Love Me Some Ironstone

6.03.2012

I went to an estate sale on Friday morning that was close by. The site I look at, estatesales.net., made the sale sound like something worth going to. After standing in line around twenty minutes we were finally let in. They had everything set up in the basement of this house. They let us in late because they weren't even ready. Most of the things still weren't priced when we went in. I found an ironstone bowl at a good price and then I spied a nice ironstone pitcher. It wasn't priced so I held on to it until I could find out how much it was. I asked the lady running the sale and she didn't say a word and just slapped a sticker on of $25. I said never mind and put it back. I just don't think that is an estate sale price. So after buying the one bowl I left disappointed and decided to make a trip to my favorite antique mall that I hadn't been to in a while. It was my lucky day there. There was more ironstone than I have ever seen there before and at good prices. Here are the pieces I bought.

This is the one bowl that I found at the estate sale. It is by Johnson Brothers and was only $12. It was kind of strange that the pitcher I wanted was unmarked and she slapped that $25 sticker on it.

Now this little pitcher was almost the same size as the other one and this was only $6. Now that's more like it and this was at the antique mall.


I found this stack of Homer Laughlin ironstone platters for $2 each. These are the small ones. I thought that was a great price so I bought all six.

Another old pitcher I found. I love that this one is not perfect and is very old. It has dark spots on it and a hairline crack on the bottom of the inside. I just love the shape.

One of my favorite finds was this large cup and saucer. Or it may be a soup bowl. Anyone know? This is Homer Laughlin, too and was only $10.


I staged all of my new pieces together on this woven tray with handles, which was another Pottery Barn outlet find for only $19, just for this photo shoot. The sunroom has the best light for photography. I am using  this tray in the sunroom, but not with this on it.

I also purchased a vintage brass lamp that I had seen at this store for a while and I guess it was just meant to come home with me. I will share it soon.

Hope y'all have a super week!

Sharing at the following:
Southern Hospitality for Thrifty Treasures
Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Uncommon Ground for Vintage Inspiration

51 comments:

  1. You found some wonderful items! Love how they look in the wicker basket :)

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  2. I love ironstone, too....it's just so clean and bright and cheerful. Great tray, too. Linda

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  3. You always find the best buys on stuff!!!! Your new ironstone pieces are so pretty....I love that stack of ironstone platters!!!! Have a great week :o)
    ~Des

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  4. What great finds and pictured in such a lovely way! I too love ironstone :-) Thanks for sharing XO Laura at The Ironstone Nest.

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  5. I love the size of the size platters. Glad you left the other pitcher behind.

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  6. Guess she saw someone that looked like they could (would)pay 25. doubt that she got it that day, tho. You found some great pieces. I love ironstone platters for steak cookouts. love that basket tray!

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  7. Those pieces are wonderful Kim. Iyou much more patience than I do. I would have had a word or two for the rude lady or as my mother in law likes to say she could have used some advice!;)

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  8. Great finds and super prices. Seems like a lot of the Estate sales are really over priced. Too bad. You did good. Hugs, Marty

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  9. Love it all Kim. Estate sales are often over priced for me too. I wait until day two when often they go half off. Today I got sixteen Johnson Brothers plates for two dollars each or less at an estate sale in Wrens, Ga. They depict castles in England. Yesterday I bought the matching pitcher because I was scared it would be gone before my arrival today-that is what they bank on.

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  10. I've never been to an estate sale but at the moment, I'm addicted to auctions! The bad thing is that they can move so fast sometimes that I end up with things I didn't intend on buying. On the other hand I've come home with things at unbelievable prices.

    Love the ironstone...you did well with those purchases!

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  11. Nice finds! I can't seem any ironstone near Beaufort.

    Have a great week!

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  12. so pretty! The pieces are lovely.

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  13. I love ironstone too, so I'm drooling over your finds! I love the basket too! Good thing you said no to that first pitcher so that you could find all the other goodies.

    Kat

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  14. All your new pieces are beautiful. I really like the dark area on the side of the pitcher, it gives it character. It feels good to set a piece down and walk away when it's not in your price range. I do the same thing, when I have a price in mind thats what I stick to.

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  15. You found some great pieces there, Kim. The woman probably sized you up and figured you would pay $25 for it- Guess she was WRONG! lol

    I do think the handled piece is a soup bowl. I had some patterened ones that I gave to my daughter..same shape and size.

    Have a great day-xo Diana

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  16. You found some great ironstone pieces. Don't be discouraged by the Estate Sale... just keep going and you will unearth some treasures!

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  17. So awesome you didn't give up - you scored and made it worth your while to be out and using up your gas.

    Good job! NICE pieces!!

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  18. Love your finds!
    It's a cream soup bowl. Seville is the name of the pattern shape in Homer Laughlin. Possibly restaurant supply as are the small ovals. But a very nice addition to your cache of tableware.

    Estate sales and antique malls are notorious for overpricing and misinformation.... which in some cases works to our advantage if WE do our homework! Sometimes, THEY just don't know what something is worth. ;-)

    Happy Shopping!

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  19. WHY??? are people selling??? I did the same thing this weekend and bought a set of scampi dishes..at least that's what they looked like to me. I was thrilled!

