My American History plate collection makes perfect red, white & blue patriotic kitchen decor displayed in an antique corner cabinet.
Welcome to another fun Pinterest Challenge, hosted by the lovely Cindy from County Road 407!
If you’re stopping by from Everyday Edits, I’m so glad you’re here! And wasn’t Laura’s American flag basket wreath just gorgeous?
Old Glory Inspiration
This month’s challenge is all about creating beautiful patriotic decor featuring the American flag.
Our inspiration comes from Liz Marie Blog. Liz has an amazing decorating talent and her patriotic displays are some of my favorites!
I love decorating for the patriotic holidays. The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.
You can see some of my other patriotic home decor here:
You just can’t go wrong with a little red, white & blue.
My American History Plate Collection
For about 20 years, I was in charge of taking middle school students to Washington, D.C. for a spring break trip each year. My first trip had about 30 kids, and toward the end, we took more than 200. It was quite an adventure for sure.
Mount Vernon was my very favorite place to visit, and one year I spotted this gorgeous Staffordshire plate in the gift shop and just knew I had to bring it home with me.
Then, one day out thrifting, I discovered a gorgeous blue color version of my treasured red Mount Vernon plate. Of course, it came home with me for a total price of $1.49!
That’s when it occurred to me that these plates in patriotic colors would make an easy display in the antique corner cabinet in my kitchen.
I’ve been adding to my collection ever since.
Cobalt Blue Goblets
A while back we went to my favorite outdoor flea market in What Cheer. This brilliant blue little pitcher caught my eye on a $1 table. I picked it up and immediately recognized the picture of Mount Vernon!
At another booth down the row, I spied a goblet in the same blue color with a silhouette of George Washington. Some quick research on my phone told me that these were made by Avon for America’s Bicentennial.
They originally came in a set of three: the pitcher with Mount Vernon ✔, one George Washington goblet ✔️, and one MARTHA Washington Goblet! Obviously, this set me on a mission to find Martha!
The gorgeous cobalt blue color was easy to spot amongst miles of vintage dishes and other treasures at the flea market, and luckily it wasn’t long before I spied more. This time, a set of SIX– three Georges and three Marthas!
The lady at this booth was asking $20 for the set, but one thing I love about flea markets is the negotiating. She noticed the other pieces in my wagon and told me to make an offer. I said, “Well, I only paid a dollar each for these other two.”
I did a little happy dance when she said, “Deal“. Can you believe it?
The set of 3 is going for about $25 on eBay and Etsy right now (PLUS shipping), so a buck apiece is a pretty good deal I’d say.
Don’t they look so pretty against the white beadboard in this old corner cabinet?
I’m still short one Martha goblet to make a perfect set of 8, but I’m on the lookout!
Oh, and there’s my Independence Hall plate from Boston on our New England trip last fall.
Patriotic Kitchen Decor
The vintage plates and goblets make perfect patriotic decorations for my kitchen.
To complete the patriotic theme, I mixed in some of my vintage white ironstone pieces, and of course several USA flags.
Next, I hope you’ll head over to Cottage in the Mitten to take a look at Kim’s easy patriotic rag wreath. Then, be sure to scroll down to enjoy all of the other amazing creations that are linked below!
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