Confessions of a plate addict and where to find them

Since I confessed to having an obsession with columns in the last post, I thought I’d go ahead and come squeaky clean and out of the closet about my other addictions.  Does anyone else have any addictions for material possessions?  I know that sounds terrible but I’m not so bad as to grab the dishes if the house were on fire or cry if they all broke, but I do love them so – hence the confessions of a plate addict.

Here at our house in Highland Village, we have dishes for everyday meals, plates for Mexican food, summer plates, a set for fall and Thanksgiving, even a set for Christmas.  I also have several special dishes for birthdays or holidays like Valentine’s Day and Saint Patrick’s Day.

I get teased a lot by my family.  Just to irritate me, they’ll use the fall plates during spring time!  Ugh – feel the love?  But because I love them all (the plates not the kids – just kidding!), I over look the sarcasm and continue my journey to find more.

White dish decor

White dishes are my absolute fave.  They go with every place mat and with each season.  I know what you’re thinking, what do you mean season…no one does that!  Well I do and white goes with them all. 😉  Some are antique ironstone from England like the chamber pot in the picture above and some are pieces I’ve purchased from stores like HomeGoods.  Look at that little gravy boat.  It’s also an antique from the 1920’s.  What makes it so special is that it was a gift from my BFF!    I will treasure it always.

Antigue Ironstone chamber pot from England

antique white oval platters

Can anyone really go wrong with white serving platters?  Of course not.  You can mix old with new, traditional with modern, simple with extravagant if you’d like.  Not one in the stack above is the same color but they still look great together.  Yet another reason to love white dishes.

white plate with deer emblem

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Stacked white dishes with scrolled detail

Okay, here comes another confession… I also adore antique silver or silver plated utensils.  I started collecting them a few years ago because I wanted them to use as hooks on the antique columns I was redoing.  You can see those here in this post.

antique spoons on oval plates

Look at them.  Each are beautiful in their own tarnished, well worn, elegant way.  Most of the pieces range from 50 cents to a dollar.  Occasionally if it was one I thought was really different, I’d pay $2.00.  The forks and knives are the least expensive.  Don’t be afraid to mix them together with a place setting though.  They look awesome when paired with any white dishes.

White dishes with antique spoon handles

Where to find white dishes

Where to find antique silver

  • Antique Stores and Malls (usually sold in full sets but you can find some individuals)
  • Estate Sales/Garage Sales (usually by the piece)
  • Vintage Trade Shows
  • Facebook – Online trading post/garage sale sites in your area
  • Your grandmothers attic

I think I might have enough white dishes for now only because a year ago I was at my nieces gorgeous wedding.  She had rented the most stunning plates for the reception dinner.  I was just beside myself looking at everyone’s plates.  They had pink ones, green ones, blue ones and yellow ones.  Flowery ones, some with birds, gold rimmed and silver rimmed.

Just imagine setting a place with both a white plate and a vintage flowery plate on top.  Oh my golly, I can see it!  Anyone up for having a tea party with me?!  I’ll set the table if you’ll cook.  Or we could just sit and sip looking at the gorgeousness of the place settings before us.  Sigh.