It’s taken me a while.

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.

Technically speaking, this entry over at Off The Presses has a LOT of info and is worth a look if you’re into these little pieces of vintage wonder!

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.)

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4 thoughts on “It’s taken me a while.

    1. They *are* cute, aren’t they? You should definitely be thrifting if you’re into needlepoint art (unless you meant making your own) – I always see a few needlepoint items when I’m out!

  1. Oh my goodness, those are so cool and they really do remind me of a penguin. I have never heard of (or seen) them before, but what a unique item! I can’t think of anything I personally never leave behind, except maybe chocolate on clearance. 😉

    1. Hey, no shame in that….we all have our favorite things to grab if we get the chance, right? This is a great time of year for clearance chocolate, what with all the Halloween after sales.

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