One thing I have come to love about what I do in this business of refinishing and hunting for treasures of the past is learning to appreciate and fall in love with things I didn’t before have an appreciation for. I quickly grew to love old Ironstone dishes because honestly Miss Mustard Seed is a trend setter and who doesn’t love what she loves? Then more recently I have started falling in love with brown transfer ware. Something I once looked at as an old lady item. I must be finally growing up!
It’s taking some time but slowly I’m finding pieces of both to start my collections and thought many of the furniture pieces I do I still love, they have become a business for me and now when I go searching for dishes and find a bargain on a creamy white little plate or win a giveaway for a beautiful brown transfer ware cake plate… well my little heart does more than pitter patter, it feels like it’s going to explode right out of my chest!
So I wanted to show off a few of my newest pieces in my collection that I plan to display across my table for thanksgiving.
I bought the chargers at the dollar store. They are just plastic like the ones you find anywhere else but they look fantastic and they were only a dollar. I also got silver ones for Christmas. The 10in plate is also just a dollar store plate since I only have one ironstone one in my collection as of right now. But the salad plates are ironstone and I got eight at the goodwill for nothing!
My best girl took me to a super neat indoor flea market about 20 min from my house. How I never knew it existed is beyond me! But I found four of these darling little transfer ware salad plates for only $6. I couldn’t pass them up and they really give my setting what I was looking for.
I will take an entire table shot once I have it all set but I wanted to focus on the dishes first. So here’s the stinker. I found a set of transfer ware, all matching for only $150.00, 42 pieces. That is crazy cheap! I want it but I’m waiting on furniture to sell so I can buy it otherwise it has to come out of the Christmas fund. I also found a larger lot of matching ironstone for roughly the same price. Why can’t I just be rich?
Lastly I was on the hunt for napkin rings. I wanted some made of old vintage flatware. So it got me searching out flatware. OMG now I’ve fallen head over heals looking for a sliver plate set of flatware to service 8-12. I have found some beautiful ones for a reasonable price but now I find myself confused over what I should purchase first when I have the money? Here is one that I am swooning over at the moment.
And here is another one that is unrealistically beautiful with a scary price tag of more than $4,000.00 but it’s still pretty to look at.
I just love staring at the shiny silver with all the beautiful intricacies. There is something so soft about these pieces laying again a linen napkin.
And if I could find a set with out family letter monogrammed onto it, well I might just sell my first born for it!
I really just want a set of beautiful flatware that we can use, love, take care of and pass down to my children. It’s totally a family keepsake item.
What do you think? Ironstone, transfer ware or flatware?