love the collection of black tole trays. It always strikes me funny when I run into multiples of something I've collected for years and rarely find. We are obligated to buy them!

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  25. The black tole trays always catch my eye. Love your collection!

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  26. So lovely. They have such a gorgeous impact when collected together like this.

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  27. I collect these trays, too! Yours are beautiful and look so good in your vignettes!!! :)

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  28. You have quite the collection there! We sold three trays at our garage sale a couple of weeks ago. I'm embarassed to say for how much but let's just say someone got a terrific deal.

    Jeanine

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  29. Your new tole trays are gorgoues and you have them displayed beautifully too!
    ~Des

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  30. Love them all, but I think first one is my fave.

    blessings and have a super week

    barbara jean

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  31. I've collected black tole trays for years, too. I have several very similar to yours. I had them all together on a large wall in our old house, but now just a few in the kitchen and back entry and I rotate them with the seasons. Yours look lovely in your kitchen.

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  32. Debra these are just beautiful. Very tempting. The last thing I need is to start another collection. LOL You have some real beauties, and I love all of the ways you have displayed them and used them in your home. Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed week, Barb

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  33. I also love those trays, my collection is still packed away. I am so hoping I get the house that we placed a bid on to display them in!! I had forgot about those trays until I saw your lovely ones. Thank you for the joy you bring. Di

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  34. Quite a collection -- I don't mind the rust on things like this because it adds to the character of them. I love the detail on the larger ones but my favorite I think is the small, round one! I picked up a set of 4 small ones at our thrift store (5X7). I don't think they're really 'old' but I couldn't resist them!

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  35. You do have a wonderful collection! So pretty and love how you have them displayed. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  36. I collected these also back in the day, but when they became hot, I sold 'em all...for that pretty penny you referred to. I only bought the black and the blood red ones. Those are the hardest to find, so your collection is truly outstanding.
    Deb

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  37. I collected black tole trays for years then I started to sell them off and look for pink and aqua and other pastel trays...I think they look like small oil paintings, always so pretty. Lots of my buyers are from TExas~they love their tole. Your kitchen looks so pretty with the black trays Deb~

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  38. I love tole trays too and have collected them for years. Thanks for sharing your collection, they are beautiful!
    Karee

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  39. I have several tole trays including one like your small one. They are in a box somewhere...you have inspired me to pull them out and show them off!

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  40. Your tole trays are beautiful. I'm drawn to them as well and have several smaller ones that I couldn't resist.
    Mary Alice

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  41. Merciful Heavens I nearly missed the trays Debra. Because I am covered up with the delightful MINI WEES (the grand kids) and I am not used to wee kiddos I tell you. I am tired. The black is so fetching in contrast to the cabinets. I have a huge oval hand painted black one you would love. hugs, GRANDMA MINI WEE

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  42. Debra I love your tray collection. The only ones I have ever seen have been in pretty bad shape (or cost WAYYYY too much). Your black tole trays are so beautiful and they add so much charm to your home.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  43. Hi Debra! Oh, what a wonderful collection of trays you have! I love them. I have a couple of hand painted one! I love the ways you've displayed them too! I saw the pictures Anne posted on FB of you gals! Looks like you all had a great time.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :0

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  44. I love the pictures of the tray from my etsy shop on your blog -- it looks terrific in your kitchen! I also love black tole trays, as well as tole trays in any color. Excellent blog, keep up the good work!

    Kerry
    KRM Vintage

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  45. Oooooo . . . I just cannot get enough of those tole trays! Lovely! I just purchased one on Ebay last week for a steal and can't wait to go looking for more. I will definitely be sharing this blog post with my husband to prove that yes, tole trays are indeed important, and that yes, one is never enough!

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  46. Great collection ~ they make a beautiful backdrop!
    Loving that little lamb on the scale!

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  47. I love tole trays and your collection is perfect. You're right they do look great lined up on your counter tops and really pop.

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  48. I love your tole trays and how you have them displayed. Black and dark red are my favorites, but I only have two cream colored ones. Go figure.
    Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed seeing them.
    Babs

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  49. You have a fabulous collection, They are so beautiful.

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  50. Hi Debra,
    Your trays are beautiful. I like the black--it's such a nice contrast with all your pale pretties! Thanks so much for linking up & have a great week--
    Mary

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  51. Love your trays, just gorgeous. I used to have one very similar to the first tray you showed, now I am wondering what I did with it.

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  52. I adore this collection of trays. They are so pretty. I am going to have hunt for that next, I would love to have one.

    Cynthia

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  53. These are BEAUTIFUL! I love how you placed one on an old luggage rack--what a great idea! My mother has some beautiful ones that I know you would love. If you visit me, look for the baby shower post in March 2012--I think you'll enjoy seeing the ones we used. What a treat of a post! ~Zuni

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  54. Debra, I think that your collection is stunning. Tole trays are something I really never see here in our area. I can't believe how you have found so many. They are all beauties and I think the bit of rust just adds to their charm. Love them with your white cabinets. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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