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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Thrifty Treasures and a Wedding Shower Gift

I always try to be a bit more unique in my gift-giving by not always purchasing off the list of items in a gift registry. So when I received the invitation to a niece’s bridal shower last week, I set off for a shopping trip to my favorite antiques/re-sale store in Tipp City, OH. Because Nicole and her fiance, Mick, have an established household already , they chose some rather unique items for their registry. Items such as a composter, a roto-tiller, and items that are eco-friendly top their list on their Amazon.com’s wedding registry. Knowing that this couple enjoys walking in the woods, I asked myself, “What better way is there to pack a lunch but in a vintage picnic basket?”

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I spotted this wicker beauty the minute I entered the shop. It was tucked on top of an old hoosier cabinet alongside a metal picnic chest. I immediately pulled it down, knowing that I wanted it. The ticket must be wrong, I thought- it said $4.95, What a bargain!

IMG_0891 It has a removable basket insert that will easily hold silverware, napkins, and plates. Food items can be placed beneath it.

IMG_0886 Here you see it propped open and sitting on a $5.00 vintage tablecloth from the 1940’s. I found it on my excursion to Lancaster, OH a few days ago with Sherry. The red, white, and blue floral design is complemented by a few pieces of dinnerware that I found on clearance at a local discount store for under $3.00.

IMG_0888 You can see the detail of the cloth a bit better in this picture.

I think, with the addition of a few other things like napkins, some sort of thermos bottle, and some silverware, that this will make a nice gift for the couple. My way of thinking is that something unique is much more remembered than, say, a place setting of everyday dishes or glassware. I don’t think I could tell you who gave me things like that, but I know I can remember who sent us the beautiful blue & white floral pottery lamp and the whimsical green & red teapot! And this gal got married 36 years ago this month on August 10. Long time ago, huh? I was an underage bride , by the way… My parents had to sign a consent form and have it notarized. It was sent air-mail to Dayton from New Mexico so that we could get our wedding license. No fax machines back then! LOL

What do you remember as some of your unique shower or wedding gifts?

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Please stop over and visit Rhoda to see what she and others have posted as part of their Thrifty Treasures Monday.

42 comments:

Blue Creek Home said...

What a lovely wedding gift idea.
I agree, buying off the registry can be a bit boring sometimes.
Rhonda

Tarva said...

I love the picnic basket as a gift. I'm sure your niece will love it.

Gwen said...

I am sure that they will treasure the gift. I know that I would.

I am a late bloomer, so I haven't gotten any shower or wedding gifts yet. At this rate, I am going to have to get permission from Social Security to get married! Just kidding.

The Lazy Peacock said...

what a great idea! and the basket was such a great deal, and it's so lovely! they are lucky to be receiving such a thoughtful (not to mention useful) gift.

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Sue,

The vintage picnic basket and tablecloth was such a creative wedding gift!
I know I would have loved it! I have several vintage picnic baskets and tablecloths. I think they remind of all the romantic picnics my hubby and I went on before we got married!

Sherri:)

P.S. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for my Mom and sister, they are both doing better:)

Lori E said...

I rarely buy off of the registry either. It just seems so impersonal.
I am sure they will love this gift. I know I would.

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful gift! I'm sure it will be cherished. If not, let me know, I'll email you my mailing address!:)

Jo said...

I received a picnic basket as a bridal shower gift 28 yrs ago (it lasted longer than the marriage) I have used it all the time over the years and I remember who gave it to me as well. I also try to look for unique wedding gifts - not much into the registries.....jo

~~Carol~~ said...

I love this idea so much! Who doesn't love a picnic? I still remember the ones that my husband and I went on. What a unique gift, and I would love to borrow the idea from you!
I must say though that you have tortured me with the idea that you saw a METAL picnic basket at the shop. Was it pretty? Was it cheap? Oh, I don't want to know!!

Beverly said...

I was also an underage bride who had to get parental consent. My sweetheart was military and heading to Italy. If I wanted to go with him, I needed to be a dependent--so we moved our wedding date up a few months. We celebrated our 33rd anniversary this past April.

I remember two sets of lovely orange and yellow Melamine dinnerware. And I think there was an unwritten law back then that you had to receive at least one set of green Corelle bowls (which I have only recently gotten rid of).

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Sue, what a fantastic wedding gift & you are SO right, this will be very memorable for them. I love your ideas, so creative. Happy Anniversary to you coming up, it's on my hubby's birthday. :)

blushing rose said...

This is a wonderful wedding gift, wish I'd thought of it. Happy anniversary. TTFN ~Marydon

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

GREAT basket!! :) It looks like it's in pretty good shape too. Thanks for the visit!!

Kammy said...

Hey Sue !
That was a steal on the basket - love the tray that goes inside too !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Anny said...

That's the perfect picnic basket and it looks so durable too!

Linda said...

The colors in that vintage table cloth are gorgeous - love it! Linda

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

The bride and groom should be thrilled with your thoughtful gift. It sure looks lovely sitting on that beautiful red, white & blue tablecloth. Your grass looks pretty too! ;)

I was also a bride who needed parental consent since I was only 10. ::wink wink:: December 8th will be our 37th anniversary. Yikes! At this point, about the only wedding gift (and gift-giver) I can readily recall is a set of crystal coasters that I still use.

Alicia said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh I love that basket. Perfect wedding gift! Honestly I don't remember any of the wedding gifts as they were all from the registry. Nothing personal and special like this basket. Good Job!

Susie Q said...

Oh Suey..this is absolutely wonderful. It is pretty, took greatthought and care to put it together and is a unique and meaningful gift. The best sort! : )
I love that tablecloth's colors and graphics...
your niece will be thrilled.

