Friday, November 10, 2006

As the collection grows

I picked up another tablecloth this morning while Jack and I were thrifting. I had almost given up hope on finding anything at all today, and there it was, in amongst the vinyl tablecloths, waiting for me to find it.

I cannot remember what sparked my interest in them, I think it was an article in one of the country home type magazines, but, I can still remember which cloth was my first, and how much I paid for it. (It was 25 cents, I know you were wondering!)

I must have more than 50 of them at this point. I use a different one each week on our kitchen table, and it doesn't matter to me if they are stained or have holes. In fact, the beauty on the table this week has a big paint spot on it. I love how Karen, of The Vintage Table refers to tablecloths as being part of "herstory," and I always wonder what other lives my tablecloths have seen. (Although, I must admit, those that have seen lives as painting dropcloths are amongst the sadder stories of the lot.)

Anyway, I really like this one. It has interesting flora on it. Cockleburrs? Sweetgum balls? I have no clue what they are, but, in the weeks to come, it will grace my kitchen table, Jack will declare it "Pretty!" and part of "my story" it shall become.

And because no thrifting trip is complete without something for Jack, a book for him it was! An unusual find because it is in German, and I shall *attempt* to read it to him German as well. It is a cute little hide and seek book, "1,2,3 Here I come!"

P.S. I think that with winter closing in, I will share more of my tablecloth collection in the coming months.


  1. I love this one! :) I am still kicking myself for not picking yo a table cloth last week but it was a bit pricey I thought. :)

    BTW - I will wash those curtains this weekend and get them out to you. :)

  2. Anonymous4:24 PM

    i am always jealous of thrifted tablecloths! i NEVER find them! seriously - not ANY at my stores.

    and the german usborne book - nice find. i took german if you need pronunciation help - that i can give you... typed out?

    sorry, i'm wacko.

  3. Anonymous4:29 PM

    Umm ... you actually put a tablecloth out on a regular basis? Wow!

    That book looks adorable :)

  4. Anonymous11:52 PM

    From what I can see of the tablecloth I don't think the 'fruits' are sweet gum balls. The leaves are all wrong, too fern-like. (We had a sweet gum tree in our backyard at our last place, beautiful PITA tree).

  5. I love tablecloths like that! They are not to be found around here, except very occasionally at antique shops and then they are very pricey. So pretty.

  6. I love the idea of putting a different table cloth out frequently. I'll have to keep my eyes open for some good buys AND keep my table free of my craftactivities!!


  7. This tablecloth is so pretty! I have amassed quite a collection myself and I don't even own a kitchen table! I love to take them on picnics.

  8. Anonymous9:02 AM

    Would love to see more of your tablecloths. I like to use them but I must admit to not being so keen on the laundering and ironing afterwards!


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