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04 April, 2010

Thrifting Finds in Creams and Naturals

plates w twine This post is a real departure for me, as you will soon see…


IMG_1298 …which is not to say that there will not be cats and plates, because there will be…


IMG_1397_redo …but because I am straying from my usual blues and yellows for the creams…

 page …naturals and textures that I love seeing on other blogs!  Not that I am planning on redecorating my house, because I’m not. I just want to try it on for size in a small way. And…as my friend and Goodwill hunting partner, Linda  at Nina’s Nest pointed out to me…most of my GW trophies this week seem to fall into that pattern!


page1First, I have finally collected enough wonderful old silverplated flatware to have eight complete place settings…mismatched, of course! I was looking for one more odd dinner fork and instead found another whole bag of a dozen or so lovely old assorted pieces. I was thrilled to also find a stack of six crazed, chipped and much loved  vintage Wedgewood Wellesley square luncheon plates for $4.54my new favorite find!


IMG_1359-1 I love the well-worn and intricate designs of the flatware…little dings and all! Look at the morning glories in the top design…sigh! They just don’t make patterns like that any more! And doesn’t it look wonderful with my “new”  plates? Don’t you love the raised band of fruit and circles?


finials I have added another GW find…this pussy willow wreath ($3.53)… and some fleur-de-lis finials from Dollar Tree with a little jute twine thrown in for good measure! The cake plate is a flea market find from last year.


IMG_1396I found this coffee/tea pot on eBay during my recent quest for more Red Cliff ironstone. It is identical to one that I bought recently, but this one has no top and only cost $3.87! I decided that for that price, I could use it as a vase or pitcher!


IMG_1385 Linda found this basket at GW and grabbed it for me since she already  has one. It’s from Southern Living at Home and was only $3.53! I added some jute gauze from Michael’s ($3.99 for 10 feet) for a little interest.


IMG_1390I’m using it to hold the glasses, which were my mother’s, the flatware and…


IMG_1401 …these great vintage-looking napkins, which actually came from the clearance aisle at Home Goods last year…99 cents each! The little design looks like another morning glory, too!


IMG_1253 And then I took this fleur-de-lis finial that I found at GW for 99 cents and transformed it into…

 IMG_1365this with some white spray paint! I love me some spray paint! I didn’t coat it too heavily, though, because I liked the way the gold was showing through just a little. I think the finial adds some of the frenchiness that I seem to require…


IMG_1308 …as does this lantern…a GW find from last year…and the homemade vintage style tag (directions here) keeping the fleur-de-lis theme!


IMG_1356 Soooo…put it all together and you have a luncheon using creams and naturals! I don’t think I could abandon my Provençal blues and yellows, but it is a nice change! And…I did it all with thrifting finds!


IMG_1377 Baby Kitty is puzzled that I am so excited about other people’s stuff, as is my nine-year old grandson, but somehow brand new stuff with no patina or cracks just isn’t the same! Someone else had done all of the work of breaking it in for me and all I have to do is love it! And…I might add…virtually nothing on this table cost over $5.00! Now I think that’s something to get excited about!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please visit these wonderful ladies and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Today’s Thrifty Treasures
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
See you next time! A la prochaine!

78 comments:

  1. I love all your finds Deb~
    You have such a great eye, and you always find the best stuff! I love the creamy whites with the old flatware. Thrifty finds are the best!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  2. Hi Debbie. More wonderful finds and I like this colourscene too. LOvely decorations.I love that white spraypaint.

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  3. Hi Debbie! You did good! I love all of your pretty finds! It's okay to stray a bit as long as it's this pretty! LOL Hi, Baby Kitty!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  4. Debbie, I am like you I won't abandon the colors in my house, but I have been buying white coffee and tea pots, creamers, and silver coffee pots and old books. I will be sharing these things soon. I love how you have your new finds displayed with the twine and jute. Very pretty. Love you silverware, too.

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  5. Debbie, you find some of the best things. I love your new plates, they are gorgeous and your flatware is beautiful. What a super idea to put the glasses and silver in the basket and it is just gorgeous too. Love the pitcher. See, the white goes so well with all your blue and yellow, so it still all matches. Cute idea to tie the jute around the fleu de lis. (spelling) I hope you had a super Easter. Hugs, Marty

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  6. Absolutely love it all! I've been craving more white lately and this is just a gorgeous presentation. I have that same Southern Living basket and love it- I've used ribbon, fabric, and burlap depending on the event- you'll get tons of use from it. Great post!
    xoxo Pattie

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  7. Great finds! I love the flatware.

