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Junkin’ Finds: A Pair of Prim Pilgrims

Junkin' Finds a Pair of Prim Pilgrims Thanksgiving Primitives

Well friends it seems like time is flying by faster than ever and Thanksgiving will be here and gone before we know it. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I have so many ideas to share, and so little time!  Today I would like to introduce you to an adorable pair of primitive style pilgrims I found in October at a consignment shop. *This post contains affiliate links.


Primitive pilgrims prim fall decor

This adorable pair of stuffed prim pilgrims “shelf sitters” are nestled perfectly together in my small whitewashed dough bowl along with a few faux pheasant feathers, a rustic acorn, pinecones and cotton bolls (my imaginary snowballs).


Primitive pilgrims Thanksgiving decor farmhouse Thankgiving Farmhouse sign

We had our first snowfall overnight and the whole day has had that “Thanksgivingy”
“Over the River and Through the Wood” kind of vibe. If you look out the window in this photo you can see the snow on the branches of the towering pines. It’s very gray, but it’s still a pleasant and cozy kind of pre-holiday day.


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vintage Thanksgiving book vintage Pilgrims book

This vintage book with a cover image of pilgrims in the snow seemed like an appropriate addition to my little breakfast nook table vignette. The book was a gift from my son’s school librarian who knows I love vintage items. Whenever they are discarding old books at the school library, I get the hand me downs!



I just love the “grungy” primitive style of these pilgrims (perhaps they just arrived after months on the Mayflower…) Most of my readers know that I adore French vintage, shabby chic and French farmhouse decor, but I also truly love primitives too, especially handmade or authentic primitives. I am not ashamed to admit that I still like some of the old “country decor” of the 80’s and 90’s either!


Can you guess what year this photo of a primitive living room was featured in Country Living?

For example, take a look at this 1980 Country Living Magazine “Keeping Room.” I really don’t think there is one thing in this picture that I dislike! I would style things differently, but the vintage country collectibles are timeless. Do you like some primitive and country decor too? 


raditional Thanksgiving tablescape with candlelight for elegance

If you saw my recent Thanksgiving Tablescape Sneak Peek by Cozy Candlelight then you recognized my tried and true approach of combining vintage and thrifted items with rustic elements to create elegant looks (with a touch of French vintage style). It is quite a different look from my prim pilgrims vignette, but there are still primitive elements, like the dough bowl centerpiece filled with dried fruits and other natural items.


Wouldn’t you agree that a lot of what is called “farmhouse” style today is really just a refreshed country-primitive look? Anyway, I don’t mind mixing and matching styles. Here I used a French script burlap sack to add texture to the table, and my French grains pillow on the banquette bench. It all works! (Hey, maybe these pilgrims speak French too!)


You will always find some primitive touches around our home for all the major holidays, like this cute bunny I shared last Easter.




Here you can see how I mixed primitive vintage and farmhouse style in my “Cozy Cottage Farmhouse Style Christmas Corner” at our previous cottage back in 2014. 


If an item is vintage or vintage style and I like it, I can find a way to make it work harmoniously with the other decor in our home. I guess my overall style is really an eclectic vintage mix of what I love. I don’t have the super grungy primitive Santa anymore, but he was a favorite at the time.



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Okay enough about Santa…let’s not skip Thanksgiving and the wonder of November (my favorite month!) Here in Kentucky November can be crisp and sunny, allowing you to revel in the last of autumn’s splendor, or snowy and cozy, which stirs up all the excitement of Thanksgiving and the official beginning of the holiday season! It won’t be long until these prim pilgrims are packed away and a few primitive Santas and snowmen start making their  yearly appearances. If it keeps snowing, the snowmen might show up sooner than later!



No matter the weather, let us “Give Thanks” for all we have, and in all circumstances. (1 Thessalonians 5:18).



Junkin' Finds a Pair of Prim Pilgrims Thanksgiving Primitives

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my pair of prim pilgrims and a few other vintage and thrifted finds I slipped into this post.  Next Tuesday I will be sharing more Thanksgiving decor for the “We Gather Together” Thanksgiving Blog Hop. I would love for you to stop back by to join me and 20 blogging friends as we celebrate Thanksgiving with all different kinds of inspiration. It is sure to put you in a mood for turkey day!




Thank you so much for visiting today. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!




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  • Reply Cindy McTigue

    I agree Amber, the farmhouse look does include those primitive feels from those days. My motto is, if you find something that you love fit it in your decor.

    You capture warmth like no other. Looking forward to the tour. Still nursing our baby Peanut. Getting better but needs extra care still.

    Trying to catch up on crafts and I have to get ready to host Thanksgiving, a gathering for Dec 7th, Christmas Eve and decorate for Christmas.

    Resting in between is a must. Sorry I rambled a bit.


    November 13, 2019 at 10:00 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Cindy! Ramble on anytime!

      November 13, 2019 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Rita C at Panoply

    Love those little pilgrims, Amber! I have a similar, shelf sitter flapper doll that is vintage 1920s, made of oilcloth and stuffed with sawdust (she’s in desperate need of some facial cream and/or retinol for her cracked and wrinkled self!). As for farmhouse from 80s-90s primitive – not sure of the evolution, especially given such a stark contrast in the overall look of today’s light vs yesterday’s natural and dark tones. But that said, I certainly embrace mixing eras and styles. It’s what makes our homes unique. Btw, I adore your new powder room in its authentic appeal and mix of old/new. So happy for you that you could salvage that floor and make the pedestal sink work – genius!

    November 14, 2019 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Debbee

    Oh A,ber, bee still my heart on your pilgrim pair find! If u ever decide to part with them, please think of me for their new home.

    November 14, 2019 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    What a fun find! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    November 17, 2019 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    what an adorable couple! I’m like you, I still remember those 80’s prim CL issues that I perused for hours. I like so many different styles, but the theme is always “vintage”. so cute how you styled them in your dough bowl!

    November 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    Good thing we don’t live in the same neighborhood. We’d be fighting over the same treasures! I’ve never seen Pilgrim heads. So stinkin’ cute! I can’t believe someone would actually give those up?! Crazy people. Feel free to leave them to me in your will. Even though I’ll probably die first.

    November 12, 2020 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    Oops, I forgot to mention, thanks for sharing at the Farmhouse Friday link party! We always enjoy your posts. Hope you link up again. 🙂

    November 12, 2020 at 11:42 am
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