I was doing some vintage/antique shopping in Marshville and Monroe, NC a few months ago with my sister. She knows all of the great spots including "Olde Tyme Marketplace" which was used in the filming of The Color Purple (barbershop) in 1985. I didn't buy the vintage chicken feeder there but I did get something even more fantastic that I will share soon.
*hint: it starts with "bird" and ends with "cage" and it's reaaaalllllly chippy and old.
After we left Marshville, where we were supposed to look at something and return home to my family's Charlotte farm- we snuck over to Monroe, NC. Because you know, once you are on a roll you have to keep going. The next best antique find is ALWAYS at the next stop. We headed to "just one more store", where I found this vintage chicken feeder proving my point. #positivereinforcement
Did I say that it's 5 feet long? And my sister brought a sedan? Don't worry, we're experts at shoving things in there. I wasn't leaving without it.
I didn't know I was going to fill the vintage chicken feeder with Shamrocks but I did know that it would be the perfect vessel for any kind of centerpiece on my 7 foot dining table. Yes, dinnerware will fit on either end of the long centerpiece.
But if it didn't, would I just invite less people?
Like I said, this thing is a big 5 feet. It take up much of the center of the table. At the bottom of this post I have linked to a few products that look similar but have a more manageable size in case you have a smaller table or area.
I found the Shamrocks at our local Wegmans grocery store. They bottoms were wrapped in the typical green plastic foil. I simply placed them, and their plastic foil, into the feeder, pushing the wrapping below the lip of the chicken feeder. I spaced them evenly. In between each one, I put an upside down glass. I covered it all up with dried Sphagnum Moss from the craft store. On top of each upside down glass, I put a mercury glass votive holder for extra ambience. It was an easy-does-it arrangement that has filled in nicely over the last three weeks.
After the last frost in my area, usually April 15 (this year it will be more like the 23rd) I will plant them outside. They do best in the shade and are considered a perennial in Zones 7-9. If you are outside of those zones, Oxalis will be considered an annual for you. Since I have a desperate need for shade plants with all the beautiful, giant, (Boscobel) trees here, these will be perfect.
Do you love Shamrocks? Have any great Saint Patricks Day Table Ideas? Can't stop shopping when you're on a roll? I would love to know, leave me a comment below!
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