Vintage Was Not An Advantage

vintage tablecloth

The vintage cloth with new “vintage-looking” decorations.

Last year I found a beautiful vintage tablecloth for my large dining room table.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you likely know I cherish my finds of “gently used” old items.

When I sit in my small antique rocker, I consider the many babies who likely have been lulled to sleep by its subtle to and fro movement.

I picture my secondhand serving bowls and platters gracing the tables of families long gone from this earth. It’s OK that I spend time hand-washing these dishes that were created prior to the moment when “dishwasher safe” imprinting was a reality.

And so I imagined that my long vintage tablecloth would also add the same type of ambiance to the gatherings at our home.

But there is one serious drawback I hadn’t considered. Vintage cloth translates to the situation of that behemoth of a covering needing to be ironed.

Ugh. I can’t stand to iron. I’ve avoided ironing my entire life. Full disclosure: When I was a cheerleader in high school, I didn’t see the need to iron my whole blouse since 98% of it was covered by a pullover sweater.

So I took a shortcut and ironed just the collar and the cuffs on the sleeves.

My mother was appalled.

Alas, there are no ironing shortcuts with a tablecloth.

I lugged the ironing board up from the basement and begrudgingly began the task. I stopped to write a note: “Buy wrinkle-free large Christmas tablecloth.”

Because ironing provides time (in this case, LOTS of time) to think, I thought, you know, I have some friendships that fall in similar categories as tablecloths.

Some are no-iron/wrinkle-free that require little work on my part to maintain in excellent condition. Others are a little more fragile…vintage-ish and require some tending to maintain.

My wrinkle-free friendships are just that…I feel super comfortable in them without worrying I’m going to say something that might be taken the wrong way. These no-iron women and I truly understand each other.

The requires-tending friendships are also meaningful to me, and I need to adjust my attitude regarding the care they require. I can’t begrudge the time they take; I want to honor the time they take.

We knew the truth when we were kids; we knew it as young adults. It’s good to remind ourselves of it as we grow older. Not everyone can be our best friend or even be included in a group we consider our closest friends. AND…it’s still wonderfully fulfilling to have friends outside that circle.

And I have great news! For $12 my local dry cleaner will wash and iron my vintage tablecloth for me.

I found an ironing shortcut after all.


A site for vintage tablecloths


12 thoughts on “Vintage Was Not An Advantage

  1. Nancy Caldwell says:

    It is truly beautiful and a precious keepsake. Make sure to put it on a hanger when you get it pressed or it will have fold lines that will need to ironed. Been there and done that! Merry Christmas!

  2. Your Big Sis says:

    Several years ago I purchased 20 Christmas placemats; they were on sale after the holidays, 75% off, quite lovely and came with matching napkins! Yes, I have to iron all of the above, but it’s a cakewalk compared to wrestling with a large tablecloth. Happy to hear of your dry cleaning solution.

  3. Bill Thatcher says:

    Just a little post script and an after-thought. Can you iron out wrinkles from someone’s face??? Tee hee. My friend, Mae Carlson is always stressing about her wrinkles!!! I wear mine proudly, because they have been put there by all of my smiling, happy faces. Cheers. See you on Tuesday. Hugs.
    Bill T.

  4. Jan Sutton says:

    I value our friendship ……………. wash and wear, wrinkle free, little ironing needed or toss me in the dryer!

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