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20 February, 2011

Vintage Silver with Provençal Lemons...and Nothing Over $5.00!

029 Once again, my Goodwill hunting trophies seem to have a theme! This time, it’s lots of wonderful vintage silver plus some sunny oh-so-sunny provençal lemons! Don’t they make a pretty little dessert tablescape?

050 However, it all started from some very anything-but-pretty beginnings! I was GW hunting with my thrifting buddy, Linda at Nina’s Nest when I came upon this mass of…what? Metal cups? I’m picturing cowboys drinking coffee out of tin cups around the camp fire! lol But the price…$4.54 for twelve…intrigued me, so I took a closer look...

052 …and found a dozen silverplate punch cups! Woo hoo!

002 Several episodes of House Hunters, some Wright's Silver Creme and plenty of elbow grease later and…voilà! Aren’t they lovely? I searched the place over but there was no punch bowl. It had either already gone home with someone or was never given away. :-(

001 But this gave our co-host Baby Kitty an idea! So we pulled together some recent Goodwill finds…

005 …such as this vintage coffee carafe and warmer…only $3.93! Can you believe it? That’s the best price I have ever seen on one of these!

006 …and these fabulous faux lemons at eight for only $3.93! And I couldn’t leave without that little footed silver tray for just $2.00 on senior day! Woot woot!

010 I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to pass up anything with feet…so elegant!

011 And from the same Goodwill hunting trip on senior day…this silverplate tray edged with grapes…my favorite motif…for only $5.00! There were two of them and I got them both. My friend Linda tells me I seem to have a thing about buying in pairs and I’m beginning to think she’s right.

035 Next, I pulled out these wonderful French dessert plates that I found at TJ Maxx about 10 years ago..still some of my favorites! They were made in Limoges, France…famous for its china. Can you see what’s represented on the plates?

page It’s a lemon…citron…and as it is being peeled, the word citron is getting shorter until all that is left is the seeds…pépins! Clever, huh?

018 Now here is where Baby Kitty’s inspiration came in. No punch bowl? No problem! Who says a coffee carafe has to serve hot coffee? How about using it without the warming stand as a pretty pitcher? Love it! And I now have two of them…note the urge to buy pairs…so I can use one for coffee and one for punch with my new silverplate cups!

025 I simply added some Battenberg lace napkins and a few dessert forks from my mom’s Towle Silver Flutes flatware…

029 …and there you have it…a little dessert tablescape with vintage silver and lemons! And nothing cost over $5.00! Love it!
Cheryl at Jojo's Joys says she thinks I am celebrating the Fête du Citron (Lemon Festival) in Menton, France...which is going on right now! Hmmm...I think she might be right!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my Goodwill hunting finds!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Leigh at Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Linda at A la Carte for Junkin' Finds on Fridays
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for the Weekend Wrap Up Party
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Beth at Gypsy Fish Journal for Silver Sunday (second Sunday of the month)
See you next time! A la prochaine!

90 comments:

  1. You scored big on this trip! When you mentioned "cowboys" drinking from these cups, it made me wonder. Do the handles get hot when you drink hot stuff out of them? I've had that problem with some metals conducting the heat right into the handle. Just curious, I've never tried silver before, to drink from. Great post, thanks for sharing. Sandi

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  2. I think you are celebrating Menton's
    Fête du Citron!!! Great finds - wow!

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  3. Such beauty...and at a bargain price!

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  4. What great buys you've gotten!!! They look so lovely cleaned up! Good job!
    ♥'s
    Sherry

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  5. Wow, Debbie, what wonderful finds. I love the cups and the trays are just outstanding. You definitely have found some fabulous things at GW. Love those plates, how stunning are they. Now I sure wish I was there to have some lemonade and enjoy a visit. Hugs, Marty

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  6. Wow such gorgeous finds!
    Have lovely new week Debbie dear.
    xo
    Regina

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  7. Hi Debbie, You found some great things for your pretty vignette. I am also a fan of silver so of course I love everything! The lemon plates are adorable.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  8. Sandi..I am sure the cups would get hot, so that is why I would only use them for serving something cold! Those cowboys must have been tough...or were wearing gloves!...Debbie

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  9. This is just so gorgeous Debbie. I love everything. The plates are wonderful! Beautifully photographed!

    Once again, I am wishing our Goodwill was as fabulous as yours!:-)

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  10. Brilliant finds Debbie, cannot choose a favourite!
    I do love those citron plates though :o)

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  11. Looks like a very refreshing setting Debbie-enjoy your great buys:@)

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  12. absolutely gorgeous!! what did you use to shine that silver? my mother in law gave me a silver set and i need to shine it.

