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I Collect____________.

Hi. My Name Is Vicky and I collect CHINA. Here’s how it started.

I grew up in a house with a lot of china – my mother loves having different sets of dishes.  You could say she has a collection!! There’s a set for brunch, a set for formal dinners, a set for every day, a set for special holidays, a set for no specific reason etc etc.

Guess who is in the same situation these days? that’s right…me!  I have  a collection of 6 different sets as well. Despite the fact that I just moved from a house to an apartment, I could not part with one set. They all have some form of meaning to me, not to mention, I really do hope that I will USE them and they won’t just sit in the cupboard.

Here’s some details about the 6 sets of china I own:

1.  This set is called Black Onyx  from Ainsley  (now discontinued)) and was purchased 21 years ago. Back then it was a FORTUNE (let me repeat – a fortune). I use this set mostly for formal holiday meals and I’m proud to say that 21 years later – the entire set is in perfect condition.

pretty formal!!

2. This next collection consists of 12 different tea cups with matching saucers. I can’t even remember the last time I used it but I know it’s been YEARS. However I love the “look” and I love the IDEA of having tea on a Sunday afternoon. (with 11 friends of course)

Pretty, non?

3. This set was buried so deep, I didnt even know I had it till I moved. No joke.

4. This set I bought at Target just before I moved and it’s now my every day set. However I have been using these dishes for Friday nite dinners as I’m really enjoying a more contemporary look. Do you know what I mean?

Really enjoying this set!!

5. This set I inherited from my grandmother. I couldnt part with it. Again, I havent used it for YEARS but it’s meaningful and it’s going nowhere. I also inherited another set of dishes from my grandmother that I use every year during Passover. This means that I have 6 different sets of dishes. This is a problem!!

Cant part with this set!!

You are probably asking “where oh where does she store all these china sets”? Here is the answer: I have an entire shelf dedicated to china in my ONE hallway cupboard. I invested in those “china storage containers” and believe it or not – they are all labelled. Plus I have one box of china in the storage unit that came with the apartment.

Is there anyone out there with the same type of china collection?? I should start a club – “The China Diaries” as each set of china has a story!!

ps I also collect postcards…..stay tuned.

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11 Responses to “I Collect____________.”

  1. Nily Steinberg
    November 22nd, 2011 at 21:07 | #1

    My mom had a fetish for dishes in general. She passed away 15 years ago. When we were sorting through all of her belongings which is a incredibly emotional and difficult job, I started laughing as I counted out 52 chinese rice bowls! Who was my mother planning to feed?! She just couldn’t resist all the delicate, gorgeous patterns. Anyway, I have them in my house today, and I use them regularly. The bowls are beautiful, they make me happy and of course they make me feel close to my mom.

    • admin
      November 23rd, 2011 at 12:30 | #2

      Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog Nily. Would love to see those rice bowls one day – Im sure they are stunning.

  2. November 22nd, 2011 at 22:17 | #3

    Please add me to the guest list for high tea when set 2 next gets pulled out.

    • admin
      November 23rd, 2011 at 12:32 | #4

      Thanks Val. Adding you to the list – hoping to have a tea party in January on a Sunday from 2-4 p.m Will keep you posted.

  3. Dalia Benlezrah
    November 23rd, 2011 at 07:31 | #5

    Love reading your blog….always fun and interesting. (our girls are in school together and went to camp ramah together..hope ur well, kids should hang out soon)

    • admin
      November 23rd, 2011 at 12:29 | #6

      Thanks for your kind comment. I remember you well!! Will send you an email shortly.

  4. Dalia Benlezrah
    November 23rd, 2011 at 07:32 | #7

    p.s loooove the tea set best

  5. November 23rd, 2011 at 13:07 | #8

    @Nily Steinberg
    Hi Vicky…thats amazing…my mother is a huge collector of well…anything…over 100 rolling pins alone! So when she started to collect for me, over 20 years ago, I even way back then, picked teapots! So guess what? I have over 100 teapots. I need to get them out and photograph them for my book! I love these types of collections though…enjoy!

  6. sheri wilder
    November 23rd, 2011 at 16:40 | #9

    Hi vicki, loved the tea cups the best. Have just recently started my own collection with 2 from my mom. please include me in the sunday tea!!!

    I also have a gorgeous china lunch set that i inherited from my grandmother- sitting in my dad’s basement in wpg- have to ship it here- really looking forward to using it!

  7. elissapr
    November 24th, 2011 at 05:16 | #10

    Love this post…! And the set of tea cups? Did that bring back memories- I remember buying my mom one for every birthday/holiday etc. No idea where they are now!

    And yes..love that new modern set…Target eh???

  8. March 9th, 2012 at 11:09 | #11

    and postcards???????

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