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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 Glassware Bohemian Style

Vintage glass for bohemian style home decor

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

Franciscan Madeira glass plum

Madeira by Franciscan, this time in glass, vs china. Like the dinnerware, the glassware version of this pattern is 1970s funky and chunky. It was made in several colors, including plum, violet, yellow, blue, green, brown, pink, red and orange. They can go with the vintage Franciscan dinnerware pattern of the same name, or not, as you wish.

Vintage glass Soreno green Anchor Hocking

Soreno by Anchor Hocking. This pattern is 1970s retro all the way! The texture on this pattern reminds me of bark. It was made in clear glass, and colors, including green, turquoise, golden amber, aquamarine and iridescent, a “carnival” finish on clear pieces.

I've been collecting the green Soreno glass for quite a while.

Indiana glass Luau vintage

Luau by Indiana Glass. This pattern is a dramatic occasional ware, for serving salad or snacks, like party mix, for a crowd. There are also punch bowls and glasses in this pattern. This striking glassware was made in several colors, including green, yellow and amberina. When you see it, it will catch your eye!

Vintage Indiana Glass is collectible for a lot of reasons.

Vintage glass Libbey retro

Impromptu by Libbey. These pieces are not marked. If you find candidates, check the telltale flare at the base of the bowl. These were made in a very 1970s smoky brown. There’s a similar pattern called Accent, also by Libbey, in lighter colored glass.

One of the best things about retro Libbey glass is that there are a lot of pieces types and quantity out there to be found.

Challenges of Buying Vintage Glassware

I have a few tips to keep in mind, especially if you’re planning to use your vintage finds:

  • Assume all glassware has a chip or crack, until proved otherwise. My fingers are best for evaluating a potential purchase, but be careful. Avoiding cuts is the reason for this kind of inspection.
  • Look for a foggy, dull surface, which I call dishwasher haze. This will disappear when the piece is wet, and return when it dries. It comes from washing vintage glass in the dishwasher, and/or using detergents that contain lemon. If you’re going to use these pieces and keep them shiny and pristine, plan on hand washing.
  • Learn the patterns, because you won’t be able to rely on marks. Most of the glassware you find out there in the secondary markets won’t have marks, stickers or boxes. If they do, then that’s wonderful. One big reason that glass doesn’t sell as well as it could (and that it’s still there when you come along) is because it’s challenging to identify the makers and patterns.
  • Look up when shopping in the thrift store for glass! A lot of wonderful pieces are placed on the top shelf to keep them out of harm’s way from little fingers.

Most of all, enjoy the hunt. Smart phones make it easier to keep track of your collection, and to identify what your found. I go with my gut and my eye. If you like it, it will suit your style and add something to the vintage glassware collection you’re building.

Lots to love in the world of vintage glassware!

More about vintage china patterns for bohemian style in my prior post.

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Vintage Dinnerware for Bohemian Style

Bohemian style vintage dishes

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

Blueberry Scones Vintage Syracuse China

Scones vintage Syracuse china

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

Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware Color Band Patterns

Pfaltzgraff Mountain Shadow

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

Starburst Search Vintage Franciscan China

Starburst Franciscan china

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

Vintage Dinnerware Repurposed for Earth Day

Lenox china vintage sugar bowl popcorn

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

A Trifle Tweaked in a Vintage Glass Bowl

vintage salad bowl trifle dessert

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

Easter Eggs – Vintage China

Easter eggs in vintage china

Well, mostly vintage. The Fiesta mug in the upper left is about 10 years old. The beauty of this dinnerware is its vintage look, but you can buy them in quantity.

This peacock blue would be great on your Easter dinner table. And there are lots of other colors in Fiesta that work for a beautiful and colorful table setting for Easter, spring and summer holidays and other kinds of parties.

The cup and saucer is true vintage: the Vision pattern by Iroquois, designed by Ben Seibel. What a cute place setting for a Mid-Century Modern fan. Wrap up . . . → Read More: Easter Eggs – Vintage China

How Much is Vintage Dinnerware Worth?

Vintage dinnerware Franciscan Maytime

I get this question a lot: What is the value of a certain pattern of vintage china.

The short answer is the same as for other antiques and collectibles: whatever someone will pay you for it.

There are places to research the prices others have used when listing these dishes for sale. Sites like Replacements, eBay, Etsy, TIAS and others are all available to get an idea.

Whether the dinnerware will sell for those prices, however, is an open question.

That depends on demand for those particular patterns and styles, a subjective element.

Was the pattern or shape created . . . → Read More: How Much is Vintage Dinnerware Worth?

All About the Green – Vintage Tableware

retro glassware and Corelle

When it comes to St. Patrick Day’s, if your dinner table is wearing green today, you have a lot of choices in vintage dinnerware and glassware. These are just a few examples.

Just choose your favorites. Greens are easy to mix and match.

Green also works for Easter, and for the spring season in general. If it’s your favorite color, so much the better!

(I just couldn’t resist the green Peep!)

In the photo, I have a Corelle salad plate in the Spring Blossom pattern, with a border of green flowers along the edge. This is one of the . . . → Read More: All About the Green – Vintage Tableware

Happy 7th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

Diary of a Dishie birthday glassware

Time to wish my vintage china blog another happy birthday!

For year No. 7, I decided to go with some vintage clear glass, a theme that’s a little more Big Girl than some of the prior, younger years. Just like you might have something new when your daughter reaches the seventh birthday milestone.

I’ve got a soft spot for glassware, especially the beautiful vintage pieces you can find in any thrift store or estate sale.

Glass is tough, because so much of it is not marked. I cannot tell you (yet) the names of the patterns for the pieces . . . → Read More: Happy 7th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

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