My Favorite Thing to Collect
I used to think I didn’t “collect” things, but that was just a lie I was telling myself, because I do. I totally do. I may not collect cat figurines (although I did when I was little, remember Calico Kittens?! ha!) or thimbles or stamps, but OH do I collect. I collect linen napkins, glassware, vases, and most of all, vintage china. Truth be told, it’s an obsession.
I often find myself dreaming of having a separate garage that I could turn into my entertaining barn and house all of my “prized” collections, because whether I’m picking up finds on our travels or hunting them down online, each little dessert plate or tea cup has a story. Plus, they’re just so darn pretty!
Where I Shop for Vintage China
I’m constantly on the hunt for a new plate (or 4!) and these are a few of my favorite resources…
Etsy – Gosh, I absolutely LOVE Etsy and have seriously found so many amazing pieces there! Whether it’s a full china set like this one, completing my great grandmother’s daisy juice glass collection she left to me, or finding pretty little dessert plates for a party, Etsy is hands down my go-to.
Replacements.com – I find this site to both incredibly overwhelming and thrilling. They literally have everything, including this pattern I have my eye on. The thing I love the most about replacements.com is that you are able to search by pattern, color, type, etc. The options are endless and if what you’re looking for is out of stock you can have them “Find This For Me” and they will find it for you! I absolutely love this site.
eBay – Okay, so in all transparency, I like Etsy better than eBay for vintage china… BUT with that being said, I have tracked down some really good stuff. You just have to be specific and know what you’re looking for! Like this Fleur de Lys pattern I am totally OBSESSED WITH.
Local Vintage/Antique/Thrift Shops – And last but certainly not least, local shops! I make a point to always pop into a local shop when we are traveling! I have found some of my favorite pieces out and about. Never underestimate a shop that may look a little rough around the edges on the outside, because there’s usually a few hidden gems on the inside! Whether you’re traveling or running errands around town, do a quick Google maps search for a “vintage shop or antique store”. I pinky promise you’ll be surprised at what you find!