Those Things On The Wall


I received a few questions in the comments yesterday about what was hanging on the wall in our dining room. 

They are old, vintage, junk, antique (whatever you want to call them) matchbook holders. 

I have had the red one for a few years now. I like to have candles on our mantle and sometimes on the dining room table and this is a great spot for storing the stick matches. 

A few weeks back at the Coburg Antique Fair I had a list of things I was on the lookout for and match holders were on the list. At first I was thinking that I only wanted ones that had some red on them. But then someone found the second one (it's cream metal) and I liked it (love the rounded edges). The night before at Come Play everyone had shared what sorts of things they were looking for which made it cool as we went around - many more eyes checking things out. 

The one with the red "matches" was a no-brainer and the fourth one with the yellow just grew on me. 

All of them obviously came home with me. I cleaned them out as good as I could (who knows what stories they hold) and pounded some nails in the wall. I had envisioned this little collection all in a line and I really love how it turned out. And they are cheap.

I think this is good though, I don't need anymore. If you are interested in locating some check your local Goodwill, antique store, or ebay (there are a bunch on there). 

It's become a perfect place for Simon's red homework pencils (they have his name on them - a fun Easter-bunny gift from a few years ago). 

 Here's a straight-on look: 


Someone also asked about the wall color. We did paint that but I have no idea what the color is (I asked Chris and he can't remember either). We like it too. 

The red chair right below the match holders was picked up a few years back. It's been in a variety of locations around the house: 


It used to sit next to my printer before Anna took over that room. 


I also have a yellow metal chair that is in my current office. Love those kind of chairs. If I had more room I would likely pick up more.

Good stuff. 

And by the time you read this the Yesterday & Today classroom should be up and running. Super exciting


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51 thoughts

  1. anna

    2009-10-01 08:44:40 -0400

    very cool holders. my father in law bought one on a family auction for several hundred dollars, because he grew up with it. it was in their kitchen.
    it's neat to see others have them in their house as well. :)
    off to the classroom...hurray!

  2. Elisa Nishimura

    2009-10-01 08:51:15 -0400

    Hi Ali, I thought you might like to read>this story from a big fan of yours. I am a fan too, but Christine could be the cheerleader of your fan club.

  3. Elisa Nishimura

    2009-10-01 08:53:03 -0400
  4. Christina Manning

    2009-10-01 09:41:36 -0400

    I absolutely love matchbook holders!

  5. Jenn Grantham

    2009-10-01 09:59:18 -0400

    So great.
    Ali, you are such an inspiration and just from reading your blog I can tell you are a good mom. Thanks for sharing your life!

  6. Gwen

    2009-10-01 10:03:14 -0400

    This so adorable... so cool...
    Greetings from Belgium (Europe)

  7. jen

    2009-10-01 10:10:43 -0400

    We blogged on this post today! You reminded me how much fun it is to collect things. It is the hunt!
    Love your blog!

  8. Staci

    2009-10-01 10:22:28 -0400

    Wonderful! I love the matchbook holders and the chairs. I just love that you are so confident in your style! Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into your blog. It is truly awesome! Thank you for showing us alittle bit of you! I hope you class goes as well as you ever hoped!

  9. CraftTeaLady

    2009-10-01 11:05:10 -0400

    Oh I'm in love! I've been searching in antique-ish locations for one/two/three of them. BUT the only ones I have found have been rusted to the point of causing injury and still were $12-30 EA. You found quite a score!
    I adore the red. Be. Still. My. Heart.

  10. susieL

    2009-10-01 12:12:45 -0400

    I rescued a red chair just like yours from my mother in law just recently. My husband thought I was crazy for begging for it. All it needs is some sanding and new paint and it will be a happy chair again. I'm glad you have one also.

  11. Nola

    2009-10-01 13:16:58 -0400

    My mom has one and I have a brand new one
    that is unpainted that you get to paint
    yourself. Now that I see what you have
    done with your matchbox holders I may just
    have to get my name on my mom's and
    keep my eye out for more...and that your's
    are red are delightful! I know what
    I'm doing with my unpainted one now!
    Thanx, Ali!

  12. Cindy P.

    2009-10-01 13:26:50 -0400

    Love the vintage Match "Box" holders. They held the old (still to be found) match boxes that wooden matches came in. Usually found near fireplaces and in kitchens for lighting gas stoves before electronic lighting. Very cool, we have quite a few up in our cabin in the Northern Peninsula of Michigan (100 yr old farm house, no running water). Love the way you used them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Kayla

    2009-10-01 13:38:51 -0400

    I adore those matchbook holders!!!
    That will certainly be a future project of mine :)LOVE IT!

  14. Jennifer

    2009-10-01 13:47:54 -0400

    cute stuff - i love that red chair. it reminds me of a chair my grandmother had when i was little - only it had a few steps that popped out so you could climb onto the seat. ;)

  15. jenn

    2009-10-01 14:49:18 -0400

    love the peak into your life :)

  16. Stacey

    2009-10-01 15:09:36 -0400

    I love that idea! My grandparents always had one that I admired & if I ever find one like it I will surely buy it no matter the cost. ;) Thanks for sharing!

  17. Debra

    2009-10-01 15:19:43 -0400

    Oh, I loved those things on the wall yesterday! Thanks to those who asked, and thanks to you for posting about them! I just love that you put 'em there on the wall and they look so cool.

  18. brooke

    2009-10-01 15:44:46 -0400

    love the match holders. My mom had two hanging in the kitchen of the house I grew up in. Love your style!

  19. Hollie

    2009-10-01 16:46:33 -0400

    So cute! I love matchstick holders. I have one in my bathrooms that holds my Q-tips.

  20. creole wisdom

    2009-10-01 18:07:52 -0400

    I love all your treasures. My mom has one of those match holders, and they are neat. I like the way you've displayed them. Great idea for pencils.
    One of my favorite things about going to thrift stores, fairs, and antique places is that you'll never know what you'll find. so fun.

  21. Seth

    2009-10-02 02:54:00 -0400

    Very cool. Like an art installation!

  22. Michelle B

    2009-10-02 09:21:59 -0400

    One of my family members has a red one (match box holder) just like yours...I keep telling her that I want it. I remember seeing your red one in a picture that you had posted about Christmas decorations awhile back. I recently have been digging around in my parent's basement finding "stuff". Got a yellow chair (a lot like yours) that sat in my grandmother's kitchen, and a old big chalk board that use to be my Dad's growing up - now it is in my son's room. I love combining old with new. Makes it even more special knowing some of these items belonged to my family. As always and with everything you do, love your style Ali!

  23. Jeanne Pellerin

    2009-10-03 00:27:53 -0400

    SO adorable!

  24. Jennifer

    2009-10-05 09:06:13 -0400

    Great stuff!

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