Pretty Old Stuff-Game of Thrones & Mad Hatter Fun!

We love renting items for small parties as much as big events!

Our customers are so creative! Last weekend our event rentals went to a Medieval feast and a Mad Hatter Murder Mystery– we love intimate gatherings as well as large ones! Give us a call to rent your unique tableware and props, and be sure to send in your photos!

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event rentals, party rentals Some of our most colorful , mismatched china, glassware, doilies, and vintage clocks made for perfect Wonderland accessories.

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Each guest took home their very own custom-made chapeau as a party favor.

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These Game of Throne partygoers look just like the real deal. Not sure if they were in Fayetteville or Westeros!

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The hostess chose lots of warm brass and our richest hues of vintage goblets to set the Game of Thrones vibe. Beautiful!


A Detour to Vintage china Treasures

… many beautiful new patterns added to our mismatched china plate rentals!

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My daughter is getting married this fall and we are in the happy thick of the planning!   A couple of weekends ago, coming back from a Kansas City wedding shopping trip, I took a little detour so I could stop in the small town of Shell Knob, Missouri.   Growing up, my grandparents had property on Table Rock Lake , and my brother and I spent many fun weeks making special family memories there .
After my little side visit the other day?   Shell Knob now has a whole new happy association for me—as a treasure trove for vintage china lovelies!    I brought back such a haul of beautiful  plate additions to our rental gallery  that I just had to take time the other afternoon to play “fashion show “,and photograph some of them to show you !  Look at the above multi-color patterns galore– so pretty to mix and stack!

And all of these new “pinks”to our collection below…perfect for a wedding reception with pink in the palette, or a birthday luncheon or bridal brunch!

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And there are lots of new plates with pops of richer fall colors too.  We’re in heaven with these new finds, and so PAST ready for autumn events with cooler temperatures!

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File Aug 02, 7 09 11 AMThanks so much to our friends Tonya and Brenda for inviting me to come “pick” from your Shell Knob treasure trove!  We cant wait to incorporate them as we dream up the table settings for someone’s next  Most Joyful Day – party, wedding, or special event!

Wedding Style in Prairie Grove

shaesunnysizedPop quiz: What starts this Friday at noon,goes through Saturday at 5, and is a veritable Junker’s Paradise with over  120 vendors bringing their coolest vintage, repurposed and salvaged wares from miles around? Correct answer:  The Junk Ranch in Prairie Grove!
When it’s not chock full of tents with great pickin’ stuff as far as the eye can see ,  The barn, perfectly chippy old frame house, and acres of pretty pasture,  are gorgeous!  A lovely  backdrop for a country-chic wedding style shoot.    Thanks to the Junk Ranch, our beautiful model, and our talented vendor partner team, the photo shoot was a lovely success.

cakewidew.tree.table.rszdRobbin Turner at Cakes by Robbin created this stunning five layer cake specifically to compliment the vintage tableware and palette we chose for the shoot..
We love it’s watercolor design, the little layer tucked underneath the big, and the ruffled-y bottom layer.



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A big thank you again to our wonderful vendor partners on this project:

Cake:  Robbin Turner, Cakes by Robbin
Concept : Julianne Darnell, Most Joyful Day Event Planning
Brides Ensemble: Tesori
Florals:  Amy Hyler, The Back Porch
Hair and Makeup :  Shae Steinsiek, Crown Beauty Bar
Location: The Junk Ranch
Model:  Shae Steinsiek
Photographer:  Kat Hardin Studios
Vintage Design/Rentals:  Pretty Old Stuff NWA







Pretty Old Stuff goes to Picture Perfect Prom!

….or at least we got to hang out at the dinner ahead of time!
The first annual Picture Perfect Prom Dinner was held up at Mount Sequoyah last
month, and we were delighted to help deck out the beautiful dining room at Remmel/Wesley hall with some of our Pretty Old Stuff!   FHS prom-goers roamed the beautiful grounds taking pictures before heading over to Prom. The redbuds and dogwoods on the mountain were in full bloom at just the right time, and were the perfect accent!  Thank you Mount Sequoyah, for having us!


The historic Wesley/Remmel Hall entrance. Our velvet chair is almost BULLDOG Purple!

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Vintage gobletsmiilkglass bud vases and black coachlight lanterns with the tablescapes.


Spring is Sprung — and with it? Tag sales!  Look at the Pretty Old Stuff we’ve pick’d in the last couple of weeks!

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We snagged up six of these Seville china dinner plates in the loveliest blue and gray-ish taupe with gold pattern.  They’re gorgeous additions to our china stash in the pale icy blue palette, but they’ll also be so pretty when paired with brighter blues, like this bavarian china. Yup! We scored
two dessert plates of that pattern also!  Don’t you love hand painted china?

