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Hoosier Cabinets

I have always dreamed of owning my very own original Hoosier Cabinet.. I am so happy to announce on a recent trip to Tucson I scored one.. ! It is in pretty good condition needs a few finishing touches to bring it back to its original glory I cannot wait to get on this project. I have the perfect place for it in my Oak Kitchen. So stay tuned, I will be posting updates and photos of my project..  so excited !

From the Hoosier Collectors Corner :

During this season of family gatherings, holiday parties and cookie-making, we should give thanks for the host of modern tools and conveniences that make preparing a meal today (and the cleanup!) no longer as time-consuming as it once was.

Prior to 1900, the inability to hire a cook meant long hours in the kitchen making almost every meal from scratch. Butter had to be churned, breads mixed, kneaded and baked, and since kitchens were usually rather large rooms equipped with little more than a sink, a table, a stove, and one or two cabinets or shelves – most staples were often kept in a separate pantry – preparing a meal entailed a great deal of time and energy wasted walking to and fro.hoosier

Billed as an “all-in-one kitchen,” the Hoosier cabinet was an evolutionary leap beyond the simple baker’s cabinets and step-back cupboards it replaced. (Though many companies made Hoosier cabinets, the name derives from the Hoosier Manufacturing Co. of Indiana.)

Generally about 4 feet wide by 6 feet high by 2 feet deep, the Hoosier consisted of an enameled or porcelain shelf that could slide out from between the lower, footed cupboard and the shallower upper compartmentalized section. Not only did the shelf provide much needed work space, but all the tools and staples required for producing baked goods and other foods were arranged within easy reach.

Behind the doors of the typical Hoosier was a flour hopper – some could hold up to 50 pounds of flour! – with sifter, a sugar hopper, a salt box, glass coffee and tea canisters, and several glass spice jars. Additional accessories could be stored in a compartment behind a tambour door in the upper section, while various implements and utensils rested in drawers in the lower.

By the turn of the century, cooking was regarded as a “domestic science,” and the Hoosier’s “scientific” approach to helping solve logistical problems in the kitchen made it a hit with housewives. Many a family found the price tag of $50 to $75 for a complete unit – cabinet and all accessories – rather steep, but a genius marketing move created payment plans of a dollar down and a dollar a week that placed millions of Hoosiers in households around the country.

Unfortunately for the Hoosier, the next big thing in kitchens was on the horizon, and by the 1930’s, manufacturers of the free-standing units had begun to lose ground to the built-in cabinets that remain popular to this day.

By Michele Alice
December 08, 2013


I am so lucky to have my shop located inside The Antique Plaza Antique Mall.   If you live in the Metro Phoenix Area and love the thrill of the hunt for antiques and collectibles or just love browsing among vintage items from the past Antique Plaza is  the place to visit.

Antique Plaza has an eclectic bunch of Dealers, selling everything from Rusty Junk to Victorian Art Glass.. there are over 100 dealer spaces.  Each space is a small shop of its own, every dealer buys his or hers own merchandise, prices and displays their items for sale.  A bunch of us dealers actually work in the shop we love the place that much we cannot stand to be away..

Some of our dealers include:

Dealer #35 a lover of  Vintage and Antique Ephemera Paper items from times gone by Jeri also has an eclectic mix of gorgeous glassware, and vintage items…

Dealer #20 has a passion for Antique European Copper and Brass with a sprinkle Porcelains..

#312 our a group of best friends they call themselves ” Party of Five ” are mad about vintage and mid century furniture.. their booths are a must see.  Dealer

Dealer #97 has a passion for Vintage Toys he has amassed a huge collection for you, his booth is sure to evoke memories of Christmas Past.

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The Plaza is a place where treasures can be found, bought as a gift for the person who has a particular interest, or for you, the avid collector or decorator.  There are many items for the collector; including comics, dolls, linens,coins, license plates, china, furniture, beautiful cabinets, tables, jewelry and many other items.

Antique Plaza aims to provide a welcome atmosphere for all of our customers.  Our dealers,  all work together to make the mall a great place to visit and shop.