Some sit flat and others have feet or a pedestal. They come in a variety of shapes, textures, and materials. Most are solid colored but some are tinged with an accent shade. And, they are perfect for low floral arrangements while adding a hip, cool zing to the table. We’re talking about vintage planters and we definitely have a “thing” for them!
Here’s a sampling of our vintage pottery collection!
See what we mean? Aren’t they wonderful? See more of our inventory and imagine arranging beautiful florals, holding dessert forks, or displaying pretty straws for your guests in these hip, vintage vessels!
Yep, this is big. Really big. Hugely big. This month Southern Vintage Table is moving to a studio space in Hillsborough! Yay!!
This is incredibly exciting for both SVT and our studio partner, Amy Wurster of Knots ‘n Such. We both are eager to take this step in building our businesses and it just feels so right!
April and May are going to be incredibly busy for us as we pack, unpack, and organize our wares but, nonetheless, exhilarating. I can’t wait to see shelves and shelves filled with vintage plates, goblets, and other treasures for our clients to browse through. Be on the lookout for progress reports and an invitation to come visit!
PS – The “M” on the keychain is for my given name, Michele, and the Tile, well, that’s probably self-explanatory…
PPS – Amy is the cutie holding the keys and that’s me fantasizing about all those shelves. Haha!
Springtime is upon us and that means all kinds of wonderful celebrations with family and friends! Two classic spring events, bridal and baby showers, are always oh-so special for everyone and we’re here to help. And, to make this occasion even sweeter, we are offering a Sweet Spring Shower Special with a 15% discount on your final rental bill!
Planning your wedding or special occasion? Need signs so your guests can find their table? Love the look of vintage? Well, we’ve got your number – table number, that is!
We’ve been collecting vintage brass frames for a while and our collection has grown little by little. We now enough 5X7″ frames to offer as a set to be used as table signs or even menu signs for your guest tables. With over 25 and counting, you can add a vintage touch that’s also useful and pretty.
If you’d like us to print and insert the table numbers (we’ll make certain to center them, too -haha! ) or pickup early so you can, please ask.
Today we’d like to share a few additions to our vintage collections. They include a new glassware color, a new vintage china pattern, and a new batch of vintage colored candleholder votives. Here they are!
Brown is the latest color to be added to our vintage glassware collection. With hues of deep chocolate to light caramel, these goblets and tumblers present many design possibilities! Currently we have 20+ and plan to add more patterns soon.
I was strolling through a thrift store this week and found a stack of gorgeous vintage Homer Laughlin luncheon and salad plates. And, to top it off, they were half price! With their detailed and distinctive rim, they are the perfect layering companion to a place setting of pink, green and gold.
Green and blue and red, oh my! These vintage colored candleholder votives are simply marvelous and their jewel-toned colors, designs, and textures complement our vintage glassware perfectly. Embrace your love of color and include both on your tablescape!
We are ready to share these and all of our lovely vintage items with you. Give us a call (919 428 4508) or go to our contact page and let’s talk about your next special occasion!
“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those that love colour the most.” – John Ruskin
It was a beautiful NC October afternoon when Olivia, Joseph, and I first met on the outside patio of a Raleigh coffee shop. I took notes during our conversation in so far as their wedding vision and, while those details have since faded, what I distinctly remember is how I felt during our meeting. What endures is my memory of their genuineness, kindness, and warmth. I knew that day this was going to be an extraordinary wedding for everyone – family, friends, guests, vendors, and especially, this lovely couple.
Fast forward to their January wedding day at the Cloth Mill in Hillsborough. With friends Priscilla and Jami, we meticulously set the tables for their 200+ guests. In planning for this day, I went into teacher-mode – carefully matching dinner and salad plates, organizing them by their table numbers, selecting a coordinating colored goblet, and finally organizing it all into a nice, neat spreadsheet. (Indeed, I was super proud of myself!)
So, within hours, our tables were ready for the Greenhouse Picker Sisters and Bowerbird Flowers to add their centerpiece magic. I think you’ll agree, the end result was magnificent! These photos, courtesy of AJ Dunlap Photography, for the most part showcase our vintage wares but trust us, the rest are just as wonderful!
Thank you, Olivia and Joseph, for giving us so much joy being a part of your wedding day. Your love and happiness were beautiful to behold!
Joseph said… The china and goblets from Southern Vintage Table made our wedding reception! Everything was absolutely beautiful and Shelly did the most amazing job at pairing everything together. Shelly was there the day of the wedding meticulously matching up plates and setting out goblets and we couldn’t have been happier. Shelly was the sweetest vendor that we had and we immediately had a connection – she took the time to listen to what we wanted and was so intentional about getting to know us and what we wanted in our wedding. She was super responsive to emails and always followed up with us. We got so many compliments on our plates and how our tables looked because of the china and goblets. If I was getting married again, I would absolutely, without a doubt, use Southern Vintage Table again. You can tell that Shelly loves what she does and her main goal is to make the bride and groom happy.
