Vintage News – We Are Thankful

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We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As previous years’ posts have shared, our extended family meets every year for this favorite holiday, continuing a tradition started by our grandparents and parents over 50 years ago. Feasting, sharing memories, and catching up with family makes this holiday so special to all of us.

In honor of this season of gratitude, we want to give thanks for our good fortune at Southern Vintage Table. First, we are most grateful for our clients who have chosen our company to be a part of the wedding, luncheon, shower, dinner party, or corporate gathering. Meeting and helping you create the perfect celebration has been a great honor and sincere pleasure.

In the same vein, an enthusiastic shout out goes to our social media followers for keeping up with our business, liking and commenting on our posts, and just being there for us. We hope you know that showing your social media love is greatly appreciated!

We are also grateful to the creative vendors with whom we have worked to create amazing styled shoots. It is a joy to see how our pieces are used and we appreciate you inviting us to help.

And, finally, we are grateful for our new space. Since moving in last April, we have organized our vintage collections, met with numerous clients, and continue to update our offerings. This month we’ll concentrate on our decor and linens room and then we’ll be ready to give you a virtual tour!

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A. Milne

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Southern Vintage Table Events – Our Vintage Coffee Cups & Goblets Go Disco!

Vintage Coffee Mugs

We love a themed wedding and being a fan of the 70s, Hannah and Bobby’s vibrant wedding was big hit with us! Designed and planned by Chelsey Sanderson of Charlotte Fête and photographed by Amy Ellis Photography, this wedding was full of treasures from this decade. Our contribution to this festive occasion were our vintage colored goblets for cocktail hour and vintage coffee cups for the end of the evening. .

Normally we only feature photos of our vintage items, however; we knew you’d really enjoy seeing a few more of this hip reception. Kudos to designer/planner Chelsey Sanderson, photographer Amy Ellis, florist Narcisse Greenway Design, and the other vendors for their awesome work!

Congratulations, Hannah and Bobby! May your life tougher be as fun, colorful, and amazing as your wedding day!

Venue – Foundation for the Carolinas
Photography – Amy Ellis Photography
Planner/Designer – Chelsey Sanderson, Charlotte Fête
Catering – Best Impressions
Floral Design – Narcisse Greenway Design
Light Design – Eye Dialogue
Pies & Cookies – Villani’s Bakery
Rentals – Party Reflections, CE Rentals, Southern Vintage Table, Nuage Designs, BBJ Linen
Hair Artist – Natalie Gladden/NL Glam
Photo Booth – Shutterbooth
Lounge Furniture/Bar Cabinet – Old South Vintage Rentals
DJ – Bunn DJ Company
Day of Paper Items/Signs – Olive Paper
Invitation Suite – Libby Tipton

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Vintage Adventures – New Thrift Store Treasures at SVT

Stoneware Plate
Vintage Dusky Blue Goblets

SVT has been in a busy, busy stretch with events and client meetings and in-between, we’ve been “procuring inventory, ” which is the fancy term for hitting the thrift stores. Hee hee! We thought you might want to see what we found these last two weeks. Although we can’t give away our secret places, we can say that these came from 4 of our favorite spots.

We mentioned these vintage dusky blue goblets in a recent Facebook post. It was a true vintage find – 9 total, 8 at one thrift shop and one more at another, all in the same day. This color is highly popular and we are so happy to add these to our collection!

These vintage silver-plated items are soooo nice! The compote needs a little polishing, but there are no dents nor pits. Imagine this filled with apples, lemons, or even a lovely floral bouquet! We love this unique flatware pattern, too. Found bagged up, when we got back to the studio we discovered that instead of stainless, it’s inlaid silver-plated. They will look terrific with our other vintage mixed patterns.

Perhaps the most atypical find were these vintage bobeches! These unique items are used to catch the wax from a taper candle. Some are plastic and some are glass but all are great to have in our inventory for someone looking to protect the surface under the candleholder.

You might think we found these two vintage tea pieces at the same place and time but that’s didn’t happen. They were at two separate thrift stores and found days apart but they do look so lovely together!

Finally, we came across these darling stoneware patterns. As vintage stoneware becomes more appreciated, we want to make certain we can accommodate our clients with enough for their guests!

Lastly, we’ve been contemplating our featured posts on Instagram and Facebook. Thanks to those who have chimed in – we hope to start soon!

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News & Updates – Strategizing with Social Media


Delicious food (the grilled cheese sandwich with mozzarella on olive bread was soooo yummy), inspiring speakers, beautiful ambience (complete with enormous chandeliers), and sharing it all with a great friend – we’d say it was a pretty darn good day at the INNfluenced Conference held at the Carolina Inn this past Thursday. With a focus on social media, the speakers shared their successes on growing their business with these tools.

The strategy that caught our attention was how to structure entries on social media accounts so that posting is regular and anticipated. Using themes for certain days of the week, followers will know what to expect and even look forward to that day’s post. We didn’t realize it, but with our weekly Sunday website blog post, one day is already set on both Intagram and Facebook – Sunday’s Blog Post day. We haven’t called it as such but look for it today! (If you have any ideas for a better name, please share!)

