My news plus more salt

Thanks for all the prayers sent my way the last couple of weeks and please, please, please keep sending. I finally feel comfortable enough to announce on my blog what my new business venture is. My friend and I are opening a booth in a local flea market/antique mall here in town. She and I share a love of antiques, glassware, dishes, silver, and other beautiful old things. We have been talking off and on about doing this for quite some time. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, we took the plunge!

We have our booth space rented, and it is scheduled to open the first weekend in November. The flea market is opening up more spaces for rent and is scheduling the grand opening of that floor with our town’s holiday open house. It is a great idea, and we got a good spot. It has window space, so our display will be visible to passersby, which is good for business.

What I wasn’t counting on was this great feeling of trepidation that has come with taking this step. I have felt extremely nervous and stressed out ever since we made the committment. I do want it, but that doesn’t make me any less tense about it all.

So now you why there have been no tablescapes lately. My dining room is full of boxes of inventory for the booth. Did I mention that I have been planning this for quite some time? So I have had boxes of “stuff” waiting for this day. I have spent the last couple of weeks sorting, organizing, cleaning, and pricing. My husband has rebuilt some old shelves, and we took them to our space over the weekend. We also spent a good portion of our weekend doing the garage sale thing so that I could add to my inventory.

Michelle’s dresser before

I found some good deals and hope I will be able to sell them for a good profit.

Michelle’s dresser before

My husband also has his own furniture refinishing and restoring business called Restored Treasures. He has been refinishing and restoring antique furniture for quite some time, and we both think that this booth will help his business as well.

Michelle’s dresser after

Our plan is for him to redo some pieces for resale, and that is a large part of what our weekend garage sale trip was all about. This is a great part of what has stressed me out. He already has so much to do, and now he is adding even more. But he assures me that he is up for it and will put everything on hold if it becomes too much for him.

My husband saved the shelves from being scrapped for us. We are all about free!

My friend and I were supposed to begin our set up this morning. But, as luck would have it, she has had to stay at her daughter’s. She went there over the weekend to keep the baby while her daughter and son-in-law went out of town. Her sweet little granddaughter began getting sick over the weekend and ended up with bad chest congestion and a full-blown ear infection, so she can’t go to the sitter for a few days. So she is still at her daughter’s, and I did not want to do too much without her.

I took my boxes up, and just sort of looked around the space again so that I could be thinking about where things can go. I did have to unload a couple of the boxes because I needed to load up some more stuff from home.

Unloaded odds and ends in no order whatsoever. This is the display window.

Other than that, I didn’t do much. She and I are both long-time collectors, but are also ready to simplify our lives since our retirements. So at first she and I will be thinning out our own collections and not focusing on anything in particular. I am even reducing my purse wardrobe (gasp!) drastically. But eventually we will concentrate more on particular things. I will focus on vintage glassware, dishes, and collectibles, and her focus is cookie jars, tea sets, and jewelry. Her daughter makes wreaths and garlands, and she will sell those whenever her daughter has time to make them with the new baby, home, and full-time job!

I did hang some purses on our display rack this morning, and I FINALLY began to get a little bit excited. Will I thin out my salt and pepper shakers, you ask? Well, never say never! I am not planning on it at this time, but I am not ruling it out, either! So with that in mind, here is part 2 of Pass the Salt!

These are some of my more formal sets.

These sets are in a tub marked “dining room.” What that means is that they are my dressier, more formal sets, and therefore I am more likely to use them in a tablescape. The above photo has blue and white porcelain, pewter, silver-plate, and crystal.

I love both of these. The set on the left has crystal bottoms with silver tops (vintage), and the set on the right has crystal tops with silver bottoms (wedding gifts).

These are also lovely. The solid blues are actually vintage Avon bottles which were made to be used as salt and pepper shakers once the cologne was gone. Pewter, silver plate, crystal, and silver over blue glass complete this photo.

These match my everyday china, Fancy Free in Temperware by Lenox.

