Yesterday, I spent some time over at "Retroville" moving some of my stuff in and playing around with some different things. Most of my vintage stuff has been living in a storage closet in my parent's basement, so I really haven't had a chance to see it all together. I honestly was worried that much of my stuff that I have been collecting would not mesh well together, since I have purchased little items here and there. However, yesterday I put this little table and lamp together just for fun and instantly knew that all of my stuff would come together.
Isn't this barkcloth amazing?! It was my Grandma's and she had saved a lot of it, all in different sizes. This piece fit well over the top of the table, which was also hers. The lamp was found at a thrift store for only $9 and the shade was found at an estate sale, I think for only $5. The lady thought I was crazy when I asked if I could just purchase the shade sans lamp. It's a fiberglass shade and it actually got crushed in my car, however you would never really know it unless you looked closely. I was able to fix it by using my steamer to smooth out the wrinkles and bind the slits together.
I really like how this came together and will probably keep it like this when I get all my stuff in place. It was so much fun to play around, fix things, and begin the decorating process. The whole little vignette only cost me about $15, since the table, barkcloth, and candy dish & ash tray were my Grandma's. However, I am sure I could have found similar pieces at the thrift store or an estate sale and would have still be able to put together something cute for not a lot of money. Being able to get a great look for not a lot of money is one of the many reasons why I love vintage so much. I am able to stretch my dollar, while decorating in a style I love. :)