I often come across random pieces of old china in estate sales or thrift shops.
My favorites are the English or French bone china. They are beautiful with gorgeous colors and patterns and scalloped rims aged in gold.
These used to be cast offs but are now being used as wall decorations or on tables as mismatched sets. Why let them languish on thrift store shelves when they are still beautiful? They look gorgeous in old cabinets or shelving in a kitchen or dining room.I’m going to start incorporating more vintage china into my home. I’m busy adding to the set I purchased a month ago. We now use the old china every day and it looks lovely on the table. Shabby but chic!
OK, had to share this one. I found it on Pinterest and it made me laugh!
They are from the Etsy store Beat Up Creations. Too funny!
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I am a fanatical plate and platter collector — china is a very pretty way to adorn walls. I get many compliments on my strategically placed china. It’s also so plentiful! A meal with mismatched china is incredibly charming!
I love plates and have been collecting for many years now. The ones that are still beautiful but either chipped or have a hunk out go to the garden where I plant them among my flowers.
I had a gorgeous little china teacup bird feeder that my mother gave me. It broke one summer (kids!). There are some great ideas for old china on Pinterest – votives, birdfeeders, etc.
I do love that you are using china for everyday. I’ve been picking up china teacups and saucers for years and have used them several times at bridal showers.
I also am a plate collector. Like you, I have picked up so many beautiful pieces at thrift stores. I see a beautiful plate and I cannot bear to leave it there, besides it looks more beautiful in my cabinets!