This weekend my husband and I were supposed to do our version of American Pickers. I guess you could call it Redneck Pickers. But the weather did not cooperate, so I do not have a story to tell. Believe me, I will be reporting as soon as I can!
So instead, we drove to a nearby town and checked out some junk shops. I had been to a couple of them before and a couple of them were new to me. David knew about the others and wanted to try them.
So I took pictures of the dishes that I found this weekend. I got a couple of other things, too, but just want to focus on the dishes. Everything that I purchased this weekend will be for sale in my booth at the flea market. I found this lighthouse set at one of the new junk shops. It is called Coastal Lighthouse by Todays Home. I got 4 dinner plates, 3 salad/dessert plates, and 4 soup/cereal bowls. I have looked into getting the fourth salad plate and found it on eBay. However, if I do that, it will drive up the price I have to charge, so I probably won’t. I thought this would be a great set to display in the summer, and I got it pretty cheap, so someone could purchase it and afford to get the other plate on eBay themselves.
I was thrilled when I did the research on this set after getting home and discovering it is Martha Stewart. Maybe it’s a K Mart set, not really sure. I really like most of her lines, but they are usually a little high. I realize that this brand doesn’t appeal to everyone. But for those who normally can’t afford the Martha Stewart brand, this set will be perfect for them. I got four dinner plates and four salad plates in this sort of sage-y taupe color, and it will blend with a lot of different colors that people already own. I got it at a very inexpensive price, so I will be able to make it affordable and still get a little profit from it.
The lighthouse and MS sets came from the same junk shop. Unfortunately, almost everything in this shop was WAAAAY overpriced. A number of the prices were higher than you might even find in a fine antique store, much less a junk shop.
This next set was the find of the day. I found it at the last place where we stopped. It is labeled Teahouse Rose by Dansico. I got 8 dinner plates, 8 bread and butter plates, 8 cups & saucers, and 8 berry bowls for an unbelievable price! I will be able to sell these at a good profit and still provide someone with a pretty, affordable set of china. I will probably put these in the booth sometime this spring, maybe Easter or Mother’s Day.
So those are my dish finds for the shop; now for my own dish finds! I found 7 of these vintage Salem dinner plates in the English Village pattern on eBay. With the shipping, I paid less that $25 for all 7. What a great buy! When I first started tablescaping, I wanted some blue dishes to use and had found some Blue Willow at some antique malls. But when I saw these, I just fell in love with them. The old-fashioned transferware look is more my style, so I put in the bid and sold the Blue Willow at my booth (it sold very quickly, by the way).
This morning I did a simple tablescape on the kitchen table with these plates. I started with my white Dollar Tree placemats. As I was looking through my napkin/placemat drawer (I really gotta get that organized, by the way), I found these paisley napkins. I purchased them from The Napkin Lady a while back, and had yet to use them.
I really like the way they look and the way the yellow accents the blue. My mother-in-law recently gave me these acrylic napkin rings which I really like.
Then, because I had the yellow color in the napkins, I decided to use some yellow in the centerpiece. Once again, I turned to the Dollar Tree. I purchased the only yellow flower they had, then cut it apart with the wire cutters. I put some floral styrofoam in the bottom of the pitcher, and stuck in the flowers.
About the pitchers: I am not too proud of a time in my life when I had too much debt and tried to use shopping therapy. The two large pitchers were purchased for full price during this time.
The two smaller pitchers were purchased several years later after I had gotten a little smarter. I paid half price at a local gift shop that was going out of business.
All four pitchers are Spode reproductions made from the original hand-engraved copper plates. I have had them for many years and really love the way they look. The blue goblets are my trusty stand-bys from Dollar Tree.
Hope you enjoy my finished table and my super buys!