Thrift Store Tip: Tracing Lids

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I like a good thrift store tip from time to time. If you saw this tip on washing vintage bottles, you may know that I have a thing for old glass- I love finding cool glass jars and vintage kitchen stuff. Like this incredible deco glass mayonnaise lid that my sister found for me. I love it! But it was sad and lonely as it was missing its jar.

Here’s a great tip find a container that would fit this amazing lid, so I can use it in my kitchen:

Step 1: Lay your lid upside down on a piece of thin paper (I used newsprint) and trace around the outside edge.thrifty tips  (3)

Step 2: Take the paper out from under the lid, and put it on top- mark any important measurements and sketch in- I drew in the inner rim that will need to fit down inside of the jar. Cut out your paper pattern.

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Step 4: Take your pattern with you and search for a match. I stashed my pattern in my wallet and would pull it out when I went to estate sales and thrift stores. After several months of searching, I found a great match!

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And now my lovely Mayo lid has a new lease on life. I’m super excited to use this in upcoming photo shoots!
Isn’t she lovely. ♥

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Do you have a favorite tip or find from the thrift store? I want to hear in the comments. :)

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  1. says

    Love your mayonnaise lid. I’ve never seen anything like it.
    When a friend was clearing out her stash of canning supplies, she gave me a few glass lids (similar to yours) that I guess are used for canning (with clips?) in Europe. I don’t know anything about THAT kind of canning, but I repurposed the lids and use them as coasters for votive or pillar candles. I also put them under vases to protect my wooden table.