Saturday, February 9, 2013

Displaying Vintage Tablecloths In Stacked Vertical Wooden Soda Boxes In Your Antique Booth Or Shop

Displaying Colorful Vintage Tablecloths In Your Antique Booth

If you vintage linens you know how hard it is to  display 1940s and 1950s coloroful tablecloths in your shop or antique booth.

Limited Space In Your Antique Booth

When you have limited space you may not have the luxury of being able to hang textiles and tablecloths on a rack. Over the years I have tired many different ways to store and display tablecloths.

Wooden Boxes Form Cubbies For Linens

Recently, I decided to try displaying my tablecloths in several vertically stacked old wooden soda boxes which form cubbies which wortk well for folded linens. I'm not saying that this idea is perfect, because I still have to routinely fold and tidy up my tabelcloths for  sale. But, I do have to tell you, that the system of narrow snacked wooden boxes is working better than other previously tried displays.    

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro caf√©. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at Visit my website, Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists


  1. The tablecloths look so pretty like that. I am always very careful when I look at things, but I have noticed in our booth that sometimes other people can be much less considerate!
    So, they don't always stay looking neat and prettily stacked up for very long! Oh, least people are looking at them, right?

  2. I prefer to display my linens in a nice stack, but like you stated, you constantly have to tidy them. And when you are absent from your booth for 4-5 days it can become an unsightly mess.

    A rack eliminates that, however it does take up much space.

    I just bought a shelf and I'm thinking about rigging up the sides with hanging dowel rods to hang linens and fabrics on to help maximize my space, and minimize the clean up.

  3. I love those old wooden boxes. I pick them up whenever I can get them cheaply at auctions. The boxes do double duty for hauling stuff to the flea market, and then displaying it once I get there. They are sturdy enough for the heavier items like books and tools. Never thought of using them for linens, but I will do that in the future!

  4. It's probably a good thing that you have to re-fold and stack them, as the wood can stain linens along the folded edge.

  5. It's probably a good thing that you have to re-fold and stack the linens, as the wood can stain them along the folded edge.

  6. While this may seem like a good idea, it's not. Wood is very acidic and over time will yellow the linens and cause degradation. Starch is also a no-no because it attracts tiny bugs that like to eat the starch, and consequently the linens too!

  7. I agree that the exposure to the wood would compromise the fibers. Starch, too, is a no-no for storage. Sellers often think they're doing a favor by starching and ironing before shipping but I don't think so.