Vintage Fascination No. 122

Welcome back to another edition of Vintage Fascination.  This find is from a couple of months ago but I am just now getting it unpacked and ready for use.

As my daughter and I walked into our local Goodwill I spotted a huge lot of milk glass in the display case.  I hustled over to check it out.  It is a luncheon service for eight with lots of extras to go with it in Imperial Glass’s  Vintage Grape pattern. The price was good and it was senior day with 25% off so how could I not take all this milk glass goodness home with me.

 Imperial Glass Corporation founded in 1901 was located in Bellaire, Ohio.  It became a subsidiary of Lenox, Inc., in 1973 and sold to Arthur R. Lorch in 1981 eventually going bankrupt in 1984.  Imperial Glass produced this pattern from 1950 until 1980.

First up are the luncheon plates with an all over grape pattern.  The plates are 8 inches wide.  The bread and butter plates are identical to the luncheon plates but only 6 3/4 inches wide.  With an all over pattern, they are simply stunning.

The saucers have an embossed grape leaf in the center

and the footed cups are so sweet.

The set includes eight Champagne/Tall Sherbet glasses.  Won’t they be perfect to serve something pretty and pink?

The set also includes eight 5 3/8 inch water goblets.

The extras include:

 Quarter Pound Covered Butter Dish

16-ounce Pitcher

Footed Creamer and  Open Sugar

 Salt and Pepper Shakers

Pickle Dish

Fruit Bowl

I wonder if originally the set included dinner plates or maybe it was always just a luncheon set.  I can’t wait to do a tablescape with these dishes so be looking for it soon.

By purchasing the set, each piece cost me less than fifty cents.   Of course, my daughters just roll their eyes at me and remind me that I already have too many dishes and it’s true.

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Top 5 Things to Look For at Yard Sales This Year

This post was part of a blog hop that included 14 bloggers.

So here is the update on what I did buy throughout the summer and fall at yard and estate sales and my favorite thrift stores.

Vintage Ladders

 I did pick up a couple of wooden ladders that went straight to my booth.  Since they went straight to the booth I don’t have any photos of them.  Speaking of my booth, sadly I am closing it at the end of January.  When new owners took over I wanted to give it time to see how things went.  They made some improvements but overall I’m just not happy there anymore.  So I’ve decided to open an Etsy shop.  More about the new Etsy shop later.

This red ladder is in my booth so I will be bringing it home.  It is a keeper.  I envision several uses for it over the next few years.

No. 2

Vintage Outdoor Bits and Pieces

A few picnic baskets made their way home with me.  Some went to the booth while others joined my collection.

This picnic basket is in my stash awaiting a makeover.

A picnic jug was a fun find to add to my thermos collection.

Another great find was this Coleman enamel ware camping set

with matching flatware.

I always pick vintage tennis rackets with a brace and this one has a bonus – a vintage cover.

No. 3

Vintage Fishing Equipment

Here is where I failed.  Epically!  I didn’t buy any vintage fishing equipment but it is still on my radar and I did find a couple of reels in my garage that belonged to my late husband.

No. 4

Vintage Christmas Decor

This group is where I scored the most finds.

At an estate sale I picked up a bunch of Shiny Brites and

bubble light strings with


There were also several strings of vintage Christmas lights and bulbs.

A cool mid-century round tablecloth made its way home with me from one sale.

Two candle holders made in Japan and

a Santa planter were excellent Christmas finds.

A vintage Disney Merry Christmas snow globe made my grandkids very happy.

My very favorite vintage Christmas find was this apron. that cost me less than a dollar.

No. 5

Ironstone and China

Britain Castles ironstone fits right in with all my blue and white dishes.

A pretty tea set that I cannot part with made it into my china cabinet.

Currier and Ives Rocky Mountain by Royal China went to the booth and sold quickly.

Pretty platter and a pink depression glass bowl were excellent finds.  I kept the platter and took the bowl to the booth.  It has not sold.  Depression glass isn’t as popular a collectible as it once was.

I fell in love with this pretty ironstone pitcher the moment I saw it.

Another pretty platter

and a sandwich plate with a cross stitch pattern joined my collection.

Clearly, I cannot pass up dishes decorated with pink.  There were several more ironstone and china purchases along the way.  I figured you had seen enough.

