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Top Shelf Clearance Challenge | Valentine’s Day

This month I’m so excited to be part of the Top Shelf Challenge. With very big thanks to Emily of Le Cultivateur for the invitation. I’ve received a warm welcome from the other participants in this challenge. I was super excited to see what I could do with $15 for Valentine’s Day.

At the bottom of this post, you can check out the other talented bloggers, that have participated in this challenge…so many fun ideas!

This month I was super excited to find some Avon Cape Cod Ruby Red on Facebook Marketplace. The red color, perfect for Valentine’s Day.  With over 50 pieces in the collection, in excellent condition. All of these cherished ruby red pieces, previously belonged to a couple that had been married for over 50 years !

Part of the Avon Cape Cod Ruby Red collection

The Avon Cape Cod set had good karma. I couldn’t wait to pair it with some of my vintage china and flatware. I think this may be the best $15 I’ve ever spent. I had originally planned a pink and gold theme.

Now, with a few changes, incorporating some of my newly found Avon Cape Cod Ruby Red. I think I may be in love !

Restyled with Avon Cape Cod Ruby Red
A great match – vintage ironstone and ruby red

Here I’ve swapped vintage pink ironstone for vintage white ironstone. Dinner plates are by Johnson Brothers. This pattern, one of my favorites, is Heritage White.

Details such of these glass napkin rings add a bit of vintage charm and warmth
These salad plates just shine in the early evening light

I’ve swapped gold cutlery for silver-plate . I’ve chosen “First Love” one of the original 14 patterns by Rogers. I’ve been collecting First Love, since our move to the USA. It’s timeless flatware.

First Love – Timeless classic silverplate flatware by Rogers
A closer look at First Love

Of course, the table wouldn’t be complete without the addition of candles. And these red candleholders in the same Ruby Red pattern, do not disappoint. I have mixed together two styles. I prefer an odd number of candleholders in an intimate dinner table setting.

Dinner by candlelight
I love the textured details on these glass candleholders

And that completes the romantic dinner for two transformation. I can’t wait to hear what you think.

I do hope you’ll go read the other posts in this challenge. 

Inlinkz Link Party will show you the other posts in February’s Top Shelf Challenge – Valentine Edition !

Vintage Table Decor| Alternative Valentine Day Inspiration Video || Vintage Flicker


Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. For those that celebrate / indulge – there will be a frenzied activity for finding the perfect gift and countless sticky notes to not forget the dinner reservations and the all important flowers. But how about an alternative ? How about doing something extraordinary ?

It’s all in the details and setting the scene. Flowers may or may not be required. Books are a welcomed addition, but to each there own.

In this video, I hope you get some inspiration, while I faff  set my table at home.


While I haven’t followed all the rules of etiquette… I think Personalisation beats Perfection ! We have so many opportunities to sit with each, be it or close friends or family, other across a table. And so, I hope that you won’t wait until next Valentine Day to try this out for yourself.

PS – This also works great for dinner for one. When my husband travels, a little decadence and indulgence like this, goes a long way.


To Valentine or NOT Valentine…

There’s always such a frenzy around Valentine’s Day to get the perfect gift for your friends and loved ones. Isn’t there ? Today, I was looking back at the cards I’d saved from Mr Vintage Flicker over the decade that we’ve known each other. The cards he gave me are truly special… They always include a hand written thought or idea which came from his heart.

Last year he got me a really lovely handmade necklace from a neighbour who runs the lovely Etsy Shop – Hapitat. (This is a great little shop, do pop by and check her out) I had remarked several months back that I had really loved the necklace she was wearing at event, and then like magic it appeared on Valentine’s Day. Last year, we stayed in and had a posh steak and chips dinner. The steak, which I got from Waitrose supermarkets in the UK, was absolutely divine! This year my daughter and I have made our own cards using a few ideas on Pinterest and books from the Library. A good excuse to use up my craft and stationery supplies!

On another note, the shop has been getting quite busy over the last few weeks. I’m already thinking about vintage items for Spring, though I’m literally just coming out of two back to back snow storms here in New England. Apparently there is a third on the way too! Weather like this is certainly made for internet shopping.

So if you’re still looking for something, have a look in the shop. If you Grab the coupon code below you will get Free Domestic Shipping (USA only – sorry). And… if you sign up for the Vintage Flicker newsletter, you can also receive a 15% instant discount code. Follow the link here to subscribe.


So, I’m still undecided on what we’re going to do on Valentine’s Day. Perhaps the weather will determine where we end up! What are your plans ? Are you staying in or going out? Let me know in the comments…