Monday, November 23, 2020

how to set a festive table using only thrift store finds

 Setting fancy tables, ones that really wow, doesn't have to cost a fortune. 


You don't need to go out and buy all new wine glasses, china, and expensive florals.

I am going to show you how I set our holiday table for under $50.00. That's right, under $50.00, and I can use everything over and over again throughout the years.

First things first. 

Think of a color scheme you'd like your table to have. Sometimes what you find in the thrift stores will dictate what your color scheme might be.

For me, I am a neutral girl through and through, and being the seasoned thrifter that I am, I knew I'd have no issues finding what I needed to make my table sparkle.

Take inventory of what you already have. Then make a list of things you'd like to add too.

For example. I knew I'd be using my everyday white plates, but thought it would be fun to top them with some vintage finds.

I also already had vintage silver-plate silverware, so I didn't need that. 

What I did need was some crystal candle holders, a glass dome, and anything else that would catch my eye.

I set out with my list and luckily only had to go to 1 thrift shop to get everything I needed.

I found, among other things, a 6 pack of silver glass ornaments. 

Vintage ornaments are beautiful grouped together in a bowl on a coffee table or kitchen counter. At the time I didn't know what I would do with them, but they were beautiful and at $1.99 I knew they had to come home with me. 

I found some great crystal salt and pepper shakers that weren't on my list, but had to have.

I also found a great assortment of crystal candle holders, and some beautiful glasses.

I walked out of there spending under $50.00 and came home to create my table setting.

You'll want to wash everything thoroughly and soak those pesky sticker price tags off. 

Here's some videos I took while I was at The Goodwill.





You'll have to play around with the table setting, moving things around here and there. You might even need to head back to the store to fill in any gaps.

Instead of an expensive centerpiece, think about using branches from your yard. It's an inexpensive way to make a big statement.

Let's take a closer look at my table and talk about some of the elements.


Remember how I didn't know what I was going to do with the silver ornaments?
Well I am so glad I bought them because they ended up being the perfect thing to hang a name tag on for a cute place card holder!
I printed out each name vertically onto card stock and then punched a hole in the top. A little black ribbon tied to the top of the ornament and voila!

I placed each one in or on some of my thrifted glass pieces.




I fell in love with this little black etched votive holder and used it instead for matching candy canes and picks, also from the Goodwill in their "NEW" section by the cash registers. 




This crystal star might possibly my favorite find of the day!
I believe it's a candle holder, but I turned it upside down and am just using it as a decorative accent.


I love a good bar setup, and in order to fill in some gaps on the table, I mocked one up using a Target tray I found at Goodwill. Did you know that The Goodwill get's a good percentage of Targets items after they have been discounted and not sold? 


Vintage stirrers are in a glass vase that was 99 cents.


How cute are these little deer glass markers? At least, I think that is what they are.
They are so sweet hanging off the sides of the glasses. There was only 2, but I couldn't pass them by!

I also like to put out a mixture of different glasses. If a glass isn't marked with a price tag at Goodwill, it is 69 cents. All the glasses here fell into that category.





This glass dome was $5.99 and the plastic sunburst mirror was 99 cents. I repurposed both of them, filling the dome with extra thrifted ornaments, placing the mirror upside down on top, and flipping the whole thing over. 

Even though it's plastic, the glass dome and sparkly glass ornaments elevate it and take it to a whole other level of chicness. 


So what do you think? Have I inspired you to go out and find some goodies to reuse? 

Even if a shopping trip isn't in your near future, look around your home and see what items you could reuse to create an amazing tablescape.

Enjoy this final look at our holiday table in the video below.


xoxo, Melaine 











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