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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A Classy Vintage Coffee Pot

Mount Vernon coffee pot Harmony House Sears

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 and footed shape.

That coffee pot was in my cart for review in seconds. Coupons helped me take it home at a very good price.

When I looked it up later, I found that the Mount Vernon pattern was made for Harmony House by Hall, . . . → Read More: A Classy Vintage Coffee Pot

Best Vintage Dishes for Back to School

Back to school dishes

What vintage dishes would work well for a student going off to school?

I was poking around a thrift store recently, in company of some folks who were looking to outfit a grandson for his first college apartment.

They were shopping for cookware. Someone else had the dinnerware checklist.

A lot of people are looking to go second hand when it comes to items for their students. The same might be said for a first apartment for a graduate as well.

Attributes For Back-to-School Dinnerware

Practical. The dishes should be the right piece types to go with the foods they . . . → Read More: Best Vintage Dishes for Back to School

Enjoy Fruits of Fall Dinnerware Patterns

August is high time for fruits we love, and dinnerware patterns that feature these fall fruits are in season all year round.

On my list of favorite fruits: apples, peaches, pears, grapes and plums.

Dishes that feature these motifs catch my eye when I’m out scouting for dinnerware and glassware, just as their inspirations are when I visit the farmer’s market.

Luscious fruit always looks good on my table, from the foods to the dinnerware.

Classic Colors – Tasty Themes

When I saw this group of vintage bread plates, the “that’s mine” bell sounded in my head.

Of course, I . . . → Read More: Enjoy Fruits of Fall Dinnerware Patterns

More Mismatched Cups And Saucers | Repurpose Me

Mismatched cups and saucers in unique pairs

I saw these cups with whimsical chickens on them and I liked them. Of course, the matching saucers were nowhere to be found. I had to have them for my collection of chicken dishes.

It took me some time, but I found a suitable pair of saucers to go with them.

The cups are in the Chicken Kiev pattern by Sakura. Based on the shapes and color palette, I estimate this pattern is from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

I really like the big chicken motifs, especially the hen.

The saucers I chose to go with the cups are in . . . → Read More: More Mismatched Cups And Saucers | Repurpose Me

Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Garden theme dishes

Itchy for green outdoors? Start indoors, with a table setting of garden theme dishes!

Earth Day is on Monday this year.

That makes this weekend an ideal time to bring out the summer-y garden and floral dishes, to satisfy your need to enjoy growing things.

Start with any green dishes or glassware you might already have.

Add on the quantity, or piece types, you need based on how you’ll use your dishes, and your menu.

Do you need serving pieces, or just place settings?

All Greens Are Not Created Equal

Most greens can be mixed and matched to create a . . . → Read More: Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Welcome Spring With Vintage Noritake China

Retro stoneware Hello Spring by Noritake

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 tulip and purple accent flower.

This kind of dinnerware is heavy, but it will give grounding to any table setting build around its weight and color scheme. Bold pieces hold their own in any style, or in an eclectic and creative combo.

Hello Spring pieces . . . → Read More: Welcome Spring With Vintage Noritake China

Irish Linen And Vintage Dishes

Irish linen tea towel with vintage glass and china

Mix and match china, glass and linens on your table setting to create something original and unique. Bring the best of old and new together to delight your guests, even before they sit down to dinner.

Painting with dinnerware, and accessories, too.

A new Irish tea towel, in a linen and cotton blend, can work as a bread cloth to line a basket of rolls, muffins, or slices of soda bread for your St. Patrick’s Day dinner. The woven-in motifs just shout “Ireland.” The fiber blend makes for easy care.

This cloth happens to be new, brought back from a . . . → Read More: Irish Linen And Vintage Dishes

I Bought The Orphan Cups

Vingate Royal Doulton cups Fireglow china

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.

You scoured the store. Because other shoppers will move things around, and you might find the fourth glass, for example, with the wooden ware. Or the underwear.

And you’ve returned to the store, asked the clerks, tried all the area stores of that kind, and . . . → Read More: I Bought The Orphan Cups

Easter Basket For A Dish Lover

Creative Easter basket features vintage dinnerware

How much fun it is to create a one-of-a-kind Easter basket for someone who loves vintage dinnerware!

If you frequent thrift stores, you know the feeling. How can you leave that one cute plate or glass behind? Now you can assemble them into something lovely for special occasions, as gifts or décor.

Once you collect the dishes, glasses, flatware, napkins or place mats in favorite colors, or in patterns that feature Easter motifs, you can arrange them together into a memorable basket.

All the stores have their Easter goods in stock, and you can get plenty of ideas by browsing . . . → Read More: Easter Basket For A Dish Lover

Sears Federalist China – Is There a Replacement?

Someone asked me about a replacement pattern for Federalist china, produced by Sears in the late 1960s and 1970s. This traditional white dinnerware remains sought-after by its tenacious fans, all these years later.

Specifically, the plain white Federalist, though this china was also produced in a few solid colors.

I’ve been looking in all my thrift store travels for months, and have not found so much as a cracked cup or chipped saucer. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

The only thing I did find, shown here, is a single soup bowl in the Country French pattern, which is the . . . → Read More: Sears Federalist China – Is There a Replacement?

Vintage Noritake China | Old Fashioned Hermit Cookies

Hermit cookies recipe and vintage Noritake china

I think it is fun to serve cookies on a plate that goes with them. Vintage Noritake china often makes that easy, with so many beautiful patterns to choose from.

I know that Cookie Monster would not be so picky. Probably wouldn’t even bother with a plate, let alone choose one that makes the cookies look especially tasty. But when you have the choice of so many pretty china patterns, why not?

The vintage Mardi Gras pattern by Noritake has great warm colors, on white, in late 1960s to 1970s vintage style. This dinnerware features design that is just as . . . → Read More: Vintage Noritake China | Old Fashioned Hermit Cookies

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