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  20. Very pretty finds, Kim! Oh, every time you mention that outlet I salivate.
    Brenda

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  21. Great finds Kim! That is a soup bowl and saucer.

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  22. Nice finds Kim! Your mystery one is a cream soup or boullion bowl.

    Hugs,
    Judy

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  23. I guess at that point they couldn't be bothered to price things appropriately, Kim. I'm glad you didn't get it after that. You found some great pieces at your local antique mall. I wanted to go to mine this past week, but didn't have a chance. I'm definitely going this coming week though. I hope to find some treasures.

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  24. Kim, I think your favorite antique mall, is the one I would go to with my daughter in Atlanta! Seems like it was much better that that estate sale. You got some great treasures! I love ironstone too. You've got quite an eye for the great treasures, Missy!

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  25. I collect iron stone as well, its a passion, you have some lovely pieces, they do just want to come home don't they!

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  26. What a wonderful assortment of ironstone. I love your basket tray too.

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  27. Beautiful finds, Kim. Love it all. XO, Pinky

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  28. I wonder what would have happened if you "accidentally" dropped the pitcher out of shock when she told you the price?!
    Yhe pieces you did get are beautiful!
    We helped set up for our church's sale coming up this Thurs. I plan to be there early cuz there are a few things I want. It's ok. I took tons to sell and a couple were antiques that should bring in some money for the youth group.

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  29. Gorgeous ironstone and I can't believe the prices! I would like to collect more ironstone, but I rarely find it in the right price range.

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  30. Great finds Kim! In my opinion, it's really best to invest in those white and classic pieces. It can perfectly complement anything.

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  31. Kim: Doesn't it make you mad when there is a yard, garage, estate sale, it doesn't matter what it's called it's all the same in my book, and they mark up the prices so high. It's no fun then. You got some beauties though, so you were smart to go to the antique store..Happy Sunday..Judy

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  32. Oh how absolutely lovely!

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  33. Love all your pretty new ironstone! Looks like you were able to hit the store at just the right time. You really scored some good deals. Looks like you've got enough plates to eat off of too.

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  34. I love ironstone too and have a few pieces. I bet the people running the estate sale hadn't a clue what they were doing and that's why they overpriced. Great finds you ended up getting.

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  35. Thank you for sharing your amazing finds. Love the tray, too...Connie

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  36. Love me some ironstone too! You found some beautiful pieces!
    Jane

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  37. Beautiful goodies, Kim...and your photos are truly lovely!

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  38. Hi Kim
    You are a woman after my own heart...ironstone platters and Pottery Barn. I have some of those smaller platters and I love each one.

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  39. I love your attitude...you went from the estate sale in which you were bit disappointed in, and moved on to the antique shop where you did very well....so it turned out to be a great day!!....I love all your "nifty thrifty treasures"....

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  40. Sometimes the estate sales leave a lot to be desired and they do price way too high I think. The garage and yard sales around here have been a big disappointment lately. Came home Saturday with nothing but a 50 cent measuring cup, which I needed. :) Guess, though, that's why I keep going, because you never know what treasures are waiting to be found. Love, love your ironstone.

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  41. You were right. That was steep for an estate sale. Looks like you found some lovely pieces elsewhere!

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  42. Your ironstone finds look so pretty on the woven tray. Recently I've been using the ironstone I've collected, especially the dishes I find that are so cheap. My husband isn't thrilled with the size of the dinner plates, but I tell him they're great for portion control...especially at our age. :-)
    Mary Alice

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  43. Great ironstone. I love it, it is so pretty. Based on what you pain I am thinking I paid too much for my first purchase at an estate sale for a mirror I bout $50 it was $300 mirror. It is large.

    Cynthia

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  44. I LOVE white dishes!
    and I love the wicker tray..I want to add a few of those pieces to my house. I think it would go well with my decor...
    happy Monday:)
    xo

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  45. I was goinging to tell you that the unidentified item was a cream soup bowl, But I see several people already answered that one. They are almost always sold with the underplate and normally have the two handles.
    You made a great haul.
    have a great week, Ginger

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  46. Fun finds at the antique store!!

    I also find it interesting that people having/running estate sales can try to charge such inflated prices! I think you absolutely did the right thing by leaving that pitcher there!

    I love me some ironstone too! I have been incredibly lucky in the past few years, building my collection at the GW for just pennies on the dollar, from what I would have paid for the same pieces at estate sales or antique stores!

    Great finds, Kim!
    xo-Lisa

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  47. Hi Kim! I can't stop staring at your hydrangeas. They look perfect!! Any tips as to how to take care of them? I love them but always end up either killing them or drying them up. I'm so frustrated. Please help! Thanks :-)

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  48. Joy, I have no trick. These were just freshly cut when I took the pics. I have put a little clorox in the water. That seems to keep them fresh longer.

    thanks

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  49. A nice little ironstone day you had there! You found some nice stuff. Love the little pitcher. I guess you did the right thing. Estate sales here are obscenely over priced. I never go to them.

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  50. Such great finds. I do like that site for finding sales-love the way they post a few pictures so you can take a peek to see if it is worth stopping by.

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