Thursday, May 2, 2013

Our Recent Finds

    We never know what we are going to find in an antique store.  There are some specific things we look for, like my (Beth's) hunt for Jadeite, but sometimes as we scan the shelves, something completely unexpected will catch our eye and we'll know we've found a treasure.
   At the beginning of this week we stopped in a couple of nearby towns and discovered some neat little shops.  The first one we went to was a combination of consignment stuff, collector's items, and antiques.   At the bottom of one shelf, I found an adorable set of retro mugs.  Becca immediately claimed them.

 Becca (standing over my shoulder and reading as I type): "Well, you didn't want them, right?  You were showing them to me"

 Me: "All I had time to do was say 'Aren't these cute?' and then you scooped them up in your arms, saying 'Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine!' and rushed to the counter"

Becca's excuse:"They didn't have a price on them, I had to see how much they were!"

  She bought the set of six for a quarter a piece and was very happy :)  Well, thanks to Becca, she spotted something for me that was absolutely darling. It's a little hard to tell from the picture, but it is actually a mirror.

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23
   It even had it's original 1970's price tag on it from Target and had been sold for $4. I bought it for one dollar less.

   The next find was a set of owl canisters with wooden lids.

   I kind of have a thing for owls :) These are also from the 60's-70's and were in pretty good shape except for some scratches on the largest one.  It will be so fun to use them in my future kitchen, even though the avocado green, harvest gold, and orange doesn't really go with Jadeite. I don't mind being a little eclectic :)

  As we stepped through the door of the last antique store, our eyes adjusted to the dim light. The shelves were filled with a myriad of things, and created row upon row in the large space. In places like this it's hard to know where to start! The poor lighting made it a little difficult to see things, and the musty antique smell was rather pungent.

(Becca now taking over as Beth goes off to work)

  We all split up and made our way through the narrow passages.  Occasionally finding things that another would like or was just to cute to keep to one's self, going back trying to find that person and point out the item, then disappearing behind another cluttered display.

   I was just doing that, the disappearing part I mean, after pointing out a set adorable aqua blue glass ice cream dishes to Mom, when she called for me to come back. She had found a beautiful 12 place-setting dinner set. It was gorgeous.
   I had walked right by that spot earlier and hadn't seen it ( Thanks Mom!).  She was holding one of the teacups when I got there, it was perfect!

I had gravitated to blue and white china in the past, but never saw anything I really loved.
There are so many reasons why I love this set, one being the colors.

A deep blue intertwined with a lighter shade and a robin's egg blue.
Another is the pattern, I had never seen anything like it!
And the set was in terrific shape, only one chip on one of the saucers,
and the price was great, $45 for all of it!
Did I mention the teacups nestle beautifully? I love nestling teacups!

(I'm gushing aren't I? Sorry, I'll try to control myself)

I also kinda have a thing for peacocks ( like Beth's 'thing' for owls).  
A local farmer has a small flock of them and when those birds start to molt, I'm like a kid in a candy store picking the feathers out of the hay. 
 Right now I have too many to know what to do with.
The pattern reminded me of a peacock, when his feathers are spread out to impress the girls :)

The set includes:
Twelve large dinner plates
Twelve medium plates
Twelve bowls
Twelve saucers and teacups.

The stamp on the the bottom of the plates says:

The Castillian Collection
Genuine Ironstone

I looked it up when I got home and found the same set on eBay, (actually it was missing a few things)
it was priced at $300!
Needless to say I was very excited, but that's all worn off now. Can't you tell? : )
Also on eBay, I saw other things in this set; a darling teapot, salt and pepper shakers, a butter dish, a soup tureen… etc, etc.
I finally have something to collect!  You know about Beth's Jadeite, well I can start collecting something too!


  1. :) thrift stores are literally my favorite stores. I collect books and a set of dishes that have bright pink roses and greenery and on some gold rims. It's probably just a cheap set of China ware but it is pretty. Keturah

    1. That sounds very pretty! It is fun collecting a certain pattern, isn't it?

  2. Those mugs look very similar to a set I bought a couple years ago, there were four mugs (that isn't a set, I guess) and they were mine, both my sisters, and mommy's favorite colors. I think one of them is broken now, which is not a surprise when your youngest sister is seven years old :)
    I really like the tea set, I collect china too.


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