Hankies

kids hankies.jpgOne way that we have tried to consume less and save on the budget is by using hankies. I’ve had lots of fun trying to build up a collection. I have a good start, but if everyone came down with colds at the same time, we might be a tad short. I have some from when we lived in Japan, one from a friend in New Zealand, a couple from my great grandmother, and the rest have been picked up at thrift and antique stores. crocheted edge hankies.jpgI’ve got a couple with some beautifully crocheted edges and several with some gorgeous embroidery. I even found a cute little child’s hanky.embroidered hankies.jpg The other day when I was out birthday shopping with my mom, I found this beautiful smoky brown hand embroidered hanky which would be great for using at more solemn occasions. My new favourite is this hanky with pink and brown houses.brown hankies.jpgThen of course there are plenty of floral hankies as well.floral hankies.jpgI don’t usually pay more than one dollar for a hanky, so over time that is significantly less money than buying boxes of tissues. As far as laundry goes, with the amount of laundry that six people generate, a couple dozen hankies really doesn’t add much. Besides, it’s so much more fun having a colourful hanky in your pocket, and so much softer on your nose. I love collecting them and keeping my eye out wherever I go, hoping to find some new ones. There are so many beautiful hankies out there, but a lot of them are really fragile so I try to only get ones that can handle some serious nose blowing. Using hankies is just one small way we try to consume and discard less.

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10 Responses to “Hankies”

  1. kristina says:

    Such lovely hankies! Why do I never see wonderful ones like these? I must admit I quite enjoy ironing handkerchiefs: so much satisfaction (that nice, neat, crisp square) for such little effort…

    K x

  2. Trudy says:

    What fun to see the Japanese hankies I bought for you and your brother 30 years ago being put to use by your babies! They were functional then, too, because tissues weren’t readily available in Japan at that time and hankies were widely available. It seems like yesterday! Love you!

  3. Amy says:

    you have a great hankie collection! I’ve never seen ones like those from Japan, and I love that one with the pink and borwn houses, too. I think I might start a hankie collection myself…

  4. Jennifer says:

    Thanks you guys, I really do love using them. I have lots of fun finding them, though I have gone through hundreds to find some of these gems.

  5. Sandie says:

    I’m with you on the “real” hankies! I only keep a small handy size pack of tissues in my bag for other people and if there’s no loo roll in a public loo!

    I bought 12 cotton hankies from a charity shop here for only £1.50.

    I’m also now converted to my own hand-knitted dishcloths too (but not for nose blowing!)

  6. Emily says:

    My favorite is the brown and pink house one too! I picked up some lovely ones in my magic half hour a couple of weeks ago – maybe we should have an international vintage hanky swap sometime!!

  7. what a great idea + great collection. i always see hankies at the antique shop but never look at them closely … i will now!

  8. Jennifer says:

    I’m so glad you ladies stopped by. It really is fun looking out for hankies, and they are so affordable and useful it’s a win-win.

  9. Charity says:

    Hi Jennifer – we use hankies too, and it’s always such a happy day for me when I come across some new treasures at the thrift store! :o) I like your little collection.

  10. Colleen says:

    What darling hankies! I’ve collected and carried hankies for years too. As matter of fact I loved hankies so much that I created a line called Happy Hanky. Please check them out if you have a chance at http://www.happyhanky.com

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