I’ve had a good couple of weeks of bargain shopping. Most of my buys have been for my booth at the flea market, but I did find a couple for myself as well.
I was really thrilled to find this creamer and sugar in the Blue Bouquet pattern to match my Hall Aladdin teapot. I got these for a really good deal on eBay, and I will keep them for a while. Eventually I will put them up for sale, but I want to enjoy them some first.
Therefore, I used the pink and blue color scheme in the pattern for my inspiration as I planned this tablescape.
I started with my taupe placemats and this blue table runner. I have dishes with blue in them and dishes with pink in them, but I don’t really have anything that has both colors in the same pattern. So I have to be creative with my choices!
I decided to start with my Fancy Free dinner plates. The soft blue and green in this pattern blend well with the color pink.
I love to mix and match patterns, and I thought about my Haviland Meadow Visitors. These plates all have some pink and black in them, and some of them have some touches of blue and yellow as well.
I went through them and pulled the ones that had some blue to use for this table. I like the way it looks on top of the Fancy Free with the blue rim showing.
Than I decided to use the small Fancy Free plates on top. I chose my blue and white napkins and my beaded napkin rings to complement the place setting.
I really like this result. I like the unexpected mix of the patterns of china.
Then I moved on the glassware. In order to stick with the pink and blue color scheme, I chose both colors for the stemware. The blue Dollar Tree goblets and pink small goblets look really good together. I like the way that they continue my pink and blue theme.
For flatware, almost anything that I have would work. I decided on the black San Remo. This set has become the “workhorse” of my tablescapes.
I added my blue pillar candle on the black candle holder. To balance out the centerpiece, I chose my Dollar Tree votive holders with blue tealights.
I ended up being pleased with the final result. The pink and blue color schemes carries out the colors in the Blue Bouquet pattern.
To continue reporting on my remaining bargains, I have recently gone to several yard sales, purchased on eBay, and visited a couple of thrift stores.
At a yard sale, I found this white teapot and vintage yellow pottery piece. It has the USA mark on the bottom, and is probably Shawnee, Wells, or McCoy. I really don’t know for sure which company it could be, but I got it cheaply enough that I can resell it for a profit and the buyer can do the research.
I got several great pieces of Anchor Hocking baking dishes. These types of dishes generally sell pretty well, so I was thrilled with this buy.
Blue and white is a popular decorating color scheme in my area, so I am always glad when I can pick up little things in this color.
Holiday items also sell, and I am constantly thinking of holidays when I go to sales and thrift shops. Mr. and Mrs. Pilgrim were really cheap and will look good on a fall table.
Christmas platters usually go well, and I found two really nice ones at recent sales.
I think that a lot of people like to have these items on hand for their holiday entertaining, but they don’t want to spend a lot. I got both of these cheaply enough that I can sell them at a reasonable price.
I like this bowl, but I am not sure if it will be a good seller. I got it so cheap that I can come down on the price if I need to.
I thought that this little dish, ideal for candy or nuts, was cute.
I also made some holiday purchases that I am a little unsure about. I just fell in love with this little set of snowman dishes.
There are four small plates and four mugs in coordinating red and green with snowmen on them.
Each plate has a different scene on it, and the mugs have a combination of the four scenes on them.
I can see someone serving their grandkids hot chocolate and Christmas cookies on this little set.
It would also be good for people like my mother and her friends who host the bridge club and just serve a few snacks and coffee. This set says “Avon China” on the bottom.
But just because I like it doesn’t mean that anyone else will. I’ve never had a set that is only a snack set up for sale before, so I have no idea how it will go. I’ll keep you updated.
I am also not sure about this little holiday creamer and sugar. I think it is cute, but with nothing else to match it , it just may not sell. So this is another big chance that I am taking.
I thought that these Santa napkin rings were really cute. I purchased a set of 8 of these for a really good price, and they are in perfect condition. However, I did not sell a set of 4 candy cane napkin rings that I had last year, so I’m just not sure if they will go or not. It wouldn’t be that terrible if I had to keep them, would it?
I almost did not purchase this set of 8 Christmas coasters with holder. But once I got them home, I am so glad that I did. They have someone’s initials and the year 1981 on them, so I guess someone made them in ceramics. There are two each of the above designs.
They come in this cute little holder, also made in ceramics.
I got them at a wonderful price, so I think that I can make the price reasonable enough so that someone will purchase them. Plus, if they don’t sell, you know what happens, right? Don’t keep saying “hoarder” under your breath!
I found this cute pitcher on eBay. Because it goes with the other items on the hutch, I am choosing to display it for now. I will put it up for sale eventually. But for now, I am going to enjoy it for a while.
OK, I saved the best for last! I found this set of dishes at one of the church sales that I went to this morning.
The pattern is Naturewood by Pfaltzgraff, and I just love it. The set looks like it was never even used–no chips, cracks, or “flea bites” anywhere.
However, there is one drawback. It lacks one dinner plate, one cup, and one saucer to make the set a complete service for 4. I am searching eBay and other sources to try to find those 3 items at the cheapest possible price. I’ll keep you posted on the results.
Maybe the Pfaltzgraff is not the absolute last thing. I have one more item to show you. If you think that is a large size dorm refrigerator, you are right. The refrigerator of a young single friend who is having some financial problems recently went out and could not be fixed.
When I saw this fridge at a thrift shop, I snatched it up and even talked the dealer down another $10. It will do until my friend can afford something better. My friend was thrilled with it and is picking it up later today.
So I guess that about covers all of my recent thrift shopping. Happy tablescaping and bargain hunting to all!