Something about pouring my boring cereal into a beautiful old bowl that makes my mornings seem right in this world. This is why one of my prized finds is my collection of vintage dishes from England. I remember when Oprah made the comment about pulling out your nice dishes from your wedding and using them every day. That really resonated with me. Why do we save the nice things for holidays or others when we could be enjoying them every day? Life is too short and hard…use the things that bring you joy!
I remember before we had children we had a couple over for dinner with their two small children. She was absolutely flabbergasted that we had no plastic ware. Trust me I get it now! Having two small children of our own we have plenty of plastic ware and paper plates. However this doesn’t stop my husband and me from using our vintage dishes.
Don’t let the fear of breaking one of them hold you back either. I am working on this. I still cringe when I hear one break because I automatically think “Ohh no…they don’t make them anymore! It’s going to cost a small fortune to replace! Will I even be able to find it?” Then I try to step back and remind myself that at the end of the day it’s just a thing and to be thankful for what really matters in life. However I am human and I am working on this.
I personally started collecting them when I would find a large set at an antique store. One of my sets I found antiquing with my husband in his home state of Minnesota and the other set I found antiquing in Oklahoma. You never know where you will find beautiful old dishes. When you happen upon a set first decide if you love the pattern. Then check the back for what is called the backstamp. This is where you will find where it was made, the name of the collection, and name of the manufacturer. If the price is reasonable then bring your new find home and start using it!
Now you have something to treasure hunt for when antiquing. Finding your pattern among the junk of a thrift store or an estate sale brings such delight. It’s something about the hunt. My husband and I joke because I tell him we both love to hunt…one for deer and the other for deals. If you can’t find a large set that you love, pick a color and mix patterns. My mother collects red vintage dishes from England. Her collection is large and unique since it’s easier to find a color then a certain pattern. Or dust off that dish set that has been tucked away in your china cabinet from your wedding. Then clear out the things you don’t love and start using what you do. And it doesn’t hurt to check with grandma to see if she has any dishes laying around too…grandmas always love to pass on their prized possessions to their loved ones!