Wednesday, May 8, 2013

In Ironstone Heaven

Is this ironstone that I see?

A whole box full of ironstone looking back at me?!

Talk about hitting the jackpot ... that's exactly how I felt!
The mother lode of ironstone.
Well, that's probably a bit of a stretch, but it is a nice haul of ironstone dishes!
And the best part about it:  almost all of it was FREE.
All because my friend, Aleisa & I had a random convo about ironstone.

Somehow or another, amidst my ramblings about this & that, I mentioned that my collection
of old creamy white dishes, pitchers, & platters is called ironstone ...
and how I've gotten all of it at Goodwill, flea markets, yard sales, & the like.

She proceeded to tell me that the dishes at the office she works at were ironstone ... a whole set.
She said they were nothing special, just plain white dishes that said Johnson Brothers Ironstone
on the bottom.

I shared with her that I had recently found some at GW, only 6 though, & how I was hoping 
to run across at least 2 more so I could have a complete set for our dining room table.
This would be my first set of plain white classic dishes.
Something great about plain white ... simple & goes with any decor.

Here's where the story gets all fun.
A few months pass & I get a call from Aleisa.
"Guess what," she says .... "My boss is throwing out all those plain white dishes & getting new!
I asked if I could have them for you ... & she said sure."

All because of random convo about ironstone.
{Did I mention how much I love my friend Aleisa?!}
Course, I give God credit for everything, so I see these as a 'desires of my heart' blessing.
All in all, I got an oval serving tray, an oval serving dish, a round serving bowl, 4 salad bowls,
9 saucers, & 7 plates!
What in the world?!
I am so happy about these!!

BUT, the story's not over.
2 days later, while the box of these freebie dishes were still in the back of my Suburban,
I stop in at Goodwill.

And for the grand ol' price of 49 cents, I find several pieces of Valley Forge Ironstone.

13 saucers, 9 little fruit bowls, & 1 soup bowl.

I couldn't believe how 'lucky' I was ;)
The only thing that would've sweetened the deal if they were half price that day
& I would've only paid a quarter.
Ha ... yes, I love a bargain.

Last but not least, only a couple days later, I stopped in at my fave flea market.
There I found this sweet little gravy bowl for one whole dollar.

It was almost as if the ironstone heavens opened up on me that week!

While I have several pitchers, this is my first gravy bowl.
I spotted one almost identical to this just a few booths over for $9.
Made me even happier about this one.

Where is my collection of ironstone displayed you ask?
Well, it's found a home on display in my china cabinet ... most of it anyway.
I've been collecting for a few years now & I've gotten enough pieces now that I am using them
here & there throughout the house.
There's a few pieces in the living room & the kitchen.

How 'bout this ... even though my china cabinet is in a difficult place to photograph
{and I'm admittedly not a very good photographer!}, I'll try & snap a few pics & show you
here in a day or two.
Will that work?

Until then, when you see a piece of ironstone, think of me, will ya?


Happy Wednesday, y'all =)
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  1. Gabrielle DaigleMay 8, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    You definitely hit the jackpot! What classic dishes! Found you on Raising Homemakers.

  2. Wonderful! What a score! I
    can't wait to see it all together!

  3. I did indeed! Thank you for commenting =)

  4. Happy dance, right?! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Thank you, Christine!! I am so glad you stopped by! Blessings & have a happy Mother's Day weekend.

  6. I love it when the things of the heart fall in your lap. I love Ironstone and hope you share your collection in your china cabinet soon! Thanks for joining Diann and I at TFF!


  7. Thank you for hosting ~ Blessings =)

  8. these are all so pretty. I love all of the white. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. We can't wait to see what you have for us this week. The party starts at 8:00PM tonight.

    Debi and Charly

  9. Oh my word, you are right, this is definitely ironstone heaven. What a fabulous haul Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  10. Thank you, Marty =) Thank you for hosting such a fabulous party!

  11. Thank you much! I'll be over to party in a few minutes =)