Thursday, April 30, 2009

Reuse & Repurpose: A Place at the Table

When shopping for china and porcelain in a thrift shop, there are a few considerations you’ll want to keep top of mind. These dishes are somewhat fragile, chip easily and may disentegrate when held to the high temperature of the dishwasher, especially if they’ve already lived aa healthy life. When

 perusing potential china acquisitions, always inspect for cracks – even those under the surface of the glaze. Sometimes if you hold a potential purchase to a light, you can see them better. Use your fingers to feel for any heavy cracks or chips that could impede your purchase’s use. But if you’re attracted to a plate for its pure decorative allure, why, throw caution to the wind. Hang it on the wall, use it as a fanciful charger or crunch up a whole bunch of them and create a mosaic on a tabletop.

Now these Este gold plates at look perfect. Hurry on over to bid, because the auction ends in a few days!


“There’s always room for another plate – maybe even a chipped one,” says The Elegant

 Thrifter, Always Frugal, Always Fabulous

For other thrift inspirations, pick up my book, The Find, The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at AmazonBarnes & NobleBorders andPowell's. 

1 comment:

  1. The Elegant Thrifter sez: “There’s always room for another plate – maybe even a chipped one.”

    I'm going to needlepoint that epitaph on a pillow, and adopt it as my motto.

    Thanks, as ever.



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