We have been gathering pieces of a “new” vintage flatware style – vintage Bakelite (and similar) – and nearly a hundred knives and dinner forks are now available to mix with our vintage stainless and silver-plated collections. With colors ranging from white, cream, butterscotch, and cocoa, they blend in nicely with most color palettes.
No doubt, patterns from our vintage casual china collection are perfect companions with our vintage stainless flatware, but when a piece or two of the Bakelite is added, the look is taken to a new level of awesomeness. We absolutely love it! Originally we didn’t think elegant silver-plated flatware was a good fit with Bakelite, but, ding-dong, we were so wrong! It also looks fantastic!
Take a peek at samples of our collection and how they look alongside the stainless and silver-plated pieces. We think you’ll be smitten with this new vintage look, too!
Vintage has been trending for some time now and we think it’s here to stay. Reasons why? It’s extremely versatile – from elegant to rustic and everything between. Ready to embrace vintage for your occasion? By no means are these the only vintage styles to consider but here are 5 to get you started.
1 – Vintage Elegant Style – Elegant can be elaborate or simple, but most will incorporate florals, gold or silver touches, on a creamy or white background. A mix of silver-plated flatware accompanies elegant place settings beautifully along with vintage goblets, either colored or clear.
2 – Vintage Blue and White Style – This is a classic look everyone loves. The dark blue against white is striking and anchors the place settings on the table. You can dress it up with silver-plated flatware or keep it more casual with an eclectic mix of stainless. Slip in some vintage bakelite pieces with the stainless to add even more interest. Depending on your color scheme, add either colored or clear goblets.
3 – Vintage White Style – White is crisp, clean, and ready to dress up with colored napkins, goblets, tablecloths, or be placed on a bare farm table. This is the perfect choice if you want basic white but also are looking for something more than identical place settings. Add either silver-plated or stainless flatware, perhaps even with a mix of bakelite pieces. Keep it clean with clear goblets or make it pop with an array of colored goblets.
4 – Bold MidCentury Style – Thinking about a boho or bold look? This style of vintage dinnerware is the ticket. The colors range from orange/yellow/brown range to blue/green with geometric, bold designs. Matching colored goblets give each place setting a put-together look. Add casual napkins and stainless or silver plated flatware with perhaps a mix of bakelite and you have a colorful, fun table for your guests.
5 – Vintage Stoneware Style – The 80s come alive with this variety of floral dinner plates. Having a rustic, barn, and outdoor wedding or event? Consider incorporating these quaint designs and see how these similar yet different patterns lined up on the table is truly delightful! Stainless flatware, possibly mixed with some bakelite pieces, along with colored goblets, especially amber, green and brown, are the perfect complement for this casual, hip look.
Are you thinking about incorporating vintage at your next occasion? Featuring updated images, take a look at our 5 reasons why we would love to help.
I’d like to introduce three lovely china patterns – Rosalee, Duchess, and PCP19*. They all came from a small town in West Virginia that was farmland until the early 1900s. Perfectly situated on the Ohio river for industry and commerce, Paden City arose, and, as the saying goes, “if you build it, they will come” – and they did – industries, workers, and the maker of these pretty dishes, Paden City Pottery.
My interest in Paden City Pottery was sparked by a gift from a dear friend. She had uncovered a few pieces of the pattern, American Rose, and asked if I’d like to add them to the SVT collection. Roses and gold on creamy china – you probably can guess what my answer was, huh?
After researching patterns made by Paden City Pottery, I realized we had a small collection of different designs made by this WV company. So “down the rabbit-hole” I went to learn more about this American dinnerware company,
The story begins in the 1790s when Obediah Paden, whose Dutch Quaker family had migrated from Padenburg, Scotland to Pennsylvania (some sources say New York), bought a parcel of land from Robert Woods near the Ohio River on the edge of the northwest corner of West Virginia. Obediah built a home, began his life as a farmer. and, with his wife, raised their family.
Fast forward to 1901. A group of businessmen from Pittsburgh were searching for land along the Ohio river to establish a new town and industrial center. They found the perfect site and purchased it from one of Obediah’s descendants. It went through several name changes – Paden Valley Land Company, then Paden City Land Company, and finally in 1916 it became known as Paden City.
According to the West Virginia Encyclopedia, many industries quickly settled in Paden City in those early years, including a glass company, bottle factory, cement company, and a steel company. Another company that opened its doors was Paden City Pottery.
One of their accomplishments was being one of the first dinnerware companies to produce an oven-proof line. Finally, unable to compete with cheaper Japanese imports, Paden City Pottery closed its doors in 1953.
Today Paden City’s two major industries are glass companies – the Paul Wissmach Glass Company, established in 1903, and relative newcomer Marble King, a maker of glass marbles, which arrived in Paden City in 1958. From a population of less than 10 in the early 1900s to the current population of more than 2,500, this quaint historic town is now on my list of places to visit!
One last gem of a story, handed down through the years, explains how Obediah came to own an island in the Ohio River, just west to Paden City. It wasn’t part of the original purchase of Obediah’s but he did become its owner in a most unusual way…