Monday, October 11, 2010

What is black & white and vintage thriftiness all over? Not to mention one heck of a lawnsale find.

You know I love my orange ......... you have all seen my orange plates and orange mushrooms and will be seeing (subjected to) more of those orange beauties. So it is rather surprising that for Halloween I prefer a more subtle black and white scheme. Today I thought I would share a display a la Tim Burton from my shop. It is black & white, of course vintage and all so very thrifty, perfect for Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays. (Please click here or on Linda's button on my sidebar for your invite to the party) So please join me for the tour.

I used several smaller tables in the shop all placed together to create one large display but with different levels. This photo shows hobnail milk glass, vintage ladies hat with black veil and a pair of paperweights.

The paperweight on the left is the Courthouse, Toledo, Ohio. The one on the right shows a man and child in a cemetery.

I am mesmerized by this one. The man appears to be wearing a World War I uniform and there is crescent moon in the upper top right ....... very eerie. These two paperweights were found at a church sale for $1.00 each. (I know it feels like I am stealing from a church.)

These fun loving little ghosts are sitting on top of a vintage black hat box. Both the box and the ghosts were Goodwill finds. You might remember the shoe flower piece as decor from the Bridal Shower I did last Spring. (Please click here for instructions) It seemed a perfect fit for my black and white tablescape and a very thrifty re-use. Yes that is an actual skull in the background. It is a coyote skull from a neighbor's woods.

More milk glass vases and lamps and candlestick holders. Several of the pieces are marked Fenton. Also from the shower, I have re-used the large black Gerber Daises.

I couldn't find white pumpkins so I painted Dollar Store mini pumpkins to achieve the look I wanted. (Very thrifty) Here is a cute pair of carved owl figurines. I am not sure what they are carved from, they are quite heavy. Their eyes are glass.

Another shoe design and white plates. The bottom three plates are Ironstone.

These Buffalo China plates are sitting on a small, what would have been boring otherwise little table that I painted with blackboard paint. Boring no more. All these dishes were Goodwill finds.

Here is a side view of the middle table. I thought the fringe of the shawl was reminiscent of a spider's web. The shawl was a lawnsale find for $.50 cents. The small skull that you see, belongs to a raccoon. That one came from my back woods. I remember when my daughter, at the time 7, and her little friend made this discovery one year after a spring thaw following a wicked brutal long winter. As spring progressed into summer, nature took its toll on the poor little creature. By fall we ended up with just the skull, so of course it needed to become a decoration. What else would one do with a raccoon skull? Do you honestly have to ask.

The vintage M.I.T. plate shown below, (Goodwill) already sold. It was from the 1960's. The woman who bought it, her dad was at M.I.T in the 60's. I never get tired of hearing these stories.

A close-up of the skull. I just love these silhouette pictures of the little boy. A lawnsale find for $2.00 for the pair.

This plate is also a favorite of mine. Purchased at Salvation Army for $.79 cents. It is Harkerware from Harker Pottery. I love anything with pine cones, being from the State of Maine. After all, the White Pine Cone and Tassel is our State's flower.

The black berry and mini witches hats wreath was a Goodwill find. The sparkly spiders were 6 for $1.99 at Wal-Mart. If you are going to use spiders, make sure they are bling worthy.

These two platters are Homer Laughlin, and lawnsale treasures.

Black licorice "spiders legs".

I forgot to mention that my cloth on one of the tables has black roosters and pumpkins, kind of a toile feel, and perfect for my display.

More flowers, spiders and skulls, oh my.

Speaking of skulls, I have saved the best for last. Allow me to introduce you to Georgette.

At first I thought it was George; however, an Anthropology major up at the University informed me that George was in fact a she. Isn't she beautiful. You may be wondering where does one find a human skull. Believe it or not, at a lawnsale. For $20 dollars, she was mine. Usually the lower jaw, being detached from the rest of the skull, is missing. She is gloriously intact.

Now I am not sure if the skull constitutes being thrifty, but for my $20, I think I got a good deal.

I just discovered a new party that I am joining today as well. Please be sure to say Hello to Selena @ Apron Thrift Girl for her party Thrift Share Monday. (I bet no one else will have a skull.) Have a great day everyone and be sure to stop over at Linda's and Selena's parties for a little thriftiness.

Got it at Goodwill


Diann said...

A totally cool display! So goth but spookified in an creepy classic look! LOVE it!

Anonymous said...

In college I cleaned for a Dr who had 2 skulls on his desk. I was not allowed to touch or even dust them. Fine by me.
I do have some small animal skulls in the yard too. You make them look acceptable. Love your term "bling worthy" spiders.
Interesting how white pumpkins seem to be available only in certain areas.
Great holiday set up without using massive orange.

~~Carol~~ said...

I love how you do Halloween at the shop, Sherrie! It looks spooktacular, and I bet you have alot of fun decorating and rearranging for each holiday!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sherrie,
I absolutely love your black and white display, just perfect for Halloween!
Everything is just fabulous, especially the paper weights and the milk glass.
Thanks so much for you continued support and your lovely comments on my blog, I really appreciate it!!
Have a wonderful week my friend!

GoodyGirlRed said...

I love how the Milk Glass pieces are displayed with all the black--very striking! My kind of Halloween display.

Pam said...

That Harkerware plate is cool. I have never seen one like that before.

And yes, you are probably the only one at the party with a real skull. My Mom used to have a piece of skull from a dead relative in a box in her dresser. No one could remember why she had it or who it was from, so after she died my brother burried it.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

OK I have to say this...I HOPE you are the only one at the party will a real skull...ick!! That said I am super in love with the Black and White Halloween. Great decor!!

sissie said...

Girl, you have a skull thing going on! LOL! Eerie and creepy, just perfect for the Halloween season.

I love your black and white vingettes. Your shop looks great and you work so hard to make it that way.

Maybe one day I can get there for a visit.


Annieca107 said...

Thanks for your blog. You can make anything look fun! Even a skull!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Love all your milk glass...looks like we have the same vases!


Dragonfly Treasure said...

Do I dare say simply stunning!!
Awesome display!!
Good buy on george-ette ;)

Michelle@ A Full Cottage said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment.

Don't you just love a bargain! Great deals on everything. I love the shawl on the table it does have a spider feel to it. The black and white sure do look good this time of year and I will probobly be painting some dollar store pumpkins myself. I can't find white ones anywhere.

:) MIchelle

Suzanne said...

Love your displays!! I want a shop:) Or at least to visit your shop! I'm so happy to be following someone who calls themself a "professioinal packrat"!

Katie said...

What a great display! I love the classic along with the Halloween. It is beautiful.

Judy @ In His Grip said...


Thank you for stopping by In His Grip, and you know what? I think I will keep my birch pumpkins up through Christmas. Thanks for the idea. Love your black and white Halloween!

Melody said...

Great visual merchandising Sherri! Makes everyday more holiday friendly.

Laurie said...

Sherrie, what gorgeous displays! And I just love your house photos above -- what I wouldn't give to live in a house that looks like that! Someday! Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting -- it's always great to see you!

Van said...

Uhm, yes $20 for a real human skull is a bargain! I love it!

sapir said...

super cool!

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