I decided to do a post about tablescaping ideas this week instead of a tablescape itself. When I first started this hobby about a year ago, I made up my mind that I would try to do things as inexpensively as possible. I love going to flea markets and antique malls a lot, and these are the perfect places to find great tablescape items. The past few months I have lucked up on some great deals, so I today I am showing off what I have found lately.
Due to space and common sense, I decided a few months ago not to buy any more sets of dishes. I need to stick to just plates or glasses, seasonal decorations, etc. Then I saw something that I fell in love with on a recent tablescaping blog. I read so many of these blogs that I don’t remember which one, or I would certainly give you credit.
I saw these dishes, called Thomas Kinkade Cottage by Spode. I started browsing eBay and researching this pattern on Replacements. The best I could tell, not too many pieces of it were made, just dinner plates, salad plates, and mugs. The tea set was made in the background pattern, but not with the pictures of his cottages on them. They were coming up on eBay fairly regularly, but usually the opening bid was pretty high. The one time that I did put in a bid on the four dinner plates, I was outbid quickly and the final price was out of sight. However, I kept watching, and one day all eight plates, the dinner and the salad came up. The shipping price was not bad and I put in a bid, expecting to get outbid fairly rapidly. I was completely surprised when I actually won the bid. I got all eight plates for less than $45 total with the shipping. So here they are, and I am looking forward to using them in a tablescape soon. I really don’t care if I ever get the mugs; I am very satisfied with the plates in two sizes.
You will also notice on my bargain table the two silver plate baskets. I’m not sure if basket is the right term for them, but that is what I call them. I saw these at a thrift store. I hesitated before purchasing the round one; it was quite dark and not marked. If it was marked, I would know without a doubt that it would clean up well. With it not being marked, there was a chance it could be made of a cheap metal that would not clean up. I know that because it happened to me once before. I picked up what I thought was a great silver plate piece that just needed cleaning. It never would clean, and I finally found out that it was a cheap alloy that never would clean up. But the basket was only $1, so I decided to risk it. The oval one was marked; it was a little brighter, and I got it for $2.99.
I am also using these pieces for Metamorphosis Monday, because here is how they look after I spent some time polishing them this morning. The round one IS silver plate, and I am thrilled with these purchases. Be looking for them in future tablescapes.
I found this three-candle silver plate candelabra at an antique mall for $1. It is marked Sheffield Silver plate.
I think it will look great with my more formal tablescapes, but I was disappointed when it did not clean up very well. I probably should not have put the candle holder in the “after” picture. It was already somewhat shiny, but had a few spots. The silver polish did not do anything for them. Does anyone have any ideas of what I can try to get these spots off?
Did you notice the heart wreath? I picked it up for $1.99 at the thrift store. I think it will look great in a Valentine tablescape.
I also found the little box of three wine charms for .99 on the same table as the heart wreath and round silver plate basket.
What about these cute flip flops? I picked these up a couple of weeks ago at Dollar General. They came with the matching spreaders. I can already picture these on future summer tablescapes. They were on the clearance table, and I paid $1.25 each. Next to them is one of the chili pepper bowls, also from the Dollar General clearance table. I bought two of them a few weeks ago and paid $1.50 each, 25% off the regular price. After I got them home, I decided that I would like two more, and I got them the other day for $1.00 each, having been further marked down since I purchased the first two. These will be really cute on tables with Tex-Mex types of themes, such as Cinco de Mayo. (Tip for Stone Gable: pick up out-of-season decorations when you can on sale and save them for the next season.) Also from Dollar General are the table runner, mini pots, and metal bucket used in last week’s tablescape and these placemats in the autumnal red color and taupe that I love for this time of year.
The placemats and mini pots were $3 each, and the runner was $6. The cute bucket was $3.
Fred’s has given me some good tablescaping bargains as well. The tablecloth used in last week’s tablescape was $7. I also recently found this beautiful blue table runner for $5.
I can’t wait to use it! The plaid placemat in shades of brown and gold in front of the runner I picked up at Fred’s for $2 each. The faux fall fruit came from Fred’s as well; I can’t remember the cost, but it was cheap.
Family Dollar is another great place to find bargains. I picked up this autumn leaf garland for $1 and wound it around my favorite candle holder. I also picked up the fall leaf garland used in this centerpiece for $3.
As a last-minute impulse purchase at Family Dollar, I added this harvest wreath for $3. It is cute, and no loss if the rain ruins it after the fall season at only $3.
This milk glass fruit bowl is also an antique mall purchase. It was marked down from $20 to $8. I can forsee a lot of uses for it and mixing it with my other milk glass items.
The cute small pumpkin and fall flower plates were also from an antique mall. I got the four of them for $3.99. You will be seeing them soon in a fall tablescape!
The other items pictured in my bargain photgraph were even better bargains: free! My sweet mother-in-law picks up things for me inexpensively at garage and estate sales, and she recently gave me the wooden beaded napkin rings and wine glasses painted with grapes. The wine glasses match the balloon goblets that she gave me a while back, used here.
This great little glass-and-metal bucket was a recent gift from my husband. I can already imagine a lot of different uses for it in future tablescapes. Next to it is a lovely turquoise platter decorated with a gold cross. It was a gift from Casey, and I just love it and know I will use it a lot.
Thanks for looking at my recent tablescaping bargains. Leave a comment below telling me what some of your best decorating/tablescaping bargains are. I love to hear how you have saved money.