Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Well Worn, But Well Loved

I have a huge fondness for Ironstone.  The problem?  Sometimes it can be way too expensive.  But if you'd like to start a  collection, and don't want to spend a ton, look for the pieces that have been well used.  I seem to have more of an attachment to them anyways, and I look at their wear more as a work of art, than damage.  Who knows, you may also be pleasantly surprised at how reasonably priced they can be.

Each of these pieces were picked up for a song.  The large pitcher was a mere $10.  The smaller darker cream piece has wonderful color and crazing.


Some more well loved pieces.  The more discoloration, the better!

And what's a small crack anyway?  This vintage compote's a perfect choice for my bathroom.

How lovely is this coffee pot!  I paid a small price for it, just $25.  If it was perfect, it probably would have been far more expensive.

Love this piece.  Very interesting detail.  A prized possession,  with all it's warts and all!

I wish . . . I had more ironstone?

Okay, so I may not have taken all my Christmas decorations down yet.  My bad!

This brown transferware water pitcher I purchased in actually quite good  condition.  But the piece underneath of it is just as appealing to me.

So when you're out looking for pieces, look for those that may have had a "full" life!  They may actually mean more to you. 

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philben5 said...

Great displays and I love "well worn" pieces. I wondered if you could tell me where you purchased your black bar stools? We are remodeling and am looking for stools. Thanks

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Beautiful collection!

Brittan said...

Wonderful pieces (and great $ finds it sounds like). I love the well worn pieces also, they have so much more character, and as tasha tudor would say "I would rather see it broken than just sitting on a shelf collecting dust!" thanks for sharing these!
(oh, and by the way, I still have my whole christmas tree up, lights and decorations and all! we milk it as long as possible)
<3 brittan

Lanette of Cottage Elements said...

Roxanne, that's an easy one. Target! And I'm pretty sure they still have them. My kids love them as they're like hydraulics, where you can move them up and down. Have fun remodeling! Amy, glad you enjoy my collection and Brittan, thanks for the lovely quote by TT. Btw, I worked on getting three trees down today. Only one more to go :)


Kathy said...

Lani - I love ironstone too (and have a "few" pieces...) - yours is wonderful!! :)

Hugs, Kathy

Ticking and Toile said...

those are so awesome!! I love them all!! I really like that scale too! You do a fabulous job displaying things!


Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Such pretty displays of your "loved" pieces!

Billie @ creekyhollowfarm said...

I have an addiction to ironstone as well. I love your pieces...thank you for sharing!

Prior said...

I too, love the ironstone with character. My daughter-in-law used 3 white ironstone pitchers on table at her wedding to put childhood memories and well wishes in, plus a small one to hold the pens...Lezlee


LOVE each and every piece. I too collect ironstone, I also, as you do , love the discolored and cracked pieces, well loved and well used. Thank you for sharing great post.....

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Oh I SO LOVE ironstone!! The more cracks, crazing and discolorations the better I like it!! LOVE all of your pieces, but especially the one with the hand towels in it! LOVE THAT ONE!!

SO pretty!

Lou Cinda

Gretchen said...

Lovely blog post Lani. I too am a lover all things cracked, crazed and imperfections. Your displaying and home features each of these beauties in all of their glory. I so need to swap out some furniture in my home, for better display pieces.
Beautifully done, my friend.

Faded Charm said...

You've got a great collection. I. too have a fondness for the more worn pieces.

Enjoy your week.



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