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Starburst Franciscan china

Starburst Search Vintage Franciscan China

June 18, 2015 | 4 Comments

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 […]

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Lenox china vintage sugar bowl popcorn

Vintage Dinnerware Repurposed for Earth Day

April 22, 2015 | 2 Comments

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 place settings, or just enjoy the style of […]

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vintage salad bowl trifle dessert

A Trifle Tweaked in a Vintage Glass Bowl

April 9, 2015 | No Comments

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 […]

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Easter eggs in vintage china

Easter Eggs – Vintage China

March 28, 2015 | No Comments

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 […]

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Vintage dinnerware Franciscan Maytime

How Much is Vintage Dinnerware Worth?

March 20, 2015 | No Comments

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, […]

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retro glassware and Corelle

All About the Green – Vintage Tableware

March 17, 2015 | No Comments

When it comes to St. Patrick Day’s (and other “green” holidays), if your dinner table is wearing green today, you have a lot of choices in vintage dinnerware and glassware. These are just a few examples. Just choose your favorites. Greens are easy to mix and match. Green also works for Easter, and for the […]

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Diary of a Dishie birthday glassware

Happy 7th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

February 27, 2015 | No Comments

Time to wish my vintage china blog another happy birthday! For year No. 7, I decided to go with some vintage clear glass, a theme that’s a little more Big Girl than some of the prior, younger years. Just like you might have something new when your daughter reaches the seventh birthday milestone. I’ve got […]

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Noritake china mark

Vintage Dinnerware Look Alikes

February 22, 2015 | No Comments

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 […]

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vintage china Franciscan 1960s

Vintage China in Pastels – Bring Spring

February 11, 2015 | 4 Comments

I just cannot resist those trays of Danish sweet rolls at Costco. And what better way to serve them in sweet, small bites than some vintage dessert plates?   In this case, the plates are in the Maytime pattern by Franciscan. This is an uncommon pattern, from the 1960s, during the period when Gladding McBean […]

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Pfaltzgraff Village vintage dinnerware

Vintage Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware New Old Friends

January 31, 2015 | No Comments

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 […]

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Vintage dinnerware for holiday table setting

Vintage China Goes Blue, Silver and Gold for Christmas

December 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

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 that are popular for the holiday season. If you like to base […]

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