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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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7 Vintage Dinnerware Favorites

Vintage Dinnerware FavoritesHow to make a list of only a few special patterns? This is a challenge.

I decided to review prior posts that have gotten the most comments so far, over the 8+ years that I’ve been writing on Diary of a Dishie.

I enjoyed this review of favorite wares. It was like stopping by a friend’s house for a chat to catch up on things!

You might like these, too. Just pour a cup of coffee or tea, and read on as you wish.

Readers had a lot to say about long-time favorites like these:

Vintage China Federalist White by Sears

Federalist by Sears. This dinnerware was made in white, two tones of yellow (Buttercup and Lemon), a blue and white pattern (Mayhill), a floral pattern (Country French), and other versions, too. Federalist by Sears has been discontinued for many years, but still has a following of dish lovers who have owned it and used it for years.

Vintage Corelle Meadow

Corelle by Corning is a favorite among buyers of both new and vintage dishes. Corelle was my first dinnerware when I got my first place. Corelle is a perennial and practical dinnerware.

Readers weighed in on some well-known dinnerware brands, too:

Vintage Noritake Buttercup

Noritake has been around for decades, and is another product that has a following of affectionate followers. Sought-after vintage patterns include a dramatic flower motif called Buttercup.

Vintage Mikasa Potters Art Ben Seibel

Mikasa is a style leader for many years. Its Potter’s Art line of stoneware has a dedicated following. This is another product line that I have in my own collection.

Another group of special wares are sweet and charming, though not as widely known as some others:

Florenteen Fantasia vintage china

Fantasia by Florenteen. This is the kind of ware your grandmother might have collected piece by piece. Fantasia is very pretty on your table, whether in a single place setting, or a full service for 12 with all the matching serving pieces.

Florenteen Fantasia Laura Ashley

Petite Fleur by Laura Ashley is a flowered pattern which was made in pink and in blue. This English dinnerware is not that easy to find, but people who love it search for it on both sides of the Atlantic.

And not to be left out, there is a glassware classic with lots of memories for a lot of people:

Big Top peanut butter goblet

Big Top was sold in the peanut butter aisle, filled with this spreadable childhood favorite. Once you ate your sandwiches, you washed out the glass goblet to use for other things. Big Top glasses were made by the thousands, with just about as many stories to tell about them.

I hope this tour of vintage china and dinnerware makes for an enjoyable trip, whether you are one of my regular readers, a newcomer who loves vintage, or exploring some new territory you never knew about before. Welcome to the world of vintage dishes!

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Grandma’s Party Dishes – Making Memories

Glass party set Orchard Crystal

When my grandmother’s estate was settled, I got her party dishes. That was what we called them: three boxes of glassware snack sets, in an unknown pattern by Orchard Crystal, a total of 12 sets.

The plain boxes, somewhat the worse for wear, did not attract anyone’s eye, but I knew what they were.

It’s not that us kids got to use these dishes, however.

My grandmother used her glass party dishes when she hosted card parties in the afternoon with her “club.” This was her special group of church women who met at each others’ houses once a . . . → Read More: Grandma’s Party Dishes – Making Memories

7 Reasons Why Corelle Keeps Its Popularity

Corelle mug Shadow Iris

Corelle dinnerware has been popular since its early days in 1970.

At our house, Corelle is the workhorse dinnerware we use first every day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We use it to serve food just cooked, as well as warming leftovers in the microwave. We like the Country Morn pattern.

Corelle is practical, hands down.

Here’s a list of reasons why we like Corelle, and others do, too:

Stylish – the Corelle line includes many patterns as well as plain white wares. It’s easy to build a matching set, or mix and match. Durable – this dinnerware . . . → Read More: 7 Reasons Why Corelle Keeps Its Popularity

A Little Gold Bling for Your Vintage Table

Vintage glassware Swedish Modern

Shiny glass in gold or amber is just right to give some extra pizzazz to your dinner table for the coming holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are not so far away on the calendar.

If glassware in gold is not on your permanent shopping list, now is a good time to add it as you hunt for other vintage items, online and in secondhand stores.

I like glass myself, because it’s easy to find (at least, as vintage items go) and flexible to use along with plates, bowls and other dinnerware pieces. It is also generally . . . → Read More: A Little Gold Bling for Your Vintage Table

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 . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware Christmas Toys

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.

. . . → Read More: Mikasa Mediterrania Retro Classic

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).

. . . → Read More: Happy Easter Carnival Color

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

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