Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Vintage Plate Collection

All the cabinets and storage in my teeny kitchen are bursting at the seams with vintage plates.

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In the past year, I've started collecting pretty vintage plates. At first I collected teacups, but then it segued into plates. Here are a few of my favorites, some of which you probably saw in my French Chocolat Party post.

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When looking for plates, there are certain characteristics that I look for.
1. I like plates with a scalloped or some sort of interesting rim.
2. Not too cluttered with pattern. I like to have white space.
3. Nothing dark. Not only do I want pretty plates, but I want plates that will flatter the food that I put on it, and darker plates make food look less appetizing - so I generally prefer base colors of white or cream.

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I like scouring the vintage section of Etsy for new listings. And since I can't buy ALL the lovely plates I see on Etsy, I thought I would share some of my lovely finds with you.

- Pretty in Pink and Eggshell plates (definitely tea-party material.)
- Dainty Chocolate and White bowls (begging to be filled with chocolate pudding...)
- Gorgeous Turquoise platter (perfect for serving cupcakes!)
- Pretty scalloped-edge white dessert plates (you can never have enough white!)
- Gold and Luxurious plate (i have one very similar to this.)
- Lovely Lace-edged plates (such pretty detail!)
- Darling Milk Glass dish (perfect for pretty bonbons!)
- Precious pink and white bowls (for yummy ice cream or berries...)
- Perfect Cake plates (such a gorgeous pattern, perfect for pretty slices of cake!)

38 comments:

jessica said...

i love vintage plates.. i found mummy's plates few months ago in a attic.. I love things with a story that has something to say, I like to watch them and think and remember .. I love this post because these plates are beautiful

photojoy said...

You owe such a beautiful collection of plates. Each plate is so attractive to use in different occasions. This post has brought me back to the fun of china painting once I'd put myself into it.Indeed, I'd love to start it again. Thanks for inspiring me! By the way, I love the one with tiny blue flowers.

Custom Comforts said...

Hi Dionne. So nice to see my little plate on your blog. Correction ~ your pretty little plate :) She's looking good!
Cindy

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

Dionne, these plates are gorgeous! I've always wanted to start my own collection (they'd be used for regular tea parties), but I'm patiently waiting until I no longer have to move across a country to begin it.

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

these are lovely! so delicate and feminine. wouldn't it be nice to have an unlimited etsy budget?!

Michele said...

Yes....I saw your lovely lovely dishes on your last post and I hope to have a collection one day. I only have teacups right now and little saucers, but those are all beautiful!

Nuha said...

That is such a cute idea! I love vintage & scalloped plates too. It would be so much fun to collect these over the years or to get some for special occasions. I'm a sucker for memories so I'd loving looking back and reminiscing on what was happening when I bought them :)

Dash said...

I have to admit, I am no plate collector, but even to my untrained eye, your collection is gorgeous. I can so imagine the possibilities. Do you actually eat from them or are they too precious?

Also, I mentioned yoiur blog today on my page, do come and visit!

Kayla said...

So pretty. I love vintage plates.


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GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I love dishes of all sorts. I also collect them just one at a time. It is fun then to mix and match.

Tiny kitchen present a problem, don't they. :)

Fondly,
Glenda

Becka Robinson said...

SO pretty! I've been playing around with the idea of slowing building a mismatched cabinet full of dishes. I think it's charming.

saltcityspice said...

I've been wanting some pretty plates like this to hang on an empty wall between my kitchen and living room! I also collect vintage and antique teacups and love anything with precious metal detail or interesting designs. These are lovely! Thanks for sharing :)

Alejandra Ramos said...

Those are so beautiful! I dream of having my own vintage plate collection, and a china cabinet to display them in!

Dancing Branflake said...

I love how you tell us what you plan on putting on each plate. Such vivid descriptions!

Vanessa Mala/HeightofVintage said...

i have a thing with collecting vintage glassware.
old champagne glasses and small glass cups to drink wine out of, it reminds me of being in italy.

your picks from etsy are gorgeous!

the southern hostess said...

I've always wanted a collection like this. These are beautiful!

lisaroyhandbags said...

I've always loved vintage plates - your collection is gorgeous :)

Phoenix said...

Cute!!! Now I want to have a Texas Tea Party with you :)

Jess said...

LOVE the turquoise platter! And YES to a Houston Bloggers event!

Sandy a la Mode said...

these plates are soo beautiful! can you believe i don't even own one set of vintage china!? i need some in my life, STAT!!

Looking Glass said...

Lovely! I've started collecting pretty plates & teapcups now too.

~ Clare x

talia said...

sooo pretty! I found some vintage cuttlery damped in the middle of a street near me..it was like finding gold..

Kelly J. R. said...

I have a little bowl that matches the plate in the upper left corner of the 2nd set of plates!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Good morning, Dionne,
I have not received your address yet and am wondering if I missed it. Do you mind sending it again to dvs3girls@aol.com. Would love to get the card in the mail for you to enjoy.

Fondly,
glenda

Gloria said...

so pretty and dainty! they're just begging to be used in a lovely tea party!

Vegetarian Girl said...

So cute!

communikate. said...

those are lovely!

orchid said...

Oh, SO pretty!!!
I remenber my mum collected some chinese pottery. I remember she used to gramble about the space she needs,haha.
I love the one with rose on brownish back colour.

Signe said...

Boy oh boy am I jealous! I need to start collection as well!
My absolute favorites are nr. 2,3,5 & 7 - but they are all gorgeous!

Have a great weekend Dionne :)

Virginia said...

Oh I'm so glad I came by your blog, it's just beautiful. My husband thinks I'm mad collecting vintage plates and various containers... I scour antique stores and charity shops for mine though so I never have a complete set!

Audrey Allure said...

Those are so pretty!

Diana Mieczan said...

What a beautiful collection of plates. I would love to start collecting vintage pieces like those:) Btw: thank you so much for your sweet comment the other day:) Happy Sunday, sunshine

Colores said...

I just started spotting vintage plates at flea markets!! it´s becoming addictive:-))) kisses

LBB said...

What a gorgeous collection of plates you've gathered! They all look so lovely together too in their pretty, mismatched charm! I have a thing for pretty old dishes as well and I love this idea!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

I adore vintage plates and cups, I'd love to have them all! hope you're having a LOVEly day darling! xo

Yvonne said...

I also have a lot of vintage (looking) plates. I envision them on a big wood table with mismatched plates and beautiful glasses and hite table cloth.

Greetings from Germany,
yvonne

Sey said...

I love kitchen wares and when ever i visit the department stores the kitchen utensils always caught my attention. How lovely it is to decorate the kitchen with nice plates and other utensils.

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