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Wednesday, September 18, 2013


It’s one of those in-between times of the year – too late for Summer tables, and a little too early for Fall tables, so this is kind of an in-between tablescape -- not too summery, but not really an autumn table either – a mixture of  fruits and flowers.Almost Autumn Dinner-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I purchased the hand painted salad plates at an estate sale long ago.

Casual Dinner-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I purchased the dinner plates at a charity tag sale over 20 years ago.  (Apple Blossom, Ridgways, England)

Almost Fall Dinner-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Green depression glass plate (estate sale).  I can’t remember where I got the chargers or the flatware.

Almost Fall Table-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Some things on this table were NOT from an estate sale!  I think the napkins were from Williams Sonoma Outlet.  I bought the napkin rings at a resale store, and the green iced tea goblets were the “every day pattern” we selected when we married.  I think I got the quilted yellow placemats at a Kohl’s sale. Bargain Hunting with Laurie


Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I always think of Tickseed as kind of an in between Summer and Fall flower.  I put them in a jug that I ordered from One Kings Lane last year.  (This jug normally lives on our fireplace hearth.)

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Meat platter from an estate sale (marked “Japan”)

Almost Fall Dinner-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Divided vegetable server from another estate sale (unmarked).  Yes, I go to a lot of estate sales.  I love the farm scenes on this server.

Almost Autumn Table-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Gravy server from an estate sale. (marked “Japan”)

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Salt and pepper shakers (yes, another estate sale;  I’m starting to sound like a broken record.)

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

This set of salt and pepper shakers belonged to my Mother.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Dessert of cake and ice cream to be served on green depression glass plates and compotes (E.S. – yes, that means estate sale – again!)

Almost Autmn Dinner-Bargain Hunting with Laurie


Almost Autmn Dinner-Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Thank you for coming by to see me ease into Fall.  I hope you’ll check back Friday to see some of my favorite inspiration photos.  laurie

I’m linking this post to  Let’s Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch, and Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.



Tricia said...

Laurie all your fruit-and-flower themed pieces came together beautifully on this table! Girl, you are one excellent estate sale shopper! I agree about this time of year. When it's still in the high 90s, I can't look at a pumpkin yet!

Carol said...

It's a lovely tablescape, Laurie. Your collection of estate sale finds are wonderful!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I love that tickseed inside your vase, what a lovely combo Laurie!
And the china, the setting and those darling salt and pepper from your Mom.
I always wonder how you keep things so very organized at your home..just amazes me!
Hugs friend,

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

They don't call you bargain hunting Laurie for nothing! You have some amazing finds displayed beautifully on your early fall table! I just recently found some salt and pepper shakers to match your meat platter! Every time I see your chairs, I want to paint mine white! Sounds like a good wintertime project to me!

Palomasea said...

Beautiful!! Laurie, you always inspire me... :)
Happy (almost) Fall, sweet friend!
Hugs from MN,
- Irina

Mary Ann said...

I love estate sales, so I can appreciate your great finds!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

You find the prettiest things at estate sales and I love seeing how you use them, Laurie.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

A very pretty Fall table setting! No Fall decor here - yet. I am really slacking - have not been to an estate sale in some time.
Enjoy your evening.

Dianne said...

Love those dinner plates. They are just beautiful. I just started going to estate sales and they can be very addicting! I spend my nights reviewing the websites and pictures and plan my weekend around the best sales. Your Mother's salt and pepper shakers are just beautiful. Dianne said...

I know you will be horrified when I tell you I have never been to an estate sale~but after seeing your finds I might have to start going! I am fascinated by the serving fork? thing on the meat platter, I have never seen anything like it! Happy Fall Laurie!

Tea in Texas said...

You found som wonderful china and i love how you have mixed and matched it. Your yellow flowers creates a lovely bouquet. I love estate sales, thrifting and antiquing for you never know what you will find. Have a good week!


Abi's Blog said...

Love the green depression glass...Maybe after a baby shower this wkend..I'll get back to tablescaping. Beautiful table setting. Have a wonderful week!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous...probably one of my favorite of your tables. Love the meat platter! Aren't estate sales the best....

Lulu said...

How lovely to wake yp to your very inviting table. I'm thinking I'd like to be right there for breakfast. Like you, I'm in transitional mode right now, not really wanting to acknowledge that summer is really over.

Moni - Zuhaus at Home said...

Lovely table filled with so many treasures! I love Estate Sales!

Lana Kim White Austin said...

Oh, I just love all the various pieces mixed together...and from so many diverse places...I love thrifting, OKL, estate sales, etc. etc. I also adore those tiny little S&P shakers of your moms. wonderful! And I appreciate SO MUCH your prayer list on your sidebar...we homeschool and just finished a long prayer time for people. It's so important to pray for people!


xinex said...

I love your table, Laurie. It looks very Tuscany to me. I wish we lived closer, we can have a blast going to estate sales!...Christine

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Yours is the perfect transitional table - love love love it - it is just beautiful!

I absolutely ADORE those nifty handles antique S & P shakers of your mother's - how precious!

Unknown said...

You have such gorgeous dinnerware Laurie - love those salt and pepper shakers ( handled ) and that meat tray - and - oh just about every single thing you showed up lol

Unknown said...

You have such gorgeous dinnerware Laurie - love those salt and pepper shakers ( handled ) and that meat tray - and - oh just about every single thing you showed up lol

Mimi said...

Hi Laurie!

I love the green depression glass- what a timeless table it creates! And the salt and pepper shakers are fabulous!

I am a huge estate sale fan but never get the time to go to many- your great finds do inspire me to try harder!!


Sarah said...

Doesn't matter the season, Laurie. You always set beautiful tables. You need to use those apple blossom plates next week for Kathleen's apple challenge.
Love the yellows and browns of this table. Gotta find me some bamboo flatware. Love yours!

Marigene said...

Beautiful table, Laurie...those plates are so pretty.
I used to go to estate sales every weekend when I lived in Phoenix...I really miss them, so few around the area I live in.
I have those same napkins and matching round placemats...found mine at Goodwill.
Have a wonderful week...

Lulu said...

I didn't know the flower was tickseeds. I cut them from the side of the road this time of year as they grow wild and I love having them around the house. Like you, I'm between seasons, just not quite ready to go totally into fall.

The Tablescaper said...

Love all of the transferware!

So happy to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Diane said...

Congratulations on the new blog name! It is always fun to see how you incorporate all of your fabulous finds into your decorating. Love this table and all of the estate sale finds. The transferware pieces and the vintage glassware are fabulous! Great job with your transitional table!

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

Such a wonderful mixture of dishes and great looks wonderful!

An Oasis in the Desert said...

Just beautiful, Laurie! You certainly captured that "in between" seasons that you were striving for. I really like your mixture of patterns and textures.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Laurie, what a lovely tablescape. So many pretty dishes and I love the salt/pepper shakers. Everything goes together so well.
Happy Fall