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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Vintage Dishes – Seen in a Magazine

When I’m shopping for vintage dishes, I sometimes buy old magazines as well. Many home publications contain how-to articles that are just as “evergreen” as my favorite vintage dishes.

I can see why writers, photographers and food stylists choose to use vintage classics to show off the food in a recipe story, or illustrate the important points in articles about style.

Good design always shines!

These three example vintage dinnerware patterns all date from the 1950s and 1960s.

Paging through a copy of Taste of Home’s Cooking for Two (Summer 2016) I saw a striking photo of a . . . → Read More: Vintage Dishes – Seen in a Magazine

I Shop Vintage Christmas in July

Christmas Tree dessert tray by Spode

Vintage shopping for Christmas in July? No problem!

I had a great time visiting just three of my favorite thrift stores to see what I could find to add to my collection of holiday dinnerware. Why should new goods shoppers have Christmas in July all to themselves?

I have noticed that some thrift stores create a holiday section later in the year. Some have a mixed section all the time with Christmas, Halloween, Easter and whatever they have. Others have a dedicated Christmas goods section all year round.

I can always find Christmas goods when I look for them. . . . → Read More: I Shop Vintage Christmas in July

More Pleasure Vintage Dish Shopping

Retro china and stoneware

Any time is a good time to shop for vintage dishes, and especially now, when there seems to be more and more available in secondhand marketplaces.

Where I live, there are new stores that have opened, and the regular thrift shops are often stuffed to the max with vintage wares.

I handle my shopping via my permanent shopping list, set up with categories to help me keep some kind of focus. If I didn’t do that, I might spend half a day in a single store. A nice idea, but I do have a life outside of vintage dishes.

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7 Vintage Dinnerware Favorites

Vintage Dinnerware Favorites

How to make a list of only a few special patterns? This is a challenge.

I decided to review prior posts that have gotten the most comments so far, over the 8+ years that I’ve been writing on Diary of a Dishie.

I enjoyed this review of favorite wares. It was like stopping by a friend’s house for a chat to catch up on things!

You might like these, too. Just pour a cup of coffee or tea, and read on as you wish.

Readers had a lot to say about long-time favorites like these:

Federalist by Sears. This . . . → Read More: 7 Vintage Dinnerware Favorites

7 Reasons Why Corelle Keeps Its Popularity

Corelle mug Shadow Iris

Corelle dinnerware has been popular since its early days in 1970.

At our house, Corelle is the workhorse dinnerware we use first every day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We use it to serve food just cooked, as well as warming leftovers in the microwave. We like the Country Morn pattern.

Corelle is practical, hands down.

Here’s a list of reasons why we like Corelle, and others do, too:

Stylish – the Corelle line includes many patterns as well as plain white wares. It’s easy to build a matching set, or mix and match. Durable – this dinnerware . . . → Read More: 7 Reasons Why Corelle Keeps Its Popularity

Happy 8th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

birthday cake inspired by dinnerware

The cake is eaten, the dishes washed. It was a lovely birthday cake, and delicious, too.

I asked the bakery to use the motif and colors of the dinnerware as inspiration for the cake, and they did a wonderful job (thanks, Adam’s Cake Shop!).

The plate is from the Meadow pattern by Corelle, which I’ve written about several times before. It’s just the right note right now, for the coming spring season, with its pretty soft colors.

The ware was made for about 10 years, from the 1970s into the 1980s.

As far as I can tell, this Meadow . . . → Read More: Happy 8th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

Vintage Corelle Dinnerware Old Friend

Meadow by Corelle vintage dishes

I’m reaching for my Meadow pattern by Corelle most often these days, when I go to my dish cabinet and pull out a vintage dish to use.

It’s a pretty spring pattern with pastel colors and bright green details. It was one of the early Corelle patterns in the 1970s, and it was my first dinnerware when I lived on my own back in the day.

Old meets new over and over when I treat myself to a snack using this dinnerware. Another example, when I used a Meadow plate to serve myself a saucy McRib.

These days, I . . . → Read More: Vintage Corelle Dinnerware Old Friend

Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware Color Band Patterns

Pfaltzgraff Mountain Shadow

A reader asked me about one of the Pfaltzgraff china patterns that I showed in a prior post.

Thanks, Annie! I hope you found the color match you were looking for.

Here’s the prior post: Complete Your Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware Collection.

If a sleek, round and simple dinnerware fits your style, you might enjoy some of these Pfaltzgraff patterns. Many of them are more than 20 years old, and at least two of them, Ocean Breeze and Juniper, are still being made.

Mostly in the mid-90s to early 2000s, Pfaltzgraff produced several patterns using the same shapes. Some patterns early . . . → Read More: Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware Color Band Patterns

Easter Eggs – Vintage China

Easter eggs in vintage china

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 beautiful and colorful table setting for Easter, spring and summer holidays and other kinds of parties.

The cup and saucer is true vintage: the Vision pattern by Iroquois, designed by Ben Seibel. What a cute place setting for a Mid-Century Modern fan. Wrap up . . . → Read More: Easter Eggs – Vintage China

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

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