Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Fiesta ware - the winner of our everyday dishes

I know we are like most vintage collectors... our cupboards are full of mixed and matched vintage dishes and  drinking glasses. We set a goal a few months ago to start with dishes.... pick our favorite patterns, narrow them down, stick with collecting one type and sell the rest.  The problem that we faced with 50s plates and china is that  most of what we found were chipped, or ended up being chipped by us over the past 5 years. The patterns however are phenomenal. The most durable we have are the Corelle dishes which are more from the 70's, but we don't like the patterns. So after much thinking and shopping around we decided to go with Fiesta!
We love the history behind these dishes and thought it would be best to start from scratch and purchase brand new sets of colors we wanted. These are going to be our everyday dishes, so collecting the 'old' dinnerware is probably not a good idea due to lead and radioactivity issues of the past. We decided on ivory, paprika and turquoise. We got several sets of each color. LOVE THEM! The best part is that these come with a 5 year chip guarantee.
We are now left with more mixed and matched dinner plates of the past then you can shake a stick at. We are keeping my parents Blue Heaven dish set that were a wedding gift back in 1959. These are display only. I also want to keep a 1940's set of dishes for special occasions. The rest, from Corelle to Franciscan are going to sold in our next garage sale to other homes that hopefully really need the pattern.  I look forward to having an organized cupboard, but fear what I will do the next time I see a beautiful vintage plate at a garage/ estate sale.


  1. I love your choice of Fiesta colors! Your kitchen must be beautiful with that combination going on! I also decided several years ago to stick with collecting china that wouldn't break or chip, which is what led me to Russel Wright Iroquois Casual. I was impressed that he would actually throw it on the ground to show how tough it was. :)

  2. Excellent choices, Turquoise is my signature color! When you say garage sale "Fransiscan" dishes... what pattern? Any 'American Ivy' pieces?!

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