Accompany me today for some vintage and thrifty shopping in beautiful Vermont. We’ll find a thrift here and a vintage there. And a bit of Valentines’ too.
Recently I’ve been working on designing a vintage blue and white platter wall for over our dining room mantel. I just need 4 more platters before I can start hanging it all. So this weekend I headed out to a new antique shop and an old standby to see what I could find, Thrifting with the Gals.
We had just received a nice blanket of snow, which made the ride through the mountains so picturesque. I hope you enjoy it all.
An Old Vintage Standby
When in Vermont, Stonehouse Antique Center in Chester, Vermont is my old standby. Filled with hundreds of dealers at affordable prices. I was certain to find a few blue and white platters here and maybe a few vintage Valentine’s Day decorating ideas too.
Valentine’s Day decor doesn’t need to be traditional hearts and candy. I was charmed by how these white ironstone platters were displayed with vintage ironstone pink dishes. Such a cute idea for a dining room table, hutch, or kitchen counter display.
Red-painted pinecones caught my eye too. How cute would a basket full of red pine cones be on a coffee table, bookshelf, next to a chair, etc. as Valentine’s Day decor?
Pinecones are a favorite of mine to use in winter decor. The natural elements and texture are beautiful.
Now to find some red spray paint.
A vintage champagne bucket is one of my favorite uses for flower bouquets. I have one in Maine that I just love and now I have this one for our home in Vermont. I picked up some pink tulips on the way home to display in it. I thought they would be so cheerful with the 5″ of snow we were expecting the next day.
I don’t know much about the football game that was on Sunday night, but I love this bucket! And check out How a Penny Can Keep Tulips From Drooping.
At this point in my shopping journey, I had collected a vintage champagne bucket, a blue stoneware pitcher, a set of 4 Hartley Greens Leeds Pottery dishes, and a vintage French basket.
The pitcher was selling for $18 and I usually find these for sale for around $79. The plates were $30 for 4. I couldn’t resist that fabulous blue trim! And well, the vintage French basket, $49. I thought I was doing pretty well so far! The biggest splurge of the day was the champagne bucket…
A Little Bit of Vintage Valentine
There were so many unique Valentine’s Day decorating ideas.
Like the simplicity of displaying pewter and tins with red flowers.
Do you have a red lantern hanging around somewhere? How cute would these be decorated at the front door, on a mantel, stairway, etc…
Old paintbrushes are displayed in a red basket.
Accent art that showcases pink flowers or a pink hue. Pictures like these add so much to a room during the winter months.
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Vintage heart cake pans and wall hangings are perfect Valentine’s Day touches on a door, wall, shelf, etc…
And lastly, I fell for these little vintage porcelain soap holders. Truthfully, I didn’t know what they were when I saw them but I loved how they were displayed on the wall and the tag said “soap $5” each. I had visions of them hanging on our newly painted blue and white bathroom walls.
I was thrilled with my finds, but not one blue and white platter…
Until I made a quick stop at a shop next door and found this perfectly sized Nordic pattern platter for just $18. Matching these new Dishy Kitchen Hooks You Can DIY in Minutes.
You may enjoy these best antique shops near me in the post, My Favorite Second-Hand Shops from Vermont to Maine.
I’ve been dying to check out this new antique shop in Bennington, Vermont. And wow, it was super cute, filled with loads of vintage ski lodge decor, terrific friendly service, and hours of browsing time.
Take a walk with me throughout the shop.
I picked up a handsome pair of black vintage HEAD skis there for just $45. These black HEAD skis are very hard to find.
A pair that reminds me of my father’s skis when I was growing up. Boy, do I wish I had his old black HEAD skis today. He was such a beautiful and graceful skier in his day.
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A pair of small boys’ hockey skates and a set of blue table linens that will match the blue-rimmed dishes I just picked up. I’m going to try cleaning the linens first using this Retro Cleaning Solution that someone recently recommended to me, as they have a bit of yellowing on them. But the entire set was just $18 and they appeared to be all hand embroidered.
I’m excited to put together an antique table setting with it all very soon.
After all this weekend’s vintage shopping, I found one vintage blue and white platter. I couldn’t believe it! I may turn to the internet now to find my platters. You may enjoy my post on How to Vintage Shop Online.
Here’s a sneak peek of the blue and white platter wall as I’m designing it today. I need three platters for a third row, and the blue and white platter I found this weekend will replace the white platter on the end.
I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Vermont.
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