I have an unquenchable thirst for shopping at thrift stores. The explanation for my liking comes in four words: recreation, conversation, distraction, and satisfaction. What do these four words have to do with thrift shopping?  Let me explain. Recreation comes from enjoying the hunt for that surprising ornament; conversation comes from conversing with store staff and other frequent shoppers; distraction comes from forgetting about my sometimes hectic life; and satisfaction in restoring and being creative with my discovery. I have been told by a few of my siblings that I frequent the thrift shops too often, but after they inspect my treasure trove, they find value in my weekly journey, and I am handed their wish list to take along on my next trip. Most of my tablewares displayed on collards and caviar were purchased from thrift shops as well as yard sales and estate sales. It is amazing what can be found at these locations. When building your table setting inventory,  make sure you purchase enough for the number of guests you plan to invite. Place settings for twelve is a good start. Each place setting should include enough china, glasses, and flatware to carry one person through the meal. If you do not have enough china and flatware in one pattern for your number of guest, place different patterns at each place setting to create an eclectic table setting. That’s the fun and creative part of setting a table; there are no set rules!











Place Setting for Soup and Salad Courses