Thursday, March 31, 2016

7 Piggy Banks to Keep the Coins Under Control

“The average American household has approximately $90 in loose change sitting unused in jars, under sofa cushions, and in dresser drawers,” said Alex Camara, senior vice president and general manager of worldwide coin at Coinstar, Inc.

I have no idea if that statistic is accurate, but I know some households have a lot of coins sitting around. One way to keep them from getting lost (and making a mess on a dresser top, or wherever) is to use a piggy bank — in pig form or not.

The elephant above comes from Stephanie Rombough Ceramics. I’m hoping there's a plug in the bottom to remove the coins; the site doesn’t say one way or another. (All the other piggy banks listed here do have a removable stopper.)

You can get whales from Maia Ming Designs. These are “made in porcelain with a tactile rubber finish.”

Land of Nod has a collection of different animal banks, including this hippo.

These Miffy money boxes are made from PVC rather than porcelain, so they could be good for kids. [via Retro to Go]

And here's a Royal Delft Miffy that’s much more expensive.

I’m not sure how helpful it is to have a piggy bank with multiple slots, but this bank from 25TOGO Design has 25 slots of varying sizes and thicknesses.

Finally, here’s a piggy bank that really looks like a pig, from Pike Place Pigs. This one happens to be a chalkboard pig, but there are plenty of others without the chalkboard feature.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

5 Eye-Catching Wall-Mounted Knife Racks

If a wall-mounted magnetic knife rack is what works best in your kitchen, there are some lovely options available to you. This "old vine" rack from Wine Country Craftsman is available from Sonder Mill; you can also find this craftsman's work on Etsy. Update on March 31, 2017: Sonder Mill has become part of BRIKA, which doesn't seem to carry Wine Country Craftsman's products. But now you can also buy the products on the Wine Country Craftsman website.

SJ WoodWorks has lovely racks made from walnut and other woods.

The knife racks from BladeCatchers are made from Plyboo, "a plywood created with Moso bamboo. ... Plyboo is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as a sustainably grown material."

The knife racks from Jonathan Alden make the magnets part of the visible design. You can get these on the Jonathan Alden website or via Etsy. Update on May 23, 2021: I'm no longer seeing these on the Jonathan Alden website, but they ARE on Etsy.

Wake The Frame places the wood block in metal channel; the channel is what mounts to the wall. It's available in a number of different colors.

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