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  13. Simply beautiful - our GW stores never have bargains like this!! One lucky gal. Your table is just screamng for a lucious lemony dessert!!!

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  14. What fabulous scores Debbie! I adore those lemon plates! I have a thing about sets too...not sure why... but two is always better *winks* Vanna

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  15. I love the lemon plates, how cute are they? Richard and Sissy Dog. All together they sure made a pretty table.

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  16. Again, I have to say, you have the best Goodwill in the country, Debbie. Wonderful finds this trip...12 silver punch cups for less than $5 is a great deal.
    The citron plates are adorable. Great idea using the coffee carafe as a lemonade pitcher.
    Handsome Baby Kitty looks like he is guarding the lemons!

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  17. Debbie, you always luck up and find the best deals at GW. I know my day will come. Love your table setting and what a great idea to put lemonade in the pot.

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  18. Debbie you do have the best luck with silver at GW. The punch cups are very pretty and with that gorgeous carafe! Lovely Lemons and such a pretty table. Thanks for linking up with JFF! hugs, Linda

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  19. Oh, your finds are marvelous! I can almost feel the coolness of the lemon water. I, too, have a hard time passing up anything footed, even in furniture! Might I ask the maker of the blue and white plate behind the coffee warmer? I also have a thing for scallop-edged plates.

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  20. Salut Debbie, the punch cups turned out fantastique! They really shine! And I remember those lemons - very real looking! I also remember the "citron" plates and wish I had gotten some -really cute. Beautiful themed post, girl! Linda

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  21. Wow, fantastic! I love the lemon theme! And you put everything together beautifully, love all your silver finds!

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  22. "OMG what a Lucky Lady" to find those treasures! I Love every single piece and can't seem to pick a favorite! Hmmmm! I was SHOCKED to read the lemons were not real. WOW they are incredible!!! OK, I'm going to pick the trays with the grapes and My Favorite! and WOW you got a pair of them. My GWs never have any good silver goodies. Thank you for sharing...Have a wonderful week,
    Hugs, Donna

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  23. Oh Deb you did it again!!!! Just lovely and what a pretty table you have set. The lemon(I said that with a French accent) plates are wonderful. I just put some lemon in my cup of hot Earl grey Tea!!! Now I will think of you everytime I drink it. xo Kathysue

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  24. you fine the best bargains....

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  25. You are a lucky girl!! I LOVE the pretty cups and the silver came out gorgeous with 'a little elbow grease'!! The faux lemons do not look faux at all! And I love your plates. Great post!

    XO,
    Jane

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  26. Ick cleaning silver but oh so purty!

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  27. Beautiful tablescape. I love the touch of yellow with the lemons and those to die for lemon plates. You got incredible deals on the silverplate and what a wonderful idea of serving lemonade in the carafe. ~~Sherry~~

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  28. Love it! You had some great finds, and I LOVE those plates!

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  29. Debbie, Oh wow... what great finds at GW... you lucky thing! I adore the silver punch cups and the lemon punch in the "citron carafe" looks so refreshing. I was just thinking how delicious the lemon punch would be with madeleines served on those darling little plates.

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  30. Debbie, I need a GW likes yours! You do find the best treasures. This all looks fabulous polished and sparkling on your tabletop. Love the idea of the lemon aide server. The set of plates is so clever. I'm sending this over to my husband to share with his French teacher. I'm sharing Goodwill Hunting finds of a different sort ~ not my typical French faience, but rather a bit of Mary Engelbreit. Rare that I find anything great, but I'd say I scored with these. ;-)
    Enjoy your week! ~ Sarah

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  31. You have such a flair for this
    Debbie!
    I am so impressed by your decorating and thrifting skills!
    I love all your new silver finds and those little lemon plates are just the cutest!
    Great post as usual!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  32. You did it again, Debbie! Those are really great finds. I wish we had a goodwill here just like that. Those lemon plates are just the cutest and all your silver pieces are stunning...Christine

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  33. Love it all!! What a great goodwill you have there. And once again Baby Kitty has been a big inspiration for you. She deserves a raise!
    Enjoyed!
    Nanci

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  34. You are so lucky, you always find such great stuff there, and at great prices!! Our G.W. never has anything good & it is very expensive at that, I am not sure why that is?

    I love, love, love that coffee carafe I would use it for everything since it is so pretty!!!

    Happy President's Day to you, I am so happy to be off work today!!! Nicole

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  35. Beautiful...love how the silver polishes up...and I am a lemon addict!!! Your vignette is simply gorgeous!!!

