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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Tiara Glass Honey Dish – Vintage Sweet

Tiara Glass Honey Dish

Here’s a cool vintage find: a green glass honey dish by Tiara. This piece is studded on the outside with all kinds of bees and related motifs, such as the bee skeps on the sides.

It is designed to serve honey in the comb, which was more common in grocery stores in past times than it is now.

Both the dish and the comb honey are elusive to find, but if you’re determined, they are out there.

I stumbled on the glass dish at a thrift store. I was surprised and happy to find it had no nicks or . . . → Read More: Tiara Glass Honey Dish – Vintage Sweet

Happy Easter Carnival Color

Indiana glass egg plate

Iridescent carnival glass is made by applying a finish while the pressed glass is still hot, then firing it one more time to bring out a rainbow of colors.

I got out my vintage Indiana Glass deviled egg plate, in the Hobnail pattern in green. It is a cute piece, and inspirational for an Easter table display.

This dish has the colorful, carnival finish, though this piece is a 70s version of the older glassware given away at carnivals, where the name stuck (even if most of the glass was bought by admirers to brighten their homes inexpensively).

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All About the Green – Vintage Tableware

retro glassware and Corelle

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 spring season in general. If it’s your favorite color, so much the better!

(I just couldn’t resist the green Peep!)

In the photo, I have a Corelle salad plate in the Spring Blossom pattern, with a border of green flowers along the edge. This . . . → Read More: All About the Green – Vintage Tableware

Thanksgiving is Coming – Tiara Honey Box

Tiara glass honey box Indiana

Time to bring out the Thanksgiving dishes, like vintage amber glassware.

This Tiara amber 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 patterns.

And we love the bee motif, too.

One or a few pieces can add to your centerpiece or buffet decoration, for Thanksgiving or other winter holidays.

Finding Tiara

These Tiara glass serving pieces are not terribly common, but if you shop year round for your vintage dinnerware and glassware, they are available in . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving is Coming – Tiara Honey Box

Deviled Egg Plates | Serve a Classic Dish

Deviled eggs on Hartstone egg plate Rustic Apple

Who would have thought, a National Deviled Egg Day, devoted to one of the most popular appetizers ever to make it to a Midwest holiday feast?

We always had deviled eggs at home, at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter especially, and for other special family gatherings, too. Couldn’t put them out too early, though, because they would start disappearing well before dinner time.

I never knew there weren’t special plates made to serve them, because this dish was so popular in my world growing up.

When it comes to the best deviled egg plates, the more spaces the better. My mother . . . → Read More: Deviled Egg Plates | Serve a Classic Dish

Glass Relish Dishes and China for Serving Pickles

glass and china pickle or relish dishes

Glass relish dishes, and china ones, too, have been a mainstay of holiday dinner tables for many years. Because, you need them to serve the pickles!

At home, we always had a relish tray for any holiday or special occasion. Pickles and deviled eggs were favorites on the menu.

A relish tray can include lots of different finger foods. The choices include pickles (sweet or dill, homemade or commercial) in all shapes and flavors. Then there’s pickled watermelon rind, cocktail onions, radishes, carrot and celery sticks, olives, dilly beans, pickled beets – you get the idea.

And that doesn’t include . . . → Read More: Glass Relish Dishes and China for Serving Pickles

Why Use Vintage Dinnerware

Oreo cookies served on vintage glass nappy

I’ve been looking at lots of vintage dinnerware lately, most in connection with vintage weddings. Then a new cookie came on the market, and the contrast between old and new struck me.

Why do people in modern times, this 21st century, want to use vintage dishes, glassware and other tableware? Why create a new twist, based on something old?

It seems obvious when you think about the Oreo cookie, nearly 100 years old. They create the newest riff based on a proven winner and produce the Triple Double.

Yet when it comes to dinnerware and glass, what’s up with . . . → Read More: Why Use Vintage Dinnerware

Indiana Glass | Style Old and New

vintage Indiana glass

Indiana Glass was made for so long that the available styles cover a number of timeless design trends.

While much of the glass produced by Indiana is now vintage, the styles are still relevant, making this glassware a good candidate for today’s table settings.

This beautiful glassware can fit into many table setting themes and color schemes, as styles come and go over time.

Just look at the modern and traditional contrast of only two patterns made during the 100-year life of this company.

The large piece is a salad serving bowl in the Luau pattern. This item is . . . → Read More: Indiana Glass | Style Old and New

Depression Glass – Pyramid Pattern Offers Sleek Style

The Depression glass pattern called Pyramid was produced by Indiana Glass in Dunkirk, Ind. From 1926 to 1932, in various colors, including green. Most are serving pieces, such as this creamer and sugar on a carrying stand.

I bought this set around 1980 at the Shipshewana flea market as a gift for my mother. She was collecting Depression glass at that time. (Those were the days, more like a giant garage sale with lots of people clearing out from homes and barns, and selling out of the backs of cars and pick-up trucks.)

In a wave of recent downsizing, . . . → Read More: Depression Glass – Pyramid Pattern Offers Sleek Style

Rare Tiara Decanter in Blue – Estate Find

We were out and about last week, and found this classy glass decanter and matching tray in the Bicentennial Blue color, Sandwich pattern, by Tiara.

Tiara was sold at home parties, and made by Indiana Glass in Dunkirk, Indiana. One of its most extensively made patterns was No. 170, called Sandwich or Early American.

This pattern harkens back to the early glass makers in Sandwich, Mass. The pattern has stylized flowers and swirls and is quite charming. The Tiara ware is properly called Sandwich Pattern, vs. Sandwich Glass, for the glassware made by companies in and around Sandwich, Mass.

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