    Be sure to stop by AtticMag this week for a Giveaway!

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  8. You do find the best things at Goodwill, Debbie. My favorite is the coffee pot filled with the candles!

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  9. I just love all your GW finds!! Did you happen to get your finials from the Dollar Tree recently?

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  10. I can not believe you paid $3.53 for that Southern Living Home basket!!! I paid $50 for mine! And what's worse I rarely use it. It's on the bathroom counter now. I guess Alabama thrifting is just not as good as Georgia thrifting. Happy Easter.
    Sharon

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  11. Debbie, I love your Fleur de lis finial from the GW and the smaller ones from the $ store look so cute wrapped in jute. Nothing like classic white to change things up. Great bargain on the SL basket, too! So many ways to change it up.
    I am chomping at the bit to go shopping. Hopefully the estate sales will begin soon. :-)
    ~ Sue

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  12. I think you may have stepped into some dangerous territory...beigeville is gorgeous and your photos are beautiful...looks like a new trend may have found your home:-)

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  13. BBBBBBBBBBBeee very careful, I used to have alot of blue and white then decided to do all cream and white and beige and camels, then depending on the mood I will add alot of oranges then some other time alot of black and whites, so easy to add color with vases, books pillows and throws and of course plates on the wall....so be careful, they tried to warn me....I love your blog and your beige and whites are a real wow, and of course I adore the cats.....Tina loves to see their pictures where they are with your things, love that....

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  14. I am loving all of your great finds. The new colors and textures are great and easy to add color to when you want.
    Toni

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  15. Deb, I swear you are a marvel with these GW finds. I love all the cream. The Wedgwood dishes are gorgeous and what a wonderful find, indeed. You did such a wonderful vignette with all of your neutral finds. As always you amaze me!! xoxo Kathysue

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  16. I love Goodwill. Your finds are wonderful!! I love the use of cream in decorating. I have alot of cream ( ivory) in my home.

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  17. Oh those lunch plates are fabulous! I can see so many uses for them and I love that design. Great old silver and the rest is just wonderful also. It is such fun to put to use great things from the Thrift! Makes me happy and like you I love the prices!!!

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  18. I just adore what you found! I used to sell Southern Living and you got one heck of a deal on the acanthus center piece - whoa - it's like I took a step back in time. I have got to find some vintage silverplate. I love that mismatched look. My hubs would think I was crazy though. So would the rest of my family - but I can always come see yours and know that you would get it! :)

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  19. All are gorgeous Debbie. I truly enjoy coming here.
    Happy Easter and a great week ahead.

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  20. Wow, great finds....I love the glass caddy and the fabric you added.

    Barbara

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  21. Debbie
    I am in awe at all the beautiful pieces that you find, your GW must be in a wonderful neighbourood!
    Cream, naturals & fleur de lys c'est tres chic, madame!
    ~Maggie~

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  22. You found such wonderful things, Debbie. I love all of it.

    I need a can of white spray paint. I have a couple of those fleurs around here someplace.

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  23. Debbie,
    Two thumbs up on your departure into shabby chic whiteness. I stalk my local thrift stores for many of these same items and you have given me a new ideas to use on them. The twine is clever wrapped around the dollar store finials and thanks for linking the instructions to the hanging tag.
    Cathy

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  24. Looks amazing and you got such great deals. I love the twine to add texture and the candles in the coffee pot. I can't wait to try the tag. I may end up having them all over the house (HE HE).

    :) Michelle

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  25. I must say that Good will hunting has never looked so nice to me! You have an eye for collecting and putting it all together which caught my eye..I never hunt at Goodwill just drop off..perhaps you've changed my mind...to stop and browse awhile.

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  26. I love your mosaic! I hope that you have a wonderful new week!
    Hugs...
    Bobbi

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  27. Debbie, those are all great finds & look SO pretty together. I just love white dishes too & the added texture is perfect with them.

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  28. Love the cream ~ it is so nice on it's own, but goes so nicely with other dishes, too. I absolutely love your metal basket! Love the fleurs.

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  29. Gorgeous neutrals! I did a neutral mosaic this week too! Great minds think alike;)!

    I hope you had a beautiful and blessed Easter!

    Happy Mosaic Monday!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  30. I love your photos - they are really neat with the plates and old cutlery. Great idea! Happy Easter from Vancouver Island. Michelle

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  31. Soooooooooo PRETTY!!! Love it all!!! I love the candles in the teapot! I love that!!

    I also love it that your cat is sitting on the table cos' I TOTALLY get that as I have 4 cats myself!!