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  36. Debbie,
    What a fabulous find at your Goodwill! Lucky lady with a great eye for a bargain! I adore how you use them with lemons! Your little lemon dishes are darling. How lovely it all looks with your blue and white decor! Thanks for this inspiring post!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  37. Fabulous pieces all! I want to move into your neighborhood so I can go shopping.

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  38. So, so pretty. Love the pairing of the lemons & silver. Great finds!
    CAS

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  39. Why in 47 years have I never thought to use my coffee server (exactly like yours) as a pitcher for lemonade!! This was a wedding present and I have seldom used it. Now I will polish it and start to enjoy it. THANKS! May I go shopping with you?

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  40. I absolutely ADORE those plates. They are just the best! Your idea of the coffee server for lemonade is brillant. This is a good post!!

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  41. Debbie,
    WOW!!! You found sooooo many beautiful treasures...thanks so much for sharing them at my NTT party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  42. How do all you girls find such lovely things at Goodwill? Mine usually is packed with overpriced broken junk. I'm envious that you so many pretty things so cheap!

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  43. Debbie,
    What a wonderful idea. I have a coffee carafe similar to yours that belonged to my mother. Now I know how to put it to good use this summer. Very clever. Thank you.

    Kim
    Letters from the Shore

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  44. Marty, I have that coffee server, and I've never thought to use it as a pitcher for cold drinks. What a great idea! I'll be borrowing that idea some time. Those silver punch cups turned out soooo pretty, and what gorgeous silver trays! I've told my husband I want to go to Atlanta, and when he asked why, I said so that I can shop the GW store! You probably heard him laughing at your house! What great lemon plates. (glad you translated for me). I'm so glad you'll be linking this to Favorite Things. laurie

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  45. I love reading about vintage finds! The silver punch cups are amazing! Beautiful table! ♥

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  46. Hi Debbie,
    Wow! You really know how to find great bargains. I am amazed at the silver you purchased. I all polished up so nice. ~Susie

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  47. They sure did polish up nice. what a find!

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  48. Everything is so lovely!!!
    I love those french dessert plates...gorgeous!! I am crazy for china!
    Love your catss...Ozzie looks identical to my cat!
    Pamela :)

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  49. I am soooo jealous of your thrify finds I keep whinning about my town not having a great thrift store All that is wonderful.

    Those punch cups are well I want them

    Janice

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  50. Pretty, pretty, pretty! Great Goodwill finds!!!

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  51. Oh my goodness! Such lovely silver and the lemon theme is wonderful! Such inspiration!!

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  52. Debbie this is so Frenchy and beautiful my friend..as always more great scores from GW..I swear between you and Marty you get the best stuff...Hugs and smiles Gloria
    ps Thanks for the update on the baby baking..Please give Pagie my best Debbie..

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  53. Great finds...and your blog is beautiful. I thought I had a lot of plates. Just beautiful. So jealous, can't wait until the warm weather, garage and estate sales!!!

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  54. Wonderful finds that turned out beautiful! Your dessert plates are so cute! Thank you for sharing...
    Blessings My Friend,

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  55. Debbie, you are the queen of treasure finding! Those silver cups are just wonderful. I couldn't imagine there would be more and then I saw those lemon dessert plates! Oh, my! I love them!

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  56. Debbie, you are the queen of treasure finding! Those silver cups are just wonderful. I couldn't imagine there would be more and then I saw those lemon dessert plates! Oh, my! I love them!

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  57. You do wonderfully well at Goodwill. I love your footed pieces too. I had to break up with my GW because their prices are terribly high. ♥O

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  58. I'm in love with your silver. I always look at GW but never find. It looks gorgeous after your hard work. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks.

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  59. That is a gorgeous little dessert table! What great finds you made. It all looks lovely!
    Thanks for linking it up!
    Sherry

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  60. I have never evah found anything at GW!! but I will say that you have made up for my lack and that your finds are tremendous. I love the trays and the cups.. wow. great treasures.

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  61. I love it when I find silver at Goodwill although I've never had a treasure find as good as that one. The lemons mixed with the silver and then with your lemon plates is divine!

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  62. I think you're the lady who is ahead of me and always has the great finds...lol...You did fabulous. Everything looks so elegant.

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  63. What beautiful things you have found. I know the carafe is vintage Princess House. I have one in copper and would love to find one in silver.~Ames

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  64. Oh my you hit the jackpot! The silver you got is wonderful! and those lemon plates are cute.

