In the last few months, I have been on a mission to replace our starter home crockery, and about time too! Not only there are chips here and there, but it is all rather plain and boring.
'Course I wasn't about to go into a shop, choose, buy and job done. What's the fun in that? Oh no... it has to be thrifted and pre-loved. I have had to be very patient (hmm... does me good I suppose) for the perfect pieces to find me (fussy moi?), but my little collection is now steadily growing :)
My current obsession is with 3 designs from 3 countries: US, UK and France. *Tries to get silly joke format out of mind, "There an American, an Englishman and a Frenchman in a bar..." nooo... *
I found this set (sadly incomplete) of Corelle by Corning in Spring Blossom / Crazy Daisy pattern, plates, bowls, cups & saucers. I am a total newbie when it comes to vintage kitchenware, so I bought it and then found out more about it. It made the whole process even more exciting!! (license to snigger granted).
While it is quite easy to find in the US where it comes from, it's much harder to find here. That will make the task of completing the set that bit harder, especially when a quick search on Etsy brings up so many of the pieces I need, if only the postage cost wasn't so high *sigh*.
Still, I'm sure something will turn up somehow. I already spied a little set in one of my fav vintage shop (Glagow based), Peony and Thistle, shame it's not the pieces I am after.
Then came along the French Arcopal cups (middle). I found these last week in Emmaus on my trip back to Brittany to visit my Mum & Dad, quite easy to find over there. I almost bought some plates and bowls but sadly ran out of time :(
There were still boxes and boxes of crockery to look through but they were closing. The ones I found weren't in tip top shape so I left them (unlike Corelle, Arcopal patterns can deteriorate). Another time...
I first saw this pattern called Scania (thank you Nana Odile for the pattern name. You must check her flickr photostream, it's full of gorgeous vintage goodness!), when the lovely Emma Lamb found her fab Arcopal jug. Love at first sight! I have grown up eating out of Arcopal dishes
but didn't know this pattern. Love the colour, and they go so perfectly with my green Corelle cups.
And then there's British made JAJ Cottage Rose. I have only got one little bowl (on the right), there will be more I am sure, too pretty :)
PS: Phew! I managed to keep 3 man joke references at bay. Just as well because a) there're always rubbish jokes & b) I'm hopeless at telling jokes. Either I'm giggling and unable to finish or I spoil it by telling it wrongly.
PPS: Obsession #4 is Pyrex