Friday, July 22, 2011

Vintage Bath Towels

I have a collection of vintage terry bath towels from the fifties and sixties. Besides their quaint patterns and stripes, they often were decorated with a crochet trim at the hem that I find a little irresistable.

This non-terry towel with the applique detail is possibly even earlier, and I would love to have a dozen of them.

Vintage terry towels are found at thrift stores for practically nothing. They are our outside towels for water play, or for setting down on a wet chair, or one that hasn't been sprayed off after days in the weather.

They bring a cheery no fuss cottage house mood to the place in summer. We always have stacks of them in the main bath. Their built in nostalgia is just an added bonus.

Have a soft and lovely Summer Weekend inside or out!
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  1. so delicate and fresh... so unlike my house!

  2. Jacqueline, they are so beautiful. I remember Mother & G'ma Maggie & G'ma Cora crocheting these trims on the edges of pillowcases & towels, hours on end in the evenings. So love them ...

    Happy PS weekend ~
    TTFN ~

  3. Jacqueline,
    Beautiful vignettes! My favorites were the striped towels.
    Pinks and yellows and whites. Lovely post.

  4. Those are sweet towels. I like the little yo yos on them!

  5. Jacqueline~ delightful photos! Makes me think of Green Gables and a summer ocean breeze playing at the windowsill. I never thought to look for towels at the thrift store :)

  6. What lovely pictures of simple bathtowels! I love the first ones you showed with the pink and yellow flowers. I've never seen such a pretty vintage towel. I hope you enjoy a lovely weekend.

  7. Hi J,
    So sweet!! The yo yo (?) applique detail is DARLING!! I think a lot of crafty women have lived in your parts, because I rarely see such fun handiwork! The flowers are a PERFECT match!!
    Is Lo'ocitane new or or they an old company? I love there lotions... but have never seen rose:-))
    Thanks for the summery wishes, the blue skies burst open today, I haven't seen them in DAYS! You must be in charge of the weather or have insider info... haha:-)

  8. Handmade yo-yos that are hand appliqued PLUS a crocheted edge?! What a treasure trove of sweet heirlooms you've acquired.

    I love how you found flowers that mimiced the colors & shapes on the towels. Beautiful photographs, too. Well done!

    I'm positive this is my first visit to your beautiful blog, because I'm sure I would have remembered it. I am your newest follower & will now go poke around at some of your older postings. Thank you for sharing your beautiful world.


  9. Beautiful! Who wouldn't love to have these vintage towels. Your photos are fantastic.

  10. Great post - gorgeous images!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  11. I too am instantly drawn to linens with a crocheted edge. Just something so cozy and quaint about it. Love your colorful post here!

  12. So very pretty, I just love all the floral and pink. They can brighten up any space! Have a wonderful weekend!

  13. I love the crochet edge on towels, I used to do them myself, it makes them so special and romantic.
    Love your pictures and flowers.
    Beautiful post, thank you.

  14. They are so pretty! I love the way the black thread accents the soft colors. Your photos are so inviting! Have a wonderful pink weekend!!

  15. Jacqueline, I can remember my grandmother having pink striped bathe towels, along with a simple florals very similar to yours- this brings back such memories! I've never seen vintage towels at any of our GW stores OR thrift shops. You are a lucky girl to have found what you did! :-)
    ~ Sue

  16. I'd love to find some vintage towels...these are so sweet and soft and the detail so charming!! How lucky you are!


  17. What lovely and cool summer post. I love vintage embellished towels. A wonderful treasure! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Oh, those pink stripes are so darling! I am not conjuring up any specific memories, but there is "something" about them---I love them! And that fabric lined, metal basket--love that too! And those beautiful pink flowers! Everything is so beautiful! A very cheery post!! Hope all is well your way.
    Love, Kay

  19. I absolutely love this summertime post! Those vintage terry towels are soooo divine!!! Love it!!! Thanks for sharing. :)

  20. The towels are so pretty. I bet your guests have a hard time deciding on whether or not they should use them! Happy PS!

  21. What a blast from the past. We haven't seen towels like this in years. Love all of your images! Going to check out some thrift stores next week. Have a great weekend!
    Angela and Renee

  22. Oh my goodness what a lovely blog! I adore the pink and white, the pictures make my soul sing. Thanks for stopping by for a visit Behind the Gate and welcoming me to blogging. I am finding it such a wonderful and inspiring community filled with kindred spirits.

  23. Oh, so pretty! I,too,love vintage sheets, pillowcases, and towels.

  24. Happy Pink Saturday Jacqueline sweetie...
    Oh my what beauty my eyes behold here today. I so adore seeing the beautiful embroidery work and the little yo-yo flowers added to the towels for beauty. A girl can never have to many linens, and PINK of course is the best. (I just redid my bathroom in neopolitan colors and just love it.) Who would have thought?

    Thank you for sharing your beauty around you today. I so enjoyed my visit. Have a gorgeous weekend sweet friend. Many country hugs from Phoenix, Sherry

  25. So beautiful! L'Occitaine is my FAVORITE. Both of their rose scents are heavenly. I'm out. It's been on the birthday list for two years. hehe!


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