It’s taken me a while.
But I’m finally getting around to another None Left Behind post. And that? Is just a post where I showcase something that I never leave behind, usually something vintage found in my thrift hunts.
Have you ever seen one of these?
It’s a West Bend Penguin Hot and Cold Server Ice Bucket. I can’t remember if my parents or even grandparents had one of these, but apparently they were a staple in many households post WWII. Made in the USA and mass-produced, they came in a chrome-toned or copper-plated aluminum, with either wooden or bakelite handles.
I found my first one for around $4 in a thrift store. I’d seen them featured in my online thrifting and vintage communities, and had been coveting one for their kitschy goodness for quite some time. I nearly squealed when I finally found one for myself! It was a chrome one with bakelite handles, and just needed a good cleaning.
In the blog post I referenced above, the author states that the copper ones are more rare, so I nearly squealed AND jumped for joy when I found one of those – again, at one of my local thrifts. It’s in much worse shape on the inside, with cracked aluminum on the inner bucket. But I can easily always put a plastic container of similar size in there if I want to keep ice or a food item at a certain temperature. It, too, has bakelite handles, and I also picked it up for really cheap – although I don’t remember the price I paid.
Since this pic was taken, I’ve come across another chrome one. The chrome has seen better days. The wood handles have definitely seen better days. But still? I couldn’t pass it up.
I don’t plan on starting a MAJOR collection of them, but I will never leave one behind. I can always send them along to good homes, right? They’re so versatile, and look amazing with pretty much any home bar setup.
So…whether you’re a thrifter, antique-r, estate sale enthusiast, or Target/etc. shopper…what do you never leave behind?
(To see more of what I never leave behind, check here.)