Thursday, February 9, 2012
Pitchers and Plates and Bowls - Oh My!
I must admit...I do LOVE china! It is impossible for me to go into a thrift or antiques shop without taking a stroll down the china and glass aisle...and I rarely go home empty handed. I'm also a fool for mismatched china. Be still my heart when I see ANYTHING with a cabbage rose or floral pattern on it!!! Collections of mixed china looks great hanging on the wall with plate hangers for instance in a beautiful design. "Matchy-matchy" is definitely out! Here I have displayed some beautiful vintage finds in a handled basket I whitewashed. Yes...that is some hay in the bottom of the basket - I love the "French Flea Market" feel it gives this cute vignette!
I am also a crazy collector of ironstone, creamware and enamelware. The monochromatic color scheme makes it so easy and fun to collect and display. All of these are highly collectible, but they are fairly easy to find when shopping antique shops and flea markets. Pitchers, tea pots, and coffee pots all can make great vases for cut flowers or flower arrangements. I often use small enamelware bowls or plates as a stand for a pillar candle or some beautiful potpourri.
Shop estate sales too when looking for china treasures. Many shoppers will overlook a box of mixed, chipped china. Some are looking for full sets to use or resell. Often it is at these or yard/tag sales where I find my best goodies!
I know many friends who troll shops, markets and sales looking for their china "pattern". This too can be a fun pastime as you purchase pieces one at a time - plus you always have something wonderful to be on the look out for.