Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thrifty China Finds this Week

I have owned just one piece of china in the classic blue and white Calico pattern.
One side plate to be precise...
...bought from an op shop a while ago just for a couple of dollars.
It always blends in well with other blues and whites and this pattern is one of my favourites, let alone the colour.

Now, because I love English china and I really do not need anymore, (Who said that I wonder?) this collection has miraculously expanded...

Ready to be jealous???

 I could not believe my eyes when I saw this set at the local Salvos Thrift Store.
$16 for seventeen pieces including the salt and pepper shakers!

Four dinner plates
Four entree plates
Four side plates
Two saucers
 Of course there was a 20% discount on the day as well.

I had only just told someone that this particular store was not that great. I really, really, really take that back now!
It was my lucky day in that store, for sure!

I always get swept away in the moment when I see English china in our thrift stores here.
 Unlike searching the UK Charity stores, good quality vintage English china is harder to find in our local thrift stores

These deep blue cobalt plates are definitely going to a good home and will be utilised every day, along with the other blue and white pieces that we use.


Do you like the vintage rose tablecloth that was given to me by a lovely blogging friend on the weekend? It is just plain gorgeous.
Conditions are that I have to make it into something.
Ummm.... I feel a stunning cushion cover coming on...maybe?
I will keep you updated on my progress there! 

Just loving this Burleighware  and still can't believe my luck.
Right place, right time I guess.

Pam x


OhSoVintage said...

I just love the vibrant blue of this china.

Stylish Settings said...

Oh yes. Definately right place, right time. What a great find. Enjoy it everyday.
Kylie x

brismod said...

It was meant to be! I love old china. You must be pinching yourself that you found the whole set. xx

melissa said...

Wow, that is such a great find... a gorgeous set! Cant wait to see what loveliness you make from the tablecloth Pam...


jeanetteann said...

Lucky,lucky you,it's gorgeous. Please don't cut up your tablecloth,I have one similar and they look lovely with pretty china.x said...

Lovely to see your tablecloth Pam, its looks wonderful. Now get the scissors and start cutting it up!

Linda Lilly Cottage said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I am soooo jealous, what a fabulous find was indeed a great thrifting day for you...a day well spent I think, you must have been meant to go there...see put it out in the for some of your fabulous thrifting luck to rub off on me.
Kiss Noises Linda

Cozy Little House said...

I am smitten! Those dishes are so divine! I have a similar platter, but those dishes!!!

kerrie of sea cottage said...

You are so lucky! I just found your blog from Beach Vintage and am now a follower.

koralee said...

Soooo girlfriend collects this pattern and everytime I have tea from her tea pot I am in heaven...came over from Simone's sweet blog to Hello! xoxo

Blondie's Journal said...

The china is gorgeous!! How lucky you were to find so many pieces...I'm happy for you!

Today I found a pillow form for the lovely cover you sent me. It sits on my bed now and looks beautiful. Thank you again!!


simmone said...

Wow!!what a lovely suprise find for you,know what you mean about the price and quality of china in the secondhand shops.Enjoy!

Naturally Carol said...

You are so lucky that the shop people didn't realise what they were pricing! Great find!

Barn House Antiques said...

great finds!!! I love your tablecloth too

Tiff said...

What a fantastic find!!! I adore that blue and white. Lucky you! That table cloth sets it off nicely, will you be able to cut it up?! I have a stash that is ready.... although I am not that willing!!!
Thanks for the most wonderful day on Sunday! Your home looked absolutely beautiful and you made the most delicious lunch! I envy all that stunning china!!! (Although I think there is always room for more!) You really spoiled us! x

Rose H (UK) said...

Believe me Pam, Calico ware is hard to come by in the UK charity shops and fairs, It's taken me years to collect my pieces. It's one of my favourite patterns.
I'm glad you've 'rescued' them and are going to use and enjoy them! Your table cloth is quite lovely :o)

Junk-it Junction... said...

So, so jealous!!! It is absolutely gorgeous!

the old boathouse said...

Lucky you !! Such a great find, I was admiring that plate you had and I think I was the lucky girl who got to use it on Sunday. Just shows the great finds are all about persistence. xxx Katherine

Bee happy said...

I am so jealous!! This set is so gorgeous such a pretty pattern, enjoy using it or just looking at it ;)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

polkadotpeticoat said...

Best score ever ,love Burleighware .......jealous Momma!!!

cottonreel said...

I'm English , a collector of blue and white . I have lots .
I must have had my head buried , I cannot recall seeing Calico wear or have I have I been too focused on Willow ?.
Now I want .
I go through stages , Chintz , then plainer then back again to floral . With all the beautiful floral fabrics in England we are spoilt

Mimi said...

A great find. I love it, my sister has the teapot. The tablecloth looks like what my Nana used to have on her kitchen table, it is gorgeous. Mimi xx

rosenresli said...

I know the blue Burleigh calico and it is just very pretty. You made a great bargain and I understand that your are in love with this china.
Sometimes we have luck in finding such beauties. My favourite china is from an very old german manufacture which is called "Max Roesler". It doesn´t exists anymore and produced only 30 years from 1894 til 1930 some very nice porcelain decors. Last year I find a pitcher with roses from this label on a flea market for 25 euro. A Max Roesler collector told me that the pitcher is worth 180 - 250 euro! What a lucky find too.

lots of greetings,

Lee said...


I am in NZ and just stumbled upon your blog, its really wonderful and I was so surprised to see the china...I have one solo plate from the same set that a friend gave me. I used to have it on my wall but now I use it to serve cakes on. You were very lucky to get a whole set like that :) Well done!

Corrie said...

oh my goodness me! I just today wrote a blog post as I am looking for a new china set for my yet to be built kitchen! well aren't you a lucky lady!


well done, that is some find!