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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Holiday Gift Lists Update

The Holiday Gift Lists for easy online shopping has added some new categories since my original post on 11/9/09.
  1. Kids Gifts - Ages 6 - 12
  2. Collectibles
  3. Gift Certificates
  4. Kids - Teens and Tweens
Be sure to check the lists often. New items are being added on a regular basis.

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Tea Cups - Why do so many people collect them?

A harder question to answer may be why not. With so many choices, tea cup collecting can satisfy any pack rat's urge. They are pretty, plentiful and can be had even if you're on a tight budget. Go to
any garage sale and you are likely to find at least one set for sale and the thrift stores usually have a selection of tea cups and saucers on the shelves. Add Ebay and shops (both online and brick and mortar) to the mix and you will probably never know the frustration of not being able to find that new piece to add to your collection. From whimsical to elegant bone china, the choices are limitless.

And how can you get bored with them? I had a customer once that bought several sets for a bridal shower. You would think a gathering of that sort would require an elegant matching set for her guests. But her idea was so much more fun. She wanted each place setting to have a completely different tea cup and saucer, no repeats. Think of how much fun any tea cup collector at that party would have had looking at the pretties! It would be even easier to do this on a smaller scale with a close knit group of friends over for afternoon tea.

Cups and saucers can take up just one shelf in your china cabinet or take it over completely. You can fill your walls with shelves of them and never have 2 sets alike if that's your fancy. You may have identical shapes, but the number of decorations are endless. That being said I would guess that once you start collecting tea cups and saucers, you might very easily expand your collection to include tea pots, sugars and creamers and even tea and dessert sets. It would be hard to resist ;)

Happy Collecting,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Very Busy Day
It was a very busy day around here today. We've been taking and editing pictures and adding new product at Dishes and Doodads. Another set of vintage American dinnerware has been added to the inventory. This set is made by Leigh Potters of Ohio. The company operated for a brief time from 1926 - 1931 and made semi porcelain dinnerware. We've listed plates, bowls, cups and saucers and some serving pieces.
We also added some vintage kitchen collectibles in Doodads. Enamelware and graniteware pieces that came from an estate clean out we did some years ago. We sold most of it, saved some of it for display, sold some more of it and this is what's left.

All in all, a very productive day!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Holiday Gift Lists for Easy Online Shopping!

The holidays are coming on fast and some of you (including myself) probably don't enjoy the crowds as much as others. So make it easy on yourselves and do your shopping online. Selling Lounge member CruiseReady is busy compiling a categorized list here for easy browsing. The list has great gift ideas from various Lounge members along with special offers, discount coupons and free shipping. You'll find everything from collectibles and dinnerware to skin care and pet gifts. What could be easier?

Dishes and Doodads is proud to be a member of this fine group of sellers.
Happy Shopping!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

On Sale - Tangerine Art Glass Bud Vase
What cut flowers (or dried arrangement for that matter) wouldn't look great in this colorful tangerine bud vase? It is cased glass with an applied handle. Pieces with this handle shape always make me think of a woman with attitude with her hand on her hip. I don't know why. Anyway, back to the vase. It stands 8 inches tall and is most likely made in Japan. It is the same shape as Lefton #5871 but without a label it is impossible to make a positive id. Many shapes were shared by multiple importers. You can get this Tangerine Art Glass Vase on sale now at Dishes and Doodads!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Are you looking for Salem China Heirloom Line Commodore?

Dishes and Doodads has a nice selection of this vintage American dinnerware pattern marked down 20% now through the holidays.

Salem China Company manufactured dinnerware in Ohio from 1898 - 1967. The Heirloom line is ivory and has a great square shape with scalloped corners. The Commodore decoration is a garland of bows and swags in platinum around the piece and platinum trim on the rims. We have plates and bowls in several sizes, cups and saucers and some serving pieces.

Salem Heirloom Commodore Creamer

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Dishes and Doodads - The Beginning

Dishes and Doodads is an online shop and you guessed it, we sell dishes and lots of other doodads. We're a pretty small shop right now but are busy listing new arrivals on a regular basis and our inventory is building. If you browse all of our items you'll see that glass and pottery dinnerware is the main focus for now but we also have dolls and ornaments, studio pottery and will pretty much list whatever might come our way.

While this shop is new, we are not new to online sales. We've been selling on Ebay since 2001 under the id gailsgoodthings. We are not as active on Ebay as we once were but still list there occasionally to keep our account active. We are also members of The Glass and Pottery Co-Op and The Collectibles Store. These sites are multi dealer sites with combined inventories of about 3,000 items at this time. All are members of The Glass and Pottery Sellers Association (GPSA).

That's it for now, hope you'll visit again soon.

12pc Stanley Bone China Dessert Set