July 13, 2010

Strike while the ironstone is hot


I think I’ve alluded to my pack-rat tendencies here on SBS, especially in the area of tabletop goodies (aka dishes, linens, glassware, silver, etc.). My latest obsession is ironstone pottery. I guess I like it mostly because it’s old and every piece tells such a story. 

While tooling around a few local antique shops this weekend, I came across so much gorgeous ironstone, all of which I really wanted to bring home with me. Why it is that I feel the need to add one more thing to my vast list of collectible must-haves, I will never know. The problem is that when certain items become more desirable, they become less affordable as well. I'm not a total cheapskate, but I always think I can find a better deal at the proverbial 'next place.' So I mostly just window shopped and ended our shopping excursion empty-handed...ok I bought one thing, but no ironstone.

Then as we were heading back home, my mom spotted a Goodwill and wanted to stop. I swear to you, if there is a Goodwill within 75 miles of anywhere, she'll sniff it out. We left my dad sleeping in the car and started making our way around the store. In the far back corner I spotted a stack of dishes on the bottom shelf and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but 21 pieces of ironstone transferware!


All clearly marked Johnson Brothers in the pattern Staffordshire Bouquet, the set included 3 dinner plates, 9 bowls, several smaller plates and 2 cups. I was already willing to pay the asking price of $25, but since it was half-price day I brought all the little darlings home for $12.50.


I'm not trying to take my good fortune and rub it in anyone's face here, but I think this is just more evidence to support my claims that thrift store shopping can yield some wonderful treasures. I understand there might be certain qualms that people have about buying someone else's "old stuff," but don't blame me when you realize that you're missing out on some great goodies.



  1. Are those pictures of what you currently own? Wow that is quite a collection! lol My hubby would kill me. He hates clutter of any kind weather it be collectiables or anything. But you do have a beautiful collection :)

  2. Those are some beautiful pieces that you acquired - and such a good price! I too love china, crystal, silver, and any kind of dishes, serving pieces, etc. I love going to antique stores to scout them out, but that's such a good point that you can find things like that at Goodwill as well. I know where I'm going this weekend!

  3. Hi. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment. I just signed up as your new follower too. I love finding cute new blogs. I think we have something else in common besides the curly hair and that's our love of dishes. I too collect a lot of dishes. I actually have an obsession with things starting with the letter P for some strange reason. Purses, plates and paper. Crazy I know. I need to add an addition on to the house. Ha-Ha.

  4. What an awesome find!! I love Goodwill finds, especially when what you find is whats half off, yay!

  5. I love this! What a great find!!!!

  6. My mom collects ironstone! I love it, too!

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog and I am loving yours! I love the ironstone and wish I had more of it. Also loved the mustache post.

  8. Wow!!! That's awesome!!!! I don't have the patience to looks for treasures in thrift stores. :( I always WANT to but i get impatient and leave before I really even start. Maybe I can hire you. hahaha :D

  9. Ironstone is my favorite ever! I always try to find some at thrift stores and garage sales!

  10. sadly, those gorgeous images are not my collections....but then again it's probably for the best because both the elder statesman (my dad) and the jr. statesman (my sweetie) would commit me if i had that much ironstone! tee hee

  11. I love that china, it is gorgeous! You got an amazing deal!

    Thanks so much for following my blog! Happy Thursday!

  12. Kate that Ironstone pieces are a marvelous find - I think the technical term is "A HAUL!"

    Thanks for stopping by the blog and encouraging with "fairy dust . . . and clapping hands"

    . . . you are the cutest, ever!


  13. This is beautiful. I wasn't familiar with it, thanks for educating me!


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