Monday, February 20, 2012

Thrifty Finds - Little Porcelain Dishes

Who can resist the urge to buy a little trinket whenever they enter a thrift shop? When you're on holiday, and you spot a thrift store, you can't always carry around a stack of old books, or a lovely old Victorian trunk (I had to do that once... big sigh)! But little old dishes, especially with a well-loved blemish or two, are most often affordable and become little souvenirs!

Milkglass, such as this little hobnail cutie, are often found for a few dollars at most (very often, you can find milkglass at garage sales for 50¢)!

This chippy antique flow blue bone dish is a great place to store your beachcombing finds and other little random treasures. This dish holds little oyster shells from a local beach, a vintage rhinestone "L" brooch, some mica I found on a family vacation in the mountains, and a fun old piece of beach glass I found with a complete letter "G" (no doubt part of an old medicinal bottle from back in the day).

I also love using old chippy china as soap dishes! These old bone dishes are especially perfect for setting next to an oval or round shaped sink.

I flipped over my bonedish to reveal this fabulous backstamp. This has gorgeous flow to the blue as well. Then I thought how fun would it be to use it as digital image for collage work, tags, journals...

What do you use your little old chippy dishes for?


  1. Ohh!! That blue one has me! Love it!
    Hobnail one is nice too.
    You could put sticks of gum
    or Qtips LOL.

  2. These are such pretty dishes, and I love your unique treasures within!

  3. Oooh Fabulous!! I use them as soap dishes too, and I have one on my worktable to sharpen my crayons in... but actually can be used for anything!

  4. Did I tell you your banner is wonderful? So unusual! Love it!!