Soooo...next Monday huh?? We hit 31 in a couple of weeks. How did he ever put up with me this long?? What are you planning for your celebration??

Love,
Sue

Marianne@Songbirdisnesting said...

Well add a bottle of pink champagne to that set, and it will be the perfect gift. I am sure they are going to love it.
Stopping by form Rhoda's.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

What a great gift idea! And a lovely thrifty treasure! Beautiful!!

Amy Lynne said...

That is a great idea! I love that basket and table cloth! Just perfect!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

I LOVE it Sue! What a great combo!! It's going to be THE gift of the shower. I really enjoy doing picnic basket gifts for newlyweds. It's something you would rarely buy for yourself. The tablecloth is such a special retro piece for it! I'm so glad you spotted it that day. The picnic basket was a steal!! You are creating a gift to remember for years to come.

Have a great week! Big hugs, Sherry

Armchair Housewife said...

Hi Sue! Thanks so much for stopping by the Armchair Housewife, and I love love love this gift you have put together here. How thoghtful and original, I am sure it will bless this couple.

And I plan to read more of your post because I want to know more about my Irish blog sister!

blessings,

Nicole

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Makes me want to have a picnic! Love the pictures~

Kathleen said...

Hi Sue, that was interesting...I hope the newly weds enjoy the basket...I have one too, but it seems the cooler has replaced it!
I use mine for a centerpiece for outdoor parties, but they are so much more romantic than a cooler!
Loved you thrifty bargains, the sq based glasses are gorgeous, and everything is such a great deal!
I went to college in Ohio for 4 yrs, a long time ago..haven't been back since..
I found you at Laurie's, who I think is a riot...would love to meet her...but I am from L.I., NY, so not likely!

The Muse said...

:) i can most assuredly understand your delight and "concern" over the pricing on your find! what a marvelous treasure you were able to purchase there, ms sue. and those dishes and cloth...ah...they simply bring visions to life of calmer days...carefree...and Totally Microwave~free!

mmm...giving? most memorable~a pig (live one).
getting? a pregnant cat! LOL

So happy to be and about once more!

ellen b. said...

Hello Sue! You are a gift-giver after my own heart. I love to find gifts like this, too. What a steal that picnic basket was. My daughter's friend registered for one that was over a $100 yikes! That is really something about your marriage and the consents you had to get. It's nice you are still together!!

Shelia said...

I love this idea for a wedding gift! The basket is lovely, but the tablecloth ~ I'm coveting it! :) I know the happy couple will love this! Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sue, That is a great wedding present! Good combo with the retro table cloth too. Happy Anniversary coming up! We were married 37 yrs July 3rd......I was an underage bride too....
~Hugs, Patti

Brenda said...

Now Sue, where on this earth are you finding those vintage table cloths that cheap??? I am green with envy. I look for them like a dog after a bone, and I certainly never get them anywhere near that cheap! Anyway, on to the post. I love your idea of being a little different and so thoughtful in your gift giving. And I love how this couple chose such unique items! They must be a great team. Me: I never had a wedding shower. Can you believe it? Married three times and never managed to get goodies. Well, it's my fault. I'm too shy to have an actual "wedding" where people actually come and it is considered a social event. So it's always just been me, the groom, and someone to make it legal! And this is my last one, may I say!
Brenda

prof en retraite said...

Hi Sue! What a wonderful wedding gift! The tablecloth reminds me of one my mom had. She used to take my sister and me on picnics in our backyard using that tablecloth. Thanks for bringing back a wonderful memory! Happy week!...Debbie

Florida Sue said...

I love this idea, and it looks so beautiful. It's just the perfect romantic gift and it is extra special because you gave it the Ethel touch. I was 18 when I walked down the aisle, and here we are almost 38 years later, still in love like a couple of goofy kids. My kids say we are an example to them, as you are to yours.
XO Lucy

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Sue
What a wonderful and thoughtful gift! I'm sure your niece will be thrilled to receive that as a shower gift. I can't believe the price for such a treasure!

Congratulations and best wishes on your upcoming anniversary! It will be my 35th anniversary this fall -- but I was 21 when I got married. Wow times have changed ..it seems no one gets married so young anymore!

At my wedding shower my future mother-in-law gave me an absolutely beautiful white chrochet bedspread that she made by hand. I hope to be able to pass it on to my daughter someday.

Hugs, Pat

Olive Rue said...

Hi Sue. Sorry this blog party comment is late. That's me though. Hopefully, better late than never. Love your finds. The basket is adorable.

Cathy said...

This is such a wonderful idea!!! The tablecloth is the perfect inspiration piece for the rest of the picnic accessories!!!

I love it!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Anne said...

What a great and unique gift to give for a wedding present. I surely would love that for a wedding gift. As I'm sure the couple will use it and remember this gift forever. And also who gave it to them. My hubby and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversay yesterday. ♥ Congrats on your upcoming wedding anniversary! I loved your story to.

Twice as Nice said...

What a great idea and I'm sure it will be remembered.
Happy Anniversary. Get your picnic basket out and take hubby for a quiet lunch!

SmilingSally said...

How creative. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
I just discovered your blog! My husband and I will be married for 18 years on Aug 10, how neat! Happy Anniversary! That is a great gift you are giving.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Sue, that is just perfect and so fabulously thoughtful too. I love it. Happy Anniversary to you. Bobby G. and I had a wonderful evening on our 40th anniversary this past Monday. xo Lynn

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Love your finds! What a deal on that neat basket! Love it!