It's time for our favorite party over at Coloradolady's place - - - Vintage Thingies Thursday.
I've only got ONE vintage thingie today, and here it is:
This little kitchen table and chair set belonged to my maternal grandparents.
Several years ago when we moved into this house, we had an empty place in our kitchen right under a hangy downy light fixture. My dad, who was helping us bring in boxes, looked at that spot and said, "Would you like your Grandpa Butcher's kitchen table to put there?"
WOULD I LIKE IT!?!?!? Let me recite the ways - - - - - - -
I have so many memories of eating and playing at this table in my grandparent's kitchen.
Grandma sneaking us a glass of milk-coffee when mom wasn't looking.
Grandpa, with a twinkle in his eyes, leaning back in one of those very same chairs and beginning to recite one of the ballad poems he memorized when he was in eighth grade. "The Irish Jubilee" and "Hans and Jacob" were our two favorites. He told "Hans and Jacob" in a thick German accent, which I can still hear in my mind's ear.
For a little digression - - - how I WISH I had a recording of him telling us those tales, but we never made one. I'd even settle for a printed copy of them.
I remember one evening sitting at that table my little sister was so homesick she couldn't even swallow her food. Great big tears were welling up in her eyes and threatening to spill down her cheeks and over her chin. Mom and dad were working for the week at Teen Camp, and we were too little to go.
I was undaunted, having never felt a moment of homesickness in my life.
I remember Grandpa sitting at this table nibbling beer case cheese. Have you ever tasted beer case cheese? BETTER QUESTION - - - have you ever SMELLED beer case cheese??????? Oh, you have NO idea what you're missing.
And now the little table is mine. All mine.
It wears the marks of having been well loved and well used.
My friend Vangie, who is an antique dealer, tells me it is called a "sellers table," though she doesn't know why. I've googled and googled for more information - - - but as yet, its history is a mystery.
That's OK by me, because I KNOW the history that's important - - - the history this little table has had with our family.
Linking this post to Thrifty Thursday over at Leigh's too. The table was a gift - - - that's free - - - I'm declaring that qualifies it as thrifty.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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What a sweet story. We have some pieces from our Grandparents and we love them. (not so sure our kids want to continue the tradition after we are gone)
I treasure things that bring back memories and I don't care about the monetary history or value - just the history that I remember. I've not heard of a seller's table, either.
This piece really does hold specials memories, doesn't it?
Deborah in NC
What a great set to have. Lucky girl!
Greetings from the Badger State! That looks like a really solid table, but the memories you described are really special. I'm glad no one I knew liked Beer Case cheese, although I had an uncle that would bring limberger to family gatherings now and then. Once he arrived with it, no one wanted to open the refrigerator anymore!
Special family pieces are the best! Love the memories you have.
What a sweet story. What a sweet table. I know you will enjoy it for many years to come.
I always love the stories that accompany your great pieces. Love your grandparents' table.
That looks a lot like the table I have, but yours is in better shape and I don't have chairs that go with it.
That is such a sweet little table. No wonder you love it so much with all that family history. And to top it off, I bet the table and chairs are all really sturdy, unlike todays products!
What sweet stories...and what a sweet gift to be given...lucky gal! Come say hi :D
The table is cute but I loved the stories even better.
So...does beer case cheese smell good??? :) I loved the part of the story about your dear sister being so homesick. It is a lovely story and I am happy that the table fell into loving hands. Have a week filled with love, Cherie
What beautiful memories...thanks for sharing them with all of us. Family pieces are by far the best!
Thanks for coming by for a visit:)
I agree, the stories are what are important!
Family stories are so important. I cherish mine always.
Your table and chairs are adorable.
What wonderful memories to go with that beautiful table...I love those old square tables.
Great post filled with wonderful memories. The table and chair look very well cared for. You have a real treasure with it.
Oh, I'm so glad you have their table! I so treasure things that have a family history. They are more valuble to me than something brand new!
Sister of mine: Our granny cupboard was a Sellers because that was the co. that built it. I had never heard that term in connection with Grandpa's table tho. Have you checked under the table for possible manufacturing markings?
Another table memory of mine is throwing up dandelion greens back onto my plate while trying to honor Grandma's request that I try a bite! (I would probably love those greens today.) So I got more than homesick at that table.
I have a copy of "I started on a journey just about a year ago to the little town of Morrow in the state of O-hi-o..." It's buried in a box at the condo right now, but I will share it when it comes to light.
What a fantastic story! I'm so glad you got the table where it is loved. Have you tried googling Grandpas poems? You said you'd settle for a printed one. I googled one my husband remembered as a boy or a song or something and believe it or not it came up.
Great post, I really enjoyed reading it.
What a cherished piece of furntiture. The memories you have of your grandparents are sweet...and I can only imagine you will continually be making new memories! Have a happy Valentine's Day!
How wonderful! We have a little *farm table*. Very simple with simple chairs but just perfect for the kitchen.
It's in lovely condition Keetha & obviously was meant to fit in that space!
That little table was meant to come live with you and your sweet memories. I loved your story..that's always the best part..the memories we share with each other..
I can believe you were never homesick!! I picture you always ready for an adventure! What a great family piece that surely holds special memories for you! Have a great VTT!
Wonderful memories and that makes the little table and chair set.
I know beer case cheese and yes, it is awesome!
Love your table with so many memories! Thanks for stopping by my Shabby Cottage today. Yes my husband was doing some work on an old chimney. Warm hugs, Esther
Wonderful memories to go with a special table and chairs. You are so lucky to have both. Thanks for visiting today and sharing your memories of vintage quilts and quilters.....Sue
What sweet memories to go with something you now own! Thanks for sharing!
Lovely table and story! A wonderful family heirloom!
Our house may be the place where we live, but our home is the box where we store our memories.
I've never met a cheese I didn't like. I know nothing about beer case cheese, but I bet it would be good with pickles, onions, and pumpernickel bread!
And to answer your question, my hairline can't read, so, while I am refuding to recede, it is doing so at an alarming rate.
Relly wonderful to own a piece of our ancestry, every time we look at it we are taken back to a previous time. Nice post. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Tin and sparkle
Hi Keetha, thanks for your visit today. I think the dishes are more the 50-s. I can't be sure.
I loved the story of your table and chairs. What wonderful memories. It is lovely too. The love that surrounds your treasure is is priceless.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE all your memories. I'm so glad you have the table.
Another wonderful story and keepsake, Keetha! I LOVe your stories!
Thanks for linking up to Tales from Bloggeritaville.
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Your memories are priceless! So, are the table and chairs, because, no amount of money can buy such beautiful memories.
this was a wonderful post-- and I know exactly what you mean about wishing you had recorded your granddad's ballads. My father was a great storyteller and my grandfather was an inspiring preacher, but for some reason we never recorded them....
What a wonderful story and what a beautiful table! Those memories make for the best vintage thingies!
Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment about my pie safe!
Have a great weekend!
Hey Cousin- Wish I had met your maternal grandparents. My heart races when I think of how dear that little table is to you...priceless!
I tried to find "Hans and Jacob" for you, but I'm not sure I had any luck with that. I did find lyrics and score entitled "The Irish Jubilee" and will e-mail that to you.
PS: Do you mind if I post your blog site address on the Heavilin Facebook page?
Love ya and miss ya "big" cous...
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