Another grouping of vintage sets, cobalt blue Hobnail, another silver plate, and a vintage set made in Occupied Japan. Why does it have both a salt shaker and an open salt, you ask? Aha! That is not an open salt.It is called the mustard pot. Apparently in some countries it was common to sprinkle dry mustard over food. (The thought of this actually disgusts me, by the way.) I have a couple of sets with mustard pots and have found them on old European sets. We don’t seem to have done that in America, as far as a I can tell, at least not much. Of course, Occupied Japan is America, or is it the entire Allied forces? I don’t really know; guess I have some studying to do!

I close out with a vintage porcelain set, a beautiful lead crystal set (another wedding gift), and my absolute favorite pair of all 250, the bride and groom. My aunt Nannie gave me this pair when I was in high school (maybe at the same time she gave me the squash), and I love it. It is very old, probably close to being antique. They have corks in the bottom, and the detail on them is lovely. I have used them in the past to decorate for bridal showers.

So, that’s my news and another installment of my S&P collection. Thanks for looking, and thanks for your great prayers and support of me during this transition to a new phase in my life.

P.S. OK, I just made the mistake of watching this. Crying so hard I can barely type!


I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday (vignettes, tabletops, tablescapes), Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life (decorating, gardening, recipes, collecting),  Sunny Simple Life (decorating, projects), Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday (tablescapes) and Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage (crafts, home decor, thrifty finds),  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday (deocrating, garden, projects),  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase (any project or idea made by you this week), The Charm of Home for Home Swee Home (home & garden), Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish (tablescapes), Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill (home decor, projects, recipes), Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense (recipes, projects, decorating),  The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday (tablescapes),The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday (thrifty decorating, tablescapes),Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now (recipes, crafts, home décor), Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much (projects, decorating, recipes),  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter (recipes, crafts, home décor), Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage (decorating, crafts), Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound (anything pink),You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E (recipes, crafts, home décor), Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor (projects, decor, recipes), Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style (recipes, crafts, home décor), Potpourri Friday at 2805 (decorating, recipes, crafts),  Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House (decor, projects), Flaunt your Fall at Chic on a Shoestring (decor, projects, recipes),  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia (projects, decorating, recipes),  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life (home decor, projects), Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters (centerpieces),Open House Party at No Minimalist Here (crafts, home décor), Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage (memories, projects), Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable(projects, home décor, recipes),Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner (projects, home décor, recipes), Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design (home décor, projects)

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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28 Responses to My news plus more salt

  1. Congrats on taking the plunge to have a booth!! I’ve thought about it but I’m just scared! LOL!!
    Wishing you all good things. Hugs, Linda

  2. Bev says:

    Thanks. Glad to know it’s not so unusual to be scared.

  3. Kathy says:

    Congratulations! I know it is a lot of work and working with a friend will be great! Love the dresser – the lines are amazing. I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  4. Congrats on your new venture. Best of luck. I do love the blue and white striped s & P’s.. glad you are holding on to them. xo marlis

  5. Rosey says:

    Good luck with your new business (and I hope it does bring good favor to your husband’s business too!).

  6. Sally says:

    Where is the TABLESCAPE??? (Tablescape Thursday!!!!)

  7. Love your collection — best wishes with your new venture!

  8. Sherry says:

    Hi Bev , I wish you much success in your new business venture. I have been an antique dealer for many years and have had booths in several antique malls. It can be a lot of work but also very fun and rewarding. Best of luck and thanks for linking to the Open House party.

  9. Congratulations! Such exciting news.

    – The Tablescaper

  10. Chubs Kulit says:

    Simply gorgeous! I am the featured blog this week, hope you can drop by.

    Pumpkin Fun
    Have an enjoyable pumpkin-licious weekend!

  11. How exciting! Good luck on your new venture!!

    Susan and Bentley

  12. Congrats on starting the business! I can totally relate to getting nervous about taking this plunge. I opened at booth a acouple of years ago at a local trade center. It was a lot of work but, was also fun. Keep us updated! Thank you for sharing at TTF. Have a terrific day!

  13. how exciting. I wish you great success. Loving all of your shakers by the way Thank you for sharing your post at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop , wishing you a beautiful day xo

  14. I’m so excited about your venture. Sounds wonderful and I’m sure you all will be a great success. Enjoy following this dream and enjoy the moments!

  15. Good luck on your new booth. Love the cobalt blue s & p shakers.

  16. Sherry says:

    Congrats on your new booth! Best wishes for the holiday season! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

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