Last year I was watching Craigslist for furniture and for fun liked to check into the antique listings to see what was out there and for what kind of price. I came across a Hoosier...that was actually a Sellers...but are commonly know as Hoosiers. Wow it was pricey! I didn't even talk to my husband about it.
A couple weeks later I was looking on Craigslist again and looking through the antiques when I came across the same Hoosier (Sellers) only this time the price was almost cut in half. On a whim, I called my husband who was in the city and asked him if he would go by and look at it. He did and this is what he came home with.
A beautiful old Sellers Kitchen Cabinet.
It really is a unique kitchen piece. This is where the farm wife of days gone by did all her mixing up, kneading, and storing. Daily, I think of a happy farm wife sifting the flour, kneading bread and taking pride in having her kitchen space neat and in order.
Check out the insides.
The flour sifter still works. The sifter is inside the flour bin and just needs to be attached to the bottom of the bin with some, yet to be found, wing nuts. I love how the cupboard doors have shelves for spices and whatnot. On the upper left door there is a wire for placing a cook book behind...it holds the cookbook open in place and another shelf for storing small containers or small items.
I love love love! the bottom cupboard door. When opened the bottom shelf pulls out with the door. There is a wire basket attached to the bottom of the door along with a cool wood shelf along the top of the door. The bottom drawer is metal is was made to be a bread drawer.
I've looked around on the internet for some of the original glass wear that went or could be purchased with a Hoosier. There is some beautiful stuff out there...hanging sugar bowls, small spice jars, coffee and tea canisters. Most of it is spendy though and I'm so thrilled with the Hoosier I don't mind watching thrift stores and rummage sales for neat looking jars.
Right now my Hoosier is housing cookbooks and two large containers of zinnia seeds I saved from my garden last year. Someday though I'd like to have it in my kitchen set up as part of my baking space. The only thing I plan to add is a small hook at the top of one side to hang my aprons on.
Hoosiers are quite the rage with some and there is a neat Flicker Group dedicated to The Hoosier Cabinet and there are some neat photos. The photos are fun to look through if your a Hoosier fan.
For now though I leave you with this sweet, vintage picture.