A few weekends ago we headed out for the one yard sale I would have time to attend before other engagements tied me up for the rest of the day. This one was out in the country at a small church. You know I love a church yard sale and this one had been advertised for weeks. We accidentally took the scenic route to the church. It made for a nice drive, but left me a little less time to shop. As it turns out, the weather cut my shopping time even more. What was a beautifully sunny morning turned into a thunder-rolling down pour. Just before the rain came, I found a set of Ironstone dishes. Since I knew this was going to be my only sale of the day and with the impending storm, I decided to call them mine, especially when I found out how many pieces were included. The entire set cost me $20. Look at these sweet little cups with the tea and coffee servers. You can see they are much smaller than the coffee cups in front.
What follows is a look at how versatile white or cream dishes can be. I quickly set up three different looks using these thrifted Castleton Independence dishes. Mixing them with dishes in other patterns and/or colors also lends to their versatility for future settings. I hope you enjoy these three sample settings featuring my new Ironstone.
Blue and white is one of my favorite combinations. You can see in the background some of the extra plates that came with this set. There were also four canisters and a small rectangular vegetable dish.
For the centerpiece I used a large piece from the set which is almost a vertical tureen. There was no lid with this piece so it makes a perfect flower container. For this setting I’ve used some hydrangeas and greens.
This final setting is ready to usher in the Fall season. The placemats are from the dollar store, the napkins and napkin rings are thrifted. The yard sale flatware is the same as used in the previous two settings.
The leaf shaped candles were also a yard sale purchase.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing how versatile a set of cream or white dishes can be. In one afternoon I quickly put together three different looks using mostly thrifted items. Just imagine what wonderful settings you could create when spending a little more time!
I hope to join the parties at Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures, Apron Thrift Girl’s Thrift Share Monday, Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm, Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville, Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove, The Penny Worthy Project at Hey, What’s for Dinner Mom?, A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, and Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.