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Blue China on Silver Detail

The plates are stacked on this lovely and HUGE! Silver tray.  OOH, THAT FLORAL DETAILING!  This guy will go right into service, stacked on a silver pedestal to use as a cake stand—since he’s 15inches and can handle the weight of a three tiered wedding cake.


We found glassware too ! Some at my church’s awesome sale, one at the thrift store, and the beautiful quilted milk glass vase is from my friend Natalie ( a favorite picker helper extraordinaire!)
Crystal and milk glass are so happy together!

But wait! There’s one more! blushglash

These  pretty carnival glass pieces in blush will be such sweet little accents in tablescapes,  mixed in with our other pink, blush, and clear glass and crystal items and goblets!

Yes indeed, a whole bunch of pretty treasures of late, and in such on-trend colors for this year. Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, and Serenity Blue–we’ve got you covered!


Botanical Garden of NWA Features Pretty Old Stuff!

vintage rental style shoot. Wedding and reception at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Photos: Kat Hardin Studios, Design concept and staging: Most Joyful Day/Pretty Old Stuff NWA, Vintage Rentals: Pretty Old Stuff NWA, Cake: Cakes by Robbin, Florals: Zuzu’s Petals and Gifts, Custom Grapevine Arbor: Alice Brewer, Twisted Tree Designs @ The French Door, Chandelier: Swiggy Designs for rental by Pretty Old Stuff NWA, Model: Alexandra Franks

In late August, we were asked by the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks to design two vintage concepts and organize and stage style shoots with our rentals to promote the “Cottage” themed garden. BGO is one of our favorite wedding venues and the “Cottage” that rents with their Simple Ceremony package is so sweet! We jumped at the chance. Our dream team of vendors had so much fun with the project!  Read more about the style shoot here.

The pictures are now live and published at the BGO Website and we couldn’t be more excited!  Check it out!  Also, if you happen to be planning a small wedding this Spring, consider that lovely little venue tucked away in the beautiful corner at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks!

Victorian Charm and Magic

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When Spay Arkansas called to ask if we could provide some rental items and styling for their annual fundraiser, we were happy to help, but when they told us the theme, An Evening of Mystery and Intrigue, we were even more excited!
The nonprofit had lined up Sean-Paul and Julianne Fay from the Intrigue Theater in Eureka Springs, as entertainment for the evening. Their theater is in a century old building, and they use “real historical entertainment” from the Victorian era for their illusion and magic act with costumes of the same theme.

For the design elements of the fundraising event, it was a gimme for us to spin off the atmosphere the magical duo provides at their theater in Eureka Springs.   St. Anthony’s on the Creek, with it’s Gothic stone chapel and beautiful wooded grounds was the perfect setting!

For the entryway to the event, we pulled an old trunk from our rental inventory, and tucked a printed welcome sign into the carriage of one of our vintage typewriters—the black “Royal”. A stack of old books and an antique clock helped set a tone of throwback to the Victorian era, and a big brass candelabra completed the vignette.

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Vintage typewriter welcomes guests

Vintage brass candelabra

Vintage brass candelabra and trunk

The decorating crew had so much fun decking out each dining table with vintage items from our rental inventory! A different mirrored dresser tray was the foundation of each centerpiece, and even though Sean-Paul didn’t resort to smoke and mirrors to totally trick his audience? The mirrored trays were still completely in theme and provided lovely sparkle to the room.

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Mini Victorian cat portrait in vintage frame

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Mini dog and cat portraits in vintage frames

Event poster in upcycled frame, antique clock

Event poster in upcycled frame, antique clock

Since the entire evening was dedicated to raising money so Spay Arkansas can continue with their mission to provide low cost spay and neutering for all the animals in our area,  and also given the fact that most who purchased tickets are avowed pet lovers, we used artwork of our furry friends, for the basis of the décor.  Each tablescape featured several different whimsical mini portraits of both dogs and cats in assorted vintage style frames. Simple and old fashioned deep red rose arrangements from NWA Florist  provided the perfect classic and Victorian style finishing touch throughout the entire space!

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Deep red roses in antique silver bowl

Thank you Spay Arkansas we had a wonderful time  participating in your event and we appreciate all you do!

Vendor Spotlight: Kat Hardin Photography



Kat Hardin is the ultimate definition of mompreneur. Six years ago, her two kids, Sam and Zoe, now 13 and 11, had just started school, she had recently gone through a divorce and found herself smack in the middle of that scary transition into the world of Single-Mom-Hood . So what does she do? She decides to begin a new career. Having always toted around a nice camera, Kat had a sweet habit of taking pictures of family and friends, printing them, and sneaking the photos as a surprise into their mailbox, or presenting them as gifts as she arrived at a play date or dinner party . Soon, the happy recipients of those gifts began urging her to hang out a shingle, and become a professional photographer, so she could share her talent with the community, and have a new stream of income for her little family.
In the true entrepreneurial spirit, ( never mind the fact that she had no studio space, nor knew the first thing about studio lighting techniques) Kat trudged headlong into a new business. In between all that goes with being a great mom to a kindergartner and first grader, she located studio space, taught herself all she needed to know about studio lighting, and hasn’t look back since! Kat Hardin Photography in Fort Smith was born.

