How to Use Vintage Scales in Your Decor

I love vintage scales of all types.

I so remember the day I bought my first vintage scale. It was back in the 80’s

at a craft show in Miami Lakes, Florida.

I know . . . weird that I remember that!

Vintage Scale Vintage Maxwell House Coffee Tins Housepitality Designs

This scale had many things on it over the years

but when I found this vintage Maxwell House Coffee tin that is full and never opened

it found its way to the scale where it is proudly displayed.

This one can led to a collection of Maxwell House memorabilia.

Vintage Coffee Collection Housepitality Designs

My most recent find is the Maxwell House Glass Jar that I found in Lemoyne, PA.

The second scale I purchased was this black scale with the great brass accents.

Vintage Scale Vintage Marmalade Jars/ Housepitality Designs

This was also purchased back in the 80’s for about the same amount of money that you can buy one now.

I believe sources like eBay lended to the prices being very competitive and you did not have to

hunt all over for the one item you were seeking.

But I still love the thrill of the hunt, looking in nooks and crannies of antique shops.

Vintage Scale/Vintage Marmalade Jars-Housepitality Designs

This scale that I bought in France has to be one of my favorites

Vintage Ironstone Scale Housepitality Designs

I just love the white ceramic base.

I have three more scales to show you that are all located in the sunroom.

Vintage Scale-Housepitality Designs

This scale has had many seasonal items on it . . .

from bird nests to Christmas trees.

Vintage Scale - Housepitality Designs

This particular scale was purchased a couple of years ago at the Lucketts Spring Market.

On the other side of the sunroom I have two scales

one large and one very small.

Vintage Baby Scale - Housepitality Designs

A vintage baby scale by Detecto.

It has a date stamped on the bottom of this scale of 02-21-41.

I originally bought this scale to put in my antique booth.

It did not sell by the time I had closed the booth, so it went into the attic until I decided

whether to keep it or consign it. For now, I love it in this space.

Vintage Scale - Vintage Garden tools - Housepitality Designs

I filled the scale with garden themed items both new and vintage.

In one of the previous images, did you spy a very small scale?

Vintage Postal Scale - Housepitality Designs

Yes, this postal scale.   I love using this little scale as a platform for many small things.

Vintage Baby Scale - Vintage Iron Gate - Vintage Bird Cage - Housepitality Designs

Vintage scales can be used in so many ways in one’s decor.

They certainly enhance and make any decor a little more interesting and fun.

And speaking of fun . . . Have a wonderful fun-filled weekend.

We will be catching up on things around the house

and seeing our granddaughter in her first Shakespearean play . . . MacBeth.

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  1. You have a beautiful collection, Shirley. I have been wanting a baby scale…just the idea of it is so sweet.

  2. I love ALL your scales!!! Love where you have them and how they are displayed too! The little postage scale is adorable and love the baby scale! Must look for both of them! Have a wonderful weekend. Joe is better this morning. Last night had alot of pain and felt bad. He looks much better today!!! He is on the mend. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!!! XO

  3. Hi Shirley! Oh, you have some beautiful olden scales. I love them but only have three. Your one from France is just gorgeous. And…you really know how to decorate with them. Lovely vignettes.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Great displays using the vintage scales. I can’t believe you remember where each one was purchased.

  5. I love that white ceramic scale, it looks so vintage yet modern ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. You have such a unique collections of scales, Shirley! Each one has a special meaning; I love that! Your collection of Maxwell House items looks great on your vintage scale. I also love the Marmalade jar collection with the other vintage scale. Yo always create the most wonderful vignettes! Thank you for sharing your amazing collection of scales with us!

  7. Shirley,
    You have such a great collection of vintage scales and I especially love the one you bought in France. I have been searching high and low for a old fan type scale with a flat platform. I have found several but they all had a candy scoop type platform. I did find a small little postal scale recently very similar to yours.

    I love your Maxwell House vignette also…the glass Maxwell House jar was a great find! I always find something special in Lemoyne. I wonder if the new area is open yet? We will be going up that way in mid-August.

  8. Your scales are all fabulous and you always display and decorate them so beautifully. Gorgeous.

  9. Shirley this is a very special collection! I love how you style and use them all.
    Have a fabulous weekend!

    The Arts by Karena

  10. Linda miller says

    Great collection and displays.

  11. your scales are great ( especially the one with the white ceramic base). I have been on the lookout for the perfect scale for my kitchen. In know the perfect one is out there for me somewhere.
    Michelle from

  12. Ooo, I love old scales. I think my favorite is the baby scale…love the size of it.

    Have fun at your granddaughter’s play. Who is she in the play? How exciting! Enjoy!


  13. Love those scales but couldn’t help but loving the beautiful tray on your wall.:) If I can ask ,where did you get your bedding on your beds? I’m bringing some home and they never look bright enough on my bed to make my rooms look colorful enough for me.Thank you

  14. Love all your scales Shirley. Love the Maxwell house tins in your coffee room. So cute. Have a great week end.

  15. Have a great weekend, Shirley! I enjoyed your scale collection:D

  16. What a great assortment of scale types you have, Shirley. I love your French scale too. You’ve used great flair in working them into your decor. We have a couple sets in our home that look more like the scales of justice, but my sisters & I have sold several of the kitchen type in our booth space. I was very tempted, but passed, on a vintage butcher scale that I saw in our ReStore a couple years ago. It was so big, but such a statement piece! I didn’t want to be stuck with the weight of it more than anything.

  17. no wonder you don’t have a weight issue! ๐Ÿ™‚ oh my, coffee that has never been opened. i wonder if a desperate coffee drinker could drink that stuff after all these years? Loving that scaled that you got in france.

  18. Love your collection of scales! They’re so much fun to use in decor! The “Chef’s Sign” made me laugh! Wishing your granddaughter much success in MacBeth! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Rhonda

  19. Such great scales and you’ve displayed them in the most charming ways! Great inspiration for using them in holiday decor, too.

  20. Love all the scales…I really love the French scale. I have an old doctors scales that we actually use…it still works. Have a Great Weekend!!!!

  21. I love old scales and have been keeping an eye for just the right one for years now…your scale from France is so pretty.

  22. Scale love from me Shirley! I just found a new one a couple of weeks ago that’s right at home in my potting shed! Hope you’re staying cool! I’m lovin’ this early morning reprieve from the heat ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. You are just so creative… Lovely displays… Like them all…

  24. You have a wonderful collection of vintage scales, Shirley! I think the French one is a favorite of mine too. That ceramic base is unique and wonderful! I like all of your ideas for displaying them.
    Mary Alice

  25. You have a great collection of scales and you’ve created such pretty vignettes using them. Your Maxwell House vignette really caught my eye because I’ve never seen a thermos like yours or a jar full of beans. I’ll bet that the thermos was something that you could get if you sent in so many upc codes and receipts. I’m also kicking myself for not keeping the baby scale that my grandmother had in her basement. My aunt tried to make me take it and I didn’t. Fun post!

  26. I know we’ve talked about our mutual love for scales before…I do adore that French one, too! The only disappointment about our new house is I can’t figure out a place to hang my old Chatillon scale in our kitchen. Hoping I can find a place for it when we redo the pantry. Have a great day!

  27. I love these scales. I have my husband’s baby scale and these ideas are great! Fall vignette will soon be appearing at my house using the vintage baby scales ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. I must say you have very interesting content here.

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