Thanksgiving is a time that brings friends and family together. Sometimes it’s a joyous gathering, sometimes it’s a stressful combination of personalities. Often it involves people that you don’t see on a regular basis. No matter what your situation, if you are gathering with others for this holiday, you will be spending time sitting at a table together. Instead of the usual catching up sort of banter, why not inspire some lively conversation with a few strategically placed decorations that you might not find on your typical Thanksgiving table.
Here is what I found while browsing the decor offerings at Champaign County Restore recently.
Who is the Mayor’s Choice? Why were they chosen? Which mayor did the choosing? Just how distinguished of an honor is this? Given it’s height, this would make a good centerpiece.
Generate a debate about which family member this is, even though it obviously isn’t someone in your family. Alternatively, take turns making up a story about this nice person’s life, and how this photo made its way to the Restore.
Never in my decades on this planet have I seen something of this nature, but I feel that it has serious potential to stir up some old grievances and smooth things over. I can’t imagine any ways in which this exercise could get out of hand.
This is a sweet one. Place this in front of grandma, and everyone goes around the table saying why she’s an all-star. More than one grandma at Thanksgiving? Well now it’s a debate, and there can only be one winner.
These items are placed together. There are nine eyes on this lovely handmade item. Let’s just see where that leads.
So obviously there are plenty of strange items to be found in a store that sells donated items. However, there are definitely treasures to be found as well. Here are a couple of items I would totally buy for real.
I love these pretty candle holders. They would be lovely lining the center of a holiday table.
Look at these great little glasses! Perfect for eggnog or punch. Restore has a lot of glassware, from single items (if you want an eclectic look) to sets like this.
Whether you want to go traditional or a little weird, don’t sleep on Restore as an option for your upcoming holiday needs.
Champaign County Restore
1914 Glenn Park Drive
Tu 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
W to F 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sa 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.