Thursday, July 10, 2008

Vintage Table Cloths


In this generation of disposable tablecloths, napkins, cups, and cutlery I am fortunate to have a mother who is a hoarder! Now mind you, I have ridiculed her many times for accumulating clutter, but this day was different. Knowing that I have started to blog, my mother went up in her attic and found her treasured tablecloth collection. By the smell of things I knew these had been her treasures for quite some time. The aroma of the cedar chest was very apparent so we decided to air them out on her line.
As we hung them, my mother shared the history each one had to tell. One had been passed down from her mother. One had been her Grandmother's. One was a wedding gift and some were even purchased with the intent to make little dresses for her grand babies. Many of the linens were stained, but even those had stories to tell. My mother remembered when Uncle Charlie's gravy made a mark, and when Grandpa Kortright's blueberry pie didn't want to leave the scene of the crime.


Some told of vacations taken while others told of a different era. Most were just beautiful everyday linens that had been loved for years.

As I looked at the clothes line, I wondered what my children would find in my attic? Dixie cups and paper plates?
Maybe my mother's hoarding wasn't such a bad thing after all! Thank you mom - I love you!

9 comments:

EAT! said...

I love the vintage tableclothes. I wish I had that collection and always look for vintage dishtowels and tableclothes when I am ota antique stores.

Rindy R said...

Wouldn't it be great if you buy them with the stories attached!

chezus said...

You are so lucky. I love these!! I would die to get some of these.

Karen said...

All those tablecloths! I would have to throw a great big dinner party on the lawn to celebrate.

Rindy R said...

chezus - You're right - I always say "I'm one fortunate cookie"

Karen - These tablecloths have already been used for card parties, dinner parties, and everyday eating- I'm sure they would welcome another celebration! Great idea! Thanks.

Michelle said...

You are so lucky and treasure these moments.

jamie said...

How lucky you are!

Rindy R said...

Michelle and Jamie - I am so lucky! A big reason I started to blog was so my kids could look back and read some of my favorite moments. Thanks for stopping by!

Helene said...

I have a collection of vintage table cloths as well. They come from my grandma, my mom and I found some at bazaars. I love them. This is a nice collection that you have.