Dish Days at the Thrifts

This was a banner week at the thrift shops for finding dishes. I had the opportunity to visit several thrifts I haven’t been to in a while. At the first thrift, I found some books, pattern books, and two bags of Colonial Blue candles.

While checking out I spied a set of Boopie champagne goblets. When I asked the clerk for the price, he couldn’t find it so he said 3 for $1. I said, I’ll take them. Then as he was bringing them to the counter, the price tag was visible. It was a little more than $2. They were six for $8.25. I still took them as I felt that was a fair price, too.

Here they are lined up on my hutch. The glass in the center is also a Boopie, but a smaller size. You’ll notice that there are actually seven larger glasses; I had one lonely Boopie champagne who is lonely no longer.

I then stopped by the local Salvation Army. My trick is not to pick up a cart. If I don’t, I usually find an armful of goodies. If I get a cart, I find nothing. Here are the goodies I was carrying around until I finally broke down and got a cart. 🙂

The plates are Casino Royale by American Atelier. After I picked them up, I knew I had to circle around and get those poker chips, too. The clerk was delighted I got them as she was sure they were going to end up all over the floor after some unsupervised child found them. I hope to remove the spike from the candle urn as I feel it will be much more useful without it. The two architectural pieces I found too interesting to leave behind. The green spiral is quite heavy. It may have to have a paint job, though, I’m not quite sure about that yet.

The candy dish matches one I already have. A pair is always better, right? The little wire basket is decorated with daisies and was too cute to leave behind at just 99 cents. The wire plate hanger will help me to display (store) some of my finds.

Sometimes it’s a good thing to wait in line. While waiting I noticed some blue spheres which looked like gazing balls. After I paid I went over to check them out; they turned out to be giant ornaments and not gazing balls, but while in that corner I spied some dishes on display. I had no idea they had dishes in that corner! After I took my first purchases to the car, I came back to take a closer look at these vintage sweeties:

I’d been wanting to make a cake stand using a candlestick and here was one already done for me for only $4.99.  There were also eight tiny dessert plates (actually bread and butter plates, I think, but I’m calling them tiny dessert plates) for 99 cents each.

They are Homer Laughlin Eggshell Georgian L52N5. Oh so worth the trip back in and standing in line again. Isn’t the design so sweet? The edge band is a beautiful pastel green.

My last stop was at one of my favorite china outlets. I went looking for some Schott Zwiesel wine glasses for a bridal shower I’m attending soon. While there I just had to pick up something for myself; it just wouldn’t be right not to.

I love these cobalt blue items. The test-tube looking pieces are bud vases. The two trays are dipping trays, but I think they would look great with little votives.  I

also picked up some square dipping dishes, which I use frequently around the house and in my tablescapes. See them in action in my upcoming tablescape featuring this bee skep drink dispenser.

Oh, I also made it to some yard sales this weekend, too. I plan to post about the cool stuff I found later this week.

I hope to join the parties at Apron Thrift Girl’s  Thrift Share Monday, Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm, Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville, and  Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove.

Thanks for stopping by,



About tammylovesdishes

I love searching for dishes for tablescaping. That leads me to yard sales and thrift shops and fun, fun, fun.
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14 Responses to Dish Days at the Thrifts

  1. Alison says:

    Oh, what great finds! I especially love the dessert plates and cake stand!

    I’ve found your shopping cart theory to be true. Same thing happens to me. If I’m at the thrift shop alone with a cart, I don’t find a thing! Nothing is worse than returning the empty cart to the front of the store! 😦 But if I have the baby in her stroller, hands full of whatever sippy cup or toys she keeps throwing onto the floor…that’s when I find something great….usually at the bottom of a big pile of platters or pots and pans!

  2. Madison says:

    Gorgeous plates and even more gorgeous cake stand. Beautifully made. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve enjoyed having a look around yours. Madison xxx

  3. I am going to have to test out your shopping cart theory! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have to tell you, I ADORE those little plates you found. I have been looking all over for some pretties with aqua. So has everyone else, apparently!


  4. Poppy says:

    Wow, these are indeed great finds! I love love love those gorgeous cobalt blue dipping dishes and bud vases and the dessert plates are absolutely gorgeous. I’m loving those finials as well… great finds for future tablescapes. Thanks for sharing and stopping by at my place. Really appreciate your sweet comments. ~Poppy

  5. Rettabug says:

    Ooooo, you DID have a good day, Tammy! I love the little dishes with the pretty rims & each the other items have LOTS of potential. Nice SCORE!!

    Did you know I have the same bee skep beverage dispenser? I just love mine!!


  6. Lots of awesome finds Tammy! I am drooling over those gorgeous HL dishes! love them!! Thank you (in advance) for joining TTF. I hope you are having a great week!

  7. Betsy says:

    You sure had a great thrifting adventure. Those little plates and the one on the candlestick are so pretty. I love those finials and the cobalt blue glass. Maybe the selection in our thrift stores will get better as people are spring cleaning. Great stuff!

  8. Mary says:

    You have the best luck thrifting! There isn’t a SA anywhere close, tons of GW’s but I never have any luck there! Love your floral dessert plates!

  9. Sandra says:

    I love Homer Laughlin dishes…what a pretty blue!

  10. Stopping back by to say thanks for joining TTF. Hope you have a thrifty weekend!

  11. Susan says:

    Your dishes are absolutely gorgeous!! I especially love the cobalt pieces!

  12. Susan says:

    Oh my, Tammy. You got some really cool stuff. Those dishes with the light green band are absolutely charming. Oh gosh, I’d pick those up in a heartbeat.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, by the way. Loved having you visit and comment. Sincerely, Susan

  13. OOO… all of your treasures! The plates
    at the end are my favorite. LOVE the blue trim!!
    Tammy, thanks for visiting my blog!!! I would love
    to see pics of your Scotties!!! Give them a hug from me.


  14. Ted Welti says:


    I’m probably preaching to the choir but did you know we have a Fortessa Outlet right here in Loudoun County? It’s on Davis Ave in Sterling and full of Schott Zwiesel wine glasses.

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