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by Kiran on March 2, 2012 · 24 comments

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During my childhood, mom had a great hobby — she loved collecting recipes either from books, newspaper & magazine clippings. She seriously has one of those self-made, huge & crammed food bible of all delicious recipes.

Over time, she have added some great collections to her kitchen as well, i.e fine china, cutlery’s etc.

You’d think that after marrying the man of your dreams, settling down in USA and being a homemaker is complete bliss. It’s great, but I miss my mom and her antiques. The times where we chat over a cuppa tea, while browsing through her food bible looking for motivation and what we should bake next.

The only regret I have is not being able to bring over some of her fine china, trinkets, huge recipe collection etc. I’d fear it all either would break, tear or lost during transition.

One has to prepare for alternatives, no? So I ventured into the world of antiquing. I didn’t know if I’d find anything worth spending a dollar or two.


I literally splurged everywhere we went — from St. Pete’s to Orlando, even while visiting Atlanta! Ooppss!! Love the thrill of antique shopping. You’ll never know what you’d find. I have a small spot for teapot collections. Here is what I have so far. Not a big deal, but a great start and hopefully the collection would go from this:

to this:

image source.

PS: I am sure the Husband is not happy with my future plans. I blame this all on Pinterest 😉

The other best part about antiquing is wondering about who would’ve used this pots, spoons, cups etc? What’s the history behind all these antiques? It’s so intriguing, regal and fun to walk down the memory lane and find charming trinkets or keepsakes along the way.

Do you love antiquing? Or are you one of those lucky ones, inherited a bunch from your family?



1 Ambika March 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I would also love to have a collection that looks like the second pic! I just explained my mom a few days ago what props are and how they are important for food photos. She has been on a roll and she has picked out some wonderful brass vessels from my grandpa’s attic. I have also just started and I am sure my husband is not very excited about my future plans!!
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2 Kiran March 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Ambika — I am so excited to see your grandpa’s collection 🙂

3 Bikram March 3, 2012 at 6:04 AM

hmmmm Makes me think i shud visit india and go through all the rooms lefts which we dont use now, we had a kuccha house and then built a new one but left the house as it was to use awa wharehouse for grains and all.. i bet in the old sandook’s and boxes there are bound to be some old old antiques ..
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4 Kiran March 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Bikram — better do that and don’t show me the photos. I have a weak spot for antiques 😉

5 Harsha March 3, 2012 at 6:16 AM

I’m not one of those lucky ones, but would love to buy all the antique stuff someday. I even dream of a home with antique and royal interiors around 😀 Loved your collection and hope it multiplies soon 🙂 The elephant trunk one is so cute!
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6 Kiran March 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Harsha — thanks dear. I love antiques too much, it’s loathing 😀

7 adventures with ben March 3, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I love collecting stuff, but am trying so hard to minimize my life. But I have several bookshelfs of magic props, books and more.

8 Kiran March 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Ben — welcome to Chatterbox and thanks for commenting! It’s takes a whole lotta will power to say NO to antiques, and we are living proof that it can be done 😀

9 umashankar March 4, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Your writing is supported by two truly beautiful images. The second one is a heart-warming sight!
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10 Kiran March 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Umashankar — welcome to Chatterbox and thank you for the compliments 🙂

11 Seema March 4, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Soooooo beautiful…all the best for collecting moooooooore and mooore …bina husband ko gussa kare…its difficult but try it….hehehe:)

12 Kiran March 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Seema — lol, I am trying. Trust me 😉

13 prabhavathi March 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM


14 Kiran March 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Prabhavathi — Welcome to Chatterbox and thanks for the award 🙂

15 Reema March 5, 2012 at 5:11 AM

beautiful snaps! nope..not interested in antiques

16 Kiran March 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Reema — thanks! Antiquing is not for everyone 🙂

17 Jen at The Three Little Piglets March 5, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I’ve tried SO hard to avoid antiquing because I know I would love it and I’m a collector type by nature. For me it would be rolling pins – lots and lots of rolling pins!
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18 Kiran March 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Jen — whenever I see an antique rolling pin, I would think of you. xoxo

19 Simply Life March 5, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I always admire this in other people’s homes but wouldn’t even know where to begin!
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20 carolinaheartstrings March 5, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Welcome to the Sisterhood of Antiques! We love them too. You are off to a great start with your teapots. Love them.
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21 Kankana March 5, 2012 at 9:50 PM

not a big deal! are you crazy ? that’s a great collection you have out there 🙂
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22 Sophia Lee March 5, 2012 at 10:41 PM

From young I’ve been moving around a lot, so my family is always giving or throwing things away instead of collecting! Thus I didn’t pick any love for antiquing. I love looking at collections though!

23 Jennifer (Delicieux) March 8, 2012 at 12:06 AM

I think your collection looks fantastic! I love antiquing but only ever seem to find vintage jewellery pieces that I have to add to my collection. Not that I’m complaining though 😉
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24 Moore Or Less Cooking March 10, 2012 at 9:29 AM


I love antiquing! Not as much as my Mom did when I was younger, makes me laugh when I see your pinterest pic of the tea kettles, I just got my Mom completely hooked on Pinterest, she spends about 5-7 hours a day, oh geez now we need Pinterest Anonymous!!

I absolutely love your recipes, they are incredible! Since we have no Indian restaurants in Maine I think you should come here and open one or else I will have to start making your recipes. Miss my fav places in Los Angeles!

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