My permanent shopping list makes shopping for vintage dishes easy.
Shopping for vintage at the holiday season? Get organized to better enjoy the thrill of the hunt!
I have favorite vintage dishes and glass items I’m always searching for. And I keep a small notebook that’s my “permanent shopping list” to keep track of them.
The notebook helps me as a place to record what I have, and the particular piece types and patterns I want to collect.
My list is organized by pattern, but I can also see having it by piece type, depending on how many patterns you’re looking for. Some notations about prices help, too, in case you’re comparing to the online sources you may also use to find pieces for your collection.
This idea evolved from times gone past, when I shopped for several relatives for birthdays and Christmas. I’d record my ideas as I got them, especially for those hard-to-buy-for family members.
This list is a good tool to refresh your memory when you are ready to go out shopping. It works for the holiday season – when I make a special effort to find those goodies being donated before the end of the year – as well as Christmas dinnerware and accessory items, like candle holders and tablecloths.
I’ve been using this notebook for more than 10 years, so it’s old school, on paper. Lots of stickers around the edges, marking special pages.
If I was starting out now, I might just keep the list as a photo gallery on my smart phone. Then I would have photos as well as the written details. Or look for a shopping list app that allows me to include my own photos.
Dinnerware Wishes from My Permanent Shopping List
Some of my listed patterns are represented in the photo. Clockwise, from the top left:
- Precious by Nikko, salad plate.
- Calico Rose by Corelle, salad plate.
- Ponderosa Pine by Tiara, salad bowls. (This pattern also comes in green. Check out another use for these dishes in a prior post here.)
- Brambleberry, Cumberland product line, by Hearthside, salt and pepper shakers.
- Pink Gooseberry by Corning, refrigerator dish. (Goes with my casserole dish set.)
- Swiss Alpine by Marcrest, saucers.
- Celeste by WS George, bread plates.
- Poultrygeist mug Poultry in Motion line by Sharon Neuhaus Designs.
- Unknown pattern, chicken motif mug by GHC for Current, Inc.
I just tuck my permanent shopping list into my bag, to take when I go out shopping at any time of year. That keeps it handy to refer to as I’m looking for beautiful, vintage china and glass.
I like to use my vintage china. One challenge: setting a table for a group, when I only have a few of the piece types I want to use to serve the foods I’ve cooked.
What can you do, when you have only two?
Secondary marketplaces are spotty in their detailed offerings. Yes, there’s lots of vintage dinnerware and glassware out there. No, the pattern you’re looking for can be tough to find.
If you have (or want) only two of a kind, there are ways you can use them:
Dinner for two. Set a romantic, charming table when . . . → Read More: Vintage Dishes – Just Two – What To Do?
Bohemian style features your collections and almost anything that you have an eye for. If you like it, and especially if you like to use it, just about any tableware or kitchen accessory, in many different kinds of materials, can be part of your eclectic stash for setting a bohemian style table.
Some vintage tableware accessories you may wish to collect:
California pottery. These pieces of serving ware will catch your attention, once you see a few of them. The green Wade three part server, with a top for one section and decorated with ceramic fruits, is one . . . → Read More: Vintage Tableware for Bohemian Style
If you’re looking for vintage glassware with an eye to creating an awesome bohemian style collection, there are some really cool and funky vintage glassware patterns out there.
I’ve seen several of them in my travels, and enjoy rescuing them from the abyss to come home with me. (Glass that doesn’t sell eventually gets smashed in a barrel for recycling, in the thrift store world.)
Patterns like these are too cool not to bring home to use and enjoy!
Four Glassware Patterns for Vintage Bohemian Decor
Madeira by Franciscan, this time in glass, vs china. Like the . . . → Read More: Vintage Glassware Bohemian Style
The first thing I noticed about bohemian style is how much it reminds me of the 1970s. This trend caught my eye the first time I saw it in a decorating magazine.
Many of the photos highlighted “found” items or personal collections based on years of living and travel.
Vintage dinnerware, found in many, many thrift store and estate sale visits. It’s a style that suits all of us who like the thrill of the hunt.
What is Bohemian Style?
There’s a great book about this style, The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney. The sections are . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware for Bohemian Style
Why should pie have all the fun?
Blueberries are in season, and these scones are easy to make. Quick to bake, too, so the house doesn’t heat up.
And, I get a chance to use one of my vintage favorites: a pie plate in the Lancaster pattern by Syracuse, vintage china from the 1950s.
If you like hand painted charm and folk patterns, this could be one for your vintage shopping list.
I like them for their generous size, too, about 9 inches in diameter.
I’ve written about these Syracuse china pie plates before.
As for my scones, I . . . → Read More: Blueberry Scones Vintage Syracuse China
A reader asked me about one of the Pfaltzgraff china patterns that I showed in a prior post.
Thanks, Annie! I hope you found the color match you were looking for.
Here’s the prior post: Complete Your Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware Collection.
If a sleek, round and simple dinnerware fits your style, you might enjoy some of these Pfaltzgraff patterns. Many of them are more than 20 years old, and at least two of them, Ocean Breeze and Juniper, are still being made.
Mostly in the mid-90s to early 2000s, Pfaltzgraff produced several patterns using the same shapes. Some patterns early . . . → Read More: Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware Color Band Patterns
I’m looking for a few pieces of the Starburst pattern to add to my collection. This is vintage dinnerware from the 1950s and 1960s, with an “atomic” star motif.
Think Space Age, Mid-Century Modern, and Mad Men.
The shapes are a bit of a twist: not quite round plates and triangular for the tray that holds the salt and pepper shakers.
So far, I’ve purchased a vintage magazine ad from a ladies publication of the time. It shows off the china in a contemporary table setting.
This ware was made for about 12 years, between the mid-50s and mid-60s. Yet . . . → Read More: Starburst Search Vintage Franciscan China
Earth Day is every day when you continue using your vintage china and glassware!
Most dinnerware is not recyclable, nor is broken glass or Pyrex.
Yet you can keep using those old dishes and glasses in different ways to jazz up your table setting, made up eclectic table settings, or just enjoy the style of something from decades past.
Of course, if you’re using vintage dishes to serve food, choose only those pieces that are in good condition. The cracked, crazed or chipped pieces (in most cases) can be garden ornaments, planters or the container for a floral arrangement . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware Repurposed for Earth Day
I have a trifle dish, but where? So I decided to make this fruity dessert in a vintage salad bowl.
I think the bowl shows off the cool dessert, and is something of a conversation piece for those like me who are interested in vintage glassware.
This bowl has a swirl edge and panels, and overall is square shaped. It’s not marked, and so far has eluded identification of a pattern and maker.
Based on the color, I’ll place it in the 1970s. The shape could put it into a later decade. In any case, old enough to be . . . → Read More: A Trifle Tweaked in a Vintage Glass Bowl