MY LIFE AS A DISH HOARD-ER

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As long as I can remember I have been shopping at antique flea markets, thrift stores, and estate sales. I love the “hunt” and enjoy collecting things for our home. Over the years I have started a few collections such as wire baskets, handmade quilts and silver. And apparently china too…

My parents are selling their home and a few weeks ago they gifted me a set of their china. In order to find a place for this very exciting acquisition, I had to clean out our butler’s pantry. Very quickly it became apparent that I had quite a few dishes. Not just a few, but a lot. Some were complete sets and others were just dinner plates. I decided it might be fun to figure out how many dishes I had. Big mistake.

The good news is only two of these dishes were purchased retail. One was our wedding china (so I didn’t buy it) and the other is the Portmeirion. All of the other sets were found at flea markets and estate sales. Four are ones I use on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I really do use all of these sets of dishes. All of the time! Well kind of.

1-Spode Celebration* // 2-Noritake Richmond*  // 3-Portmeirion Pomona // 4-Royal Stafford Asiatic Pheasant-Black // 5-Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz // 6-Minton Bridal Veil* // 7-Wedgwood Edme // 8-Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles-Pink Christmas * // 9-Spode Festival* // 10-Royal Staffordshire Avondale* // 11-Wedgwood Osborne* // 12-Enoch Wedgewood Kent*

*Many of these are discontinued, but I found this really cool site called Replacements Limited which I linked to almost all of the discontinued pieces, where you can still find them to purchase.

What do you collect?

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