Since there are 6 more days to cover, we needed a few more ideas that would jive with our vintage rental business – themes to delight and excite our followers. Here are a few possibilities we have so far …

Whew! Even though we have more ideas than days, we are still brainstorming. Questions we have to consider include – Which ideas will be the best fit with our vintage inventory and rental business? What day of the week pairs best with the focus theme? How do we manage photos, copy, and tags? Once we get it all figured out, we’ll start small, with two or three designated days, and then hopefully expand!

If you have any ideas or suggestions, please share, because that’s how we all do it better – learning from each other!

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Southern Vintage Table Events – The Joyful Wedding Day of Abbie & David

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As a vendor who delivers vintage tableware before and returns after the wedding, oftentimes we don’t get to witness the celebration firsthand. Thankfully, however, we do get to experience the weddings through shared photographs. When we opened up Abbie and David’s album and scanned through Autumn Harrison’s incredible photographs, we were struck by the immense joy, love, and happiness portrayed in these images.

The ceremony and celebration was held at a beautiful, working farm in northern Orange County, Windy Hill. The caretakers take immense pride in their land and myriad of animals and, as good stewards, they offer their place to folks who appreciate nature and farming as much as they do. This charming, historic, and authentic venue was exactly what Abbie and David were seeking when they decided to get married here.

We hope you enjoy this brief look at their happy wedding day, with some really pretty photos of our sweet wildflower stoneware and colored goblets. 🙂 As you will see, Abbie and David’s vision was creative, fun, and perfect for this lovely venue. Also, we couldn’t resist sharing an incredible photo of pies – lots of pies – baked by East Durham Pie. They look amazing!

Congratulations, Abbie and David, and best wishes for a blissful and joyful life together!

Photographer – Autumn Harrison Photography
Planner – Maegen Robers-Harsch, BASH Events
Venue – Windy Hill Farm
Florals – Bowerbird Flowers
Caterer – Alpalca Chicken
Desserts – East Durham Pie
DJ – MC Sound Productions
Serving Service – Happiest Hostess
Tableware Rentals – Southern Vintage Table

Abby, thank you so much for this wonderful review on Wedding Wire! We truly enjoyed being part of your wedding day and loved working with your vision!

Shelly will bring your vision to life & make your tables look incredible!

Shelly is amazing! She has so many options for plates, glasses, and everything in between— she is so helpful in making your vision come to life, even if you’re not quite sure what it is you’re looking for. She was incredibly dependable and great to work with, and the table scapes she created for us matched our wedding vibe PERFECTLY. She provided colorful goblets, flower plates, napkins, flatware, mugs, dessert plates, and it all was wonderful! We loved working with her 🙂

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Vintage Feature – Edwin M. Knowles China, a USA Company

Forsythia by Edwin Knowles

Doesn’t this charming plate epitomize vintage? We first thought it was a cake plate because of the handles on each side, but we were wrong! It’s a classic art deco shape called Yorktown, created in 1938 by one of America’s most successful china company, The Edwin M. Knowles China Company.

The mark on the back shows the maker (The Edwin M. Knowles China Co.) and the shape name (Yorktown) but not the pattern, which is Tia Juana. According to Robbins Nest, this pattern shape was first introduced in 1938. Perhaps more interesting though, it includes “Union Made in U.S.A.” to broadcast that the china was made by workers who were fairly paid and treated by their employer.

Looking through the extensive collection of pattern photos on Replacements, Inc., we soon realized we had several Knowles patterns that illustrate the breadth of patterns and shapes this once-thriving pottery company offered to its customers.

Edwin M. Knowles China Company began in 1900 in Chester, West Virginia. Over six decades, the company produced dinnerware considered to be of the highest quality, and their popularity and production increased over the next 60 years. The factory closed its doors in the early 1960s due to the influx of cheaper foreign imports – a common story for many US potteries.

Read more about Knowles at the Robbins Nest, Laurel Hollow Park, and Vintage Eve’s.

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Southern Vintage Table Events – The White House on Washington Shoot, Part 2

Yippee! We have more photos to share from the The White House on Washington Shoot. Last week’s blog featured Stephanie Batten’s work and this post showcases photos captured by Taylor Prickett. Enjoy!

