Pink and Blue and Bargains, Too

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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.

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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.

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Therefore, I used the pink and blue color scheme in the pattern for my inspiration as I planned this tablescape.

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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!

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I decided to start with my Fancy Free dinner plates. The soft blue and green in this pattern blend well with the color pink.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I really like this result. I like the unexpected mix of the patterns of china.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I ended up being pleased with the final result. The pink and blue color schemes carries out the colors in the Blue Bouquet pattern.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Christmas platters usually go well, and I found two really nice ones at recent sales.

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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.

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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.

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I thought that this little dish, ideal for candy or nuts, was cute.

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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.

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There are four small plates and four mugs in coordinating red and green with snowmen on them.

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Each plate has a different scene on it, and the mugs have a combination of the four scenes on them.

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I can see someone serving their grandkids hot chocolate and Christmas cookies on this little set.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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They come in this cute little holder, also made in ceramics.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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So I guess that about covers all of my recent thrift shopping. Happy tablescaping and bargain hunting to all!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at Sunny Simple Life, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill , Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Efforts and Assets at Hickory Trail, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 

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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10 Responses to Pink and Blue and Bargains, Too

  1. Vicky Hunt says:

    Oh…I have so many comments for you today! First…beautiful table, I love the pink and blue! You also found some awesome items for your shop! I have that same set of Anchor Hocking bakeware, plus one more of the round casseroles and two have plastic lids for transporting them. I have had them since I got married I think. If not, I got them shortly after…:) I am so envious of that fridge too….I need one for my classroom but don;t need to spend the $$$ for a new one right now. I too love, love, love the little snowman set of mugs and saucers. It is adorable…:) I would have bought it too and I think you will sell it. Where do you sell your things? I really want to start an ETSY shop but have been thinking about trying to find a local antique mall or something to sell it so I don;t have to deal with the shipping. I can’t decide what to do. I have shelves full of items to sell though and need to do something. Have a wonderful weekend…..:)

    Blessings, Vicky

    • Bev says:

      A friend and I went together not quite a year ago to rent a booth at a local flea market. You can search with the tag antique mall and get my posts about our booth. You will just have to weigh out the pros and cons of paying booth rent plus percentage against paying shipping and listing fees and purchasing packing materials. A very long time ago (over 10 years) I did a little selling on ebay. I did ok on it; basically, I just used it to clean out my house, then quit. With a booth, I have to constantly be on the lookout for items and purchasing them. Although I like it a lot, there are some drawbacks. One of the biggest issues for me is storage space. For example, I’ve had several boxes of Christmas items stored since last Christmas. My house is not large and I’ve basically taken over the spare bedroom with my “stuff.” I really don’t like that part of it, and I am constantly straightening and moving around the “stuff.” I know many, many people who have booths in addition to their full time jobs. For me, I am glad that I did not start this venture until after I retired. It really takes a lot time. I enjoy it a good deal, but if I felt pressure or stress because I could not put the time into it that the business needs due to my full time job, the joy of the business would be gone. You just have to weigh all of these factors out for yourself. Talk to other people, those who sell online and those who have booths, and decide for yourself. I hope these reflections help you, and thanks so much for your sweet and thoughtful comments!

  2. LaVoice says:

    You had a very successful hunt. All your goodies should sell well if that is what you do with them.

  3. Oh aren’t they lovely! And what fun! I have pink and blue dishes on my blog party post today. Thanks for a lovely visit.

  4. Diane says:

    Great table, Bev! I have those same blue goblets and aren’t they useful! I think the time you spent shopping has been well spent – wow, all of those bargains! Good luck finding the extra Naturewood pieces. I have a friend who owns these and I notice them fairly often, when I am online shopping. Your Christmas items have given me a jittery stomach – yikes, is it already time to thing about Christmas????

  5. Great bargains. I love getting out of season items and tucking them away. Such fun to pull them out when the season is right.

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  6. Love your soft pink and blue tablescape, so lovely and wow you really did find some bargains. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  7. Wow you certainly know how to hunt out bargains, you have some lovely things 🙂

  8. Ann says:

    The blue bouquet pattern is very pretty, I have a platter in that pattern.

  9. Kathy says:

    The creamer and the sugar bowl go terrifically with your Aladdin teapot – too lovely – all your finds are marvelous – that one dish with the holly leaves – I have something similar – they come with lids – I use them when the girls and I make gingerbread houses – we fill them with all kinds of colorful candies to decorate the gingerbread house with!
    I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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