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 Violets and Birthday Cake

Birthday cake and vintage china plates

Another year older: Happy Birthday, Diary of a Dishie!

I found these pretty dessert plates with violets on them, February’s birthday flower. Looks like a few white primroses, too, on a white background with gold rims.

This pattern is called Beverly and was made by Aichi China in Japan. I’m not familiar with this maker, though my research shows they have made other floral dinnerware motifs, available through vintage dinnerware outlets.

This pattern is typical of vintage dinnerware designs from the 1950s and 1960s.

There are lots of floral dinnerware patterns available among vintage wares. I only found . . . → Read More: Vintage Violets and Birthday Cake

Christmas Roses – Sweet Briar and Cheesecake

Vintage china dessert plate with cheesecake

Vintage china featuring a rose motif is a classic choice for Christmas and wintertime entertaining.

The colors are traditional. Designs that feature shiny metallic rims add bling, as do the gold rim and verge line on this petite dessert plate.

The Sweet Briar pattern by Princess makes dessert even sweeter. This is a vintage pattern dating back to the 1950s, and is still available in secondary marketplaces. The high quality ware was made in the USA.

The timeless design makes this one worth seeking out, especially if you like traditional or floral table settings.

I’m serving cheesecake on this . . . → Read More: Christmas Roses – Sweet Briar and Cheesecake

Vintage Dinnerware Christmas Toys

Vintage Salem china candle holders

It’s time to plan for holiday dinnerware, especially if you’re using vintage patterns. The special pieces you want to use for your menu, and to enhance your table setting, can take time to find.

These candle holders in the Noel pattern by Salem (made in Japan) are the kind of sweet little addition to add charm to your holiday table setting.

The applied pattern – a Christmas tree with toys and packages tucked below – is used on some other vintage dinnerware patterns. This means you can mix and match them with other, similar holiday patterns, or any pattern . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware Christmas Toys

Have a Vintage and Natural Christmas

Christmas platter natural elements

Grandma’s vintage Christmas platter can do extra duty as holiday décor, if you don’t need to use it to serve your special dinner.

This platter by Fine China of Japan (circa 1980s) can be the basis for a centerpiece using natural elements, like greenery, ornaments made from walnuts, and frosted tree pretzels.

The platter pattern (so far unnamed) is similar to Holly Holiday and Holly Yuletide, by the same maker. The salad plate is from the Heritage Collection by Better Homes and Gardens. Perhaps a future vintage classic?

The painted gourd luminary was handmade by an Etsy seller, Create . . . → Read More: Have a Vintage and Natural Christmas

Vintage Dishes – Just Two – What To Do?

Pairs of vintage dinnerware pieces

I like to use my vintage china. One challenge: setting a table for a group, when I only have a few of the piece types I want to use to serve the foods I’ve cooked.

What can you do, when you have only two?

Secondary marketplaces are spotty in their detailed offerings. Yes, there’s lots of vintage dinnerware and glassware out there. No, the pattern you’re looking for can be tough to find.

If you have (or want) only two of a kind, there are ways you can use them:

Dinner for two. Set a romantic, charming table when . . . → Read More: Vintage Dishes – Just Two – What To Do?

Blueberry Scones Vintage Syracuse China

Scones vintage Syracuse china

Why should pie have all the fun?

Blueberries are in season, and these scones are easy to make. Quick to bake, too, so the house doesn’t heat up.

And, I get a chance to use one of my vintage favorites: a pie plate in the Lancaster pattern by Syracuse, vintage china from the 1950s.

If you like hand painted charm and folk patterns, this could be one for your vintage shopping list.

I like them for their generous size, too, about 9 inches in diameter.

I’ve written about these Syracuse china pie plates before.

As for my scones, I . . . → Read More: Blueberry Scones Vintage Syracuse China

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

Vintage Dinnerware Repurposed for Earth Day

Lenox china vintage sugar bowl popcorn

Earth Day is every day when you continue using your vintage china and glassware!

Most dinnerware is not recyclable, nor is broken glass or Pyrex.

Yet you can keep using those old dishes and glasses in different ways to jazz up your table setting, made up eclectic table settings, or just enjoy the style of something from decades past.

Of course, if you’re using vintage dishes to serve food, choose only those pieces that are in good condition. The cracked, crazed or chipped pieces (in most cases) can be garden ornaments, planters or the container for a floral arrangement . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware Repurposed for Earth Day

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

How Much is Vintage Dinnerware Worth?

Vintage dinnerware Franciscan Maytime

I get this question a lot: What is the value of a certain pattern of vintage china.

The short answer is the same as for other antiques and collectibles: whatever someone will pay you for it.

There are places to research the prices others have used when listing these dishes for sale. Sites like Replacements, eBay, Etsy, TIAS and others are all available to get an idea.

Whether the dinnerware will sell for those prices, however, is an open question.

That depends on demand for those particular patterns and styles, a subjective element.

Was the pattern or shape created . . . → Read More: How Much is Vintage Dinnerware Worth?

Vintage China in Pastels – Bring Spring

vintage china Franciscan 1960s

I just cannot resist those trays of Danish sweet rolls at Costco. And what better way to serve them in sweet, small bites than some vintage dessert plates?

In this case, the plates are in the Maytime pattern by Franciscan.

This is an uncommon pattern, from the 1960s, during the period when Gladding McBean produced Franciscan in the USA. Retro style and pretty colors. What’s not to like?

Why Pastels?

Just some of the reasons I can think of, why pastels remain popular: Light color palette has an open, springy feel Sweet colors complement and soften details of other . . . → Read More: Vintage China in Pastels – Bring Spring

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