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Holiday Dinnerware On Your List?

November 22, 2014 | No Comments

I’ve been in the grocery store a lot lately, and seen ladies with their lists, checking off the items they need for their holiday party menus. (Sorry guys. I know some of you plan, too.) They are planning for the food they’ll serve for special days coming soon: Thanksgiving and Christmas among them. I wonder […]

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Timeless White Dinnerware

November 14, 2014 | No Comments

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 […]

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Thanksgiving is Coming – Tiara Honey Box

November 8, 2014 | 4 Comments

Time to bring out the Thanksgiving dishes, like your vintage amber glassware.   This Tiara honey box is from the 1970s, when Harvest Gold was a popular fashion color, in glassware, cookware and even appliances. In a modern table setting, the warm color complements more contemporary dinnerware and glassware patterns. And we love the bee […]

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Halloween – Bones of a Table Setting

October 29, 2014 | No Comments

Halloween is near, and it’s time to raid the cupboards for some dishes to use as the “bones” of your table setting, whether for a dinner, a party, or a casual snack.   The bulk of your table setting – the plates, cups and bowls – can be as close as your kitchen. One of […]

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Confessions of a Dish Flipper

October 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

I’m a dish flipper, no doubt about it. Dinnerware is my weakness. My collection of plates, glasses and mugs has outgrown the kitchen cabinet space, moved into other rooms, and headed off toward the hoarders end of the spectrum. Since you’re here, you know that I’ve been writing about, and for a few years selling, […]

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Warm Dinnerware for Cool Entertaining

October 21, 2014 | No Comments

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 […]

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A Weakness for Pickle Dishes

November 4, 2013 | No Comments

When I see a glass pickle dish on the shelf, in a thrift store or perhaps at a sale, I have to look at it. I’m three-quarters of the way to buying it before I even pick it up. I love these things, because I love to use them to serve pickles – for holiday […]

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Time to Enjoy a Halloween Table Setting

October 31, 2013 | No Comments

  Whether you’re serving candy corn or pizza, some colorful dishes can bring sparkle to your table for Halloween, and for parties on the day or the weekend after. It’s also an opportunity, once again, to play with mix and match table setting ideas. Here I’ve brought in my very favorite Poultrygeist mug. He turns […]

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Are Downton Abbey Dishes Your Style?

September 16, 2013 | 26 Comments

Why I won’t have a Downton Abbey dinnerware set, but you might want to. I like mixing my collection of vintage dinnerware and glassware, to create different table settings. That doesn’t mean I don’t use classic china dishes, just that my party style is eclectic. One important element of an authentic Downton Abbey table is […]

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Federal Glass Vintage Mugs and Tumblers

September 9, 2013 | No Comments

Federal Glass was the maker of eye-catching, now vintage glassware, and pieces are still fairly easy to find in secondary marketplaces. I especially notice the drinking glasses, tumblers and coffee mugs that I see in my travels. Thrift stores often have long rows of glass items, displayed on open shelves. Look for colorful clear tumblers […]

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Mount Vernon coffee pot Harmony House Sears

A Classy Vintage Coffee Pot

August 28, 2013 | 4 Comments

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 […]

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