Vintage Tablecloths

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Is it too soon? Even if thrifted?

 
 


I think it's too soon.  My rule is not to start decorating for Christmas
until at least Dec. 1st!
 
But when I have thrifty finds, I love to show them, so I'm breaking
my own rule this year....just a little.  With a couple linens.
 
I'll blame it on the fact that I was photographing my new vintage Poinsettia
tablecloth for the  Vintage Tablecloth Lovers Club database.
 
It's a Prints Charming, probably from the 1960's.
Check out the label.
 
 
Originally $4, marked down to $2! A Christmas bargain that was never
used.  Matching napkins priced 80 cents each, also never used.
 
 
It was so cheery on the table, I decided to break my rule and leave it.  
 
 
 
Now the buffet top display needs a do-over too.  I don't even need to go dig through 
Christmas stuff, I just open the buffet drawer, filled with my candles and candle holders.
It's not a great display, but fine for temporary compliment to the tablecloth.
 
 
 
 
Got the runner and found the Christmas napkins
while" thrifting" on my recent visit  to CT.  A friend told
me they match the Nikko Christmastime pattern, and others
have said the Spode Christmas pattern as well.
 
 
Yesterday I found these vintage bottle brush trees to use
with my Christmas village houses.
 
 
So cute and I've been looking for a set for a long time!
 
I'll leave you with a couple interesting photos.
 
First, there is a Goodwill Outlet in CT where they sell items by the pound.
Have you ever been to one?  It's outrageous.  They bring out new carts full of stuff
every so often.  They ring a loud bell each time a new cart is brought out, and folks
descend on those carts like bees swarming a hive. 
 
Glassware & china is 59 cents a pound.  Other items (like a tablecloth) are $1.59 a lb.
Furniture type items and books are priced, and need I say~ very low priced!
 
Sorry about the blurry photo-I took it with my phone and didn't realize
 how bad it was until we had left. 
 
 
 & of course....Doyle!
 
 
Do you think he's really going to eat the Clementine he stole?
He sure looks like he wants to keep it though.
 
Hope you had a wonderful & safe holiday! 
I look forward to your visits.
 
 

 

 
 
 
 



38 comments:

  1. It's nice that you are "easing" into your decorating - don't worry about rules, just change them to suit you! lol
    That tablecloth is very pretty and I love the napkins. I wonder if Doyle is requesting more vitamin C - too cute!

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  2. What a fabulous tablecloth! I have to start after Thanksgiving decorating for Christmas or I don't get done in time. hugs, Linda

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  3. So cheery, and I love the plaid on the buffet.

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  4. Hi Pam, your Dec. 1st date for Christmas decor made me smile, I am the same way. I see you add tablecloths to a "database", are these cloths ever put for sale? Just wondering. As far as GW, I haven't ever visited one with anything I would consider buying, they seem to just have a lot of clothing. By the pound sounds like a great way to get a load of items. xo

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    1. Hi Barbara, the database tablecloths are not for sale, just for identification, but there is a member sellers list on the club site that is public. Just click on the link up on my sidebar for the VTLC and browse around.

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  5. Hi Pam, I agree with you 100%, Dec 1st is when I will also start to decorate. For me, I like to enjoy thanksgiving...some people in my neighborhood already put their decorations up before thanksgiving! It is too much for me...dec 1st will be just fine =)

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  6. Oh Doyle! Tell your Mommy that Bear's Mommy peels his clementines and breaks each segment in half so Bear can enjoy one of his favorite snacks! What! Your Momma says that Bear is spoiled! Well, she is right! Haha!!
    No I have never heard of a Goodwill by the pound! The sounds a bit crazy and fun both! I love your showing off of Christmas before December! I think it is okay, and you had everything on hand! Brand new, old table cloth, good for you! Happy Sunday!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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    1. Seriously Susie? I laughed out loud for real just imagining that scene..you peeling & sectioning for Bear. Doyle steals things when we are getting ready to leave him. Never thought he actually swatted the Clementine to the floor to eat it. Now I'm gonna have to share with him to see!

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  7. I understand you waiting until Dec 1st. I used to wait until Dec 4th because that was my mother's birthday. But, it seems Thanksgiving weekend has become our little tradition in my house now.
    I have never been to a Goodwill outlet! I need to look into one!
    Doyle always makes me smile! :)
    -Denise

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  8. Did Doyle really take that clementine? Bet he thinks it's a ball! :-)
    Oh, I love your tablecloth and I wish I could visit that Goodwill store!
    Doyle is so cute,
    Dorothy

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    1. Yeah, but Doyle steals when we are getting ready to leave the house...see reply to Susie. It can be anything, he just grabs and runs and then eventually gives up. It makes me feel sad, because I don't want to leave him either. :-(

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  9. A good will outlet in CT? I go to CT every friday...where is there one in CT?

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    1. It's on State St., in Hamden, CT.....just outside of New Haven. Hope wherever you go is somewhere near there!

