Sunday, June 3, 2012

GOOD Scales

In my opinion, there are GOOD scales and there are BAD scales.  The above scale would definitely fall into my 'bad' category.  A 'bad' scale CAN be a 'good' scale if it's used to weigh something other than me . . . like a puppy
 or a hamster
 but my FAVORITE scale is of the 'vintage' variety used solely for decorating purposes.  A few weeks ago I scored this one at a garage sale for $5.00!
 Right now I have it on the floor next to a large pot filled with dried reeds.  I love old books so I just grabbed a few I had and put them on top of the scale.
Like ladders, I think scales can be decorated in so many different, fun ways.  For example, Songbirdblog stacked some vintage doilies on hers . . .
The Blessed Nest has a slew of ideas for vintage scales including this one where she uses it for soaps and towels . . .
Vintagewithatwist.com used their scale as a centerpiece to hold a flower arrangement . . .
Americanhoneyhome created an entire vignette around her $10.00 vintage scale find!
Gracefully Vintage has a whole slew of ideas for a vintage-style wedding including using scales to hold favors
AND this cute idea using incorporating a vintage jell-o mold with flowers
I played around a little bit with my scale displaying different things like one of my vintage teapots
and this lovely two-handled teacup that my dear friend gave me a few weeks ago
The corsage was mine from my son's wedding last summer.
Do you have any vintage scales?  How do you use yours?



15 comments:

  1. Oh my how I love vintage scales!

    Jeanine

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  2. Thank you so much for the wonderful feature! Your scale is in such amazing shape and you can not beat that price! I love the ways you have dressed it up as well as all the other scales others have done. Have a great week!

    ~Trisha

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  3. I love vintage scales too and have four sets. Three of them are exactly the same with a beautiful green bakelite tray and one is the old type with a brass deep tray and black hexagonal weights. One set of the above mentioned with green tray belonged to my maternal grandmother but is in very poor condition and I have it displayed in my outdoor area with other rustic things like old tins, lanterns, wooden laundry trolleys and stools etc. I love to preserve these lovely old treasures and just hope that my children want to do the same when I 'pop my clogs'. Thanks for sharing your delightful photos.

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  4. Okay, I love old scales too, but always wondered what to do with one, and now I know. So the next step is to find one...

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  5. Lauren, thank for stopping my Bees Knees Bungalow. My 'faux barn door' is actually a gate that is one 100 years old. cool huh!? Hey, your scales.. on my Pinterest page, on the 'junkalicious board' there is a scale w/ baby posed for a photo. it is darling.
    Love your header!
    xox jeanne.
    bees knees bungalow

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  6. Love old scales...I even have a vintage one("the bad kind")hanging on the wall in the bathroom...I added magnets and flash cards that say "wash" and "hands"...like a memo board instead of to weigh myself...that makes it "good" right? ;)

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  7. What wonderful ideas for old scales! Thanks so much for sharing these alternate ideas. Seems like almost any scale can go from "bad" to "good" with the proper dressing up!

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  8. Hi Lauren,

    I love this post.
    Your scale is beautiful! I love how you decorated it.

    Dee

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  9. Now, I am convinced that I need a vintage scale. Lovely blog by the way!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Cowgirl Up! Hope you will join us again next week!
    Thanks,
    Amanda @ The Ivy Cottage Blog
    www.theivycottageblog.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh, what wonderful scales -- I love the one with the shells and soaps! And yours, with the pink teacup! I have an old scale that was my father-in-law's -- it's so huge and heavy, I don't quite know what to do with it!

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  11. I love your new scales Lauren! I love all the creative ways you showed how you can decorate with them! My friend has a set of vintage scales in her kitchen and I love them! Angie xo

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  12. I LOVE old scales! All the ideas you put together are just fabulous.
    Hummm ... I think I'll go and play with mine some more! Thanks for the inspiration and linking. The new party is open so you might want to link there, too.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  13. Oh I missed this post! I love old scales, wow that was a score $5.00 those kind of deals keep us going!

    Carol

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  14. I hate it when you go use someone scale and there like add four pounds it's broken. It's like why brother then? It's probably not going to be right.

    -zane

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  15. Ohhhhh I love old scales and I am have added that to my 'vintage wish list' for my kitchen / dining room too. What a score for $5.00! So jealous. Oh, and I think the two-handled tea cup is actually a 'cream soup' cup... I think! I have seen some recently at some estate sales and they are always listed as 'cream soup' cups. I might have to find a scale for the kitchen and another for my dining room hutch, I love them that much!

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