Pfaltzgraff Love: Tips to Complete Your Dinnerware Collection

Detail Valley View Pfaltzgraff dinnerware

Pfaltzgraff china Valley ViewPfaltzgraff china fans are passionate. They love their dinnerware patterns. Dish lovers of all kinds understand when Pfaltzgraff owners change out their kitchen cabinets, bringing in their spring, summer, fall or winter china patterns when the season change, like the rest of us ordinary folks change our clothes closets.

Dishies understand, too, about owning several sets of china.

Some Pfaltzgraff lovers have decorated their kitchens with their special patterns, right down to the rugs, the breadbox and the light switch plates.

People who enjoy Pfaltzgraff appreciate the classic patterns and sturdy manufacture of the stoneware. This china was American made for many years, and there are collectors seeking out the ware from around 1990 and earlier, similar to those who seek out the older Fiesta by Homer Laughlin.

In popular patterns like Yorktown, Tea Rose, Heritage and Winterberry, Pfaltzgraff has made hundreds of different accessory pieces over the years to go with the dinnerware, including flatware, storage canisters, cookware, plastic ware and other accessories.

Yes, even rugs, wallpaper borders and switch plates.

However, if you own some of the less popular, discontinued stoneware patterns like Valley View or Mountain Shadow, or the fine china in patterns like Yuletide or Secrets that were made briefly in the late 1980s or early 1990s, then you have your work cut out for you to complete or add to your table settings.

How can you find more of your cherished china?

  • Internet-based retail outlets are a great place to look (like us!). A Google search on Pfaltzgraff and the pattern name should bring you listings on eBay, Bonanzle and many other web-based retail outlets.
  • Some websites have Want It Now or registries, where you can sign up for email notification when more of your discontinued dinnerware pattern arrives.
  • Websites can also help you connect with locally available stock. Classifieds ads on newspaper websites or on CraigsList allow people to advertise items they have for sale. Sellers may not want to ship china, and someone in your area may have exactly what you’re looking for.
  • People who want to downsize and give away china they’re not longer using may post on FreeCycle, a network of free online membership groups that you can subscribe to, based on where you live. These groups are available in many metropolitan areas, and can also be found by a Google search using terms FreeCycle and your city name.
  • Traditional, local sources like thrift stores, rummage and garage sales, are also a good source, if you have time and a pair of sturdy walking shoes. The biggest danger here may be the other tempting wares you’ll find along the way.

No matter which Pfaltzgraff patterns you enjoy, there’s nothing so satisfying as finding those last two dinner plates, fruit bowls, or the stove top salt and pepper shakers you’ve been needing to complete your set.

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