Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Dirt On Antique Dishes

I was invited to come purchase items of an estate.  I never really know what to expect under those circumstances.  We came home with some interesting items.  (And wearing some interesting smells.)


It took a lot of digging under crowded, dark, hot and stinky conditions.  I DO love my job:)

I may be posting in the future over some more of the items.  But I wanted you to see what I was up against with the dishes. 

This century-old beauty had some great
St. Joseph, MO advertising.

I had my husband clear out an old cabinet and just put the dishes in totes.  It was dark and they were too dirty to really see what I was buying.  I kind of purchased on faith.
You can see what I was up against.  I think they had been around a house fire at some point because they were black.  It took lots of elbow grease and Magic Eraser (love that product, you can generic for $1 at Dollar Tree) to make them look presentable.  I sometimes use windex, and for the sticky - GooGone.  Dishes are tough, do what you have to to clean them.  I've soaked them in a 50/50 bleach water solution for a whole day in the past.

I thought they looked beautiful together since most of them had blue in them.

Any keepers?  Maybe the Chase Candy Co (located in St. Joseph, MO for a century) plate.  I already have one, but this one is a little different.

Linking Up With: My Salvaged Treasures


  1. This looks like my kind of sale! I just LOVE old dishes!

  2. Oh my. I love what you found. The Chase Chocolates plate is a wonderful find! Seriously! I used to live in MO and St. Joseph sounds familiar.... I was in Cape for a few years back in the 90s. Anyway, your post is perfect for linking with my "Let's Talk Vintage!" link party! The link is still up.... I do it every Tuesday at 9 AM! Pop on over if you get a chance!

  3. Your plates are worth every bit of time and effort it took to clean them up. They're all gorgeous! I LOVE magic erasers. Thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.


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