I don’t smoke. Never have, never will. But ashtrays are something of a new obsession of mine. In fact, I read somewhere that Interior Designer Christopher Kennedy collects vintage ashtrays and I felt we shared a kindred spirit for useless stuff. Ha, I kid. I once gifted a vintage ashtray as a wedding present. Was it well-received? I don’t know. But it was pretty dang cool looking if you ask me (and they were smokers).
The great thing about them is, you don’t have to use them as ashtrays at all. Use them as trinket boxes. As mini planters. As a place to drop your keys. When you begin to search for “vintage ashtray” on etsy or chairish, a world of cute is opened up. Here are some of my favorites!
1. Walter Bosse Stacking Hedgehog set (that’s room for a lot of cigarettes!) / 2. Scottish Terrier / 3. Brass Sailboat / 4. Italian Painted Llama / 5. Brass Scalloped Shell / 6. Painter’s Palette / 7. Armadillo (I bet you none of your friends have an armadillo!) / 8. Head of Lettuce (I mean, is this not the most fun!) 9. Hand-Carved Wooden Foot / 10. Japanese Stoneware Faces (2) / 11. Onyx Stone / 12. Italian Brass Fly with Striker
I’ve seen a few at my local flea market and I bet if you keep your eyes peeled you might end up with a treasure from the thrift store. The nice thing about ashtrays is you can buy a unique piece for $20 or something really awesome for $200. Whatever fits your budget!
Would you decorate with vintage ashtrays in your home? Do tell me! 🙂