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Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I have THE BEST personal shopper.  She not only knows what I like; she knows that no matter how much I like it, I won’t pay full price!  My sister-in-law, Brenda, called me about a gift store in her area that was going out of business.  She described a metal patriotic wagon that she knew I would love.  When she told me the price, I screamed, “yes, get it for me before someone else snaps it up!”

Bargain Hunting with LaurieIsn’t that the cutest thing?  When she was checking out, the sales person told her it was supposed to have a casserole dish in it.  I just happened to have a dark blue casserole that fit it.  Okay, there’s more to this story.  You’re going to wish Brenda was your sister-in-law before I finish this story.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

For my birthday, Brenda gifted me with this adorable matching cutlery holder, and

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

the matching napkin holder, and

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

this wonderful matching cake stand (which I used to elevate my centerpiece, since I didn’t bake a cake).  I cut some of those peonies, which you may remember seeing bent over on the ground in my Backyard post.  No, Brenda cannot be your sister-in-law, and you’ll have to contact her personally if you want her to be your personal shopper.  I’m so glad my sweetheart has a sister, who is not only a great friend to me, but also a great shopper for me!

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

So, with the addition of a few things I already had, I got the table ready for a Memorial Day celebration.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

For patriotic days, I love to get out my Moda Home melamine plates that I bought at Tuesday Morning several years ago.  If you missed it, I shared my Memorial Day cloche in my previous post.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Wishing everyone a wonderful Memorial Day celebration, as we remember those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. laurie

I’m linking to the Red, White, and Blue Challenge at Cuisine Kathleen’s Let’s Dish Wednesday and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch


Anonymous said...

Fantabulous patriotic table, Laurie. I love that little wagon!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You do have a great shopper/friend there!
Love all the goodies, especially that wagon.
Oh my, I love, love this!
What time is the party?

Sarah said...

Laurie, I think this table wins the prize. Wow, what fun patriotic details. They couldn't have gone to a better home. Hope you and your family enjoy the holiday weekend. I can see you are going to be dining in patriotic style! ~ Sarah


Oh my Laurie, such a FABULOUS PATRIOTIC buffet!!! Every piece is gorgeous and perfect! I have those napkins, but the napkin holder is awesome! Have a wonderful Memorial weekend. I also have a MD post, before the cloches, lol..
Big hugs,

Dewena said...

Your table kind of makes my heart swell in patriotic pride, Laurie. I know it means even more to you because your personal shopper was thinking of you. That's a nice story.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Wow! I love it all! I am jealous of your dear sister in-law! How nice she knows you well enough and cares to include you in her shopping sprees!!
You have a wonderful collection of patriotic items. Love the tablecloth too..Have a great Memorial Day celebration!

xinex said...

I love that wagon, LUrie, so nice and so perfect for your table. Can Brenda adopt me for a sister in law and shop for me too? Happy Memorial Day!...Christine

Marlis said...

Laurie. this table.. wow!!! let's start with the tablecloth. I. Just. Love. It!!! What a great sister in law you've been blessed with. She knows you too well. The wagon is my favorite!! Have a blessed and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. xo marlis

Tammy's in Love said...

That is one fun table! I'd like to come to that picnic. Those red and blue striped straws look perfect!

Tea in Texas said...

Your certainly do have a great personal shopper! All the different pieces are precious and perfect for this patriotic tablescape! I hope your personal shopper is invited to this celebration for she is a great friend as well as family. Have a lovely weekend! Pam

The Tablescaper said...

You are so lucky to have such a wonderful sister-in-law! Such treasures. Hard to determine which is the favorite, but I think it has to be that cake stand.

- The Tablecaper

Alycia Nichols said...

I don't care what you say...Brenda is MINE!!! ALL MINE!!! I will inbox you my home address, and you are to wrap her up and send her to me immediately! Understand? Don't give me any lip, missy! Just get to it!!! :-)

What neat stuff!!!! Between you and Brenda, there's no way you could miss with this great patriotic table! I LOVE that little wagon, and I'm so glad you had a casserole dish that fit it AND was just the right color!!!