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Surprise I’m Here With Some Thrifty Christmas Finds

Ok, I’m already showing you some thrifty finds even though I said no more weekly reports.  What can I say,  my daughter talked me into going shopping and thrifting with her on Saturday.  There were just too many things I couldn’t resist.   All the finds are for Christmas so I needed them.  Right?


So here is the all the loot.


Most of the loot is thrifted but a couple of items that are not.  Of course. they were thrifty.


How could I pass up this adorable Santa planter? (thrifted)


Christmas tree candle holders with a blue “Made in Japan” sticker. (thrifted)


Love these Santa Fitz and Floyd salt and pepper shakers I found.  (thrifted)


These Wilton Christmas tree cookie cutters were one of the several fun finds on Saturday. (thrifted)


You know I can’t pass up a set of cookie cutters. (thrifted)


Couldn’t believe this 2016 Lenox snowman ornament was in the thrift store. (thrifted)


This mid-century round Christmas tablecloth was a cool find. (thrifted)


Yea for Wal-Mart and these adorable BHG “Holiday Time Car salad plates.  I bought all they had at my local Wal-Mart which was only 7.  They are already sold out online.  I have a fondness for woody station wagons since my Dad once owned one like the one on this salad plate.  (Wal-Mart)


I have lots of pieces of Spode Christmas Tree.  My husband started me on this collection during an anniversary trip many years ago.  Now, I try to limit myself to buying only one new piece each year.  I will enjoy my morning hot tea in this pretty mug during the holidays.  (Marshalls)

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Do You Like A Fun Halloween Tablescape?

Do you like a fun Halloween Tablescape?  A fun Halloween tablescape is just what I wanted in the breakfast area.


Here is what I pulled together.


This orange and black square scarf on the table is a thrift store find from last week.  Next, I took four old plastic chargers and spray painted them with black chalkboard paint.


Four small luncheon plates top the chargers with an orange bowl holding a small white pumpkin. Then I added some silverware, napkins, and embellished milk bottles with Halloween straws to the mix.


The place cards are card stock pumpkins I found at Target.  They were ready for adornment.


Now for a candy centerpiece.  Using my rusty crusty canning jar rack I added seven jars of colorful Halloween candy.


The chandelier got a little Halloween makeover.  I replaced the regular light bulbs with vintage-inspired light bulbs


and added a small jack-o-lantern candle holder to each arm of the chandelier.

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  • Orange and Black Square table topper (scarf) – Thrift Store
  • Chargers painted with black chalkboard paint – My stash
  • Johnson Brothers Vintage White Regency Luncheon Plates – Collected over time
  • Orange bowls – Dollar Tree
  • Anchor Hocking Milk Bottles – Wal-Mart
  • White Pumpkins – Kroger
  • Orange Gourds – Wal-Mart
  • Canning Rack – Vintage Fascination No. 100
  • Mason Jars – My stash and Thrift Store
  • Silverware – On hand
  • Black Napkins – On hand
  • Jack-o-lanterns on Chandelier – Dollar Tree
  • Vintage Inspired Light Bulbs for Chandelier – Wal-Mart
  • Straws, Embellishments, Banner and Place Card Supplies – Target

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Fall Tablescape Inspiration Galore

In thinking about fall tablescapes a round-up of ideas seems like the best way to gather


some inspiration for both myself and you.

First up is a lovely tablescape from Rhoda at Ramblings of a Southern Girl.

falltable2-001All About Pumpkins Autumn Tablescape

Jenn at Loveland Lodge created a charming fall tablescape.

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Rita at Panoply created the prettiest cornucopia centerpiece for her fall tablescape.

20160909_103154-cornucopia-ii-framedFall Tablescape: Cornucopia, Canyon, Currier, Color!

Kim at Camp and Cottage Living shares her bright colorful casual fall tablescape.

fall-t-3The Everyday Fall Tablescape

Maryjo from master PIECES of  my Life created a divine tablescape inspired by green apples.

6a00d8354bd59a69e201b7c893ede9970b-800wiGreen Apple Inspired Fall Tablescape

Catherine from Smashing Plates Tablescapes created a colorful fall tablescape including oranges and blues.

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Penny at Penny’s Vintage Home transitions her fall tablescape into an adorable one for Halloween.

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Here is an informal tablescape I did for our abbreviated family Thanksgiving luncheon a couple of years ago.

