Vintage Feature – How Did I Do with Last Week’s Goals?

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Last week’s post was about setting goals for the week at Southern Vintage Table. This practice had the desired effect – it kept me focused, busy and feeling very accomplished as I checked things off. But I didn’t get to everything and, having been a teacher, I can’t help it – I have to give myself a grade.  Here’s my personal evaluation of the week, starting with the trips.

Trip 1 – Nursery.   Monday was a beautiful day for a country drive to the nursery with Carrie of Fernrock Farm!  I bought 5 varieties of sedums, including my favorite – hens and chicks. Later in the week I drilled holes in 16 teacups/gravy boats/bowls that had small and even not-so-small imperfections, like cracks or chips. Now they have become sweet little sedum gardens.  Imagine seeing one at your place setting with your name on it – wouldn’t you love it?

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Sedum gardens in vintage china teacups!

Trip 2 – State Fair.  Carrie, Trudy and I went to the state fair Tuesday and had a marvelous time.  We checked the outdoor garden area for ideas and then went through the Cut Flower competition  Carrie entered her dahlias, a speciality of Fernrock Farm, into the fair competition for the first time and won 6 blue and 2 red ribbons.  She’s now officially an award winning flower farmer!  I, on the other hand, didn’t get to enter the Fine Dining competition because of the lottery, and when we found the display, we quickly realized why.  There were only 7 tables in the competition.  The tables were lovely and some were quite glamorous, but if I get to be in it next year, I do believe I’ll be adding “award winning table setter” to my resume!

Seven tables in the Fine Dining Competition
Seven tables in the Fine Dining competition
Bue ribbon for New Year's Eve
Bue ribbon winner for New Year’s Eve category
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Blue ribbon winner for the Wedding Reception category

Trip 3 – Mom and the thrift store. Mom, as usual, was delightful and loved the treat I brought her.  I found two unusual things at the thrift store stop – a set of Tiara Glass Ponderosa footed tumblers and a stein ice bucket.  Aren’t they great additions to our Vintage Bar collection?

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Love the foot on these pine cone glasses and the stein is actually an ice bucket!

Trip 4 – Merry Hill Farm.  Three goals were related to Merry Hill Farm – the book, the special pricing and the vignette.  Got all done!  Thanks to feedback from Carrie, Trudy and Randy, I finalized the special offers to couples who book with Southern Vintage Table, Fernrock Farm and Merry Hill.  The beautiful trio of venue, flowers and vintage china is the perfect package for a special event!  Our book for Merry HIll arrived Friday – perfect timing for Saturday’s couples coming to Merry Hill.  And, here’s the vignette I delivered and set up.

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A sample collection of vintage wares available at Southern Vintage Table

Other goals.  I cleaned 6 pieces of silver – got a full basket still left to do.  I started measuring and taking photos of the lace toppers.  As I put them on the clothes line, I noticed that I have some repair work to do on several.  Sigh… but not a surprise with vintage linens  I didn’t iron one napkin, didn’t take inventory of the new china additions nor did I paint and distress this week.  I did put up a chalk board for blog ideas but need to add more.

With the beautiful weather ahead, I look forward to my work week at Southern Vintage Table and checking off my old/new list.  As far as my grade, I’m giving myself an extension but so far, it’s looking pretty darn good!

PS – Here are Carrie and Trudy looking at the Decorated Cake competition at the fair.  Yes, they were beautiful!  Inspired us to go to our next stop – fried elephant ears.  Can’t go to the fair and not get something fried, right?  And, you have to see the giant pumpkins, too!

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It was hot and delicious!
Award winning pumpkins!
Award winning pumpkins!

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Vintage Feature – My Week Ahead

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One lesson I am learning as the small business owner of Southern Vintage Table is to set goals for my week ahead and create a schedule. This practice keeps me focused, busy and positive! Here’s what I am working on for this week- and probably into next week, too.

1.  Write a blog and keep it real.  (Working on this goal right now.)  Publish Monday. Get an idea board for future blog topics.

2.  Produce and order a photo book with Carrie from Fernrock Farm in collaboration with Merry Hill Farm.  Deliver to Lynne at Merry Hill on Friday for Saturday’s appointments.

Here's a screen shot of our  first draft
Here’s a screen shot of our first draft

3.  Finalize special pricing packages for Merry Hill clients.  Print copies and get vintage china vignette ready for Friday delivery.

4.  Visit nursery with Carrie to pick up indoor sedums to plant in china teacups for Merry Hill vignette and future clients.  Drill holes in teacups and plant sedums.

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Here’s a teacup that had a a chip but was too beautiful not to use on the table. So, it now has hens and biddies!

5.  Visit the NC State Fair Fine Dining exhibit. (Yes, they have a competition for table decorating but there is a lottery for entrants.  Unfortunately, I didn’t not get selected but I’m going to do a little research and be ready for next year! I’m working on an idea that uses one of the vintage trumpets I won at the auction as a center piece.)

6.  Plan with Carrie our next marketing strategy (wedding planners and caterers?)  and set appointments.

7.  Take photos of recent china pattern purchases for inventory book and for upcoming blog. (I picked up a beautiful pattern from the 1930s that I can’t wait to share!)

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Sneak peek – this beautiful vintage china pattern is from the 1930s.

8.  Measure and take photos of lace toppers for inventory book and upcoming blog.

9.  Paint and distress recently purchased frames.  Buy blackboard, have it cut and mounted in each.  Take photos and inventory.

10.  Clean recently purchased silverware. Take inventory. (I may try a new technique for cleaning off tarnish that uses baking soda, aluminum foil and boiling water.)

Beautiful pattern!  Can't wait to reveal the sheen of the silver underneath that tarnish!
Beautiful pattern! Can’t wait to reveal the sheen of the silver underneath that tarnish!

11.  Iron and sort vintage napkins.

12.  Stop by a couple of thrift stores on my way to visit my mom. (Love this part of my job!)

LOTS to do, but after years of teaching, planning and grading papers, I LOVE that my work schedule includes trips to the state fair, a nursery and a few thrift stores! Work is fun and fun is work!

Vintage Feature – The Feel of Vintage Glassware

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Amber, green and blue textured vintage glassware

Armed with nearly a hundred receptors in each, your fingertips perceive your personal environment – soft or hard, cold or warm, pain or pleasure. While pain receptors help us know when we are hurt, receptors also help us feel pleasure – like when you pick up a textured vintage goblet or glass.

One distinguishing feature of many vintage patterns of glassware is texture – it can be cut or pressed glass, bumpy, or cubed. Vintage colors span the rainbow, with greens, yellows, blues, pinks, reds, and clear.  There are many, many patterns and here are some of our favorites of amber, green, and blue glassware at Southern Vintage Table.

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The green and gold are Milano and the blue is Driftwood.

I call this crinkle glass and have seen it described as lava glass, bark, or bumpy, but two official pattern names are Milano, manufactured by Anchor Hocking, and Driftwood by Seneca.  Both patterns come in varied colors and Southern Vintage Table has many in green, gold, blue, and clear.  I love the way this glass feels in my hand and how the light shines through it.

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Beautiful vintage blue glassware

Both the color and texture are noticed in these beautiful blue vintage glasses. The first pattern is Tartan by Anchor Hocking and the other goblet is Facets by Libbey/Rock Sharpe glassware.  The pattern names of the two circular tumblers are unknown.  Wouldn’t these all be lovely with vintage blue and white plates?

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Vintage Whitehall glasses

One of my favorite patterns is Whitehall Colony glassware.  It’s heft and cubed texture make it just perfect to sip any cold beverage.  The colors are also varied – harvest gold, amber, avocado green, light blue, emerald green, and clear.

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Country Garden in blue and amber

This happy vintage pattern is called Country Garden made by Libbey/Rock Sharpe.  Discontinued in the mid 1970s, this embossed flower pattern embodies the saying “flower power.”

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Colony’s Crown tumblers have rich hues of green, amber and blue.

One style of glassware that fits perfectly in your hands has a “thumbprint” indentation.  Colony’s Crown pattern is one and we have this lovely glassware in green, gold, and blue.  We also have goblets in green and bowls in amber.

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Provincial by Imperial Glass
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We have Old Williamsburg in green and clear.

Imperial Glass has several patterns that use the thumbprint feel.  Two are Provinicial and Williamsburg.  Their green and amber colors are rich and the feel of the glass is impressive.

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Recent additions to our collection!

The final set of featured goblets are our most recent additions.  I found them at a thrift store and both the owner and I had never seen these!  They are very substantial and unusual with the coolest feet and pedestal.  The citron green goblet was manufactured by Franciscan Crystal in the 1970s and the pattern is called Madeira.  I cannot find the dark green goblet with the bark-like texture but I haven’t given up just yet!  It’s full of details and I’m certain I’ll eventually find out more.  Any help out there identifying is welcomed!

The sparkle on the table is the glassware and vintage glassware patterns give you much more – texture, heft, deep colors, and history!  These patterns and more are available at Southern Vintage Table for your guests’ pleasure and enjoyment!

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Vintage Feature – Layering with Square Vintage Plates

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Square vintage plates are now high on my list of favorites here at Southern Vintage Table.  Whether it’s a dinner, salad or dessert plate, glass or porcelain, the unexpected shape is a sweet surprise!  They look terrific layered and also make fabulous serving dishes.

One classic vintage square plate pattern is Madrid by Federal Glass, manufactured during the early 1930s in Columbus, Ohio.  This is the only Madrid dinner plate I have found on my adventures and will be a lovely serving plate for sweet treats or hors d’oeuvres.

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This depression glass pattern was also made in clear, pink, green and blue.
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Here’s a beter look at the intricate detail of the Madrid pattern.

Classic blue and white – a look we all love. This white swirl salad plate by Johnson Brothers between the two vintage blue dishes makes this place setting distinctive.

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Liberty Blue, Regency White and Bluebonnet vintage china patterns

This setting features a square plate with a Godey print.  The image comes from a publication called Godey’s Lady’s Book which was popular in the mid to late1800s.  Here’s a link to the site, Accessible Archives, with articles from this vintage publication – very interesting material!

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The sheen of gold on this plate is stunning!

This final layered settings are for that high drama look. These vintage china patterns featuring gold and flowers and beautiful by themselves but layered together, wow!

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Gold and flowers – perfect combination!
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Ooh-la-la! The gold glitters in this place setting!

Square is in – at least for vintage china place settings.  They can be center stage or the backdrop pattern but two things are for certain  – they will add pizzazz to your table and Southern Vintage Table is ready to help!

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Vintage Feature – It is Easy Being Green

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Green is much more than a color… it’s the essence of nature and environmental enlightenment. The color green is also classic vintage.

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Vintage goblets in a range of beautiful greens.

Vintage plates featuring green range from a delicate sprinkle to a vividly bold pattern.

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These vintage china patterns are from the 1920s-30s.
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Bold vintage green pattern

The avocado green and teals of vintage vases are quintessential midcentury. Texture also was popular with vintage glassware.

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Classic green textured vases – aren’t they lovely?

So, sorry Kermit, being green is easy with Southern Vintage Table!  Whether you are looking for classic green crinkle goblets or the delicate pink dinner plates, choosing us means you are choosing green.  From vintage plates to vintage decor, our inventory is eco-friendly, rescued, restored and ready for you to appreciate and share with your guests.

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Choosing green doesn’t always mean the color green!

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Vintage Feature – Raise the Party Bar with Southern Vintage Table

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Beautiful vintage glass ice buckets and decanters

Having a party and want something that’s gonna raise the bar just a bit?  Pun intended, of course…  Consider renting vintage bar supplies from Southern Vintage Table.

We have vintage ice buckets and decanters; vintage relish dishes, snack bowls, platters and small snack plates; an eclectic mix of vintage stainless steel flatware; and vintage glassware.  We also have an assortment of tubs to chill your beer or other drinks for your guests.

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VIntage relish dishes
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We have lots of green, gold and clear goblets.
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Chilled beer in tub
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Vintage decanters can be filled with spirits or used as a vase on your vintage bar!

So, throw a party in vintage style with a little help from Southern Vintage Table!  Check out our Pinterest board for more photos and ideas!

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Vintage Feature – A Symbol of Love and Prosperity is… Wheat

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While collecting vintage china patterns for Southern Vintage Table, I have found many vintage patterns with wheat shafts. Why wheat, I wondered?  It’s brown and umm … brown.  I knew there must be a story behind it.  Well, of course, there is.

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Wheat designs on three vintage china patterns – HLC2022, Golden Wheat, GRI207

Wheat symbolizes many good things in life.  To name just a few –  prosperity, love, home and hearth, harvest, spring, birth and hope.  In the bible wheat is the symbol for righteous people.  No wonder it was popular on china, to be seen everyday at the family dining table!

One of the most prevalent patterns in the mid 1950s was Golden Wheat by Homer Laughlin, featured in the middle of the photo above.  It was a marketing gimmick of Duz detergent – they wanted to have an edge over Tide, so they started including china dishes in their boxes of detergent!  Don’t you wish someone would do that again?

The third image above is a beautiful golden scalloped edged pattern on a luscious cream background.  I came upon it at a local thrift store – there was an entire set!  One of the volunteers, Polly, and I sat down on the floor and examined each piece, reveling in its design and beauty.  The pattern is from Grindley, manufactured in England and dates during the 1940s-50s.  Of course, I bought it!

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Vintage china wheat pattern from Grindley

One more trio of wheat images is below from the 40s-60s.  The first two are on fine porcelain china and the third has a beautiful teal coloring.

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Three vintage china wheat patterns – Platinum Wheat, THA1 Wheat and Autumn Harvest

So, lovely wheat is in – at least on vintage china patterns – and we have them available for you at Southern Vintage Table!

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Vintage Feature – Three Vintage China Patterns and their West Virginia Connection

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As I have researched the vintage china patterns I have collected for Southern Vintage Table, I have also learned about the companies that designed them. Here are three wonderful vintage china patterns with variations of lovely pink flowers. The three patterns were produced near West Chester, West Virginia by three different pottery companies, none of which are in business today.

Rosebud Bouquet by Harker Pottery Company

I remember the first piece of Harker Pottery I found years ago when I was collecting plates to break for my mosaic projects. The pattern was teal green and had this rope design around the rim. I fell in love with it, and even though it had obvious defects, I could never bring myself to break it. Since then, I have collected more Harker pieces and still marvel at their story. Touted as the oldest pottery company in the United States, Harker Pottery started in a log cabin in 1840 in East Liverpool, Ohio. In the 1930s, it moved to Chester, West Virginia and remained in business until the early 1970s. This pattern, part of a series called Royal Gadroon, was popular during the 1940s-1950s.

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Rosebud Bouquet by Harker

Green Arbor by Continental Kilns

This lovely hand painted pattern was one of the first pieces I found for my vintage china rental business,  Southern Vintage Table.  I love not only the raised design but also the pink and green color combination.  Continental Kilns was based in West Virginia and operated during the 1940s through the late 1950s.

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This vintage china pattern features hand painted flowers.

Appalachian Heirloom by Taylor, Smith & Taylor

I remember the day I found a set of this china pattern at the thrift store. They were dusty, dirty and priced to sell. When I brought them home and washed them, the stunning beauty of the pattern emerged. The company, Taylor, Smith & Taylor, existed from 1899 until the early 1980s in Chester, West Virginia. I couldn’t find the date of this pattern but I believe it’s from the 1950s.

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The band of dark teal sets off the pink flowers of this vintage china pattern.

Three beautiful vintage china patterns, all produced in West Virginia by three different pottery companies, are part of our dinner table past. Pieces from each of these vintage patterns are available for your next gathering from Southern Vintage Table!

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Vintage Feature – Remember the ’60s Jingle, “Mix and match, it’s fun to do…” ?

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These three floral vintage china patterns are lovely!

Okay, I’m revealing my age a bit, something that doesn’t bother me at all, but this 60s jingle has stuck with me for over 50 years!  I was really into Barbie when I was young and I loved to change her outfits.  “Mix and match, it’s fun to do, what Barbie wears is up to you…” spoke to me as a young girl of the 1960s.

Well, this jingle now goes perfectly with the table philosophy of Southern Vintage Table – love to mix and match patterns in every color, in any pattern from every decade. It’s like bringing together generations of families who sat at their dinner table throughout the century.  Mix and match is still fun to do!

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The vintage glass bowl gives you a peek of the rose in the china pattern underneath!
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Three charming vintage patterns look sweet!

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Mixing and matching three fabulous brown vintage china plates!

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