All decked out for the Fourth of July. Since these are some of my favorite colors I wasn’t in any hurry to change it out, but when I found this at a yard sale this weekend I knew now was the time.
You can read more about it here.
The first thing I did was to remove the “extrras”.
Once that was done I was ready to roll! I went around the house and gathered up bunches of bits and baubles to add to my crate.
Then I was ready. I kept the table runner that I was already using. I picked it up at the Christmas Tree Shop last winter for $1.00. Yes $1.00, they announced 90% off on all their clearance while I was shopping. It is Waverly and double sided, I love the other side as well.
Here is what I came up with.
I knew I wanted to use my large ironstone pitcher that I had picked up about a month ago at a church rummage sale. It came with the bowl and was $10.00 for the set.
I also knew that I wanted to use my vintage primitive sail boat that I got two weeks ago from an estate sale for $1.00.
I love vintage post cards and pick them up when ever I can get them. This is one of the cigar boxes that I have them stashed in. I dug around and found a few that would work.
The two that I ultimately chose were this one, which is a scene just about a mile from my house.
And this one of a man fly fishing in Virginia.
This French mason jar was in a free box along with the candle. The sand was left over from my daughter’s graduation party last year. It originally came from the dollar store. I pick up shells at yard sales when I find them, this time I mixed them with a few light blue marbles that reminded me of sea glass. About a month ago I found a whole plastic shoe box filled with those decorative marbles, in all different colors, at a yard sale for $2.00.
The vintage sea fans were in a box lot at an estate sale a few years ago for $6.00 for the whole box, this is just a small sampling of what was in there.
More shells in a zinc topped blue mason jar that I found at an antique mall several years ago for $2.00.
I wanted this to look good from every angle.
I love vintage linens, so I dug through my stash and found this sweet little number that reminds me of a pennant banner.
Finally I added a vintage flash card I bought in a lot of 12 from Eccentricity on Etsy. They are circa 1953 and were $1.50 for the lot plus shipping.
The dictionary definition
1. Sufficient space for a ship to maneuver; sea room: kept a clear berth of the reefs.
2. A space for a ship to dock or anchor: a steamship moored to its berth at the pier.
a. Employment on a ship: sought an officer's berth in the merchant marine.
I thought that was perfect for my little maritime vignette.
Of course all the stuff I used to add height to it all was also thrifted. The dictionary is also vintage and was $1.00. The blue mason is sitting on a German to English book and was in a free box. As was the matching French mason jar that the other one is sitting on.
The only thing that wasn’t really thrifty is the vintage sign holder. It was a present from me to me. It came via Huntwood Antiques on Etsy. I received three of them for $41.00 plus $8.00 shipping. I love them and wish I had more. They are great for holding vintage postcards and you can see one more here.
So finally in case you have not been keeping track the breakdown.
- Vintage Pepsi crate $3.00
- Table Runner $1.00
- Large Vintage Ironstone Pitcher $5.00
- Primitive Sailboat $1.00
- Blue Mason Jar $2.00
- Small French Mason Jars free
- Candle free
- Sand $1.00
- Postcards .50 cents
- Sea Fans $1.00
- Marbles 2.00
- Shells $1.00
- Flower Frog .10 cents
- Linen Doily .50 cents
- Flash card .27 cents
- Books $1.00
- Sing Holder $16.33
For a grand total of $35.70, not bad if I do say so myself.
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