Vintage Feature – What’s Your Vintage Style?

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Top left photo by DHS Photography, top right by Katelyn James Photography; bottom left by Ally & Bobby Photography

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.

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Top two and bottom right photos by Ally & Bobby Photography, bottom left by Katelyn James Photography

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.

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Top and right photos by Jackson Signature Photography

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.

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Top right photo by Katelyn James Photography

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.

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Photo on left by Live View Studios; photo in upper right by Red Bridge Photography; photo on bottom right by Ally & Bobby Photography

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.

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Photos on top left and right by Live View Studios.

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.

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Vintage Feature – A Tribute to Paden City Pottery

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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?

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American Rose by Paden City

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.

Two different marks on PCP pieces. The right one is more recent.

The year was 1911 and over the next 5 decades, the pottery company grew from 50 to over 400 employees. They produced over 400 different patterns in many different styles, shapes, and colors. (To see some of their products, take a look at an article written in 1939 about Paden City Pottery on the website,  Laurel Hollow Park.)

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Floral Paden City Patterns

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.

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Pinecone by Paden City Pottery

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…

The WPA Guide to West Virginia: The Mountain State By Federal Writers’ Project

Today Paden Island is part of the Ohio River Islands Natural Wildlife Refuge, which I think would please Chief Munsie.  So, as the Paden Island story conveys, dream on, dream big, and dreams do come true!

Welcome to Paden City
West Virginia Encyclopedia
Laurel Hollow Park

History of Wetzel County, West Virginia By John C. McEldowney
The WPA Guide to West Virginia: The Mountain State By Federal Writers’ Project

  • After creating many different patterns and naming each one, many pottery companies started using their company’s initials followed by a number. So PCP stands for Paden City Pottery, Number 19.  

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Feature – Three Toots for SVT from 2016!

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Sometimes you’ve got to do it and today is our day. We are talking about sharing achievements, patting yourself on your back, or tooting your horn. We believe our clients as well as our many friends, enjoy hearing good news about anyone anytime, right? So, that’s what we are doing today – we are sharing 3 moments of great pride from this past year.

Toot 1:  Our 1st Mention in a Print Publication!

It was thrilling to see our name in two features in this beautiful publication and are very grateful to the Southern Weddings crew for inviting us. (And, this first is followed by a second this January!  SVT is in the Winter/Spring 2017 edition of Southern Bride.)

Toot 2:  Our 2nd Wedding Wire’s Couple’s Choice Award

We opened up our email Tuesday morning and were greeted with this fantastic news.  Southern Vintage Table has been named 2017 Couple’s Choice by Wedding Wire!  This is fantastic news and we are so honored. Many thanks to our clients who submitted reviews of our services!

Toot 3:  Finished our 3rd Year and Ready for Year 4!

Three toots for our past three years in business and we are ready for our 4th !  Got an event planned for this year?  We are here to help!

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Vintage Feature – Vintage Bobèche Bling Bling

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We learned a new word this week – bobèche.  It’s such an elegant sounding word – pronounced as bō-ˈbāsh – and it’s something you’ve probably seen but didn’t know that it had such a cool name.  So, what is a (now practice saying it) bobèche?

A bobèche is the collar placed under a candle or light and adorned with crystals and pretty do-dads. The collars might be made from plastic, glass, or metal. Fun, huh?  They make any brass, pewter, silver, and glass candle holder look so glam!

Vintage Candle Holders with Bobeches

After experimenting with our collection of bobèches, we are itching to try out a few ideas. We’re not ready to share them just yet except to say we’ve seen some pretty crystals that match the colors of our vintage jewel-toned goblets. Oops, we probably said too much.   In the meantime, after this tumultuous week, this empowering quote has given me new purpose.

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
W. Clement Stone

Wishing you all a terrific week.

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Vintage Feature – Let Us Help You with the Holidays!

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Are you already in the holiday mood and thinking about family gatherings coming up? Whether it’s a Thanksgiving reunion, a family Christmas dinner, or a holiday meal with friends, we can provide you with all the tableware basics and more. We have open dates in November and December, and when you mention the ad above, we’ll provide a quote with a 10% discount. Give us a ring or send us an email!

(PS – We can also help with other celebrations – baby and bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, birthday dinners…)

Southern Vintage Table Thanksgiving Tables

Southern Vintage Table Holiday Tables

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Vintage Feature – Retro, Chunky, & Cool Coffee Mugs

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage Mugs

No doubt, we L-O-V-E vintage glassware – the colors, heft, patterns, and textures – but today we want to give centerstage to their counterparts – vintage coffee mugs. Over the last few years we patiently have accumulated an array of colors, shapes, styles, and patterns and, until now, they have been stored away, waiting for the right occasion.

We have two upcoming events where these mugs will make an appearance – a Boho styled shoot this Friday with HoneyBee Mine Events at the 1870 Farm and a wedding reception in October. These hearty mugs will complement our vintage casual and stoneware plates wonderfully!

Southern Vintage Table Vintage Mugs

Southern Vintage Table Vintage MugsMany of these mugs are probably from the 1960s-1980s when shades of browns, yellows, and greens were trendy.  Some are from Japan but most were made here in the United States by companies such as Buffalo China, Syracuse China, Homer Laughlin, Shenango China, and Fire King.

