Vintage Feature – Our First Studio Update

Yep, we are getting there! The floor, first covered with blue carpet, now has two fresh coats of paint.  Stuff is coming in, load by load -thanks to Randy, Taylor, Cameron, and Sam – and we are now working on our primary shelving for our vintage wares.

Don’t you love these shelves? They were part of a store liquidation sale in Burlington. Carrie, Bill, and I loaded them up and brought them to our studio.  (Believe me, that’s saying a lot – those shelves are heavy!) The skeletons of both rows are now assembled, shelves are being covered with pretty wallpaper, and soon will be filled our inventory.

But, the best news is that we had our first client pickup from our new digs and met with several clients as well. Both Amy and I are trying to enjoy each step along the way but we also can’t wait until it’s all ready!


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Vintage Tips – Make Your Own Tiered Stand, Part 2

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Scones with jam and lemon curd, cucumber sandwiches, and chocolate-covered strawberries – sounds like a tea party, right? Well, almost. These delicious treats need to be presented properly to your guests, and yes, that means pretty vintage tiered stands.

This week we have been preparing for a reception tea party to be held in Asheville next weekend for a very special bride, Jess. Her mother wants everything to be tea-party-perfect so we’ve been assembling and making tiered stands for each table. So far we have 11 ready with only 4 left to prepare and assemble.

One of our older posts, “Make Your Own Tiered Stand,” has tips for making a tiered stand and the basics are the same. If you drilling into hard porcelain, we have a new tip to add – use a diamond-coated drill bit. Two biggies while using this bit – the drill bit needs to be constantly bathed in water and you only need slight pressure on the plate as it grinds the porcelain down. Diamond Drill BitsA second tip is to position the drill bit at an angle to start an indentation in the porcelain. Otherwise, the bit jumps around and it’s difficult to get it to stay put. After you get a nice quarter moon-shaped groove, you then can begin to move the drill slowly to its 90-degree angle and continue grinding through the plate. Patience and arm power also are needed!

Once finished with your three plates, put them together with the hardware, get the scones in the oven, and start cutting those cucumbers! Of course, we are more than happy to provide these vintage tiered stands along with the other teatime essentials. Mark the date on your calendar for your tea party and give us a call!

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Event – It’s A Grandmother Shower!

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Springtime is here, and right on nature’s schedule, the dogwood and redbud trees, the tulips, daffodils, and azaleas are bursting into bloom across the green landscape, making the whole world a bit more lovable!  And, it is with great love for the sweetest of friends, the perfect time to celebrate her life-changing role as grandmother.

Nothing much is as exciting as the birth of a grandchild, and naturally, Mary, the quintessential Southern belle, is tickled pink that her first grandchild will be arriving this summer. Her friends, pleased as punch for Mary, couldn’t help themselves and threw her a surprise grandmother shower this past week.

Any time spent together is a precious time for this group; however, party decorations, games, gifts and a delicious dinner definitely made the evening more memorable. A vintage tablecloth with a floral pattern in pinks and blues laid the foundation for the table setting. Creamy white dinner plates were topped with salad plates in pinks and blues. Vintage linen napkins, candlesticks, porcelain baskets filled with Easter treats, and Fernrock Farm‘s spring flowers added to the festive atmosphere.

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Fernrock Farm Flowers

Since the gender of the baby is still a mystery, the guests placed bets on whether Mary’s grandchild will be a boy or a girl, the date and time of birth, and the birthweight. Their guesses were sealed away in envelopes to be opened after the birth this summer. Gifts of books, blankets, and soft cuddly toys gave everyone a chance to “ooh” and “ahh” and anticipate the joy of passing this new bundle of joy from lap to lap.

Hosting a grandmother shower is a wonderful way for friends to celebrate old friendships and a new baby, sure to bring love and wonder. We now await the day when the baby arrives, when we find out who wins the baby lottery, and when we learn what Mary’s new name will be. One thing is for certain; he or she will be adored by all!

Thank you, Jami, for your help with today’s post!


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Vintage Feature – Hip & Versatile Vintage Planters

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

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!

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

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!

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC


Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Event – We’ve Got Big News!

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!

Behind this door will be Knots ‘n Such and STV’s shared studio!

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!


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Vintage Feature – Sweet Spring Shower Special!

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Melanie’s Bridal Shower

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!

The perfect vintage shower rentals include:

  • Vintage luncheon plates, salad plates, colored glassware, teacups, flatware
  • Lace tablecloths, napkins
  • Cake stands, tiered stands, platters, bowls
  • Teapots, creamer and sugar, pitchers
  • Vases, candle holders, votives
  • Frames, stands
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Melanie’s Bridal Shower
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Katie’s Bridal Shower
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Katie’s Bridal Shower
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Allie and Sarah’s Baby Shower
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Allie and Sarah’s Baby Shower
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Lindsey’s Baby Shower
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Gerri’s Baby Shower
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Kelsey’s Bridal Shower
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Kelsey’s Bridal Shower

Hosting a shower this spring or anytime this year? Visit our Contact Page and mention this offer to take advantage of our Sweet Spring Shower Special. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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Vintage Feature – We’ve Got Your Number!

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Southern Vintage Table

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.

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Vintage Feature – A Few New Additions to our Collections

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

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.

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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.

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

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!

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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!

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

 “The purest and most thoughtful minds are those that love colour the most.” – John Ruskin


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Southern Vintage Table Event – Olivia & Joseph’s Winter Wedding

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by AJ Dunlap Photography

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!

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Photo by AJ Dunlap Photography
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by AJ Dunlap Photography
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by AJ Dunlap Photography
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by AJ Dunlap Photography

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!

Photo by AJ Dunlap Photography

The fantastic vendor team included:
Venue – The Cloth Mill
Wedding Planner – Vision Events NC
Photographer – AJ Dunlap Photography
Large Rentals – Greenhouse Picker Sisters
Florals – Bowerbird Flowers
Tableware – Southern Vintage Table
Caterer – Beau Catering
Wedding Apparel – Rosa Clara and Traditions by Anna
Makeup – Michelle Clark
DJ – All Around Raleigh DJ
Lighting – Show Time Events NC
Jewelry – Hawkhouse Designs
Rentals – Party Reflections and CE Rental
Cinematographer – Sam Keel


PS – Thank you for this lovely review on Wedding Wire!

5.0/5.0  Quality of Service: 5.0  Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0  Value: 5.0  Flexibility: 5.0

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.


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Vintage Feature – 13 Events, 13 Photographers, 13 Photos of our Vintage Goblets

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by Crutchfield Photography – Wedding Reception
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by Mabyn Ludke Photography – Wedding Reception
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Photo by Faith Teasley – Wedding Reception
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by Ally and Bobby Photography – TSOS Workshop
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by Theo Milo Photography – Wedding Reception
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by AJ Dunlap Photography – Wedding Reception
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by Live View Studios – Wedding Reception
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by Katelyn James Photography – Photo Shoot
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by Jackson Signature Photography – Photo Shoot
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by Scott Faber – Wedding Shower
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by Gents and Belles – Wedding Reception
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by Five Copper Creative – Wedding Reception
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Photo by DHS Photography – Photo Shoot

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC