Blue and yellow is such an appealing color combination that I haven’t used in awhile so, today, we’re going a little “Thrifted French Country” in the tablescape. When I’m buying dishes at a Thrift Store I have a few criteria that I try to stick to. First, of course, is whether the dishes appeal to me or not. Second, who makes the dishes? Third, are the dishes in good condition…no scratches or chips? Are there enough dishes to set a table for four? Do I have anything already at home that will work with these dishes? After asking and answering these questions to myself I’ll decide whether to purchase. Does price play a part? Of course, as long as they fall within my purchase price range I’ll consider them. If they are really special or unusual, I might go over budget just a bit.
I really like how these two plates compliment one another. The colors aren’t the same but they blend and the feel of the plates is similar. I didn’t buy them at the same time. You kind of keep an inventory in your head listing what you have and what you might want. I sometimes keep pictures on my phone of items I’m trying to match or blend. That can be very helpful.
These plates come from great makers. The salad plate is Doulton and the dinner plate is a Fitz & Floyd. They will both last a long time if cared for properly. Aren’t these colors gorgeous?
The napkin ring is also in blue and yellow and blends nicely with the plates. The napkin is a bright and busy pattern that works with the French country feel of the setting. Both are thrifted items found at different thrift shops.
Add some yellow and white flowers in varying shades displayed in a country pitcher (thrifted) and you pull your table together. The plain, deep blue, thrifted tablecloth acts as a background allowing the colors to really shine.
A simple, loosely woven placemat in neutral tones acts as a great background for the plates. This is paired with a country-styled set of anodized flatware. Love how this looks with the plates. Both these items were recently thrifted.
The crystal is Opal Innocence by Lenox. I kept the water goblet and the wine in the same pattern, one of my favorites. The vine pattern on the glasses works well with the French Country look. These were thrifted a couple of years ago and were a wonderful find.
Here’s an overview of the table. You can see how all the colors come together.
A look across the table from one place setting to the next. You may not purchase all the pieces to a setting at one time or in one thrift store but adjusting your mental picture helps you create settings as you find pieces that will go together. Nothing on this table was purchased at the same time. The items probably all came from different stores but they all fit together for a lovely table setting. That’s part of the fun of thrifting.
Mixing and matching is a great way to set an interesting table. Your guests will be surprised and delighted.
The best part…you’ll have a great time choosing the pieces for your tablescape. Happy Thrifting!