Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Thrifty Summer Decorating for the Dining Table

For the past several weeks my dining table has looked like this.
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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.
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You can read more about it here.
The first thing I did was to remove the “extrras”.
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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.
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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.
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Here is what I came up with.

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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. 

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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.

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The two that I ultimately chose were this one, which is a scene just about a mile from my house.

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And this one of a man fly fishing in Virginia.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

berth (bûrth)

n.

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.

3.

a. Employment on a ship: sought an officer's berth in the merchant marine.

I thought that was perfect for my little maritime vignette.

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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.

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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.

Linking up to:

Beyond the Picket Fence Under $100 Linky Party

Colorado Lady Vintage Thingy Thursday

Shabby Chic Cottage Transformation Thursday

Tales From Bloggeritaville Thrifty Thursday

5 comments:

  1. The rustic crate looks nice on the red runner! I especially love the vintage post cards!

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  2. Beautiful display. Lots of great finds, especially the Pepsi crate. We used to receive those crates daily in my parents store when I was a child, and it makes me sick that they didn't save any of them.

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  3. What a terrific looking vignette! Love the new Pepsi crate, and I'm a sucker for ironstone. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. You are going to need more than your dining room table for all these vintage goodies.

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  5. This is a very sweet vintage display you have created in the thrifted Pepsi crate. I really like how you have combined the various elements. The pitcher is beautiful, love the use of the canning jars and the sign holder - LOVE!

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