Dirt Road to the Meadows

News – Oh, the Places They’ve Been

Five weddings, five new-to-us venues, 850 total miles, 533 total guests, and 2048 individual pieces – this week’s journey for our vintage beauties has been quite a story. For us, it has been both a challenge and a privilege to fulfill our clients’ requests for their wedding day with the range of our vintage items in our inventory.

Upon reflection, we realized this weekend was a big deal for Southern Vintage Table, and although we still have lots to do on the backend, we feel quite accomplished.

For weeks we planned for this group of weddings, made sure we had the right crates and racks to transport the number of dishes, coordinated delivery and pickup dates/times, and finalized orders. The dishwasher hummed for days as dishes were freshly cleaned, crates labeled and packed, and set aside by client.

You may wonder, what were those 2048 items we sent out? Here’s the count!

  • 800 salad/dessert/saucer plates
  • 325 colored water goblets (amber, light green, light teal, and blue)
  • 230 dinner plates
  • 225 gold flatware pieces
  • 70 teacups
  • 64 berry bowls
  • 50 wine goblets
  • 60 napkins
  • 40 clear tumblers
  • 40 clear coupe goblets
  • 40 brass candleholders
  • 30 brass napkin holders
  • 21 assorted decor pieces
  • 9 teapots
  • 8 books and tins
  • 5 decanters
  • 4 sugar & creamers
  • 4 tiered stands
  • 2 easels and 2 frames

One more return tomorrow/today and everything will be back at the studio. Cleaning, drying, and restocking are well underway while we also prepare for the upcoming week’s event – an annual tea party. Selecting teacups, saucers, plates, and pots is always a treat for us!

This long anticipated week is over and we feel a bit weary, but also invigorated by the folks we met along the way, the sights we enjoyed, and the side trips to a few thrift stores. 🙂 After delivering to The Meadows on Thursday, we sat for a spell and captured this beautiful, serene view.

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Vintage Place Setting

News – Luxurious Florals with Lovely Vintage China

Wow wow wow! We absolutely adore this vintage art deco place setting that Diane of Bowerbird Flowers chose to use on her table at The Meadows Open House. Her stunning floral creations are crazy beautiful and the cut glass green glasses by Eutopia are perfection. Bravo, Mina Photography for artfully capturing this gorgeous display!

Photography – Mina Photography
Venue – The Meadows
Florals – Bowerbird Flowers
Vintage Place Settings (plates, champagne, flatware) – Southern Vintage Table
Vintage Decor (silver-plate candelabra and candle holders) – Southern Vintage Table
Cut Green Glasses – Eutopia
Linens – American Party Rentals

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The Rental Process at SVT

News – The Vintage Rental Process – We Are Here for You!

You are planning a wedding, dinner party, birthday celebration, cocktail party, or baby shower and looking for something unique, fun, and eco-friendly. You kinda know what you want but need to see how it will actually look. This is where we come in!

We love sharing our inventory and ideas but, more importantly, we totally dig the part where we help YOU create YOUR vintage look. It might be elegant or boho, blue & white or white, amber goblets or clear – whatever it is, it will be the design you love. Ready to know more?

It all begins with an email, a completed form from the contact page, a phone call, or an inquiry through Wedding Wire or The Knot. From there, we gather information regarding the date, guest size, and venue to make sure we are available for you. If everything is open, we can continue through email or setup an appointment at the studio. Of course, we love to have visitors at the studio! Here’s what you can expect to see…

When you open the front door, you’ll walk into the first door to Southern Vintage Table’s studio. Immediately you will be amazed by an unbelievable display of colorful vintage goblets, clear goblets, and glass dishes. One wall is filled with vintage dinner plates – white stoneware, blue & white, red & white, and elegant pink florals. Sometimes overlooked are the rows of vintage pitchers and decanters on the top shelves. Our vintage flatware – silver-plate, stainless, and gold – are in bins, including serving pieces such as tongs, salad servers, cake servers, and punch bowl ladles.

Our vintage retro, stoneware, and gold & white dinner plate collection is on shelves in the next room. You’ll also find blue & white, white, and floral salad/dessert plates along with an amazing display of teapots, teacups, and tiered stands. In the second photo you can see the shelves filled with blue & white pots, vases, candleholders, ginger jars, and umbrella stands. So much to see!

Connecting to this room are shelves of vintage serving dishes, cake stands, milk glass vases as well as silver-plated teapots, sugar & creamers. We also have wood serving pieces such as bowls, trays, and cake stands.

The back room is stocked with, well, everything else – vintage candleholders, brass planters, suitcases, cameras, clocks, silver-plate pieces, linens, and so much more. This space is filled with inspiration!

After a quick tour of the rooms, we’ll set the stage for your tablescape by covering either the round or rectangular table with linen color of your choice. The magic then begins! You select the vintage plates, goblets, flatware, whatever, and begin designing the table. If interested, you can add the vintage decor such as candleholders, votives, and vasesl. We even have faux flowers to fill the vases so you can see how the complete table will look!

Once your vision materializes and you are nothing but thrilled, we’ll make note of the pieces you’ve selected and discuss any other details pertinent to the event. Through email, we’ll email a rental proposal and contract for your approval. When everything is just as you wish, you’ll send a signed contract and a nonrefundable deposit to hold the pieces for your date. We even have 3 ways to pay – check, PenPal, and Venmo.

Closer to the date, the rental order is reviewed and revised as needed, the balance submitted, and then your vintage party package can either be delivered or picked up.

