For my entire adult life (and I'm sure this will never change), the process of bill-paying always winds up being done in the kitchen. And something tells me that I'm not alone, especially among my fellow city dwellers.
The modern day kitchen looks so different than it did in our parents' and grandparents' day -- the granite countertops, the built-in microwaves, the espresso machines. Yet decades later, the kitchen remains the center of action in most households. Even though it's the hardest-working room in the house -- or maybe in spite of that -- we want out kitchens to look pretty. That's why I love this simple idea: repurpose a vintage toast holder to sort and display your invitations and incoming bills.
I need my bills front and center, or I have a bad habit of ignoring them. A vintage toast rack, with its shiny metal dividers, was almost made for sorting bills and other paperwork. Except that it wasn't. True to its name, it was -- and perhaps still is -- used to hold slices of toast fresh out of the toaster.
But these accessories are just too pretty for such a mundane task. So go ahead, skip the generic, plastic accordion organizer from your local office supply store and score one of these vintage treasures to keep your bills and invitations at the ready.
The best online hunting grounds for vintage toast racks would be Etsy
. I've seen vintage shops on Etsy selling cool toast holders for as little as $14. One tip when searching eBay: use the minus sign to narrow down your search results. For example, I think the toast holder idea works best with a silver rack (not the more kitschy ceramic models), so I would type in this search term on eBay: vintage toast rack - silver (or vintage toast holder - silver).
I'm planning to attend the amazing Brimfield Antique Show
this week, and I hope to score a vintage toast rack there. You can also check your local flea markets, antique thrift shops, salvage yards, and junk shops to hunt down one of these vintage gems.