These are still called TV tables in some places. Remember eating TV dinners while watching the family's favorite shows? I do. We had some rather ugly metal ones with some sort of design in black and beige, if I recall correctly. They'd probably go for a bundle in a vintage shop now, if there had been a way to get the rust off. The set I have now is similar to the one pictured. $8 a pop at Walmart on sale one day.
Our tables are in use a lot. Or, they're folded up snd out of the way. Right now there is one acting as a temporary kitchen island holding a cookbook. (I have a counter space problem.) When we have company we scatter them around the living room so people have a place to put their coffee cups and dessert plates. I can set one next to the computer and stack books on it when I'm doing homeschool planninng or updating our book inventory.
Sometimes we even use them as TV trays!
I would love to get some cuter tables someday. But the cute ones are just a bit more costly than my utilitarian ones. Imagine using these to serve tea at your garden party:
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