5 Steps To Collecting Table Top Treasures

April 4, 2020

Happy Saturday!


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How do you set a table?

Do you set your table with a matching set of dishes or china?

I have multiple sets of dishes and one set of fine china.

You know the white china with the gold trim? I do love that set.

I also have a set of Blue Willow dishes which are a collected set.

A collection of mismatched Blue Willow dishes, some old and some new.

While I adore my white china, I have found that at times it can be a bit boring to set an entire table with the same pieces.

I love to collect vintage china and pretty dishes. My collection has grown!

Since collecting these new pieces, I love to set a table with mismatched pieces of china.


Let’s face it… a collector of pretty dishes never stops collecting!;)

I adore vintage china or in other words… table top treasures;).


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So Where Do I Go?

I will take to thrift stores and antique stores on the hunt for vintage china.

I love the thrill of the hunt, looking for various pieces and usually wanting them all.

My Insider Tips

#1: Begin with Basic White

While I love combing the thrift stores for beautiful plates and saucers,

I also think it’s important to have a foundational set of china or dinnerware.




That set could be as simple and as beautiful as a set of

white dinnerware (which is so versatile!) and easy to incorporate with the mixing of patterns. Begin with the basics.

#2: Mix Vintage & New



I love the adventure in the mix!

I look for the uniqueness of a piece and it’s beauty to add to my collection.

When finding incomplete sets, I enjoy mixing pieces together to create a different look.

Advice? Don’t be afraid of mixing vintage and new when it comes to a table setting.

It brings interest, charm and a little whimsey.

 #3: Pick a Color



Another way to unite a mismatched table setting is to pick a color scheme and run with it!

For example, pair mismatched plates with a black and white and gold theme to them.

(Maybe, pair it with black stem ware.)

Stick with the same color scheme or coordinating colors.

 #4: Pattern


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Unite a mismatched table setting by picking a pattern element that your dinnerware may have in common.

For example, a vintage floral pattern with a gold trim can work nicely with silver rimmed stem ware.

A cream colored, gold trimmed cup coordinates well with the black and gold plates.

Many different, but similar florals can come together nicely.

I am talking all about mixing and mingling to get that collected look and uniqueness.

 #5: Layering Patterns



Layer different patterns and colors!

Different patterns can play nicely together to create a lovely layered effect.

Try mixing a small print with a larger pattern or band of color.

I always seem to be drawn towards vintage china

and especially pieces with pretty floral patterns.

I just love mixing vintage and new,

especially those pieces that are pretty and romantic.

I hope that my tips on setting a mismatched table is helpful.

Maybe you prefer an all matching set.

This is how I home.

Some wild west stylin’ for some wild west livin’.

Thanks for stopping by.



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