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.

I talk about Dishes

Milk Cookies Mikasa

Vintage Mikasa stoneware

I’ve been collecting Mikasa stoneware from the 1970s. I love the designs. Only thing is, I don’t usually find more than a few pieces at a time.

I like to use my dinnerware. Here’s another excuse to get more creative, and imagine a table setting using this beautiful dinnerware in different patterns.

While I use my single pieces for special snacks, like this plate of snickerdoodles and milk.

Fortunately, Mikasa made this process easier, by creating product lines like Natural Beauty, designed for mix and match.

This group has a lot of different patterns within it, based around a common theme of garden flowers and fruit motifs.

Set the table like planting a flower garden or an orchard. Charming!

These are just some of the patterns this vintage Mikasa dinnerware line:

  • California Poppies
  • Petit Fleur
  • Southern Sun
  • Cornflower
  • Happy Holidays
  • Marmalade
  • Treesweet
  • Crabapple
  • Bountiful
  • Sugar Plums
  • Fruit Cocktail

This is china from the 1970s, not the newer line of Natural Beauty that Mikasa brought out in the 1980s. If you see the pieces, you’ll notice the differences right away. The earlier patterns are heavier and use bolder colors. The later collection is more delicate and the patterns are pale in comparison.

I’ll buy every piece I can find, when it’s in good condition and a reasonable price.

I also like the similar Cordon Bleu line, produced around the same time period.

When I only have a piece or two, those special places can be for snacks, like a good pile of cookies and milk. A snack for one, for an evening by the computer or watching a movie.

Vintage Mikasa looks best to me when I’m enjoying the use of this beautiful retro china.

Mikasa dinnerware milk and cookies

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Vintage Tableware for Bohemian Style

Bohemian style vintage tableware

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

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

Madeira by Franciscan, this time in glass, vs china. Like the . . . → Read More: Vintage Glassware Bohemian Style

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?

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