Tiny vintage table toppers, part 1

We were happy to have house guests for a week–our son and his wife came to stay. I haven’t had much time to think about writing. So here’s some eye candy!

Every once in a very long while I find a miniature vintage tablecloth. In all my years of collecting I’ve only come across eight. Take a peek at the first four!

Let’s start with the color of summery skies and rosy gardens.

tiny vintage tablecloth with big floral border

This little tablecloth is almost covered with big flower garlands.

Yep, there’s more!

Sneak a peek at my new (to me!) vintage tablecloth hoard!

I never expect to find vintage tablecloths at thrift stores. The rare times when they do turn up are mini occasions for celebration. (No champagne involved, but it sure is exciting!)

Last week I stopped at a thrift store in the middle of the week and hit the vintage tablecloth jackpot. Take a peek:

Okay, it isn't a pile of pristine tablecloths with their original tags. I'm not complaining!

Okay, it isn’t a pile of pristine Wildendur tablecloths with their original tags. I’m not complaining! Would you? Didn’t think so.

My guess is most of them belonged to the same household. I’m sure people who have the fun of shopping estate sales find piles like this all the time. Lucky you! Now we’re even.

Want to get a better look?

Yep, there’s more!

Now you can see every vintage tablecloth in my hoard

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while you probably know Luray and I are avid vintage tablecloth collectors. (The Placesettings tab on the menu above shows some of our earlier posts, or try tablecloths in the topics at right.)

stack of vintage tablecloths

Don’t you just love all these bright colors together?

We love the colors, the great patterns, and the fun they bring to a tabletop. Even when sleep deprived I can’t feel too grumpy at breakfast when I’m looking at a vintage color party.

Yes, there’s more!

Cutter tablecloths get a second chance

99.99% of the time I couldn’t cut up a vintage tablecloth for a sewing project. But sometimes they just can’t be saved. Holes the size of an egg right in the middle of an otherwise wonderful tablecloth released me from all guilt in turning this one into a small curtain for my front door.


I sewed this so long ago that the yellow flowers have almost completely faded from exposure to the morning sun. I probably ought to replace it.

The other half of the same tablecloth ended up as a small valance over my kitchen sink window.

Yep, there’s more!

I have to take back what I said

Yes, I have to take back what I said about the Golden Nugget Flea Market being on its last legs. On Memorial Day weekend it looked like a throwback to twenty years ago. Every single dealer table was taken. Parking was impossible. The place was buzzing with excitement.


I thought I was in a time warp. The flea market was incredible on Sunday.

Some amazing things were for sale.

Yep, there’s lots more