antiques & vintage

the dish on dinnerware

Anthropologie plates

Several years ago I decided I would like to have dishes that are all different. In order to make this work and not end up with complete chaos, I needed a few parameters. The set of white porcelain plates from my wedding registry was still intact, and there were a lot of them, like 12. So those were staying. The salad plates were dwindling, though, as we used those the most (and with two small people that like to eat, accidents happen). Plus, when we lived in Montana I had the tendency to knock them on the granite counter while loading the dishwasher, routinely chipping the edges or breaking them altogether.

I started looking for 9″ (or so) plates as well as cereal bowls. At first I tried to collect only vintage plates and bowls. But although I found a few great pieces at flea markets and antiques shops, mostly what I saw were not the simple modern style I was looking for. Amassing a collection that could serve more than four people would have taken a decade.

So I expanded my range to include new plates and bowls. I now have a “set” of 10 cereal bowls and a stack of small plates that are all different, some vintage and some new. I like it except I need more kitchen shelving because they don’t stack neatly. And when I break one, it’s gone forever. I will never be able replace it. But hey, it’s just stuff.

One of my favorite places to ogle dishes and other fun kitchenware is Fishs Eddy. With NYC locations at Broadway and 19th streets and Staten Island, Fishs Eddy sells thousands of edgy, unique and incredibly fun dishes, both new and vintage.

Vintage China at Fishs Eddy

Most of my cereal bowls came from Fishs Eddy, in their own designs like polka dot, bridge and tunnel, and baseball pitches. In the back of the store there is a “cheap china” room which houses a constantly-arriving supply of restaurant-grade dishes. They also carry vintage dinnerware, one-of-a-kind sample plates and creamers.

Cheap China at Fishs Eddy

Dishes are everywhere in the store, and if you’re looking for vintage, prepare to dig through stacks of dusty plates.


The other place I enjoy shopping for dishes is Anthropologie (which happens to be a place I also love to buy clothes… a dangerous combination!). Anthropologie collaborates with artists like Nathalie Lété, ceramist Sue Tirrell and painter Rebecca Rebouché to create stunning collections (see plates, top). I like to shop in the sale section, a jackpot if you are looking for single plates. If you want a complete set, though, don’t wait for dishes to go on sale or you will be scouring ebay for them.

finding booty in butte

the town of butte, montana doesn’t come to mind as an important city in cultural american history. but in its heyday, around the turn of the 20th century, butte was one of the most diverse cities in the nation and the copper capital of the world. prosperity continued in butte until the 1950s, when mining {READ MORE}

the charming cloche

lately i have been a little obsessed with cloches—lovely domes of glass, both new and vintage, protecting treasures of all sizes. delicate and pretty, a cloche captures the focus of a room and elevates its contents—be it plant, bird’s nest, edible arrangement or anything you desire to house within the thin, clear glass bell—to installation {READ MORE}

No. 299

about 60 miles north of nyc lives a lady with great taste. and she’s willing to share her discerning eye and talent for discovering treasures with her neighbors. jackie fucigna sells vintage furniture and housewares that she finds and restores as well as new items like totes, candles and costume jewelry. she photographs and writes {READ MORE}

a is for antiques

this past weekend i went to connecticut for a little fun, antiques shopping, and inspiration. here are a few things i saw:

fab find: 1960s bathing suit

the manhattan vintage clothing show held lots of treasures this spring. i saw several one-piece rompers and modest mid-century bathing suits as well as troves of red, white and blue pieces. even though it’s still chilly in nyc, everyone is gearing up for barbecues, hot nights and summer in the hamptons (or for the less fortunate, {READ MORE}

fab find: 1950s metal chair

welcome to the first installment of “fab finds,” a segment that features an interesting, cool or downright weird item that i came across and couldn’t pass up. this debut post features—what else?—a chair! a 1950s vintage metal wrap-around chair. this one is a bit beat up, but i’ve been seeking one of these mid-century lawn {READ MORE}

manhattan vintage

the manhattan vintage clothing show and sale, held in the metropolitan pavilion in chelsea, offers the best of vintage clothes from the 1920s to the 1990s. vendors from east of the mississippi travel to sell their collections at this show. and they know what they have. prices are fair but rarely a bargain. the clothes, {READ MORE}

brooklyn flea – williamsburg

in the world of flea markets, the early bird definitely gets the worm. this time, i was the bird. arriving before the market officially opened on sunday at 10am, i was scouring booths as vendors were setting up. i found a great yellow metal cart on casters that is cute and also super functional. my {READ MORE}

london in brooklyn

i’m always on the hunt for fun clothes that are a bit unique. i recently stumbled across beautiful recycled and reconstructed vintage clothing by sharon london. sharon, who sells her wares at the brooklyn flea market, creates new and upcycled lines of tops, skirts, and dresses using recycled vintage textiles. new vintage—the best of both worlds! {READ MORE}