Setting Up Your Vintage Bar Cart

We have been on the look out for a vintage bar cart for months now.  We could have broke down, and purchased one of the many awesome pieces out there by other vintage sellers, but that goes against all my estate sale thrifting habits!  So, even though we haven’t found the main piece yet, we are stumbling across more than our share of bar cart accessories! I almost think that we now qualify as having a “collection”!  It seems like every outing we are coming home with a new liquor decanter, shaker, or ice bucket….not to mention all the cool glassware (I’m holding out for a Culver set!). Funny thing is, we hardly even drink, but the bar carts always look so cool in the Mad Men episodes!  And you should always be prepared to mix up a Tom Collins if a friend requires it.

Things our bar cart will require:

A tray that can pull your pieces together and double as an actual serving piece. I have this great aluminum tray, maybe something colorful, especially if your bar cart is glass.

A great tray to pull together your collection.  This one we found at the Long Beach Flea Market - it's a super heavy aluminum piece.

A great tray to pull together your collection. This one we found at the Long Beach Flea Market – it’s a super heavy aluminum piece.

High ball / low ball glassware – it shouldn’t be just plain ol’ glassware, but something kitschy that you are excited to display. I’d say skip the specialty glassware like champagne or wine glasses.  Those are for more special occasions and you’ll probably be upset when the cat or dog breaks them when they bump it.

I drink wine from a coffee cup, so I think high ball and low ball glasses fit all needs.

I drink wine from a coffee cup, so I think high ball and low ball glasses fit all needs.

A unique shaker – I’m stumbling on a lot of these lately.  The tall stainless piece with the red handle is my favorite so far, and it’s fun size (which in cocktails means bigger, not candy bars where it means smaller, what’s fun about that?)

Cocktail shakers seem to call out to me lately.  So many unique kitschy options.

Cocktail shakers seem to call out to me lately. So many unique kitschy options.

Liquor decanters – I don’t buy cheap alcohol, because frankly who wants that hangover!?  I do think displaying your alcohol in pretty cut glass decanters just looks better, your friends should already know you’re not cheap.

Decanters instead of branded bottles looks better in my opinion.

Decanters instead of branded bottles looks better in my opinion.

A small glass ice bucket and tongs – maybe keep the large ice bucket handy, but for display purposes, the small pieces are beautiful and save room for the decanters!

Vintage ice buckets

Vintage ice buckets

Last but not least, a small colorful kitschy statue or vintage vase.

Skip the orchid and go for some kitsch value

Skip the orchid and go for some kitsch value

Most pieces pictured are from our personal collection, but be sure to check out our shop for vintage barware pieces.  Cheers!!

Cheers!

Cheers!

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