Do you love finding the most perfect thrifted pieces for your home as much as I do? Let me show you all the fabulous vintage finds I have collected throughout the years and use for a timeless tabletop no matter what the season.
When it comes to finding thrifted vintage, my favorite pieces to shop for are the ones I can use on my kitchen tabletop.
I do seem to forget that my 1600-square-foot house has VERY LITTLE storage space for my vintage dishes and glassware. But I always seem to find a way to create more room for them.
Take a look at some of the timeless tabletop vintage pieces I have found to create a timeless tabletop for every season.
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Thrifted Vintage Tabletop Finds for Every Season
Dishes and Glassware
When it comes to setting a table or displaying dishware on my open shelves, ironstone is my very favorite vintage find.
I’m embarrassed to say that I had a garage sale 9 years ago and pretty much gave away a set of ironstone dishes, not realizing how amazing they really were.
I was just trying to get rid of things I didn’t use much. I don’t think I will ever get over that mistake.
My ongoing vintage shopping list when going thrifting is picking ironstone pieces that are more unique.
I’m a huge fan of ironstone with scalloped details.
This red and white set is the first of my ongoing transferware collection. They are perfect for Valentine’s Day and Christmas tablescapes.
I’m now on the hunt for both blue and white dishes and brown and white transferware. I just haven’t found anything offered at the right price yet.
OTHER VINTAGE DISHWARE
There is so much beautiful vintage dishware out there for the perfect tablescape but this Desert Rose collection is one of my favorites because of the color scheme.
How pretty are the pink and greens together?
I only have the dinner plates and bowls in the Desert Rose collection but am on an active hunt for more pieces.
CLICK HERE for the tablescape blog post.
VINTAGE CUPS AND SAUCERS
I fell in love with these cups and saucers the minute I laid eyes on them. How beautiful is the color?
Now I’m on the hunt for some floral vintage cups and saucers.
GLASS JARS & BOTTLES
Tabletop centerpieces created with glass jars and bottles are so pretty. And it’s very easy to find them for very little cost at any thrift store.
It is so easy to make any type of flower look great in an enamelware pot.
Here I added chicken wire at the bottom of the pot to keep these spring tulips upright.
Vintage chicken feeders are a perfect piece of decor for your tabletop centerpiece. You can literally add anything to a rustic feeder like this to finish off your gorgeous table.
VINTAGE SILVER TROPHY CUPS
Add a plant like this African violet to a vintage silver trophy cup on any table.
ANY VINTAGE CUP WILL DO
Actually, any vintage cup will do.
PEWTER AND SILVER PITCHERS
When it comes to vintage pewter and silver pitchers to hold fresh and faux flowers, as well as greenery, you can’t ask for a more perfect combination.
Vintage pitchers are my weakness. I always seem to bring one home after every thrift store or antique mall visit.
GALVANIZED CONTAINERS AND BUCKETS
I use a thrifted galvanized bucket on my tabletop every season.
When filling the bucket with fresh flowers, I first add water-filled mason jars so my beautiful blooms stay hydrated. The jars also keep the flowers standing upright.
VINTAGE LINENS – QUILTS FOR TABLECLOTHS
How about pulling out a vintage quilt to use as a tablecloth?
This one is actually from my childhood and is one of my favorites.
I look for vintage quilts every time I’m at a thrift store to use as a tablecloth.
WOODEN VINTAGE CRATES
Vintage wooden crates are another great way to show off flowers and seasonal decor on your tabletop. This Coca-Cola crate is patriotic perfection for this 4th of July tablescape.
What vintage pieces do you like using on your tabletop? I’d love to hear how you use your collections when creating a centerpiece and place setting.
Make sure to leave a comment below.
Until next time,
More Thrifting Ideas and Inspiration
I have a couple of friends that love vintage and antiques just as much as I do. Make sure you check out what Stacy and Jennifer are sharing this month.
Stacy | Bricks ‘n Blooms
My friend Stacy from Bricks N Blooms lives in a farmhouse in New Jersey and always finds the best vintage and antique thrifted vintage finds. Check out how she styles her thrifted shop finds in her latest blog post My Thrift Shop Finds and How I Styled Them.
Jennifer | Cottage on Bunker Hill
My friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill thrifts in New England and always seems to find the best-thrifted vintage pieces. This month’s blog post is all about the Stylish Ways To Upcycle Old Vases.
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I love all of the beautiful ideas you shared, Kim. You have such a gorgeous collection of vintage pieces.
Thank you for the sweet words, Jen.
Looks like we need to go shopping together, Kim, I loved everything you shared! I don’t know what it is about ironstone and transferware but they’re both getting harder and harder to find at reasonable prices. It’s like they’ve gone sky high lately. That doesn’t stop me from being on the hunt though. After all, you just never know what you’re going to find! As always loving and pinning your fabulous idea. Big hugs, CoCo
Thank you so much for being here CoCo. I think that people like me that used to sell ironstone at garage sales are now becoming educated on how terrific they are to collect!
HaHa, we have similar addictions. I have so much tabletop, and even living in a very large home I have part of the garage filled up. I bought the Desert Rose dishes from Ebay, they remind me of a very dear family friend from the 60’s who had a whole set. As always, your garden is looking wonderful and love looking out at the water. We are a little short on water here in Colorado, though we do have nice mountain views. The water is so soothing. Nice ideas here, thanks.
I can’t tell you how much your comments mean to me, Jillian. Isn’t it amazing how much a vintage piece can remind us of a past event or someone from the past? I think that’s why I love these special pieces.
Chas - Chas' Crazy Creations says
What a great post! I think we all need to have this in our back pockets. I love things that I can do any time of year vs just for a specific day.
Thanks, Chas. That is such a good point.
I look forward to reading your blog every week. I just love how you put things together in a simple way that make me want to come in and sit awhile. Love it !!
What a wonderful compliment Wanda. Thank you. I’m glad you love it enough to stay and sit for a while.
Kim i love all of your vintage table decor ideas and all of those pitchers!!!! That gray cabinet is gorgeous too btw! xoxo
Thank you, Stacy. It’s like we can never get enough vintage in our life!
Rachel Harper says
I love a vintage table and all of yours are beautiful. So much inspiration.
Thank you, Rachel. Every time I use my desert rose dishes I think of you and your beautiful green and pink spring themes.
Jennifer Howard says
Always beautiful!! I laughed out loud when you said that you can’t stop bringing home pitchers…oh my gosh, me too…I swear they are multiplying!! It’s almost like I have amnesia when I’m shopping and forget how many I have until I get back home and can’t fit them in the cabinet because there are so many!! Enjoy your Satuday!!
Isn’t that funny that we do that? I also buy an abundance of vintage scales.