Halloween tableware

Halloween – Bones of a Table Setting

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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Retro green glass pickle or relish dish

A Weakness for Pickle Dishes

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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Halloween dishes and candy

Time to Enjoy a Halloween Table Setting

  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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Elegant china Noritake Sakura pattern

Are Downton Abbey Dishes Your Style?

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 orange juice glasses

Federal Glass Vintage Mugs and Tumblers

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

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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Salad dessert plate American as Apple Pie

Patriotic Dinnerware – Festive Summer Table Setting

Designer Warren Kimble has drawn on folk themes and Americana to create charming dinnerware patterns. They’re timeless when it comes to a table setting focused on red, white and blue. Solid color plates and glasses are easy to use when putting together a 4th of July, Labor Day or other holiday party table. But I […]

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Stoneware ccreamer Hello Spring pattern by Noritake

Welcome Spring With Vintage Noritake China

Hello Spring is the name of a vintage Noritake dinnerware pattern, from the 1970s. It’s funky and chunky, representative of the full-on design sensibility of that era. We call it retro these days. The yellow flower especially makes me feel happy. I also enjoy the handcrafted feel of the stoneware, along with the big, orange […]

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Vingate Royal Doulton cups Fireglow china

I Bought The Orphan Cups

Tips to use mismatched cups and saucers for an eclectic table setting If you shop thrift stores for dinnerware, you’ve probably done it, too. You just have to have those darling, charming, funky, lovely, delicate, classy, retro or just plain wonderful vintage cups in the store, even though the saucers are nowhere to be found. […]

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Hartstone Pottery Cheyenne stoneware

Found: Hartstone Pottery Dinnerware Accessory

I added a candle holder in the Cheyenne pattern by Hartstone to my collection this week. I was almost jumping when I saw it on the thrift store shelf. Hartstone Pottery is heavy, durable stoneware, made in the USA. You never know what you will find on a day of thrift store shopping. I was […]

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