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Friday, October 17, 2008

Show & Tell Friday

I try to visit the local Goodwill store each week, and always take some time to look through the plates and glasses. Most of our wine glasses were purchased there - they sometimes get really good stuff. Such was the case last week when I found these:There are dinner plates, two sizes of smaller plates, two sizes of bowls, a stack of cup saucers, a serving bowl, a gravy boat, and a small pitcher.
I liked the neutrality of the colors, and they looked like a good fit for Autumn. Plus they have kind of a funky shape, and there were several pieces, so almost-complete place settings could be made.
Then I looked at the back:
Yep, Red Wing made dinnerware in the 50's and 60's. This particular pattern is "Random Harvest" and was produced in 1955. Each piece I have is numbered.
Red Wing crocks are highly collectible, in this area at least, so I had an inkling that they might be valuable. I did some research and figured out that my $42 box of near-perfect dinnerware is worth several hundred dollars. I was very excited that they are antique and collectible, but I bought them because I liked the style and pattern. So we use them.I feel that true value is in the memories made, so by using them, I'm adding our memories to their history. That makes them more valuable to me, and hopefully to my family.
Go see what everyone else has shared at Kelli's! Show and Tell

14 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

Love that pitcher!!!! The set you found is elegant!!

Stop by my show and tell when you have time, I'd love to have you visit with me this fine day. Happy weekend to you!!!

Manuela said...

That's exciting - what a great find! They're so perfect for fall!

Manuela

Tonita said...

I love the dishes!

Michelle said...

What a GREAT find! The set is absolutely beautiful!

Elena said...

Those are really cool! What a find. Have a great day!

Chez Nous said...

What a great find! I love the design - it's almost like it's been painted with watercolors - just beautiful.

Grammy said...

What a wonderful collection. I love ti find treasures too.
Have a great week.
Grammy

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Nice find!

Thanks for visiting my S&T too!

Katherine

Susie Homemaker said...

WOW! Those dishes are gorgeous...I love that you care more about how much they will become special to you and your family, and the history behind them, than how valuable they are. If I love something I have, it is always..."priceless"!

Thanks for the visit...
Susie

Carla said...

I love the designs and shapes, AND finding that stamp is just too perfect!!! Congratulations on your find!!!

FourOf5zs said...

I love things from this era. The dishes are a really nice pattern and you got a great bargain... and it something you can use.

Carrie said...

This set of vintage dishes are a wonderful find...I know you will get much use out of them.

Ivory Spring said...

Beautiful dishes, Tammy!

Thanks for sharing - they are great for the fall season!

Kelli said...

What a wonderful find! Such beautiful dishes, especially for this time of year!
~Kelli