A Picnic and Some Bargains

I’ve had this table set and the pictures uploaded for several days now and just haven’t made the time to do a blog post. No excuses…just haven’t done it. I’m calling this table a picnic; although it is an indoor table, it would be great at a picnic.


Almost all of these purchases came from Dollar General a while back. I started with my colorful tablecloth that I love. I used my wicker chargers for a picnic look and topped them with my colorful polka dot melamine plates.


My April Cornell napkins, a long-ago eBay purchase, have colors that echo the colors in the plates. In the words of Clinton and Stacy, “They don’t match; they go.” I placed the salad plate on top of the napkin to more clearly define the two plates.


I used the matching cups, of course.


For table decor, I went crazy with the accessories that go with this tablecloth. A large butterfly sits in a pink basket on one corner of the table.


I decided to put the pink flatware in the blue holder rather than place them at the plates. I can’t wait to see what color of flatware Dollar General puts out this year. I got the green last year and the blue and the pink the year before that.


Another basket holds some river rock. I thought the basket needed a little something to make it show up.


The blue basket holds my rattan balls, an early Wal Mart purchase when I first began tablescaping. Once again, I thought the basket needed a little interest.


Now for the centerpiece. I think that the tiki torches came from Fred’s, but the other elements are all Dollar General. The butterflies in the vase, the butterfly above in the basket, and the flamingo are all meant to be yard art. I like the whimsical look that they present on the table.


I was pleasantly surprised to find my hot pink pillar candle since I had forgotten about it. I just happened upon it on clearance at a Hallmark store last year and grabbed it since I use this color a lot.


I love my whimsical, colorful outdoor look table. Regular readers remember that I had rotator surgery in July of last year and have had a mountain of medical bills ever since.


I am pleased to say that several of those bills have been paid out and/or down. However, I am still not finished paying them out and we recently added some more bills to them due to my husband’s pinched nerve.


I have written several times over the past few months of the wonderful generosity of family and friends who gave me items to use for merchandise in my booth since I really can’t afford to spend anything extra right now. My sister, mother, mother-in-law, and a couple of friends have been wonderfully generous and I can never tell them enough how much it means to me.


However, I am now at a crucial point. For the first time since opening my booth at the flea market almost 3 years ago, I now have no stored merchandise at home, other than holiday items. Almost a month ago, I made a few purchases from a couple of my favorite places to stop when I go to visit my husband’s parents. I did not take the time to photograph them, as I needed to get them in the booth quickly. I put them all out, and several of the things have already sold. A couple of weeks before that, my friend and I hit a few places. I did get a couple of things which I have put out, but the majority of what I bought was holiday items.


Last week, I went to a neighboring town to visit a couple of my favorite stops there. Of course, going to thrift shops and junk stores is always a gamble, but I really had a bad run since 2 of the 3 places were closed. The last store that I hit is one where I don’t often shop. The prices there are a little higher than some other stores, and I have trouble finding anything that I can make a profit on. But I felt desperate! I need some merchandise!


Being desperate for merchandise and low on funds are two things that don’t go together well! I decided to take my chances on a few things and just make a lower profit. I think that this opaque pedestal bowl is beautiful! It is quite unusual and I am just hoping that it will appeal to someone.


This vintage pitcher is in good shape and it is a very generous size. Although I am sure that not everyone will like something like this, I have hopes that at least one person will like it…enough to take it home, anyway!


This set of 6 amber glasses will look good with the pitcher or alone. I will sell them separately from the pitcher.


I like this set of 4 Gibson white plates. These were the best buy of the day.


I tried very hard to get a close up of the fruit and leaves around the rim with little success. I think these plates could be used in a variety of ways.


The final purchase I made is really a lot more risky than the previous ones. Isn’t this platter gorgeous? It is called Golden Rose by Lynwood Fine china. It is in perfect condition and so lovely.


I even found the matching serving bowl. I think these pieces are lovely. However, they are risky purchases because I paid a little bit more for them than I like to pay. I do have room for profit, so I am just hoping that someone will love them as much as I do and want to give them a good home!


So that’s it for my bargain hunting. It’s not much, I know, but my funds are extremely limited. I will keep you posted as I find more items. Happy bargain hunting to all!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   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, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, 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,  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, The Scoop 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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2 Responses to A Picnic and Some Bargains

  1. Great finds, especially the Lynwod platter and pedestal bowl!

  2. Vicky Hunt says:

    Such a fiunand colorful “picnic”! Those colors are happy folors for sure. You founf some great items for your booth. The platter is expecially lovelyl Have a wonderful week!

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