August, 2013 New Vintage Decor Board added on Pinterest
We have just added a new board to Pinterest featuring Vintage Decor items to enhance your vintage gathering. From vintage purses to a distressed hat rack to a vintage radio, we have lovely items that will get the conversation started!
June, 2013 – Southern Vintage Table is now on Facebook and Pinterest!
We now have a presence on Facebook and Pinterest! Visit us there for more information and photos. Comments and “Likes” will be greatly appreciated!
I love to go to the thrift stores. It’s a modern day treasure hunt – you never know what might be there. Routinely I look for wares for my business, Southern Vintage Table, and I have gotten pretty savvy over time as to what’s vintage and what’s not.
Well, one day I saw a collection of pretty dishes. The gold details were prefect and the flowers looked hand painted, but to me, the pattern just didn’t have that “vintage” look. I must have studied them for some time, trying to figure out what to do. My collection was growing and I wanted to be smart with each and every investment. In the end, something told me to pick up a few pieces, just in case, because they won’t be there tomorrow if I changed my mind.
I chose a set of 4 plates, cups, saucers as well as the creamer and sugar dish. When I got home and unpacked them, I looked them up on the internet. Of course, you know the end of the story – they became my oldest pattern in my collection, discontinued circa 1918, according to a major tableware replacements company.
After doing a bit more research, the pattern, Azalea by Noritake, was also a give-away by the Larken Company for buying and selling their products. I also see some conflicting information about the pattern being produced through the 1930s. But, no matter, it’s vintage and beautiful!
I went back to the thrift store the next day to pick up the remaining pieces, but all were gone. Needless to say, that’s the tricky part of thrift store buying that many of us know and love.
Lesson learned that day for me – I’ve got alot more to learn!
Kelsey’s and Joe’s themed Stock-the-Bar wedding shower was a huge success! For the beautiful brunch buffet and dessert table, Southern Vintage Table featured our elegant vintage collection. Our mixed and matched vintage dishes and platters were stacked high with mounds of homemade sweet potato biscuits of ham and turkey along with two warm quiches. The fresh fruit salad looked delicious in the milk glass compote and milk glass footed bowl. Smaller compotes were available for guests to fill with the fresh fruit.
We added the perfect touch to the lovely vintage table scape with quaint doilies, table runners, and fresh flower bouquets in green and milk glass vases.
The vintage stoneware china was great with the four flavors of wings, cheese and crackers, and beer at the kitchen counter station. Guests loved this collection, especially the vintage green and gold glassware.
The yummy desserts were displayed on a cupcake tower with extras placed on a beautiful vintage platter. Mixed and matched tea cups were ready for coffee or tea to help finish off a fun family gathering honoring Kelsey and Joe. Here’s an interesting china story that came up: One of Kelsey’s relatives shared that one of the china patterns on the dessert table came free with a box of detergent. Now, that’s pretty cool!
Lately we’ve been looking for vintage hats to go with the vintage gloves collection for Southern Vintage Table. (By the way, we now have a great assortment of gloves including red, pink, brown, black, blue, yellow, white and off-white. They are precious!) We figured that to complete the authentic vintage look, we needed some chic hats as well! As I searched online, I came across an estate sale listing nearby. One of the pictures showed a bed full of ladies hats. I knew I had to go.
As soon as I arrived after driving an hour, I went straight upstairs to find that bed. There they were – a treasure trove of vintage hats. As I inspected each and every one, I tried to channel the previous owner, Mrs. Turner. I imagined what she might have been like, why she choose to buy each of these hats, where she went wearing them and how beautiful she must have looked. As people came passing through that bedroom, looking at the furniture and the other stuff, I was deep in thought, studying these very personal and revealing items of Mrs. Turner.
I selected 6 – one covered in feathers, a blue one covered with beads, one with a big orange bow, a orange one with a veil, a pink hat with lots of netting and a gray felt hat with a big feather. I love every one of them and you will, too!
Honor Mrs. Turner by booking a tea party or shower package with Southern Vintage Table – gloves and hats are included! Be sure to check out more of our vintage hats and gloves on our Pinterest boards!
Doilies – those delicately crocheted thingies you saw on everything at your mother’s or grandmother’s home – on the back of the couch, the kitchen table, the entrance hall table, the coffee table, the dressing table, the arms on the chairs – all sizes – all colors but mostly white or off white – shaped like circles, stars, ovals, squares, triangles, rectangles, flowers. Well, no matter how big, what color or shape, I love them, all of them.
I’ve never met a doily I didn’t appreciate, especially when you can imagine a lovely woman, sitting in her comfortable chair, thinking about all the wonderful people in her life and trying to solve all the problems of the world. I recently was talking to my brother-in-law, Phil, about doilies. He was at an event we were setting up for and picked one up at the table. He told us that he fondly remembers his grandmama Lillian Earl crocheting doilies with tobacco twine. Although he doesn’t have a doily of hers, he does have a beautiful crocheted blanket she gave him when he and my sister got married. What a treasure!
Southern Vintage Table has an extensive collection of doilies and adding to them all the time, because, as I confessed, I love them! There’s pure love in a doily and they always are ready to showcase anything you put on the table for the people you love. More of our doilies have been pinned on our Pinterest Board.
Here’s a clever article I found on the web about doilies!