Event Planner/Designer– Bess and Beau @bessandbeau and Stephanie Batten Photography @taylorprickett_
Venue– The White House on Washington (7920 E. Washington Street, Mebane NC 27302) @whitehouseonwashington
Bridal Dresses– Oak City Bridal @oakcitybridal
Hair– Kristan Osoria @kristanosoria.brides
Makeup– WINK Hair & Makeup @winkhairandmakeup
Florist– Knots ‘N Such @knots_n_such 
Styling Boards– Styling Unmatched @styling.unmatched
Tableware– Southern Vintage Table @southernvintagetable2
Invitation Suites & Place Settings
Ivy + Linen Design Co @ivyandlinendesign 
Brown Fox Creative @brownfoxcreative 
Works of Harte- @worksofharte
Megan Morales @meganmoralesphoto
Jessica Martinez @jessieluvulots
Alison Howell @nobleviolet321
Dillon Nyman @DillonNyman
Candace Long @candace_jane
Chelsea Lopez @cholito.burrito
Carly Hinson @carlyhinsonphoto
Jewelry– Poppy & Co. @_poppy_co_
Cake– The Sweetest Things NC- Melanie Brown@thesweetestthingsnc
Bridesmaid Dresses– Southern Bride @southernbride
Groom’s Tux– Southern Bride @southernbride

Southern Vintage Table Events – Styled Shoot at The White House on Washington

Vintage Silver Tray Display
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A “new” historic venue in Mebane, NC has recently opened its doors after an extensive renovation by its new owners, Celine and Aubrey Meador. Now known as the The White House on Washington, this beautiful home was once the home of the owners of the renowned White Furniture, a company that made fine furniture in downtown Mebane starting in the 1890s until the 1990s. Although White Furniture is no longer in business, this factory building, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, has a new purpose as chic industrial apartments called The Lofts of White Furniture. Two wonderful legacies were left by the sons of Stephen White, a co-founder of the town itself!

These photos, courtesy of Stephanie Batten Photography, were taken at the very first shoot of The White House on Washington. We love how she styled our vintage wares on the tables and look forward to our first celebration as a vendor!

Learn more about this stately historic venue at this Southern Bride and Groom’s feature story. Also, read about the White Furniture Company on NCPedia and more about Celine and Aubrey Meador’s Mebane Historical Museum’s Preservation Award in the October 23rd edition of the Mebane Enterprise.

Here’s the group of vendors who were involved in this beautiful shoot!

Event Planner/Designer– Bess and Beau @bessandbeau and Stephanie Batten Photography @stephaniebattenphotography
Venue– The White House on Washington (7920 E. Washington Street, Mebane NC 27302) @whitehouseonwashington
Bridal Dresses– Oak City Bridal @oakcitybridal
Hair– Kristan Osoria @kristanosoria.brides
Makeup– WINK Hair & Makeup @winkhairandmakeup
Florist– Knots ‘N Such @knots_n_such 
Styling Boards– Styling Unmatched @styling.unmatched
Tableware– Southern Vintage Table @southernvintagetable2
Invitation Suites & Place Settings
Ivy + Linen Design Co @ivyandlinendesign 
Brown Fox Creative @brownfoxcreative 
Works of Harte- @worksofharte
Megan Morales @meganmoralesphoto
Jessica Martinez @jessieluvulots
Alison Howell @nobleviolet321
Dillon Nyman @DillonNyman
Candace Long @candace_jane
Chelsea Lopez @cholito.burrito
Carly Hinson @carlyhinsonphoto
Jewelry– Poppy & Co. @_poppy_co_
Cake– The Sweetest Things NC- Melanie Brown @thesweetestthingsnc
Bridesmaid Dresses– Southern Bride @southernbride
Groom’s Tux– Southern Bride @southernbride

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Southern Vintage Table Events – The Pink of Perfection!

Vintage Pink Place Setting

Last May Carrie and I drove down to White Lake’s FFA Center to deliver 325 vintage pink-themed dinner plates for Madison and Paul’s reception. As we pulled in and saw the moss-covered trees, clear, calm water, and rustic pier and boardwalk, we knew this was going to be one beautiful, romantic celebration. Under the guidance of wedding planner extraordinaire, Gina Myers of La Cosa Bella Events, and captured by the talented Faith Teasley, the photos revealed that every detail was perfect as pink!

Thank you, Gina, for inviting us to help with the reception, and Faith, for sharing these amazing photos. And, of course, thank you, Madison and Paul, for giving us the opportunity to be a part of your wedding celebration. Best wishes for a wonderful, beautiful life together!

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Southern Vintage Table Events – Bess & Beau’s French Country Shoot Gets Published

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Blue Vintage Table Settings

Yesterday’s mail brought some exciting news from Bess and Beau! The French Country shoot from last October was published on the Tulled, Laced and Ruffled blog and we certainly are not surprised. This shoot was full of beauty – the historic venue, the handcrafted paper flowers, the wonderful lounge set, the gorgeous floral arrangements, the vintage place settings, and two lovely models – and Stephanie Batten Photography captured it all!

We’re sharing just a smidgeon in today’s blog but you’ll definitely what to see the published article. Go see for yourself how photographer Stephanie Batten captured this French blue Bridal Brunch!

Planning and Design- Bess & Beau | Photography- Stephanie Batten Photography | Rentals- Cottage Luxe | Venue- The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel | Tableware- Southern Vintage Table | Paper Flower Wall- Bess & Beau | Makeup Artist- Karen Clark | Hair Stylist- Ashley Massengill | Models- Erika Adams & Leisha Langston

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