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Thursday, November 4, 2010

prepare to feast

I don't know if I've mentioned it previously, but Jeff and I own and operate a dog daycare and boarding facility. So, holidays are one of our busiest times for boarding. As a result, we haven't had a real Thanksgiving in 5 years. Plus there's only two of us, so it's a bit of overkill to make a traditional Thanksgiving feast just for us.

Since working on the big day kinda keeps me from getting excited about it, I hadn't really thought much about it. But then I got an email from a woman who bought a Lisk roaster from me recently and it really made me feel good. It said:

Hi Amy,
I feel I have to share how special this pan is to me. My best friends mother was like a second mother to me as my mother is no longer with us. My husband and I go to their home for the holidays. Her name was Carlotta Cooney. She made the best gravy at Thanksgiving and she made it in the very shallow pan that was in side the roasting pan. I always said, I wish I could get a pan like that but thought it was not possible because it was an antique. A friend of mine wanted a roasting pan so I went on line. I typed in blue enamel roasting pan and found your site. When I clicked on it, I was excited to see an old one and took a chance. When it arrived today and I opened it and saw the shallow pan inside I was sooooooooooo happy. I called my best friend and she couldn't believe it. You have made my holiday season.
So, even though I won't be feasting on Thanksgiving, I want to share with everyone some great things on Etsy that would give your Thanksgiving dinner a great vintage element and maybe bring back fond memories in the process. Whether you're into fancy or informal, there are LOTS of great things from great sellers. There are three weeks until the big day, so there should be plenty of time to get these great items:

Roast your bird in this great vintage enamelware Lisk roaster (much like the one the customer above raved about) from my shop: 

This chaffing dish from Compost This is gorgeous:

This gravy boat from Whimsical Vintage is not only functional, it has a very autumn feel:

You know I love Pyrex. This pyrex bowl from MmmMmmYummy would be perfect for mashed potatoes:

How beautiful would this candelabra from High Street Market look as part of a centerpiece?

If you really want to be fancy, nothing does that better than beautiful china like this set from ShesFancy:

And, finally, how bout serving your turkey on this lovely silver plate footed tray from 22BayRoad:

Happy hunting!


  1. Thank you for including my mid-century china set! I hope someone finds it and falls in love with it--it's gorgeous.

    You found some great items to include in this post. So fun to incorporate vintage items in your Thanksgiving preparation or service.

    Thanks again!


  2. That is such a sweet story! That is one of the things I love about vintage! I got a message once from someone who bought an old typewriter from me. They said : "It is just like the one my Dad had when I was growing up." I was so happy to hear that and love when my finds find good homes.

    Oh and I think having a dog day care would be fun! I know you would have to work your butt off though! I can barely handle my two dogs some days. They are very spoiled though.

  3. Great post!! Thank you so much for including my gravy boat with such beautiful items:)

    Pam (aka WhimsicalVintage)