Thursday, August 11, 2011

$1 plate Inspires a Table

Mr. Dumpling and I adore antiquing. Not so much in the HOT HOT summer in a building that is not air conditioned…but in a pinch…it will work. After shopping in some outdoor HOT flea markets, we headed to a nice a/c mall in Center, TX. Love the old TX towns with the downtown center square.

So, I found these old plates. Sign said there were 6 but I only found 5. Dilemma? Not hardly! The SET was only $1.00. Yep, that’s right…$1 for 5 plates.

arti white plate done

What was the charm? First of all, they were white. Now I am a sucker for white plates. Second, they were unusual with a little “well” on one side. Third, the plates were made in Czechoslovakia and I thought that was neat.

arti plate mark

I used some of the veggie linens I had previously purchased at Marshall’s…the best store on the planet. Seriously, I seem unable to go in there and come out empty handed.

arti table linen done
arti purple cloth

Red plates came from Marshall’s several years ago.

Purple vases were a steal at Hobby Lobby on the 80% off aisle. I think I paid .69 each. I added a yellow daisy…and snuck in a little LSU Geaux Tiger color! Did you know it’s almost college football time? I digress.

arti purple vase done

Remember I earlier mentioned the HOT flea market? Well, I scored there for sure! Green napkins were $3 for the set…and then I spotted this white box loaded down with mardi gras beads. I almost missed it! Bought it for $15 and I was almost dancing!

artichoke table napkin done
arti white box_1

I knew I had a matching piece already…yep, the cookbook holder. Don’t you love when a plan just comes together? I filled it with raffia, veggies, fruits and candles. Love that I can change it in so many ways!

arti matching plate holdr
arti plate holder book done
arti box with fruit
art candles open
arti candles lit

The tall bird candle holder was a purchase from a local store. It had been $69 and I scooped it up for $18. It was brown but I had plans. After a few coats of Heirloom White paint…voila!

arti table back view1
arti candle bottom

Put it all together and this is what you get!

arti candle side view 2
1 arti place setting
1 srti left view done

I did actually cook some artichokes…and made a butter garlic sauce. Yes, I cooked them just so I could use my plates but they really were yummy.

2 baked arti done

So do you “Flea Market”? I bought a lot (and I do mean a LOT) of goodies on this trip…I’ll share later.

Good to be back after vacation and then a broken computer!

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Lana Kim White Austin said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! You found some great things...sorry about the heat!!!
LOVE those artichoke plates! Wonderful!!!
And all your white centerpiece items are fantastic!!!!

Lana In Italy

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said... Best Blogger Tips

Your found treasures made a wonderful table setting. I love your centerpiece. The book looks like an interesting read, going to check it out, thanks for sharing. hugs ~lynne~

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! What a deal on those lovely white plates! Your tablescape is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything you've done. The centerpiece is beautiful.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Blondie's Journal said... Best Blogger Tips

Everything looks so pretty, Judy! The new plates are darling and what a steal! Love your centerpiece, too. I'm glad you are able to get out in spite of the heat...I get so unmotivated!!

Happy Thursday!


Entertaining Women said... Best Blogger Tips

We love artichokes at our house, and those plates are darling! The box and candlestick were real treasures. You're going to use them all the time! Yes, eBay is tons of fun. I've had great luck shopping there. Haven't sold anything...pretty happy to be just a consumer. Thanks for stopping by my post. Come visit any time. Cherry Kay

Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh I love your white flower plates~ I would have snapped them up for sure! Your veggie linens are wonderful!

we three dogs and me said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your plates what a buy. I like the unusual it makes the table unique. I also like your white pieces. I find I am painting more and more in white. It just makes everything stand out. Thanks for stopping bye. Hope you visit again. You never know what I will come up with.

Marlis said... Best Blogger Tips

Your new artichoke plates are fabulous.. I love the leaves on the side.. Love your birdhouse and the candlestand too..Your red plates are a great way to ground the white plates.. everything is soo very pretty. xo marlis

Rettabug said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVELY, LOVELY, LOVELY, Judybug! That centerpiece is going to be awesome to play with all year. Just think of all the possibilities...something different for every season.
Nice score on those DARLING white plates! I, too, seem to have a fetish for white ones. Someday I'm going to do an "all white" tablescape just to get them all out together & let them play nice. LOL

I think this is my first visit to your blog but certainly not my last. I'm going to poke around a bit more...your home looks beautiful in the background of these shots. LOVE that dark wooden hutch/shelf item with the mirrored arched top. I hope you've featured it someplace else on your blog. If not, please do so? I would love to see it up close & learn the history of it.


p.s. I'm your newest follower, too! ;-D

Jewel Sauls said... Best Blogger Tips

Love those plates! You are one good flea-marketer. I never seem to find those great deals or maybe I just don't have your eye! Great table and I love that you made artichokes just to use your dishes!!!! Now that's commitment to a tablescape!

Tablescapes By Diane said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi lovely lady.
What a great find on your Beautiful white plates!!! I love the way you put your Tablescape together with the Artichokes, and garle butter sauce looks Yummy.. your Centerpiece is also Beautiful. Happy to see you back from Vacation. I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape. Have a great weekend with your family. XXOO Diane

Karin Şen Cankan said... Best Blogger Tips

The plates, and the box is lovely.

Loved all of them.

Thank you for sharing

Love,Karin Şen Cankan

Alycia Nichols said... Best Blogger Tips

Great table! I know what you mean...IMPOSSIBLE to go into TJ Maxx or Marshall's without getting something. I have to deliberately drive the long way around just to avoid seeing the sign so I'm not tempted to go in!!! You got an excellent, excellent bargain on those beautiful white plates. Way to go! I love the dainty yellow blooms in the purple vases...very pretty! The linens are great, too. Lovely table!!!

The Charm of Home said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute table! I love the plates. They are a super find. Thanks for linking it with Home Sweet Home!
Sherry said... Best Blogger Tips

You really got some bargains! I need to check out Marshals too! Love those vegetable linens and the plates.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said... Best Blogger Tips

The plates are fabulous and $1.00..yippee! I love the vegetable linens and the cute napkin rings. Thank you for joining the Open House party.