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    2. Its about 30 mins south of where I go to thrift! Thanks...I am going to go friday before I head to my normal drifts...Should I get there at exactly 9am or it doesn't matter?

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  10. You found the loop hole that allows for Christmas decorating before December 1st - thrifing the decorations!! I love the tablecloth and the name "prints charming" is so darn cute :) Doyle and his clementine made me giggle - what a sweetheart!

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  11. Not too early and I love the tablecloth too. My Grandma used to call the bright colored and patterned ones lunch cloths.

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  12. Love that Christmas tree napkin. It matches my mom's christmas spode dishes. I'm now following you. I would love if you stopped by, feel free to follow back
    http://iheartpears.blogspot.com

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  13. I think my mom had a tablecloth very similar to this! It looks great on your table and what a great price!
    I broke my Christmas decorating rule and started earlier than usual.

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  14. Beautiful Christmas linens and good buys!...Christine

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  15. Goodwill by the pound??!! Lucky you! The colors in that tablecloth are so vibrant, I'm glad you broke your Dec. 1 rule to share your thrifty finds. :)
    --Fran

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  16. It's never EVER too soon Pam! That tablecloth is a real beauty!

    I've never heard of Goodwill selling stuff by the pound. Ours never really has anything good there, so I wouldn't even want to buy an ounce of their junk!

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    1. The regular Goodwill's don't do it, just the "Goodwill Outlets".

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  17. Pam, I couldn't find your email addy on your blog, so I'll just answer your question about touching up blow molds here. Yes, this year was the first time I tried doing it. I just used watered down acrylic paint on a pumpkin and an owl, and the paint seemed to soak in really well. I believe the pumpkin got rained on afterwards, and the paint stayed on. Don't you think it's time that they started selling touch-up paint for these things? Sounds like a million dollar idea to me!

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    1. Oh, Thanks Carol, I'm gonna fix my poor Santa. Million $ idea for sure, LOL!

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  18. Love your doggie with the clementine! Long ago one of my doggies swiped an apple and ate some of it and also bit into an orange but that was enough for her. ;)

    Whoa! Stuff by the pound?! I'd seen at the St. Vincent de Paul Society here that they sell clothing by the pound but I've never heard of anything else. Do people get pushy?

    I have napkins like that to match my Spode Christmas Tree china. I wonder if Nikko is a knockoff of the Spode?

    Happy happy week to you!

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    1. Think the Nikko must be a knock-off of the Spode. I added info. to the post.

      Sally, great question, do they get pushy. Some "regulars", as the cashiers called them, come and stay all day, bring their lunch, wear latex gloves and some even use those hospital breathing masks. It was an experience. My sister found 2 wicker Pier 1 chairs she got for $30, that match 2 she had bought at Pier 1 last year for $150 each! So.....

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  19. Me again, the blabberer ;) I was fascinated by "stuff by the pound" that I forgot to say I love your poinsettia tablecloth - you lucky, so pretty!

    Happy happy Rednesday!

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  20. You have so many neat decorations. I really like that poinsettia table cloth. I have a plant I kept from last year. I am waiting to see if it will bloom again.

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  21. Pam, Love the new tablecloth. My rule is to not start decorating until the day after Thanksiving. Hubby teased and told my kids that decoration day was not Memorial Day around here, but the day after Thanksgiving. He thought he was so clever. lol! I have never heard of such a thrift store. By the pound, crazy fun! Doyle looks too pooped to even try and eat that clemantine.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  22. That's really a beautiful tablecloth!

    I don't usually start Christmas until Dec. 1st either but for some reason I have a shelf decorated already, blame the blogs, I think!!

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  23. I was forced into a bit of early decorating for a magazine shoot but I'm trying to refrain on finishing up till this weekend. But oh, that tablecloth is just the best. I'm a little worried about new cat Lizzie and the tree! She has given indications that the tree is up for grabs!You remind me it's time to bring up the spode!

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  24. OH!! your vintage Christmas thingies are so nice. I don't put up Christmas until after the first either, I think we are out numbered!! I enjoyed my visit!

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  25. I love your vintage things! I have a stack of vintage Christmas tablecloths I love. The colors are still so vibrant! I put mine on as soon as I took off the dirty cloth from Thanksgiving. It's not too soon in my book. Lovely to visit your blog today!

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  26. I love the colors in that tablecloth! Very different from the average red and green you tend to see in holiday tablecloths. Clyde reminds me of my dog Bailey. She will take things too but never really do anything with them.

    Happy Rednesday!

    Erica

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  27. Not too early for Christmas decor at all! Love your vintage finds! Your dog is a cutie with his prize!

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  28. Such a pretty table cloth,how could you not leave it out? Would love to dig in those bins.Bet there's treasures in them. Thank you for visiting me and for your sweet comments. xx

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  29. Oh, but clementines look so much like juicy tennis balls, how could he NOT steal it?? :) Love your vintage table cloths, as always. And yes, I have ventured into a GW outlet. They're kind of scary and kind of awesome all at once, aren't they?

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Your comments make me smile! Thanks.