In last week’s post, I told you about visiting my son, but didn’t quite finish telling about the day. I visited a flea market while I was there and found some great buys on dishes that I will put in my booth. I told you about the Christmas Treasure and the Bay Stripes, but did not mention the set of Silver Band dinnerware, new in the box, that I also scored at a great price.
When I checked out with the 3 sets of dishes, plus a couple of other things, the lady mentioned that she was recovering from surgery and couldn’t help me much. I said that was fine. The Silver Band set was already in a box, and as long as we did not pack the other dishes in boxes that made them too heavy, I did not mind doing it.
She and I packed my purchases, and I proceeded to make a couple of trips to the car with the boxes. We chatted while we packed the dishes, and I told her about having a booth at the flea market as well as being a collector. Then I went on to my son’s house; we visited, and he took me out to eat at City Grocery. (Seriously, you should go there if you’re in Oxford.) On the way home, I stopped at the discount grocery store, so my car was pretty loaded. When I returned home, I began unloading when I realized that I had not gotten the Silver Band dishes. It was totally my fault; I just completely did not even think about checking to see that I got everything. It was 5:00 by then, and the flea market closed at 5:30, so I started calling it frantically. I kept getting an answering machine with no room to leave messages. I hated to call Russell and bother him about dishes because he was busy getting ready for a retreat. But I didn’t know what else to do. He told me not to worry about it; he would see what he could do.
Anyway, I kept calling the flea market, and I finally got someone to answer the phone at 5:29. I started trying to explain everything to the woman who answered the phone, and before I finished my sentence she said, “Yeah, and you left some dishes.” Whew! Crisis averted! She promised to put them aside for me, and my daughter-in-law picked them up for me the next day. So in honor of the extra lengths I went to in order to get these dishes, I decided that I needed to do a tablescape with them before I put them up for sale. They came along at a good time since Kathleen has posted yet another one of her dreaded white table challenges: white china with only one additional color.
I used these yellow napkins as my inspiration for my extra color. These napkins are a recent purchase from The Napkin Lady, and this is the first time that I have used them.
I decided to layer the napkin between the dinner plate and the salad plate in order to show a little contrast.
Because I wanted to use all the pieces of this china, I put the coffee mug in place.
I chose my casual crystal wine glasses.
I also used the soup/cereal bowl. If you’ve lost count, I have 16 pieces of this china, and it is for sale in my internet store.
Of course, my heirloom silverplate was perfect with the Silver Band china.
I had to keep the centerpiece casual, so I chose my vintage Hall yellow teapot. It is the only yellow piece that I have that does not also have an additional color on it.
Of course, my Fenton Silver Crest candy dish is perfect with this china.
So there it is, my answer to the white challenge. It is by far not my best table, but I think that I fulfilled the requirements.
I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with. I’m sure it will be much better than mine!
We recently took a long weekend and went to J. P. Coleman State Park in Iuka, MS, for a brief getaway. It was a nice vacation, the first time we’ve gotten away since our trip to Jacksonville, FL.
Russell, Callie, and Wendell came for a while. The fishing was good, and Wendell thought that he caught a lot of fish.
In reality, his mom and dad caught the fish, and he really thought that he played a big part in it.
I have more to say, but this post has gotten long. Plus I have a lot of laundry and other things to do before I go to work. I’m not sure if the most work comes before or after a vacation, but either way, it is extremely worth it!