Sunday, January 13, 2008

Napkins, madame?

Remember the Goodwill serving dish we debated as a wedding gift? I decided to get the white napkins on her registry, in addition to preparing the breakfast.

Imagine my surprise when a routine stop turned up 2 sets of 8 dinner and cocktail napkins! $6.99 was pricey for Salvation Army, but even less than I expected to pay at Target.

How's that for serendipitous? Pottery Barn was the other place she registered.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Almost miraculous I'd say! I WISH our thrift stores here were that good. Sigh. Honestly, they are just filled with junk.

Jane said...

One of the things I love about this blog is that your finds prove again and again how the Lord does provide. I am so glad that you decided to keep the Armitell dish, because this plus the breakfast is a *wonderful* gift and you get something pretty too!

Gina said...

Another wonderful find! And is it something she will use again and again, which is nice to see.
Great job!

Emily said...

What a find!

Anonymous said...

Meredith, Are those cloth napkins? I am thinking they must be but they look like paper b/c of the packaging. Oh, you would not be one to spend that amount on paper. I should know better than to ask. :)
Vicky

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful gift you are giving this bride. I know that she will appreicate it very much. Thanks so much for the wonderful blog. It is always a pleasure to read what you can do with so little money and so much imagination and elbow grease. Roxie

Heather said...

How are the brunch plans progressing? I'm sure you've got the menu set and are scouting for sales as we speak!

I love cloth napkins - but white is too impractical with young children!Ours are brightly colored for everyday, but I have some beige linens for company meals. Your find will be perfect for an elegant dinner. Wouldn't it be fun to monogram them? My sewing machine does monograms but I've never had the chance to figure out how!

I'm really learning a lot from your blog and I am so glad you are taking the time to do some styling for yourself - it just feels better to be put together, and generally I accomplish so much more when I am!
Blessings!
Heather

Sharon said...

I can not believe that you found those at Goodwill! What an awesome find. By the way, I LOVE the green purse that you bought from there also. So very cute and definitely stylish.

Wendy WaterBirde said...

Hi Meredith

Thank you for the sweet visit to my blog, i look forward to exploring yours when i'm online more again : )

Peaceful Week : ) Wendy

April said...

Oh, lovely, Meredith. How very happy!

SK and Family said...

That worked out well!

I do like white cloth napkins--it is easy to bleach any stains from them (I have four boys!)!!
:)
Kat

Gena said...

I wish I lived near your thrift stores. You are always coming across great stuff. It is very seldom that I find anything at ours. But, I keep on trying.

Beautiful napkins!

Anonymous said...

What a find , you are so lucky to find the things you need at a low price

eleanor joyce said...

Lovely! BTW I've been lurking your blog for months. I think it's amazing. Thanks for sharing your frugal creativity, you have a special gift!
Eleanor

SarahJ said...

What a great find. Don't you think that using cloth napkins (serviettes in Australia - napkins are feminine hygiene items!)make any meal more luxurious. Even a sandwich? So much cheaper and better for the environment than paper too.
Lovely.

Edi said...

Here are a few benefits to using cloth napkins...

Knocks the meal up a notch from regular to "special" (partly b/c when we use the cloth napkins we are at the dining room table.)

Great item to teach a young child to iron on...small and easy to handle.

A cloth napkin seems to "stay put" better on a child's lap - and covers more of the lap (added protection).

The napkin can be folded in interesting ways - which always adds a bit of fun for the kids.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. I've been lurking here for a few months now, and I have to say you are inspiring! I wish our local thrift stores were like yours. I have been keeping my eyes open for deals like yours and one of these days I hope to tell you all about it! Keep up the good work!!

Jennifer

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

*sigh* I wish I had your thrift stores. Not enough silly rich folks near me I guess, we don't get much in the way of nice name brand stuff in the package. :(

What a blessing to you though! You deserve all the great finds you get-I know it requires frequent stops and searching!

Meredith said...

Believe me, I *rarely* find anything new in the package, much less something I was actually LOOKING FOR!

I know it sounds silly to a lot of folks, but when I stumble across something like this, I have to think it's not a coincidence.

Cyndi Lewis said...

God goes with you!

carrie said...

Hooray!

What a lovely gift to add to the already thoughtful and generous brunch!

Ewokgirl said...

It's not silly at all. I've started praying recently for things we want/need. I've been needing some stuff for storage in my craft room, and I decided to pray about it before even heading into any stores.

I wandered into the new Goodwill that opened up here, and found some beautiful baskets in fabulous shape. They weren't something I'd considered before, but I immediately thought of how I could use them and realized that would free up my current storage system. I bought them for $1.99 total.

I totally believe that the Lord does care about our needs and even our desires. The fact that the perfect wedding gift showed up at an inexpensive price for you is hardly coincidence, in my opinion.

Monica said...

Those are a wonderful find!

Anonymous said...

Jehovah Jireh!

What a great and encouraging post,

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