That’s it! Let the celebration begin…

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Wall Display of Vintage Silver-plated Trays

News – The Shelves at Retro & Boho are Stocked and Ready

Retro and Boho is ready for customers! Priscilla and I have been back and forth to Melville Trading Post all week with vintage and handcrafted items, labeling them with tags and finding that perfect place for them on the shelves and walls. To our delight we had sold several items on Wednesday! Whoo hoo1

We love the atmosphere at Melville, the eclectic mix of inventory, and the folks that stroll through looking for something a bit different from what you might find at a retail store. This has become a happy place for us and we hope you’ll stop by soon!

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News – Retro and Boho Opening at Melville Trading Company

It’s happening this week! We are opening a booth at the awesome Melville Trading Company in historic downtown Mebane on Clay Street. Here’s a bit of history we just learned about this space.

Our name “Melville Trading Company” pays tribute to our location in the old Melville Chevrolet building in historic downtown Mebane. Eight thousand square feet of beautifully restored industrial loft-style space where shopping now takes the place of tuneups and oil drains.

– Melville Trading Company

The best news is that we have a partner – Priscilla, who knows a thing or two about boho, retro, vintage, and thrifting. She’s taught us lots about this realm and we are super excited to do this together.

Our booth will be ready this week and we’ve got lots to do! Select, clean, cut tags, price, and label our wares. After our busy, busy weekend, with a delivery to Pippin Farm near Charlottesville, and pickups for a birthday party, bridal shower, and a wedding in the woods, getting this space ready is now at the top of our list.

Our inventory will include both retro and boho with handcrafted decoupaged bottles and shells, vintage plates, vases, pitchers, and assorted vintage items we have yet to put in the pile.

Come by to see our space! We are booth in 5B and we’ll be redesigning what you see in the photo below. So looking forward to seeing the After!

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News – Look Who’s Here – Isla!!

We are tickled to introduce you to our new grand baby, Isla Elaine! Recently SVT took off a couple of weeks from blogging and Miss Isla is the reason – who can blog or do much of anything else when you get to hold your first grand baby.

Our daughter, Taylor, and her husband, Cameron, invited us to meet their sweet girl so Randy and I drove 2 days to Boston, taking the longer, more scenic route to avoid the busy highway. It was good trip and the closer we got, the more excited we were to meet our baby granddaughter.

Our new names are Yayee (that’s me) and Grandy (which is the most perfect name for Randy!) Yayee is the name my twin brother called me because he had a hard time saying “Shelly” and I started calling him Yayee, too. I wish I knew why! It must have been a little confusing because Yayee always was the culprit behind any misbehavior. One sweet memory I’ll have forever is that my Aunt Maeline called me Yayee even when I was a grown woman. She had this sweet way of saying it that made me feel loved. It will be awhile, but I do look forward to hearing Isla call me Yayee.

Of course, as all grandparents would say, Yayee and Grandy thinks she’s the most adorable baby ever. Cameron and Taylor are smitten with this little one and we are, too.

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Vintage Plate Stacks

News – From Burlington to Wilmington and a Few Stops In Between

Our blog hiatus is over and we have jumped back in with full force! This week has been busy – really good busy – and we are pleased that our vintage wares have been a part of 3 weddings and a styled shoot. Our clients rented an array of vintage items – retro, floral and blue & white dinner plates, clear and colored goblets, stainless flatware, glass salad plates, and a lovely hodge-podge variety of dessert plates. Three clients, three different visions, and all incorporating vintage for their guests’ tables.

Why is this notable? It means we have a great collection of vintage items that appeals to a variety of clients. Some love the patterns and designs, others want to uniquely express themselves in their table setting, but most are interested in being eco-responsible by reusing these treasures from the past.

SVT has the something old while doing something green – sharing beautiful vintage items in a responsible, ecological manner. 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.

Vintage Feature – Something Old is Something Green

Next week we’ll share why we needed that two week blog break and it’s personal – happy, life-changing, and super cute!

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Vintage Blue and White Reception Table

News – Wedding Chicks Publishes Carolina Grove Southern Blues Shoot!

Two for one is always nice, right? Here’s what made our week – first, we provided rentals for a beautiful shot at Carolina Grove and worked with some of our favorite vendor friends in January; and second, the shoot was published this week in Wedding Chicks – “How to Incorporate Fine China Into Your Chic Microwedding”.

When Keys Events and Tierney Riggs Photography shared their design for this shoot at Carolina Grove, we knew instantly we wanted to be involved. Our vintage blue and white collection has grown over the last few years and we were excited that they wanted to include not only vintage place settings, but also decor pieces, including our two umbrella stands. With beautiful florals from The Foraged South, they certainly made a statement!

The blue and white theme infiltrated every element – gorgeous Tarheel Toile pjs, an original design by Jami Burns of Nothing Finer, stationery by Shore Thing Stationery, the wedding cake by Sugar Euphoria, and even a sassy getaway car provided by Wedding Cars And Events.

Many thanks to all the terrific vendors who brought their talents and wares to the shoot. We look forward to working with you all again!

Carolina Grove Styled Shoot Wedding Vendor List

Venue: Carolina Grove 
Carolina Grove | @carolinagroveweddings

Planning: Keys Events
Keys Events | @keyseventsllc

Photography: Tierney Riggs Photography
Tierney Riggs Photography | @tierneyriggsphotography

Rentals and Decor: Southern Vintage Table
Southern Vintage Table | @southernvintagetable2

Florist: The Foraged South
The Foraged South | @theforagedsouth

Bridal Pajamas: Nothing Finer
Nothing Finer | @nothing.finer

Cake: Sugar Euphoria
Sugar Euphoria | @sugareuphoria

HMUA: Kaitlyn Elizabeth Styling
Kaitlyn Elizabeth Styling | @kaitlynelizabethlove

Wedding Dress:
Davids Bridal | @davidsbridal

Bernards Formalwear | @bernardstux

Paper Goods & Stationery:
Shore Thing Stationery | @shorethingstationery

Wedding Cars And Events | @weddingcars.rent

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