How To // Start A Hope Chest (And What’s In Mine)

Hey all!

I have talked a lot about hope chests in the past (which you can find here, here, and a video from a few years ago here), and today I thought I would give you all more of a how-to post- and just give you an insight on what is in my hope chest.

WHAT’S A HOPE CHEST?

They’re not very popular today, but typically the idea is to save up things for your future home. This could mean anything from a dish set to a journal you want your future kiddos to see.

My chest* is filled with things that I’ve collected from antiquing and thrifting, as well as some items that have been gifted to me. I love items with history, so I typically shop more second-hand. I am definitely more of an old-fashioned girl at heart, so my chest is mainly filled with vintage kid’s clothing (not that I will dress my future [and hopeful] children in 100% vintage, but I’m going to try and be that cool mom that will wear vintage and modern together, haha) and pieces like it.

If you’re not an old-fashioned person, you can also totally fill it with more modern things! It is definitely a creative process. 😉

*not a real wooden chest yet, it’s a storage box for now*

BASIC STARTER ITEMS

  • versatile dishes (Karina loved collecting these for her home!)
  • kid’s clothes
  • baby items
  • things (books, toys, art…) from your childhood
  • linens
  • long-lasting kitchen items
  • handmade items
  • family heirlooms (such as a family Bible, etc.)

WHAT’S IN MY HOPE CHEST

  • baby & little kid’s clothes
  • baby booties
  • recipe cards
  • a set of vintage baby blocks
  • a vintage apron
  • a tea canister set
  • a salt & pepper shaker set
  • several sets of cloth napkins
  • books (including a treasured cookbook & my favorite childhood book)

…and a few other little treasures!

It’s actually been pretty hard for me to find resources on hope chests, as they just really aren’t popular today. I fell in love with the idea when I was younger, and to be honest, still love it so much! I can’t wait for the *hopeful* day that I will have my own home and kiddos.

What are your thoughts on hope chests? Do you have one?

// hadassah ❤ //

8 thoughts on “How To // Start A Hope Chest (And What’s In Mine)

  1. Kaitlyn says:

    Great post! My Grandpa gave me and each of my sisters a Hope Chest of our own. He died when I was 2, and we don’t know if he was saved. So my hope chest is a hope in of its self, a hope to see my Grandpa in Heaven! It’s filled with heirlooms and baby things, and I love when I add to it! It is so much fun!

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