Monday, August 30, 2010

Recycle Reduce Repurpose Reuse

Another Recycle, Reduce, Repurpose, Reuse post. The idea is to take a vintage item and reuse it without altering it in any way. This oil can is from the etsy shop Vintage Dazzle.
This is a highly collectible antique motor oil can from the 1940s or 1950s. Made of galvanized steel, this darling little vessel can be used as a vase, as part of your country decor, or you can actually use it as a watering can for your flowers.

The can has raised lettering on both sides. On one side it says "ONE QUART LIQUID." On the other it says "NYC-1 APPROVED Q 10 LAWSON CINTI" And then a triangle, inside of which it says "61 MINN."
Can is 7.5" tall by 10" wide (tip of spout to handle).

VintageDazzle owner Kara Lennox started out on Etsy selling crafts. When she included a few vintage items (left over from her long-ago space at an antiques mall) and they quickly sold, she realized how much she missed buying and selling treasures from the past. She opened a new Etsy shop and threw herself into it. Most of her business is in scarves and jewelry--costume pieces from the 1930s through 1960s are her favorites. But sometimes she can't resist larger items--like the oil can. When she isn't haunting yard sales and flea markets, Kara writes romance novels for Harlequin Books.

Thanks Kara for the great idea!!
Photo reposted with permission of Vintage Dazzle.


  1. love it! that oil can makes a great vase!

  2. Ohhhh - I have one of these - now I'll have to put some pretty flowers in it!

  3. I love the oil can turned vase! Kara has a very nice shop!

  4. I love the oil can as a vase! I use other objects as vases too, especially pitchers and bottles. You might also want to check out my blog:


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