You have a LOT of those melamine plates. Remember: sharing is caring. Pack a few of them on top of Brenda, please. I'm sure she won't mind. ;-)

I love that red & white polka dot bowl and the fun striped straws!!! Perfect!!! And what a cute vase for your centerpiece!

Laurie, I hope that you and your family enjoy a terrific holiday weekend that is also a very SAFE one. I have to go now and wait by the door for the postman to deliver Brenda. I hope you remembered to poke holes in the top of the box! Otherwise, poor Brenda!!! :-( Don't worry, I'll just pop her in the dryer and she'll be good as new! :-)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

You really got some wonderful serving pieces. You have a great sister-in-law. Everything looks great on your buffet table.
Have a wonderful Memorial Weekend.

Rettabug said...

If this comment comes through twice, just delete...I had a very detailed one all typed up & then *poof* it disappeared!

I adore your entire table, Laurie & I have that same tablecloth, seen here:

I'm jealous of all the darling serving pieces from your SIL. Wonderful gifts that will get lots of use all summer.

I hope you have a safe & meaningful Memorial Day.


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie, WOW what a fabulous Memorial Day table you have set. Your SIL is the best and I love that darling wagon with the dish you had to fit. Awesome. Love your plates from Tueday morning too. Also the utensil holder she gifted you is perfect. You are amazing my friend. The whole setting is magazine ready. You should host a show on HGTV.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

sweet violets said...

That wagon is just toooooo stinkin cute!!! Love every element on your table!!!! Enjoy!!!

Unknown said...

I love your table and all your cute decorations! The wagon is adorable and so is the napkin holder. If I were you,I would have never told anyone that my sister in law is a personal shopper! I would have kept her all to myself! lol She is one in a million! Love her! Have a great weekend...
Blessings My Friend,

Cathy said...

OK everybody else got all my great fantastic, etc..... comments. If you ever decided to sale I am first on the list for the whole table with Brenda included.

Maybe she can start her own personal shopping business.

Cathy Cupboard Clamity <;)

Anonymous said...

Wow, you SIL has great taste, and so do you. I especially love the vintage dots bowl - I have one in black dots. Can't wait to use it at Halloween. Beautiful table setting.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I love so many items on your patriotic table! But my favorite 2 have to be those pretty plates and that cart that your SIL found for you. I have a SIL like that. She knows exactly what I like because we share the same taste. Love your bunting that's hanging up high, too!

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Laurie @ Vinyet Etc said...

I love how you design your tables! I love your patriotism more, lest we forget who paid the ultimate!

I will come shopping at your house one day! ;)

Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a cute table and I love all the gifts from you Sis in law! What a great friend she is!


20 North Ora said...

What a wonderful patriotic table! How lucky you are to have a SIL who likes what you like. Wonderful pieces. Love them all.


Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley said...

How nice that your sister in law can share in your interest and know that you would love these cute items for your entertaining! she found some perfect additions for your great patriotic table!!

Holly said...

The patriotic wagon is soooo cute! I love all of your decorations. Great work and happy Memorial Day! Hugs, Holly

Annesphamily said...

Such a lovely display! I love all the red, white and blue you share. It is so true, how many have given all and we are still blessed to have some freedom here in the states! Have a beautiful and safe weekend.

Marigene said...

Laurie, you do wonderful themed must have something for every holiday that exists! I really like your patriotic table...and that little wagon is adorable...but I ♥♥♥ that tablecloth. Tell me where you found it, please.
Yes, we all wish we had someone that is a personal shopper and knows our taste as well as your sister-in-law knows yours.
Have a fun-filled weekend, Laurie.

Debbie said...

You had me from the wagon, and it is all just wonderful! I love every single patriotic piece and would really love to find some stuff like that for around here. It's versatile too, because there are so many different holidays in which to use it. You can do Memorial Day, Independence Day, Flag Day, election day, and really just any old day that you feel proud to be an American.

Give your SIL two thumbs up!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Marigene, I have had this tablecloth for about 15 yrs! I have no idea where I bought it, and it doesn't even still have a maker's tag on it. I wish it did, because I'd buy all of my cloths from that maker. It is amazing! After 15 years of using it, throwing it in the washer and dryer, and using it again and again, it still looks good. I've never ironed it! Thanks for stopping by.