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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Ben Around Every Corner

Iroquois china vintage cup saucer Vision Ben Seibel

Ben Seibel, that is.

Small towns in the American Midwest might not be the first place you’d think of to find modern design classics. But Ben Seibel Design dinnerware has been around for more than 50 years, and you never know…

On the dish trail last week, we found a bit of Ben in one of those unexpected places. It had “good dirt” on it, which means to me it was stored in newspapers, out of harm’s way, in a garage or attic for many years.

Iroquois (of Syracuse, New York) produced some Ben Seibel designs in the 1950s, like . . . → Read More: Ben Around Every Corner

Spice of Life, more than a dish pattern

Spice of Life casserole

There’s an urban legend among some sellers, that when you handle an item in your inventory, it will sell soon.

So I had this Corning Ware casserole in the Spice of Life pattern. I picked it up to give it a home on a shelf. Within an hour, it sold. Spice of Life is a popular pattern, discontinued in the 1980s. But there’s more to the story…

At my mother’s house for Thanksgiving, we discussed oyster dressing. Not a dish we had at home, but my stepfather likes it. My mother said she’d like to . . . → Read More: Spice of Life, more than a dish pattern

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