I am SO excited to share this post with you all!! It’s been on my mind a while to share with you guys, and I have finally gotten to get around to it! I had fun photographing everything that’s in my hope chest so far, but you may be wondering “What is a hope chest??”
THE HOPE CHEST:
“A hope chest, also called dowry chest, cedar chest, trousseau chest or glory box is a piece of furniture traditionally used to collect items such as clothing and household linen, by unmarried young women in anticipation of married life.” ~Wikipedia
Hope chests are not very common today, as women dive head-first into marriage with just a wedding registry and sometimes not even that. Hope chests are sometimes filled with items that girls collect over their years- things they want to pass down to their children and things for their future modern kitchen.
But, as my favorite bloggers (and close personal friends), the Boyer Sisters did, I love filling my hope chest with vintage and antique things. I have recently wished more and more that I lived in the 1940’s/1950’s era. Everything was just so wonderful- oh, but could I bring my Canon camera along? LOL! 😀
I don’t have an actual hope CHEST yet, but I have already started filling a plastic box full of things for my chest that I’ll *hopefully* one day get soon!! Ready? Let’s begin!
One of my favorite things to fill my hope chest with is vintage kid’s clothes. They’re usually so cute and cheap, plus way better made than modern clothes these days! I dream of having a little girl to put in this cute red dress I found at a local antique shop in our town for $16!
Do you recognize what type of dress this is? Yep, that’s a gorgeous Amish handmade antique (though I’m not sure what era- it does have some wear in it though!) little baby girl’s dress I found at the same antique shop in our town above ↑ I got it for just $7!
‘Kay, so how was I supposed to pass this up when I saw it at a peddler’s mall in Lebanon, Ohio? I was there with my grandma one rainy afternoon and thought, “Oh my goodness! That is the cutest thing I ever saw!!” Which was true. And it was $1. So how was I not supposed to bring it home?? xD
I found this adorably cute baby boy’s (I felt bad because I had so much little girl’s stuff in my chest!) outfit at the same antique store I found the other two little girl’s dresses. It was so cute and vintag-ey (it’s handmade!!) that I had to get it! For just $6, I was happy 😁
This is actually the first thing I ever put in my “chest” about a year ago. These adorable baby booties for just $7 were at a local antique store in the tiny town of Waynesville, Ohio, the home of antiques. I was love-struck with these little shoes, and have now set out to start a collection! 😀
I got these at the peddler’s mall for somewhere around $5. They’re really cute vintage (at least they look vintage) tea containers that just screamed to me “FUTURE KITCHEN!” How was a supposed to resist, right??
This little salt + pepper shaker combo always makes me smile. I got them for $4 at the same peddler’s mall back in March and was happy with my purchase. They’re the perfect thing for a summer BBQ, and they also screamed “FUTURE KITCHEN!” to me 😅
I found these recipe cards one day while sorting through a box of papers. My brother got them for me when I was seven or eight, when I was on a “collect-all-recipes-I-can-get-my-hands-on-kick!” I was a serious chef back then, and I know I’ll definitely use these someday in my colorful kitchen!
The six set of sea-foam napkins on the left are from an antique mall in Waynesville, Ohio. For just $8 I got a nice deal! I’m not sure if they’re antique or vintage, but I love them! The floral ones to the right I actually made a few months ago. I’ve had daydreams of playing tea parties with my daughters with these floral napkins! Aren’t they cute?? ❤
Finally “splurged” and bought a $4 set of antique gloves LOL!! Got these at an antique store in Waynesville, and they’re the softest things you ever felt! Also will use for tea parties 😉
And finally, these baby blocks that I scored for $8 (20 blocks!) at an antique store in Waynesville always make me smile. They were on my hope chest wishlist for a while, and I’m so glad I finally got to get some!!
Do you have a hope chest?
Hadassah S., Founder & Fashionista of Joyfully You ❤