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  65. Everything looks so pretty...love the silver punch cups that you found...and what a deal....they turned out beautiful :)
    Big hugs,
    Queenie

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  66. What an amazing tablescape! The lemons really set off the gorgeous silver! And such bargains. So glad you linked up to VIF!
    hugs,
    Debra

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  67. What great finds! I love finding stuff like that. Off to check out more of your blog.

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  68. This is just fabulous!! I adore silver and you have such bargain! The silver tray(s) are wonderful and you helper (who is adorable!) had a great idea for the cold carafe!

    Such a delightful post. Thank you!

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  69. Pretty fab finds! I paid a fortune for my silve punch bowl and cups ...and they look almost exactly like yours! Thanks for sharing!

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  70. Great finds! My local goodwill frustrates me, because their pricing is all over the place. I have better luck at the Salvation Army. I absolutely LOVE the lemon plates!! Tres Cute! Blessings <3 Paula

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  71. What a great 'score' and such a lovely vignette! Those faux Lemons look like the real deal too... the whole scene is making me thirsty now for Lemonade... *winks*

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  72. I still have the silver carafe with stand that we received as a wedding gift. I think that it was a common gift for brides for many many years. I rarely use the carafe, but I often use the stand as a lift for a centerpiece of a tray. I could see it turn your lovely silver tray into a wonderful cake pedestal. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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  73. I love the cups. What a great find. I'm your newest follower. It would be great if you could stop by my blog Monday and add your project to The More The Merrier Link Party.

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  74. I love all the kitties too. Silver is one of my favorites you really scored. Good job

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  75. You're a girl after my own heart with that silver! I pick up GW silver all the time! Don't know if you "Toile" but if you do you should join my Do You Toile? Party on March 2nd! Love to have you! xoxo Kathleen

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  76. Oh goodness what fantastic scores!!! I absolutely love those cups! What finds!! I think I have that same grape plate and it is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  77. You scored! I love you setting. I bought those same lemons years ago from pier one at about $3-$4 a peice they are so realistic. Your silver is lovely as is everything on your blog.

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  78. wow, the silver cups look amazing after you cleaned them up!! I had no idea those were faux lemons, i thought they were real!!

    http://inthehammockvintage.blogspot.com

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  79. Debbie, I just happened on your marvelous
    blog. Our tastes and decorating are so much alike. I also found the carafe at a "wonderful price" GW hunting in January. So wonderful that I bought both sets that my GW store had. Yesterday while in a consignment shop I saw the same carafe for $45.00!!! Also saw a silver punch bowl with 8 cups,and the LADLE all for $30.00. Just might go back today for it!
    Love your mantle! I have the same candlesticks on my mantle!!!!

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  80. Hi Debbie,

    I LOVE reading your blogs... you have an amazing way of displaying items together & making them look beautiful! BTW I LOVE your silver wares, they super cute!!!

    Hugs,
    Cyndi

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  81. Love it all! I just posted about a silverplate tea set and tray that I got at Goodwill for $6.00! I am addicted to silverplate now. I have picked up a few other odd and ends pieces too. It's so beautiful for so cheap!

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  82. What an absolutely lovely table! I want to come to your party!

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  83. I would LOVE a cup of lemonade right now! Your tablescape is beautiful and your bargains are AWESOME! Our GW never has a darn good thong. I go all the time and nada! BOOOOOO! So glad for you that you found these beauties. I LOVE the carafe! XO, Pinky

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  84. Hi Debbie,
    that is a truly wonderful post. Love all your silver finds - really beautifull things. And your sweet kitty is so nice. Lemons are such beautiful and spicy fruits and those plates are fantastic. Gorgeous idea to serve lemon punch in this silver coffee pot.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  85. Silver lemons and great deals who could ask for more?
    hugs,
    Beth

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  86. Debbie, I've just found your blog and I'm loving reading all your DIY posts and seeing how you have re-purposed all your thrift store finds. You have inspired me. While at a consignment store that I frequent I found these two goodies I couldn't resist. Here is a link to some pics.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/vbarnette/ConsignmentStoreFinds?authkey=Gv1sRgCKf85PWvj_rhfg
    Thanks for the entertaining reading and super ideas!

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  87. Thats it!!! Its a final decision. Next time you and Linda go Goodwill Hunting I am driving down there and coming with. I do declare you find the bestest stuff ever. Love your table..and those darling little plates crack me up.
    Hope you have a great week, my friend. Hugs, B

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  88. What a wonderful combination. And knowing the details behind the story and how everything came together is great. And Limoges! You outdid yourself!

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