    Great finds!!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  32. I love the cream! ANd the silverware is great, too. I can totally relate to the cats. We have 10!

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  33. This is simply stunning. I love the colors, textures...everything! Really really pretty! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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  34. Getting out of our comfort zone for awhile - is good for the soul! Come visit me sometime, and have a wonderful week.

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  35. Debbie, I totally agree with you. I like things with age and patina and a story. Your new plates are a terrific find, and I do like the mismatched silver. I'm working on doing the same, but I think the GW in your town tends to have more interesting finds that here in my town. Not that I haven't found some great deals! Love the way you mixed in the twine and burlap. Great look!

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  36. Funny! It's like you were reading my mind. I was admiring everything to the max except I was thinking the fleur de lys would look cute in white. Next picture pssst! Sprayed white! Parfait! I adore your taste and thriftiness!

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  37. Debbie how pretty! I just adore the trio of finials. Baby Kitty is so precious helping you with your new things.

    I hope your Easter was wonderful. ~Melissa :)

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  38. I am all about the blue and white....But I started doing the creams and burlap... I LOVE IT! There is something so elegantly rustic about the combination... Add the silver and china and you have a smashing table! :)

    ~Liz

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  39. I like to mix silver flatware, too. Some of the old floral patterns are so lush and detailed - they really add a lot to a table!

    Amanda

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  40. You are the absolute Queen of Goodwill! You need to write a primer on the subject for the rest of us who can't "see" like you do!

    Scribbler

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  41. Wonderful table top with beautiful cream and naturl colors. I thnk I am becoming a plate addict too every time I go to the thrift store or flea market I seem to always bring home a plate or two or three. Have a wondeful day.

    Rebecca

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  42. first time visiting here...and am immediately drawn to the creaminess - oh, and to the silverware in one of your bundles that I grew up with. cool ideas...

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  43. Ok, I have to say I love it ALL! Great finds first off. Love what you've done to present all the elements and they tie in so wonderfully! I love the use of the burlap, twine and all the whites. Candles in the tea pitcher - Awesome idea!

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  44. So warm, inviting and looking very expensive!! Your attention to detail is amazing. So glad I stopped by!

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  45. What some wonderful deals you got. And I just love those square plates! Be blessed. Cindy

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  46. That is a lovely change! Of course I love all the old silverware! Also love all the burlap & wine it looks so pretty with the white dishes and silver!

    Manuela

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  47. I some how find a certain amount of comfort and warmth from second hand treasures. This for the simple fact that it has a history and a life before.

    I love your great finds!!

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  48. Once again you did really well at GW! And the Dollar Tree! I love the finial and it looks fabulous painted white. I also love how you added the jute fabric to the wire basket.

    Love all the mismatched silver and your new (old) plates. You've made a pretty tablescape!

    Have a wonderful week, Debbie!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  49. Fabulicious!!! I love everything. Now I want to find some mismatched flatware & tie it up with jute.

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  50. You know the cream goes perfectly with blue and yellow. And I think the well-worn handles of the silver is perfect, perfect, perfect. Think Allison already mentioned our givewaway. -- Jane F.

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  51. Love it all, Deb, but being a table linens gal, I adore those napkins!

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  52. Debbie,
    I'm lovin' how you used that great SL wire basket...awesome idea! Thanks for coming by:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  53. Great finds again - love the fleur de leis finial!
    I have a feeling you can spot something on a table in a thrift store at 100 paces!!

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  54. Now your even finding great stuff (the finials) at the DT....I swear you and Linda live in the mythical land of "Goodies"....I need to move to the other side of town!!

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  55. Debbie: I had to come back and comment again after I read your profile! YOU lived in France for a year!!!My hubby and I visited Paris summer before last and I have a dream to live in France for a year! I found the language easy to pick up seeing everyone around us was!Oh I understand how our grandbabies pull us into their direction!
    The blue dishes now make sense..very French inspired I think..as your background music!
    Once again a pleasure to meet you!

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  56. Debbie... I love the creamy white! and love the silverware mix... reminds me of the fancy (and expensive) set from Horchow!

    have a wonderful spring week! Dixie

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  57. Love the cream & white dishes Deb. They are my favorite. Enjoyed your post once again. Such beautiful photos. Give those kitties a big hug for me. I wish I could cat-sit them. I would spoil them so much. Deb

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  58. This is beautiful!!! I was in Atlanta last week and we went to the GW in Lawrenceville but I didn't find anything great like you do. I am getting ready to redo my kitchen in the creams and browns so this post has been a great inspiration for me! I just posted pics from the antique malls in the Chamblee and Lilburn and Lawrenceville areas if you're interested:).

