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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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

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?

Vintage Dinnerware Look Alikes

Noritake china mark

A question from a reader, Beck, prompts this post. Do you ever see dishes in the marketplace that look a lot like your favorite pattern?

And, when you flip, you see a frilly scroll mark with “made in China” under it.

Probably not the match to grandma’s china.

I’ve seen this kind of mark on dishes a number of times in my travels. I’ve never bought them, though they look perfectly fine.

When I want my favorite patterns and brands, I know the marks to look for.

Beck’s grandma’s china reminded me of a Noritake pattern that I’ve seen, . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware Look Alikes

Vintage Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware New Old Friends

Pfaltzgraff Village vintage dinnerware

Old friends come in the form of vintage dinnerware, as well as people. They are the china and dishes that you remember from childhood, from grandma’s house, or those pieces and patterns that connect to happy memories from days gone by.

Pfaltzgraff makes a number of patterns that have been made for more than 40 years, including the Village pattern platter in the photo.

This warm custard yellow china platter, with a brown verge and folk art-inspired motif, is just one of my “finds” from recent thrift store shopping.

I like the inviting colors, which work well with a . . . → Read More: Vintage Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware New Old Friends

Vintage China Goes Blue, Silver and Gold

Vintage dinnerware for holiday table setting

Two of my favorite vintage china patterns are based on calm and classic color palettes that work well for a holiday table setting.

Why? Because blue, silver and gold – on a white background – work so well with the monochromatic color palettes I like for the holiday season.

If you like to base your holiday décor around these colors, and enjoy vintage dinnerware, you might like these dishes, too.

The subtle details in these dinnerware patterns caught my eye from the first time I saw them: the silver, blue and pine elements in Duchess by Style House, and the . . . → Read More: Vintage China Goes Blue, Silver and Gold

Timeless White Dinnerware

white dinnerware

The simple beauty of white dinnerware is classic. You cannot go wrong with a table setting based on this elegant color.

Some tones are creamy, some are bright, but no matter the specific white shade, the impression is understated and refined. The differences in the white tones give texture to your table setting, when you mix different wares together.

I also like the way that food looks on white and light-colored dinnerware, because I enjoy how tasty it looks, as a prelude to eating!

Monochromatic color schemes are calming, too, whether on your dinner table or elsewhere in your home.

. . . → Read More: Timeless White Dinnerware

Warm Dinnerware for Cool Entertaining

fall dinnerware vintage new

Vintage dinnerware mixes with new china just fine, when it comes to setting your table for the fall season.

Homecoming by Noritake is one of my favorite vintage patterns, and the new pumpkin plate by Better Homes & Gardens works so well with it.

I could bring in some colorful leaves, to add to a table setting in the fall, to go along with dinnerware sets that have the colors and motifs of the season.

Autumn color palettes and motifs are the ideal ingredients for a beautiful, seasonal table setting.

Bold and warm fall colors are popular, and the . . . → Read More: Warm Dinnerware for Cool Entertaining

A Classy Vintage Coffee Pot

Mount Vernon coffee pot Harmony House Sears

Ever uncover a vintage find and say, “That’s mine” out loud? An outstanding china coffee pot did it for me. Mount Vernon, Harmony House by Hall.

This piece is not like my usual thrift store finds. It must have just been put on the shelf when I saw it. Fluted and scroll details, gold rims and footed shape.

That coffee pot was in my cart for review in seconds. Coupons helped me take it home at a very good price.

When I looked it up later, I found that the Mount Vernon pattern was made for Harmony House by Hall, . . . → Read More: A Classy Vintage Coffee Pot

Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Garden theme dishes

Itchy for green outdoors? Start indoors, with a table setting of garden theme dishes!

Earth Day is on Monday this year.

That makes this weekend an ideal time to bring out the summer-y garden and floral dishes, to satisfy your need to enjoy growing things.

Start with any green dishes or glassware you might already have.

Add on the quantity, or piece types, you need based on how you’ll use your dishes, and your menu.

Do you need serving pieces, or just place settings?

All Greens Are Not Created Equal

Most greens can be mixed and matched to create a . . . → Read More: Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Enjoy Traditional Blue and White Dinnerware

Blue and white dinnerware is popular for both traditional and causal table settings. These colors convey a crisp and calm vibe. Blue is a favorite color. Why not jump at the chance to use more of it when closing dinnerware for daily use and for entertaining.

The world of traditional dinnerware has expanded beyond what it may have been in past decades, to include a broader spectrum that runs from more formal to more casual. When you think about your table setting — and want to keep it in the traditional style – you have a larger panorama to consider.

. . . → Read More: Enjoy Traditional Blue and White Dinnerware

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