Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Hands Down Favorite

P1010037a One of my favorite things to look for when out scouting for antiques is old restaurant ware dishes. The quality of the dishes is substantial – enough to be used over and over again to hungry patrons. The red (or often called pink) dishes are my favorites. Even though they are made from different manufacturers, they look lovely together in a grouping. Some of the companies that made the old restaurant and hotel dishes are Tepco, Syracuse, Shenango and Wallace.


P1010040a Another reason that I favor the red is that the color is a nice compliment for Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July and Christmas.


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And….speaking of Christmas, here is another picture to get the old Christmas decorating umph going! Many of you shared that you could not believe Christmas is up in the stores, and I could not agree with you any more! I am dragging my feet big time in getting my space at the Antique Mall decorated for Christmas (it is still warm outside for heavens sake), however I’m feverishly working on pricing some fun vintage things to sell and pulling out items to decorate the space….hence the lack in blog time.


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Now if only I had these two little elves to help me out! That would be just dandy and would sure free up some time for me to relax at the computer. Till next time, have a lovely day!

29 comments:

marble rose said...

Eeek! Love your little elves!!!!

Fleur
x

PeregrineBlue said...

i love your red transferware. i have started a collection of red and white teacups after a post i saw of a bed and breakfast in france. they had hung them all on a white rustic shabby shelf on hooks and they looked so awesome.

nice to see you and good luck at the fair.

Pondside said...

We can always wish that those little elves might come to life in the dark of night and get to work transforming your space!

kitty said...

I LOVE the red transferware...my favorite!!

Cindy said...

I have been collecting slowly the Shenango for the last year. I love the heaviness of the plates and the pinkish red color.

This company was also commisioned to make all the dishes for the US Navy. Must be durable...lol

Thanks for sharing..Hugs Cindy

Elsie said...

Becky I love your red and white restaurant ware. I have a creamer and a few other pieces. Love your elves and your right Christmas is
not that far away. If only it would get cool...sigh.

Debby said...

Yes, we wil soon be decorating for the holidays. I can't wait.
Not ready of Christmas and all the rush but I do love the magic of Christmas.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Love your restaurant ware dishes....

It is hard to think Christmas with this lovely fall weather we are having here....
Hugs,
Penny

Kathleen Grace said...

I have never seen restaurant china like this Becky, either I haven't been looking or it is more prevalent where you live? In any case, it really is beautiful! I can't think about Christmas until the week before Thanksgiving. As a retailer you, of course, have to be a little bit more ahead of the season, I would have a hard time getting inspired as soon as some of the stores do though! Have a great week,and have fun with your Christmas merchandising!

Jackie said...

I love those dishes. I really like the pattern on them. I have always had a fondness for the patterned dishes like this.

Mecky said...

Those are cute elves!

Yes, it is hard to think Christmas when it is in the 80's!

Blondie's Journal said...

The dishes are fabulous. I love when they used to have patterns and colors...now everything is white.

Love your elves!!

XO,
Jane

Kit said...

Love those dishes! I collect old "diner" ware too, in the green and white shades. Use them all the time. Kit

Stacey said...

I love the pretty old dishes too, especially red and white. Now about Christmas...I have to wait awhile. It's 90 degrees here today. :)

myletterstoemily said...

i am nuts over red and white, and they
are so practical. they go from Christmas
to valentine's day!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love the dishes, and had no idea that was what I have been seeing at some of the shops! I am in total denial about the holidays!! :-)

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Oh, I do love your red dishes! I don't know what I was thinking of a few years ago when I painted our kitchen rust. I have ALWAYS had red accents, but if there's one color that doesn't work with red, it's rust. Repainting the kitchen on my very LONG to-do list.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh....I so love that redware.... :o) Have a wonderful week ahead! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Claudia said...

I've always liked the weight of restaurant ware. Your red pieces are lovely, I don't think I've seen red restaurant ware before.

Too soon for Christmas in the stores. I saw a sign from Neiman Marcus the other day (on FB) that said they would not be decorating until late November, that there were other holidays to celebrate first. Yay! If only other retailers would do the same thing.

xo
Claudia

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Becky! I LOVE restaurant china, too. You have a lovely collection! I agree that yours certainly are perfect for the holidays - beautiful.

camp and cottage living said...

I love red transfer too!
Oh dear, I'm not at all ready to think about Christmas yet.
I could use some elves to help too.
Please let me know where I can hire a couple!

blesid said...

Oh those dishes! I should have gone with those instead of my crate and barrel dishes that are not holding up well at all. Or perhaps I need to be on the lookout for some white ironstone? I need to drive out and see your space at the Antique Mall!!! jules

Kath Soderstrom said...

I love the restaurant ware. My dad was a cook and we had several pieces over the years. They are so substantial, and hardly ever chip. I now buy the "new" ware from "Dented Chef". I still have my brown little tea pot, it was my "sick tea pot" that my dad brought home just for me,
from the place where he worked..I wonder if he paid for it lol. Always enjoy your blogging Kath

Kath Soderstrom said...

I love the restaurant ware. My dad was a cook and we had several pieces over the years. They are so substantial, and hardly ever chip. I now buy the "new" ware from "Dented Chef". I still have my brown little tea pot, it was my "sick tea pot" that my dad brought home just for me,
from the place where he worked..I wonder if he paid for it lol. Always enjoy your blogging Kath

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

You and I have the same love affair. I am always looking for red restaurant dishes. The restaurant dishes have been in service for 60-70 years and they are still going strong. They are hard to find in my area, but when I find them I grab them up :-)

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

marie said...

The red transferware is so pretty...and you're right! Perfect for so many ocassions.

Is there a shortcut from the east coast to the west? I'd love to visit your space in the Antique Mall!!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Red is such a great color. My all time favorite. I love the dishes. I need substantial in this house.

Rochelle said...

Oh Becky...I love those old red patterns - so pretty!
Cheers
Rochelle

Marcy said...

oh I LOVE those red (pink) dishes!