PLATES PLATES PLATES

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I must confess that I have a little ‘thing’ for plates.  I love mixing up which ones we use at lunch and dinner and for dressing the table when we have people over.  I am not about to go out and get sets of beautiful expensive designer ones though because, well, we can’t be trusted.  I want to live in a house where breaking a plate isn’t the end of the world, and where we could even go *greek* ;-) style and start smashing them while dancing in circles if so inclined!  I like to do a ‘drive-by’ of the china shelves in Salvation Army stores when I’m going by one and as it so happened Brett was going to a Bike store the other weekend which was next door to one YAY {I need no encouragement} poor Brett found me waiting back at the car with a huge box and a guilty look on my face!.. I picked up all the cute little finds below for around $20.  It’s nice to know I can use them by mixing and matching and then donate them back to the store once I have had my fun {a good excuse to be more charitable, right?!}.  I do have a nice set of Royal Doulton china in white that I bought from someone who was selling unwanted engagement gifts, for about 1/10th of the price of in store, I love the fact that we can use them for everyday and feel special knowing that no one will have a heart attack if they get chipped or worse.

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Thrifting or Antiquing with my dad involves turning every piece over to see where it is made and who by.  Antique Road Show is one of his favourite shows, so yeah.   I don’t get quite this serious down at the Salvo’s, although it is fun to see where the pieces have come from once I get home.  What I usually do when China Thrifting is gravitate towards any pieces that look cute and then check that they are only a couple of dollars first before buying ;-)  I did, however score some plates made in France, some with a pretty gold trim from Bulgaria & a couple of espresso cups from good old Ikea!

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8 Comments on PLATES PLATES PLATES

  1. Jess | Rose & Fig
    June 30, 2014 at 10:32 am (4 weeks ago)

    That gold leafing is just beautiful. Have you decided if you’ll be putting big china sets on your wedding registry? It seems that all of my friends have gone that route with very lovely (very expensive) enormous sets – but it’s so tough for me to justify when there ARE so many beautiful antique sets in charity shops, waiting for new homes!

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    • Sarah B
      Sarah B
      July 1, 2014 at 6:06 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Hi Jess! No I already have too much china, I am with you I love to mix and match the old stuff, thinking of all the dinner parties the plates have had before!! Oh the history….!

      xxx

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  2. Michelle
    June 25, 2014 at 11:46 am (1 month ago)

    OMG I want those cocktail plates! They are awesome!! I am a bit of a plate demon as well I have 2 large drawers full of them and no room for any more sadly. I have ones for special occassions, so special that I never seem to pull them out which is a shame. I think so long as you use them its all good … so I must use mine more or make way for some awesome cocktail ones :)

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    • Sarah B
      Sarah B
      June 25, 2014 at 12:12 pm (1 month ago)

      Hi Michelle, lol ~ yeah the cocktail plates were super cute!! They were the first thing I picked up! Oh great I am not the only one who is plate crazy. I agree use it or loose it is my motto at home!

      xxx

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  3. Ella
    June 24, 2014 at 11:07 pm (1 month ago)

    Those are some wonderful finds! I am always digging (gently, of course) through the piles of ceramic plates, bowls and cups at thrifts shops, flea markets and antique stores. It’s a rather lovely addiction. :)

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    • Sarah B
      Sarah B
      June 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm (1 month ago)

      Hi Ella, thanks, yes it is a lovely addiction isn’t it!
      xxx

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  4. Brett
    June 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm (1 month ago)

    nice plates :)

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    • Sarah B
      Sarah B
      June 24, 2014 at 5:41 pm (1 month ago)

      ;-)

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