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  59. Oh My Goodwill! You have the most wonderful treasures Debbie, and I love the way you've displayed your finds with the jute string, candles in your pretty pitcher, and the net inside the carrier. Love the painted fleur dis lis and the tag I'm convinced you can find the best treasures and make them look the best. I'm sure the French don't JUST use colorful china, etc. It all looks very Frenchy to me. laurie

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  60. Love how you made it all come together, piece by piece.

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  61. Is that really how to spell fleur de lys or is there more than one spelling? fleur de lis?

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  62. Hello Debbie! My oh my, you have found more great treasures. I would love to go to your GW with you, but then we would probably end up in an arm wrestling match! LOL! Our sweet kitties would have to break us up. You do find some great things. I LOVE your silverware!! Everything is just as cute and as inspiring as can be. I always love coming here to see what you've been up to.

    Donna

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  63. Hey what a great post. You are always creative anyhow but I especially like this one. Love the plates, the kitty and the silverware tied! Very creative. Love how you put things together. Have a blessed day!
    Debbie

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  64. I always look forward to your posts. Your photos are incredible! And your compositions are so artistic! I love how you tied the silver with twine.

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  65. And even if I didn't LOVE this look...I'd still be quite content with cats...and plates! ;}

    m ^..^

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  66. HELLO THERE SWEET LADY,

    MY OH MY, HOW EXCEPTIONAL, ARTISITIC, LIGHT, LOVELY AND UTTERLY ENTRANCING!..,I AM COMPLETETLY ENAMOURED WITH YOUR FABULOUS POST; 'EXCLAIMING ALOUD' WITH PURE DELIGHT WHEN I VISITED YOU TODAY!..,

    Everything you have selected from the silver flatware, to the creamy whites, to the demure and charming cat,on through to your exquisite tablescape vignettes are such wonderful little extra touches and details that are dreamily, lovely beyond!~I also adore the beautifully detailed,'fleur de lis'!.,

    All I can say is..,'wow'!

    Please feel most warmly welcome to also pop by for a visit sometime and enjoy, 'a cup of afternoon tea with me', my dear!

    ..,( My kitty Peaches picture will be added tomorrow, as she was also originally photograghed with my photo shoot earlier, and I wondered if I should show her on my table)..,

    She jumped up to sniff my Roses and I couldn't resist taking a few pictures of her!.., You have inspired me afresh in many , many ways my dear lady!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

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  67. Love it! C'est si bon! I hope you check out my Shabby French Cottage Blog! J'adore votre blog!

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  68. Beautiful!!

    Carolyn
    Cottage Sunshine

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  69. What great finds...and you have them beautifully arranged! It's a good thing you and I don't live in the same town. I would always be racing you to the GW. You always seem to find the best items and bargains.

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  70. Just the kind of things I would love to find. Tomorrow morning is our day to do the garage sales..and I am always so excited to go. Marvelous finds! Wish me luck! :)
    Silver is high on my list of things to look for...and crocheted items...linens...
    Loved this post!!!

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  71. I've experimented with the all white look but just can't do it. I need color. It looks so good in other peoples homes.though. I love the finial. Glad you let a little gold show through! ;)
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  72. wouldn't it be fun to do a goodwill or vintage silver or dish swap for us addicts? you do it...I'm not ready to figure out how to do a swap. :)

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  73. What GREAT wonderful finds!! I want to come to your town and go shopping at your GW stores!! Congrats on such great finds.

    I wanted to also let you know that there is an award waiting for you on my blog =)
    here is the link:
    http://thevisserclan.blogspot.com/2010/04/another-great-award.html

    Happy Blogging!

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  74. Wow! Your ideas are so cool and very classy!If you have a moment stop by http://shabbychictreasures.blogspot.com/I am giving away a pretty rose teapot this month! Hugs,
    Olivia

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  75. Hey Deb, you did a fabulous job with the creams and whites with the vintage silver. LOVIN IT! Hey, I was at the Classy Finds Consignment Shop in Lawrenceville/Suwanee a few weeks back and got my own complete silver set in a box for only $23...TOTALLY True, can't wait for you to see it. While I was there, I think I found two plates that may be Quimper, but not sure. They were $7 each and if you want me to go with you to find them, I will. Have you ever been there? It was our first time there. We ended up spending $100 +, but loved all we got. Let me know if you want to go check on those plates! :) ~CC Hey,as always, LOVED the post! You'd make a dishrag look gorgeous French Friend! :) ~CC

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie