About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Vintage Dinnerware Christmas Toys

Vintage Salem china candle holders

It’s time to plan for holiday dinnerware, especially if you’re using vintage patterns. The special pieces you want to use for your menu, and to enhance your table setting, can take time to find.

These candle holders in the Noel pattern by Salem (made in Japan) are the kind of sweet little addition to add charm to your holiday table setting.

The applied pattern -  a Christmas tree with toys and packages tucked below - is used on some other vintage dinnerware patterns. This means you can mix and match them with other, similar holiday patterns, or any pattern using colors from your holiday palette.

Piece types like plates and tumblers are available in these patterns. If your dinnerware set doesn’t include the pieces you need for your menu, one of the other complementary china sets might.

Some of the other toy and tree motif china patterns:

  • Happy Holidays by Nikko
  • Christmastime by Nikko
  • Christmas Tree by Spode (trim in green, or red trim)
  • Christmas Tree Garland by Spode
  • Holiday Hostess by Tienshan
  • Christmas Heritage by Pfaltzgraff

Close up Christmas tree motif

My pair of Salem candle holders will look cute with either red or green candles. They will fit in with a predominately white table setting, or add light to a more richly-colored theme. They are well-made porcelain, in mint condition.

Secondhand stores often keep their Christmas section going for months at a time, even all year round. Any time is a good time for Christmas in July, especially when you’re on the hunt for classic vintage dinnerware.

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Vintage Glass Chip and Dip Set

Anchor Hocking glass chip and dip set

I love it when I find vintage glassware in the original box. This chip and dip set by Anchor Hocking was mine as soon as I saw it.

Its first use at our house: a treat to use for serving some salsa and chips. The larger bowl is especially generous in size, to hold a lot of chips at once.

The pattern is called Country Estate, and it’s in avocado green.

Online sleuthing shows that this set was also made in honey gold, and there are some other pieces in the pattern out there, such as candle holders.

I’d . . . → Read More: Vintage Glass Chip and Dip Set

Tiara Glass Honey Dish – Vintage Sweet

Tiara Glass Honey Dish

Here’s a cool vintage find: a green glass honey dish by Tiara. This piece is studded on the outside with all kinds of bees and related motifs, such as the bee skeps on the sides.

It is designed to serve honey in the comb, which was more common in grocery stores in past times than it is now.

Both the dish and the comb honey are elusive to find, but if you’re determined, they are out there.

I stumbled on the glass dish at a thrift store. I was surprised and happy to find it had no nicks or . . . → Read More: Tiara Glass Honey Dish – Vintage Sweet

Mikasa Mediterrania Retro Classic

Mikasa Desert Flower dinnerware

Dinnerware that shouts Retro: china in the Mediterrania product line by Mikasa qualifies. Perhaps it even sets the standard.

This salad plate in the Desert Flower pattern is a cheerful yellow, and bold. If you’re a fan of 1970s style, or mixing it up with a bohemian flair, this dinnerware is worth seeking out in vintage marketplaces and secondhand stores.

The product line includes patterns in white and a color, including black, avocado green, espresso brown, blue, gold, pink and burnt orange. There are also patterns such as Blue Bird, Petals, Capri, Dominique, Rick Rack, Tiny Bubbles and Genie.

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Happy Easter Carnival Color

Indiana glass egg plate

Iridescent carnival glass is made by applying a finish while the pressed glass is still hot, then firing it one more time to bring out a rainbow of colors.

I got out my vintage Indiana Glass deviled egg plate, in the Hobnail pattern in green. It is a cute piece, and inspirational for an Easter table display.

This dish has the colorful, carnival finish, though this piece is a 70s version of the older glassware given away at carnivals, where the name stuck (even if most of the glass was bought by admirers to brighten their homes inexpensively).

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Happy 8th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

birthday cake inspired by dinnerware

The cake is eaten, the dishes washed. It was a lovely birthday cake, and delicious, too.

I asked the bakery to use the motif and colors of the dinnerware as inspiration for the cake, and they did a wonderful job (thanks, Adam’s Cake Shop!).

The plate is from the Meadow pattern by Corelle, which I’ve written about several times before. It’s just the right note right now, for the coming spring season, with its pretty soft colors.

The ware was made for about 10 years, from the 1970s into the 1980s.

As far as I can tell, this Meadow . . . → Read More: Happy 8th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

Colorful Valentine American Whitehall

Whitehall by Colony candy dish

When I saw this teal green glass bon bon dish in the Whitehall pattern by Colony, I had to have it.

It was sitting on a glass shelf in a secondhand shop window, highlighted by the afternoon light coming through. I had already succumbed to weakness and bought the heart candy box for the BOX.

I was charmed by the colors.

The pattern of this glass dish is sometimes called American Whitehall due to its similarity to the American pattern by Fostoria. This rich teal color screams the retro 70s era to me, so I’m sure that Colony is . . . → Read More: Colorful Valentine American Whitehall

Vintage Corelle Dinnerware Old Friend

Meadow by Corelle vintage dishes

I’m reaching for my Meadow pattern by Corelle most often these days, when I go to my dish cabinet and pull out a vintage dish to use.

It’s a pretty spring pattern with pastel colors and bright green details. It was one of the early Corelle patterns in the 1970s, and it was my first dinnerware when I lived on my own back in the day.

Old meets new over and over when I treat myself to a snack using this dinnerware. Another example, when I used a Meadow plate to serve myself a saucy McRib.

These days, I . . . → Read More: Vintage Corelle Dinnerware Old Friend

Have a Vintage and Natural Christmas

Christmas platter natural elements

Grandma’s vintage Christmas platter can do extra duty as holiday décor, if you don’t need to use it to serve your special dinner.

This platter by Fine China of Japan (circa 1980s) can be the basis for a centerpiece using natural elements, like greenery, ornaments made from walnuts, and frosted tree pretzels.

The platter pattern (so far unnamed) is similar to Holly Holiday and Holly Yuletide, by the same maker. The salad plate is from the Heritage Collection by Better Homes and Gardens. Perhaps a future vintage classic?

The painted gourd luminary was handmade by an Etsy seller, Create . . . → Read More: Have a Vintage and Natural Christmas

Shop Vintage Dinnerware All Year Round

shop for vintage dinnerware

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 . . . → Read More: Shop Vintage Dinnerware All Year Round

Vintage Dishes – Just Two – What To Do?

Pairs of vintage dinnerware pieces

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?

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