• Lynne

Thrifting Your Tablescape

Updated: Apr 2, 2020


Creating an interesting Winter tablescape on a budget is challenging. However, some persistence, determination and luck you will do just fine.


I find Winter makes me want to curl up by the fireside and read a good book. A crock pot filled with savory stew and some bread heating in the oven suit my mood on a wintry day.



Pottery dishes fit right in with that cozy feel. Somehow the earthen ware brings you closer to nature. Hand thrown pottery is beautiful and has a heft to it that grounds you and brings you closer to your roots.


From the bottom up we have a Pigeon River Pottery dinner plate layered with a Pier 1 salad plate from the Crackle Collection. The bowl is from The Cellar collection handcrafted in Italy.


For this tablescape none of the dinner plates match but the earth tones all blend. The salad plates lend some cohesiveness to the setting as do the bowls. The winter scene on each bowl sets the tone for the season. All of the dinnerware was found at thrift stores.



The centerpiece is put together with two modern glass candlesticks with small black metal lanterns to anchor them. A few pecans are strewn around the lanterns. The candles are in earth tones and blend with the pottery plates and glasses.

All the items in the centerpiece were found in thrift stores.










It's difficult to complete your table without linens. I used a green linen round table cloth with complimentary colored napkins in cute little wooden duck napkin holders. All were thrift store finds.










The stemware and water goblets are from Annapolis Pottery in Annapolis, Maryland. I purchased them many years ago and they have held up really well. They have a touch of blue around the rims and are very versatile.










The stainless steel flatware is called Fiddlehead and we've had it for a number of years. I think we purchased it at Pottery Barn and we did find another set on eBay to give us a few more pieces.


Lastly, the chargers are wooden painted an off-white tone. A little softer than a bright white and sets off the pottery plates against the tablecloth.






The table looks very different in the daytime. I rather like the ambience of candlelight on pottery. Thrifted items can be elegant and earthy. You just have to be selective in your choices and keep looking for those hidden gems.

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