Do you love vintage dishes? I know I do!
I’m Kimbesa, and I collect and enjoy using vintage china and glassware. I used to sell online, and I learned a lot from that. (The more I find, the more there is to find out!)
If you’re enthusiastic about vintage dishes, I hope you’ll find some things here to enjoy, too.
I started writing this blog several years ago, to talk about discoveries and treasures from my travels.
I thought that other people would benefit from seeing what I’d found. (I still look at other people’s shopping carts in the store, too, because I’m snoopy to see what they found…)
Vintage dishes – a broad topic - to be shared!
To me, this includes dinnerware, glassware, flatware and recipes, too. If it goes on the dinner table or buffet, is used to serve the food or decorate it, that’s part of the subject.
I like to use my stuff. I’m game to consider anything that can be an element of a table setting or party experience.
There are so many cool dishes out there to be had.
That’s one reason why I’m big on my permanent shopping list, where I keep track of the patterns and piece types I’m looking for. I recommend it, and it’s so easy to do now, on your phone.
The thrill of the hunt never seems to fade, and if you keep searching, you will find it!
Not that I limit myself only to that list…
Now that you’re here, please feel free to look around the site, or use the search box if there’s something specific you are looking for. As I’m writing today, there are more than 275 posts. (So many good vintage dishes to enjoy!)
These days, with so many people downsizing, there is a lot out there to be found, both online and on the ground.
Anyone can have a great time shopping for vintage dishes, for any reason, like these:
- Build a wonderful collections of dishes to create fabulous table settings. The dinnerware becomes a conversation starter. It’s like painting, only with dinnerware, glassware and table accessories instead of watercolors or oils.
- Make a party or family event even more fun. Riff off a favorite theme that’s dear to you or the guest of honor.
- Add to or re-create mom’s or grandma’s dish collection. Reminisce about times gone by and create some new memories around favorite foods and dishes.
- Collect the perfect set for any theme party you have in mind. Name a color, season, style, era, movie or TV show, and there are dishes to use to create the look and serve the foods appropriate to it.
How do I decide what to buy?
If I like it, and it catches my eye, I’m looking it over. The pieces I buy – maybe it’s another piece in a pattern I collect and use. It could be because I can see how I can mix and match it with other pieces I have, or I want it to make something that I already have more usable.
It might be just the right size and pattern for a certain use. Or it could be a piece of Grandma's china and it reminds me of her apple pie.
I’ll bet you do the same thing!
If space and funds were unlimited, I’d have sets and sets of dishes – real sets, service for 12 – of every maker and pattern I choose. My walls would be lined with glass display cases, sparkling with china plates and cups, radiant under LED lights.
All my rooms would look like the China Room in the White House.
I do have to be selective, but I have enough storage space to keep the collections I want. On the pages of this blog, I can enjoy a lot more.
If you like what you’re finding here, feel free to explore. I’ve grown this site with lots of posts and photos for you to savor, and to give you ideas for your next table setting, buffet or party.
I hope this site will also help you find what you want to add to your own dish collection.
There are links on every page to suggested additional posts, as well as comment fields (which I moderate to keep off people who are not interested in dishes).
Feel free to share your favorite posts on your Facebook page (or Pin them), so your friends can see the beautiful things you’ve found.
Thanks for stopping by…come back anytime!