Kat is a native Arkansan , and grew up in Northeast Arkansas. Last month , for family reasons, she Max and Zoe moved from Fort Smith to Fayetteville. Since then, they’ve had fun getting to know Fayetteville as their new hometown, and Kat Hardin Photography Fayetteville is now open for business, in addition to the Kat Hardin Studio in Fort Smith.
When I asked Kat what inspires her the most when taking photographs, she said ” Arkansas is such a beautiful place to live and shoot pictures” :

“Arkansas is such a beautiful place to live and shoot pictures!”

and she expressed much joy and enthusiasm about the beauty of her subject’s faces. A hallmark of her technique, is to take extra time with the portrait editing, and she takes pride in being a bit persnickety in this process, to make sure the finished product is just as she envisions it should be.
Since Kat moved to Fayetteville, Pretty Old Stuff has been lucky to have her behind the lense for a tea party  birthday style shoot and a bohemian wedding style shoot.  Enjoy these two sneak peeks of Kat’s exquisite finished products, then hurry and contact her today,  before her NWA schedule is all filled up!

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An Evening of Mystery and Intrigue

SpayArkansasI just saw the final poster for the Spay Arkansas Gala!  We’re so pleased  to participate in this event, helping to stage the venue, providing tablescapes for the evening, and lending  some very intriguing and mysterious vintage props from our rental gallery  It’s fun to see our logo on the poster!

My good friend Suzanne Wasiluk sits on the board at Spay Arkansas and she, as well as all of those associated with the group, work  tirelessly for the cause of decreasing the  homeless pet population in our area.   Spay Arkansas services four counties in Arkansas, as well as parts of southern Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.  The organization provides affordable and quality spay and neuter services to low income households, and have
a wonderful clinic that is staffed by dedicated  licensed veterinarians and veterinarians technicians.
Since the organization’s inception just four years ago, they’ve spayed and neutered over 19,000 dogs and cats locally.  Important work for the quality of life of our furry friends and of our community!

The fundraising events at Spay Arkansas are always a good time, ( my coon hound  Petunia loves attending Singing for Spays at Dog Party Usa each summer!)   , but November’s event will be extra special,  being held at St. Anthony’s on the Creek   and with scrumptious food prepared by local renowned Ozark Plateau Cuisine Chef,  Miles James.

The theme of the gala is magic– “helping make the homeless pet population disappear” , and an Illusionist and Medium duo from the Intrigue Theater in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Sean-Paul the Illusionist and Juliana Fay are bringing the entertainment for the evening.      Check it out here, I believe there are still tickets available if you’d like to attend!

Boho Wedding in the Garden

Last week we did a style shoot at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, to show off their “Cottage” themed garden area. The BGO has about a dozen themed garden areas that rent as venues with their Simple Wedding package , which can each accommodate intimate gatherings of up to twenty guests. If you’ve visited the BGO, I imagine you’re mind’s eye has already called up how lovely the place is. Beautiful vignettes of flowers and plants everywhere you turn. In the Cottage Garden spot, there’s a bonus. Tucked just beyond the curve of BGO’s northernmost back garden is a sweet little barn, built from old wood, with the most lovely gray patina . There are hay mow type windows and doors that swing out on both sides to two covered patio areas, the roof lines strung with Italian party lights that twinkle when the sun goes down. A perfectly idyllic spot for an intimate outdoor celebration.

The first task with a style shoot, is to choose the design concept. Hmm, a wedding ceremony and small reception at a venue with beautiful gardens and a charming barn as backdrop, shooting on an Indian summer evening that happens to fall on the first day of Autumn. What would you do? We went with the idea of rustic elegance that we’d keep on the natural side. A little Bohemian style! A barefoot bride, and color palette chosen by the cultivated plants already in abundance!  For the floral colors and the reception, we chose many shades of greens, both bright and dark. Blushes, peaches and pinks, with a little dusky purple here and there.  Some woodland organic accents and lots of warm brass.

We selected mismatched china and pink and green goblets for the table and some of the more edgier colored props, from our vintage rental gallery , that we scattered around for texture and to complete the Boho feel.

Now we just needed to assemble our vendor partners and we were off! More on the style shoot when the photos arrive, but here is the fabulous team :  Alice Brewer Designs Twisted Tree at the French Door,  Alexandra Franks , Cakes by RobbinKat Hardin Studios , Swiggy Designs ,and Zuzus Petals and GIfts. 


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