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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Tall Cooler Glass of Lemonade

On a hot, muggy evening, I could sure use a tall cooler glass full of lemonade. Fresh-squeezed, with just a bit of sugar.

Glasses like these, made for Corelle’s Landscape pattern, would work just fine. They have nice heavy bottoms, and hold a good 16 ounces.

Tomorrow I’ll go back to the Produce Palace and get some fragrant lemons, to keep for those humid August evenings that are sure to come. And perhaps a jar of those Sechler’s sweet lemon pickles, too, for good measure.

Handy, refreshing treats for the end of summer.

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It’s Peach Cobbler Season

It’s that time of year. Peaches are on. And they’re soooo good from the farmer’s market. You can smell them as you walk the aisles…

I have a special casserole dish that I love to use for cobbler – vintage Corning Pyrex, in the distinctive ribbed berries and twining vines of the Gooseberry pattern, in pink and white. I don’t know how long Corning made this pattern. My educated guess says it was in the 1960s or 1970s, but it is now discontinued. I got a set of three Gooseberry dishes at a “granny sale” years ago, and . . . → Read More: It’s Peach Cobbler Season

Mosser Glass is Luscious

Recently, we made an opportunity to visit Mosser Glass in Cambridge, Ohio. We’d already seen the factory on Made in America on the Travel Channel, but there’s nothing like a personal visit.

It really was like being a kid in a candy store. Only you can handle the goods if you’re careful!

We arrived in the afternoon, and had plenty of time, with the shop to ourselves. The wholesale catalog shows many items, but not everything. And we were treated to some new items, like this spooner in the Bermuda Blue color.

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Hartstone Pottery – Sweet!

This quality pottery is handmade in Zanesville, Ohio, by “the original” Hartstone.

This company has roots back to the 1970s. It went through a period of corporate ownership, and was closed.

But in a town of 25,000, the loss of 400 jobs was painful, not to mention the loss of a piece of history. Southeastern Ohio has a long history of pottery making, and most of it is gone. Roseville, McCoy, Crooksville, Shawnee and Weller are just a few of the Ohio potteries that are familiar to collectors of vintage American pottery and dinnerware.

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Restaurant ware, vintage and modern

Remember the days of swivel bar stools covered in red Naugahyde, Dixie cups and burgers in a basket? That’s where restaurant wares take us, whether modern or vintage. Back to Happy Days…

Syracuse China has been known for many years, for restaurant ware china in the vintage market, and for its modern cousins. Many people like these wares because they’re so durable. You can use restaurant ware plates to help melt the cheese on your grilled cheese sandwich, for example, without worry about the plate’s taking the heat. These heavy plates can take normal use and then some.

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Polaris Vintage Syracuse China

Syracuse china Polaris vintage dinnerware

Hard to believe it’s been so long since my last post, but it has been a busy shopping season. You could almost feel the pent-up garage sales…. waiting for the snow to go and nice weather to arrive.

One of the best things we found in our travels so far (and the summer’s not over yet) was a set of beautiful vintage china by Syracuse, from the 1960s-1970s.

The Polaris pattern has elegant platinum stars and rims, on a creamy white background. Many people associate Syracuse with restaurant, hotel and railroad wares. Polaris is one of the fine china . . . → Read More: Polaris Vintage Syracuse China

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