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?”
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!
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.
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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