Southern Vintage Table Vintage Mugs

Southern Vintage Table Vintage Mugs

We know we have at least 80 solid retro mugs in our inventory but we also have some chunky patterned ones to pull out. We think you’ll be crazy about these, too!

Southern Vintage Table Vintage Mugs

SVT Logo 2016

Vintage Feature – Vintage Centerpiece Jam Session

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Vintage Decor at Southern Vintage Table

Today is centerpiece creation day! We’ve pulled samples of  of our vintage items – milk glass vases, tins, small silver-plate trays, books, candle holders, petite art, and such – and we are ready to work with our engaged couple to help them design unique reception centerpieces.

Vintage Tins and Milk Glass at Southern Vintage Table

We’ve measured a space equal to one of their tables, set it with plates, and will be filling the center with a collection of wonderful vintage treasures.  Our goal will be to create a set of vignette formulas for their tables so there’s both cohesiveness yet unique-ness for each table.

Vintage Art and Candle Holders at Southern Vintage Table

Vintage Pewter and Brass at Southern Vintage Table

Want to know more?  Please visit our post –  Vintage Feature – Announcing Our Centerpiece Packages – and our page with our pricing  Vintage Centerpiece Packages.

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Vintage Feature – Join Us On Instagram!

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC“So, are you on Instagram?” she asked.
“No,” I replied, “but we’re on Facebook and Pinterest.”
“Oh, if you were on Instagram you could see how the tables turned out.”
“Dang,” I’m thinking. “Do we really want another social media account to manage?”
The answer turns out to be, “Yes, indeed we do!”

That was one year ago when a wedding planner explained that she would be posting photos of our vintage centerpieces on her Instagram account. We really, really wanted to see how they turned out so that night we did it – we opened up an account. It didn’t take long to understand why folks love this mobile social media app.

Instagram may be our favorite way to share our wares and see what others are doing. We still appreciate our connections through Facebook and Pinterest, but we absolutely love that Instagram is all about photos. For a visual business like ours, when we post our recent find or photos from an event, the post is fed to all of our followers. They get to see what we are doing and, in turn, we get to see what’s new with all the folks we are following.  With the hashtag feature, users can search for photos on a topic or trend (like #vintageblueandwhite) and connect with us and others who have used this hashtag to describe their photo. It’s quick, uncluttered, and a visual treat. And, did we mention fun?

Blue and White Screen Shot

After one year, we are happily posting and sharing photos, making new connections, and visually exploring the world through others’ experiences. We would love to bring you along. Follow us on Instagram (@southernvintagetable2) and if you don’t yet have an account, consider joining the Instagram community.

We have to warn you up front – it’s addicting. No joke –  you’ll find yourself checking for “likes” on your posts, looking through your feed, and searching hashtags for things you love – like #pugs or #succulents or #foodogs  or even a place, like #ncmountains – and you’re hooked. A good thing, however, is if you are looking for an inspiration, waiting for an appointment, or drinking your first cup of coffee in the morning, you have Instagram to fill that time in such a delightful way!

Here are couple of things you should know before you sign up. Instagram is meant to be a mobile app which means you take photos from your phone and upload them from your phone. On a laptop you can create and view your account, edit your descriptions, “like” others posts, and do searches but you cannot upload photos. There probably are ways around all of that but the notion of “instant-ness” is its intent. Another cool feature is that you easily can share your IG posts to your Facebook so your FB friends don’t miss out on that cool thing you just did or saw.

Lastly, you can make your account private which means only folks you have invited can view your photos but you still can view accounts that are public. In other words, you can look through the Instagram window without opening your Instagram door!

For those who may not be ready to take the leap, we now have our Instagram feed coming in our home page and we also placed it below for you to get a quick look. Listen to Eleanor and jump in!

Do one thing every day that scares you.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt (

(Please note that we are not @southernvintagetable as you might think. We stumbled at first and created this account but couldn’t figure out how to delete it so we became @southernvintagetable2. We are still working on how to get rid of the first one!)

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Here’s our feed and an easy “Follow” button if you are already part of the IG craze!

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Vintage Feature – It’s August and We’re Back!

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Southern Vintage TableOur summer hiatus is over and we are back! Our weekly Sunday blog post picks up today and lots of things have happened in July. Truthfully, we can’t check off several things on our to-do list, but we are here today to celebrate two triumphs.

1. We hit 100!

Whoop, whoop!  We now have 100 white dinner plates in our inventory. If you want a clean, crisp palette with unique touch, we have a mix of white and cream china/stoneware patterns that will add a cool factor to your tables.

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2. We went for gold!

We finally did it – got the gold spray paint out and transformed a few pieces.  We’re going to hold off sharing all of our make-overs, but here’s one that’s like, Wow.  Feature this stunner on your table to reflect a beautiful bouquet or use it as a gleaming sign. Many possibilities!

Thanks for your visit.  We thought this quote expressed our sentiments about why, alas, our to-do list is still a bit too long.

“Doing nothing is hard; you never know when you’re done.” 


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