Thanksgiving placesettingA Thanksgiving Tablescape

Hope you find some Fall tablescape inspiration here today.

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How to Decorate with Vintage Teacups

If you follow me you know of my love for teacups.


 So I want to share a few decorating ideas using teacups.

Royal Albert teacup

A teacup raised on a pedestal is always an excellent way to showcase a special cup.

Christmas Tea Time

You can use whatever you want to elevate a teacup.  Here I used a vintage plaid lunchbox but you could use books 

Cake Plate

or even a cake stand.     

English Tea Cup

Pop a little pumpkin or small gourd int a teacup with a few shreds or moss for a quick little vignette.

Cup with tree

A pretty Christmas teacup holds a mini tree as a holiday decoration.

IMix and Match Blue Teacups

One of my favorite ways to display teacups is to stack them.


Another way to display teacups is on a small stand.

three in a row

Once I even used three teacups and saucers as planters for succulents.

Teacup Treasure Trove

Fill a small display cabinet with a collection of teacups and saucers.

Pink Teacup Wreath 1

A Franciscan demitasse cup and saucer in the Desert Rose pattern made an adorable wreath.

Tea cup tree

One Christmas I even had a teacup tree in my living room.

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How to Plan a Last Minute Memorial Day Tablescape

My middle name is procrastination because I am always waiting until the last minute to get my holiday plans in order.  My plans are still uncertain but I wanted to set a test Memorial Day tablescape so I decided to use the small bistro table in the sun room and do one place setting.  That way I could get a feel for what looked good together. 

Title Memorial Day Tablescape

Here is how I put the tablescape together using a traditional Memorial Day red, white, and blue theme using only items I had on hand.

Charger and plate

I have some pretty blue and white place mats but they won’t work on a round table so I pulled out a round blue and white buffalo check tablecloth .  Once the tablecloth was in place I added a red charger and  translucent white swirl plate edged in gold.

Salad Plate and bowl

Then I added white regency salad plates topped with Blue Willow berry bowl.

Flatware and coaster

Next came the flatware and a coaster.  

Place Setting

Then came a pretty blue goblet and  blue and white napkin with red enamel napkin ring.

Place Setting with US Flag

What Memorial Day tablescape would be complete without an American Flag? 


  • Red Chargers: by Umbriaverdi (Italy) from Home Goods 
  • Translucent White Swirl Golden Shell Plates: by FireKing  see Vintage Fascination No. 77
  • White Ironstone Salad Plate: by  Johnson Brothers – Regency pattern – collected over time – produced 1960 -2003
  • Blue Willow Berry Bowl: Blue Willow of Japanese origin see  Vintage Fascination No. 77
  • Blue Crystal Goblet: by Lenox (pattern unknown) Thrift Store
  • Flatware: by Portmeirion – Botanic Garden pattern – from Home Goods
  • Pewter Coaster: Thrift Store see details in upcoming post Vintage Fascination No. 84
  • Blue Check Tablecloth: Thrift Store
  • Blue Willow print napkins:  by Pimpernel from Home Goods
  • Red Enamel Napkin Rings: from World Market
  • American Flag: gifted to me from a friend who served in Vietnam

US Flag


How To Plan A Last Minute Memorial Day Tablescape

Now that I have a plan I should set the dining room table but …..

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we will most likely grill hamburgers and hot dogs and eat on the deck.   I had fun putting this last minute tablescape together and sharing it with you.



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The Enchanting Rose’s 8th Teacup Exchange

Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose organizes a teacup exchange twice a year.  I have never participated before so I jumped at the chance to exchange a teacup with someone I didn’t know.  I love teacups and thought it would be fun to meet others that love teacups too.

Blue and white teacup

You do not have to be a blogger to take part in the exchange.  On the sign-up Stephanie asks you several questions about your preferences.  You have a choice of sending and receiving a teacup or mug to blogger or a blog guest.  I chose to send a gift to either.  Once sign-up was complete Stephanie sent out the name and address of your recipient.  You do not know who matched with you until you receive your gift box.

Package at Arrival

I received my special teacup package from Jen, a Kansas girl.  The box looked a bit disheveled from the trip but wait until you see what was inside.

What's In the Box

An abundance of goodies filled the gift box and it was all beautifully packaged for the journey.

Earl Grey Tea

Jen even sent Earl Grey, my favorite tea.

