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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Mikasa Mediterrania Retro Classic

Mikasa Desert Flower dinnerware

Dinnerware that shouts Retro: china in the Mediterrania product line by Mikasa qualifies. Perhaps it even sets the standard.

This salad plate in the Desert Flower pattern is a cheerful yellow, and bold. If you’re a fan of 1970s style, or mixing it up with a bohemian flair, this dinnerware is worth seeking out in vintage marketplaces and secondhand stores.

The product line includes patterns in white and a color, including black, avocado green, espresso brown, blue, gold, pink and burnt orange. There are also patterns such as Blue Bird, Petals, Capri, Dominique, Rick Rack, Tiny Bubbles and Genie.

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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.

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Noritake Buttercup Features Big Vintage Color

Buttercups are bold? They are when they are featured on dinnerware from the vintage Craftone line by Noritake. Many of the patterns in this product line are decorated with big, dramatic flowers.

Many dinnerware patterns from the 1970s have something bold about them. Many of those are classic retro in shape or color, like another Noritake product line Primastone, which is made in stoneware. These pieces have chunky handles and rich glaze colors.

Craftone is a lighter china with a glassy, shiny glaze. Most patterns in this line were produced in the mid to late 1970s. These are the . . . → Read More: Noritake Buttercup Features Big Vintage Color

Vintage Noritake Meets Jell-O, Makes Retro Style

Vintage Noritake china Stephanie Marguerite Jello

When my sister visited recently from the UK, I made several of our old family favorite foods, including orange gelatin dessert. Some products that we take for granted here, like fruit flavored gelatin, are difficult to obtain in other countries.

And it’s the food that sometimes makes a place feel like home.

Of course, we had to get into the pretty dishes as well, and two vintage Noritake patterns came to mind as cute fruit bowls to serve this food.

Stephanie is a blue and white pattern in Noritake’s Progression line. To my mind, it is based on the . . . → Read More: Vintage Noritake Meets Jell-O, Makes Retro Style

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