This past Friday I went to one of my favorite stores on the planet, TJ Maxx. I went in determined to spend only $20.00. Entering the store I felt like I had already shot myself in the foot, boy was I wrong.
Naturally, I headed to the house wares clearance section. There were a few pots and pans, stray goblets and lots of boxed candles. Those didn’t faze me. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the colors green and white. With ninja like precision I made my move.
What I was hoping to find were a couple of white salad plates to mix and match with the white dinner plates I have. Also, one of the tablescapes I’m planning will be with blue and green dishes. Friends I hit pay dirt!
The white salad plates were $2.00 each as were the green dinner plates. Four of each would only cost me $16.00 plus tax. I was well within my allowed budget. I gently placed my treasures into my cart and continued to browse. After walking up and down the isles mentally spending a fortune, I went back to the clearance section for one last look.
That one last look was a smart move. How on earth did I miss the boxed set of white dinnerware on the bottom shelf? It was originally a 16 pc setting; now it was a 12 pc because the four dinner plates were missing. No worries there I already have four white dinner plates. Wait, it gets better. The 12 pc setting was $7.50!!! The four salad plates I already had in my cart came to a total of $8.00 This is what I call a bargain. I spent .50 less, but came away with eight more pieces. Everyone up on their feet and do the happy dance with me, dance I say!!!! I just love it when everything works out.
The table was covered with this funky green and white cloth that I got on super clearance at my grocery store for $2.79. I like that it doesn’t cover the table entirely. The wooden corners of the table that show tie in with the luan chargers that I had cut from a 4×8 piece at Home Depot. The centerpiece was a regular on my table until I rekindled my love of tablescapes. I’m sure it was happy to be called into service again. I’m loving the white bowls and mugs that came with the set I got from TJ Maxx. I wanted a simple napkin and just knotted a white one in the center and placed it in the bowl. Big Lots is another favorite hang out of mine and that’s where the flatware came from, $10.60 to the cashier and it was mine.
My green goblets found me at the thrift store and the wine goblets at the dollar store. The little green teapot was part of a floral centerpiece that was gifted. TJ Maxx and Michaels are in the same strip mall so I meandered over there to see what I could spend my 40% coupon on. There wasn’t much but I did pick up the moss green candles, because I knew they would work with the table. I was also kind of excited because the sign on them said .79. Imagine my disappointment when I got to the checkout and found out those gorgeous candles were actually $2.79, and I had four of them. Silly me was looking at the wrong sign. The temptation to not get them was great, but I figured what the heck, go for it. I’m glad I did because they worked better than I thought.
It took me more time to iron the tablecloth than it did to put the whole table together. It’s much simpler than some I’ve done and is one of my favorites. The Mr. likes it so much he keeps the chandelier on all day long to shine light on it. Sweet Sensations is definitely going green!
Tablecloth, Napkins, Candlesticks – Meijers
Dinnerware – TJ Maxx
Centerpiece and Candles – Michaels
Flatware – Big Lots
Green Goblets – City Rescue Mission Thrift Store
Wine Goblets – Dollar Tree
Green Teapot – Gifted