Over the years, many of my home décor items have come and gone–as I've moved from one style house to another.
Others–those with a more timeless appeal–have remained and have found their special places in each new dwelling.
For instance, I've had this French buffet and hutch for almost twenty years.
It has worked beautifully in my last four homes–an English Tudor, an English Cottage, a 50s ranch, and, at present, my tiny cottage farmhouse.
Though the piece itself has looked the same over the years, the items displayed upon it have been in a constant state of flux.
These are the treasures it currently holds.
This vintage bakelite flatware is known as Butterscotch to collectors.
I've placed it in a large, vintage pressed glass piece–set atop an old restaurant china dessert plate, with an even older pie pan underneath.
Displayed in this old platter is part of my vintage silverplate creamer collection.
When I started collecting these beauties some years ago, I set a ceiling purchase price of five dollars per piece.
The most expensive one here is the one in the back–$2.99, from a thrift store. The least expensive, of the four, was only ninety-nine cents–the one on the right.
I love vintage buttons and have been collecting them for many, many years.
I think the soft, creamy tones, of those displayed here, create a romantic look when coupled with the various shades of gray of the silverplate.
Behind the platter, I placed an ornate, vintage English ironstone lid. It's an orphan I adopted, because I admired its sculptural quality.
The unique, octagonal framed print, beside the lid, was another thrift store score from long ago. At only ninety-nine cents, it was a bargain I couldn't resist.
I actually have a project planned for it...that I hope to get to someday. ;)
In this image, you can see another of my pretty orphaned English ironstone lids.
It's a complete mystery to the Yankee why I like to collect just lids.
But then, much of what we women like is a mystery to men. Am I right?
The thick coffee cups stacked on the shelf above are Buffalo restaurant china. You just can't beat restaurant dinnerware for its durability.
On this part of the same shelf is another vintage platter, a William Adams and Sons English ironstone teapot, a vintage doily, the base to a miniature, antique oil lamp, a square ironstone dish, and a vintage tin–blackened with age.
This shot gives you a glimpse of all the wonderful vintage and antique items displayed on the two uppermost shelves.
I used the soup tureen–that you see on the upper shelf of this shot–in one of my tablescape posts.
The clear glass piece to the right of it is an old creamer.
On the shelf below is another vintage platter, two more pieces of English ironstone–a William Adams and Sons water pitcher and a Johnson Brothers gravy boat–another vintage doily, and an antique cruet.
Years ago, the Yankee and I actually stood in frigid cold snow–in the mountains of Tennessee–to garner that cruet at auction.
On the opposite side of the shelf are two other Johnson Brothers ironstone pieces–a plate and a small pitcher holding silverplate flatware–a French creamer, and a vintage bird print.
The gorgeous, vintage transferware gravy boat is one of my favorites. It's displayed atop an old doily, set on a vintage cake plate, atop a restaurant china dessert plate.
As you can see above, I'm fortunate to have two of those wonderful old French creamers.
And in this image, you get a better look at the clear glass one.
Behind it–against, yet another, vintage platter–is a chippy old applique.
The bird prints were framed when I found them. But I removed them from their frames and placed them in the hutch like vintage cabinet cards.
The loving cup trophy was a fortuitous flea market find at only $12.00.
Now, if, after all this, you want to know what vintage goodness I have sitting on the top and tucked away at the very bottom of my buffet and hutch, you can take a look over here.
Linking to these fun parties:
Kathleen's White Wednesday
Suzanne's Vintage Thingie Thursday
Leigh's Thrifty Thursday