Brighton pen

How did she know I loved Downton Abby?  Got to love this quote from the Dowager Countess.  Each page of the notepad has a quote from a different character in Downton Abby.  Accompanying the fantastic notepad was a pink Brighton pen (which I am already in love with).

Photo side of postcard

This adorable vintage style postcard of  Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt, one of the most famous Broadway acting couples in American history, held the sweetest note from Jen.


Don’t you just love that sweet little blue butterfly on the saucer

Blue and white teacup

and there are even more butterflies on the cup.  I love the blue and white teacup set.  In fact I love all the goodies from Jen!

Teacup to Carol

Carol in Texas was the recipient of the teacup gift shown above.

Carol's teacup

Here is a better look at the teacup and saucer set.

Best Wishes Vintage Postcard

The vintage postcard I included is from my collection and it held the original inscription from the early 1900’s.  I hope Carol likes the goodies I sent her.   

Many thanks to both Carol and Jen who participated in the 8th Teacup Exchange and to Stephanie for organizing the whole thing.

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A Simple Spring Desert Rose Tablescape

You may remember when I found these Franciscan Desert Rose dinner plates at the thrift store and shared them with you in TTT Week 39 Vintage Finds.   

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Production of Desert Rose by Franciscan began in 1941.  Pieces made in the USA and England prior to 2004 when production moved to China are a bit different and more valuable.  Sadly my five dinner plates are from China.   I do have a few older pieces made in the USA.

Jadeite S&P

 The round platter/chop plate under the vase in the middle of the table is an older piece made in the USA between 1953 and 1958 based on its back-stamp. Information for dating Franciscan Desert Rose found here.

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I’ve wanted to do a simple tablescape with this Desert Rose china since I found it but wanted a pink tablecloth.  Of course, I didn’t want to pay a fortune for it so I waited until one became available at the thrift store.

Jadeite Chicken

The hen on a nest is a new piece of jadeite.

Desert Rose Tablescape 3

Many people say that Desert Rose is the largest selling casual tableware pattern in the history of dinnerware!

Pink Carnations

Thanks for stopping by today!


      • Chargers: Candle Plates – Ikea
      • Ironstone:  Franciscan Desert Rose – Thrift Store in TTT Week 39 – Vintage Finds
      • Crystal: Swirl Pattern – Thrift Store
      • Flatware: Portmeirion Botanic Garden – Home Goods
      • Pink Tablecloth – Thrift Store
      • Floral Print Napkins by April Cornell – Home Goods
      • Monogrammed Napkin Rings: Thrift Store in FTT Week 66 – Vintage Finds
      • Jadeite Chicken and Salt/Pepper Shakers – World Market
      • Green Vase – Thrift Store
      • Carnation Bouquet – Kroger



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A Vintage Inspired Easter Tablescape

This tablescape started with the Easter centerpiece I made using vintage finds.  So I wanted to continue in the vintage theme.

Easter Tablescape Title

The dishes I chose are ones I’ve collected piecemeal from flea markets, antique and thrift stores.  They are Johnson Brothers Regency Ironstone.   Produced from 1960 until 2003.   Some of the pieces I have are old and some are newer.  

Place Card

The monogrammed napkin rings I used were a thrift store find a while back.  The place cards are actually gift tags from Target’s Bullseye’s Playground.  There three metal tags in a package for a dollar.  I wrote on them with a sharpie but any marker would do.  I tied them to the napkin rings with narrow pink ribbon.

Place Setting 2

The nest theme from the centerpiece continued to the place settings with some green shreds and Cadbury mini chocolate eggs in a berry bowl.  

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Easter Tablescape 2

Place Setting


  • Chargers: Canopy Walmart a couple of years ago
  • Ironstone:  Johnson Brothers Regency – collected over time – produced 1960 -2003
  • Crystal: Some I’ve had for over 25 years – don’t remember the name
  • Flatware: Oneida American Colonial Heirloom Satin Stainless – 1971 Wedding gift
  • Matelasse Table Runner: Home Goods
  • Cotton Napkins with lace:  Home Goods
  • Monogrammed Napkin Rings: Thrift Store in FTT Week 66 – Vintage Finds
  • Centerpiece:  How I Made an Easter Centerpiece from Vintage Finds

Now all that is left is to plan my menu.

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