Longtime readers might recall that quite a while ago – almost two years ago, in fact, in a post here – I asked an earth-shakingly important question: Don’t you think it’s high time to bring back TV trays? In it, I reminisced about those colourful sets of TV trays, or tables, that almost every household back in my youth used to sport. They were designed, I guess, for when people wanted to eat (Swanson TV Dinners, anyone?) in front of the television; but they were also useful simply as makeshift side tables and whatnot. And hey, with their inevitably bright patterns, they added some colour to the room!
Anyway, I mused in that post that, in the interest of adding to our collection of funky and useful artifacts from the era when I was growing up here at the Manse, Raymond and I should try to acquire a set of TV trays. And now, guess what’s happened? Well, you probably have guessed, given that I’ve been doing a series of posts about gifts that people have given us. (In case you missed them, Instalments 1 and 2 are here and here.) Yes indeed: we have been given a vintage set of TV tables!
And a very nice set it is, if I do say so myself. I am so grateful to my new friend Judy, of Madoc, who called me up out of the blue not long ago and said: “I hear you’re looking for some TV tables!” Judy had a set that she felt she really didn’t need anymore (“Like any sensible person,” I bet you’re thinking), and she said she’d be more than happy to donate them to the growing collection of mid-20th-century furnishings and artifacts here at the Manse.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that Raymond and I finally had time to go pick them up, but I want to tell you that I’ve already put Judy’s TV trays to good use. When we had a large crowd of family members for dinner on New Year’s Day, those little folding tables were awfully handy for storing desserts and silverware and other stuff.
I should also note that Judy’s gift is one with value: Raymond and I were visiting an antiques emporium in not-far-away Peterborough not long ago, and I found two sets of TV trays for sale there:
Neither, in my view, is as nice as the set Judy gave us; and both had a fairly hefty price tag on them.
So you see, the list of cool stuff that we’ve acquired – often because other people are just trying to get rid of it, but hey, that’s as good a reason as any! – continues to grow. Thank you for a colourful and useful addition to the Manse’s vintage look, Judy!