In my attempt to give our old farmhouse a legitimate farmhouse look both inside and out, I wanted to build up a collection of white ironstone. I seem to be drawn mostly to pitchers in all shapes and sizes. Large ironstone pitchers in pristine shape are quite pricey so I decided to collect a range of sizes so I wouldn’t break the bank. I recently found my smaller pitchers fit quite nicely in a small, shabby cabinet that was stowed away in the laundry room for future use.
As you can see, I haven’t hung this cabinet on the wall yet. Still looking for the perfect spot but it will probably go in the kitchen. Some of these pieces are not ironstone but they blend in quite nicely.
If you’re a collector, you know you can wind up spending hundreds or thousands of dollar just building your collection. A great way to stretch your dollar is to add similar items that aren’t authentic but pair well with what you’ve got.
For example, the creamer pitcher on the left is brand new and cost less than $2, while the ironstone creamer on the right is much older and cost more, as well. The shapes are similar, so I don’t mind that all my white pieces aren’t the real thing. They still look pretty together.
The feminine shape of this Federalist pitcher caught my eye when I saw it on Ebay. When bidding on Ebay, I’ve found it’s best to wait until the last minute to place your bid. This way, no one has a chance to outbid you and you pretty much know what the end price will be. And if you’re like me, you sometimes get caught up in a bidding war and all of a sudden you’re bidding more money than you wanted to pay!
I’ve added several of these little guys to my white collection. Found them at the flea market and when I tipped them over to see what their marking was, I was surprised to find out they’re actually measuring cups! They say 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup etc on their bottoms.
What types of things do you like to collect?
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