You know that feeling?
The one that makes you happy dance inside while you’re trying to look all calm, cool, and collected?
The one that makes you believe that you just scored the best deal on the planet in your own little neck of the thrifting woods?
The one that has you yelling in your head… “START THE CAR!!!… START THE CAR!!!… even though you’re all by yourself.
When it comes to thrifting there’s no better feeling than the thrill and satisfaction of finally finding something that you’ve envisioned in your head.
Something so perfectly perfect… even with its imperfection.
Something that just screams you.
And for me this is it, and this is just how I found it in the thrift store.
It’s a set of Crown Dynasty red and aqua floral dinnerware.
It was waiting for a volunteer to set it up on the display table in the middle of the kitchen area. In this thrift store they always have a set of dishes that’s for sale on display, and once it sells they set up a new set.
But they didn’t even get this set out of the container. I was very happy to scoop the whole thing up and save someone some valuable volunteer time.
You’re very welcome, whoever you are.
Just like when I found my living room wing chairs, I knew when I saw this set that it was meant for me.
I very quickly, and I do mean quickly, looked through it and for $6 it looked absolutely fabulous.
I’ve been looking for a floral pattern that has a retro vibe with the colors of my aqua and red kitchen.
Could it be any more perfect?
I honestly don’t know how.
There are 8 salad plates, 8 cups and saucers, 8 soup bowls, and… here’s where the imperfection comes in.
There are only 7 dinner plates. Bummer!
That upset me for about 30 seconds, and then I came to my senses.
Especially since every one of these pieces is in excellent like new shape. Not a chip or a crack to be found.
But knowing me I’ll be looking for that eighth dinner plate for the rest of my life. lol.
I’ll just have to keep the faith and hope that I get lucky.
Here’s a close up of the pattern on the cups.
I think it’s feminine without being old fashioned.
Even though I love the floral pattern the thing that really got me excited was the aqua blue around the edge of every piece. Such a pretty detail.
The mark on the bottom of these dishes has no pattern number so I haven’t been able to find this specific pattern when researching, but I did find some similar Crown Dynasty pieces.
They dated back to the 1970s-1980s so I’m guessing my set is from that era too.
In my world retro is the 70s and the 80s, vintage is the 30s to the 50s, the 60s can teeter in both directions (depending on what the item is), and antique is anything from the 20s and earlier.
I could be wrong, but that’s just how I see it for myself and my own collecting.
So these dishes are definitely retro, and that suits me to a tee.
And as if this set of $6 dinnerware wasn’t enough to want to escape the thrift store before someone realized their mistake and took my dishes back.
I found something else from that same era.
Wowza! The thrifting gods are really smiling on me these days.
I found a set of 8 Luminarc made in France ruby red glasses. They’re all marked France on their clear bottoms, and anything from France is a must-bring-home item for me.
There was actually a whole bunch of this glassware on a shelf in various sizes marked 10 cents a piece.
After running my fingers over the edges of many tops and bottoms I came up with this chipless 8. I lucked out with the dinnerware, but I wasn’t taking any chances with this glassware.
I did some research on Etsy after the fact and these glasses range from $5 to $8 each.
I took all the desert bowls they had, which were all chip-free.
A set of 5 of these desert bowls is for sale on Etsy for $30.
They had a few very small glasses, maybe for liquers, which I now regret not even checking. I just thought I’d never use them, but they would still look good on display.
I went back the next day and they were all gone… even the chipped ones.
That was a big boo hoo for me.
How many times do I need this to happen to me before I learn my lesson. lol.
So here they all are making themselves perfectly at home in my aqua china cabinet and at a cost of just $7.40.
I have to say that while I was searching for a set I did see some others that I liked, but they were either too expensive for this thrifty girl or just not quite right.
Patience, as usual, has paid off.
I don’t always find what I’m picturing in my head right away, but I don’t tend to settle either. I know that someday the right thing will find me. And honestly it doesn’t always, but when it does it feels great and makes up for all the times it doesn’t.
The one thing about the ruby glassware is that for some reason it photographs very dark, but in person it’s actually even lighter than the beautiful deep red that you see in the close up photos above.
The little red wooden rocking chair is one of my favorite things, so it will always be in this cabinet somewhere.
Now I need to find a few more cool plates for the bottom area to go with my vintage Anchor Hocking blue deviled egg plate.
The search continues… always.
So the next time you find yourself thrifting the best deal on the planet, and you hear yourself yelling in your head… START THE CAR!!!… START THE CAR!!!, think of me, and I’ll be with you in spirit.
Here’s wishing I could be thrifting with you in person… and you can bet your last thrifting dollar that if I was I would most definitely START THAT CAR. 🙂
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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