Thursday, July 22, 2021

Flea Market Finds in the Dining Room

I've not been out to the fleas or antique malls for quite a while. Between the back problems and Covid and my autoimmune issues, I've had to put a lot of shopping on hold. I've really missed having the chance to get out and enjoy the fun of vintage and antique shopping. Let's just say it's always been a highlight of my week/month/year to get out and browse around. The added perk is that I always came home with not only fun finds, but also filled up with new creative ideas.

My husband has an antique mall case where he's selling some of his collections, so he gets out a couple of times a month to check in and restock. He's started doing some flea market shopping for me "by proxy". He browses the mall and looks for items he thinks I might like. He's actually pretty good at sending photos to me and asking what I think. A few have been utter fails, but generally if he thinks I might like it, he snaps a pic. Most of the time, I'll have to say, "yes it's great, but the price is way too high". Or sometimes, it's more like, "sorry Honey, nope." 

Last week he found this great transferware platter with of all things...CHICKENS!! This is just an inexpensive piece from Japan, but honestly there are hundreds of Turkey platters out there, but I've never seen one with chickens!! I found one like this on Ebay for 3 times what he paid, but that's the only time I've even seen one. 

I thought I'd try it out here on the old wire plant stand in the Dining Room. The plant stand isn't easy to decorate because of the wire on top which doesn't lend itself to holding things securely or evenly. But Hey, it works for this platter as it gives it a little "dip" to rest in.

I took some pics first without the little floral arrangement, but realized that the vignette needed to be bumped up a notch. The little tussy mussy in the cottage creamer helped add some color and texture for mid and late summer.

I've been rummaging through tubs of faux sunflowers and summer florals so that I can update my arrangements for mid-to-late summer. Often I just need to add some sunflowers or black-eyed susans to an existing faux flower arrangement to give a refresh.

I found this scalloped tureen a few years ago at a yard sale for a dollar, and this wonderful very heavy white ironstone tureen base at a flea awhile back. I start using pears in mid-summer and as fall gets closer, then Christmas, and winter you'll find pears a staple in my decor.

This little teapot, sugar and creamer set is also from Japan. Not expensive, but I DO love my little English country cottageware.

Sorry that you have to view the electrical outlets...
ugh. not much way to hide them.

no way to escape the glare, either.

This is one of a few prints of paintings of milkmaids
and young women with cows and sheep that I have.

(again, can't escape the glare of the DR windows)

more from the Dining Room soon...

Did you catch my last post?

The summer heat is here now after we'd been 
so fortunate to stay in the mid 80's.
This is the part of summer that I'm not crazy about.

Hope you all are having a good week.
Take care and stay well.

Hope you'll come back Monday evening...

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  1. Your wire stand is adorable. So happy to hear you're feeling well enough to be up and about and doing a bit of decorating and writing for the blog. That's great news!

  2. That nosegay of roses really does make the vignette 'pop'! Best wishes for feeling better soon--I love your posts.

  3. Love that chicken platter and the rest of your vignette. And that table is adorable! When my hubs actually sends a photo, it's hit or miss (mostly miss) so I totally understand what you're saying. But it's very nice they even think to do that. Kudos to your hubs! Great find!

  4. Glad you are doing a bit better. That (interesting) wire table would be tipped over at my house - too many cats. Try hanging a long doily or some such off the back of the table to hide the outlets. And take good care of yourself.

  5. Glad you are doing better Debra. Love that your hubby can do a little personal shopping for you at the antique mall. Love that chicken platter. So different and cool. Have a great day today. xoxo Kris

  6. Debra, that is just FABulous! Your hubby did really well! I have never seen a chicken platter either, but it sure is pretty! I laugh at the mere thought of Mr. P. going shopping in a vintage market by himself, let alone buying anything! I have really been on a chicken/hen jag lately! Two different estate sales (one was a fantastic farm in God's country where directions included 10 miles on Jim Ridge Rd after crossing Turkey Ridge, lol) yielded about a half dozen items that I love and will be putting in the booths (2 already there). I hope you will be patient with your continued recovery and be able to be out for a little vintage shopping trip soon! Have a great weekend.

  7. Lovely, how fun shopping by proxy. I do know I have been out and about a bit now and it has cost me money, and lots of goodies I need to share! Hugs, lovely vignette and the platter is excellent.

  8. That's so sweet! And what a great platter!


  9. Oh wow, that is a fabulous platter! The chicken is so great for this time of year too. I also just love that wire stand. Excellent find by the hubby!

  10. What a fun post! I love flea market and thrifted treasures. The chicken theme looks great on that sweet little wired table. your husband did well. Glad to hear your feeling better. Have a good week.


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