Anyway, I just thought I'd pop in and have a brief catch up with you all. Is it my imagination, or has utility china started to become a mainstream collectible? It's always has its hardcore band of collectors (you know who you are and I love reading your blogs!), but recently I've been seeing bits and pieces appear in various magazines and even some charity shops have begun to notice this - hence the pricing becoming more steeper than usual. There are a few places though where a bargain can still be picked up such as this Grindley Petalware coffee pot brought for a picture perfect £4.50.
To add to my Petalware platter collection, I also brought a further two in Laburnum Petal and Peach Petal for £2 each. I'd love to have a platter in every colour made, although storage is now becoming an issue in the VK household. This may shock some of you, but I've had to step back and walk away from some pieces as I'm starting to run out of room where crockery storage is concerned . I need a bigger kitchen! However, I've decided to keep on collecting the Woods Ware and the Petalware, but draw the line at other utility makes...unless I find a stunning piece.
Its funny really, you can go months without finding anything and then suddenly utility china is popping up everywhere.
Did you notice the Bestway cookery book hiding behind the coffeepot? This was another super find that I made a few weeks ago. I love the illustrations in it...
Serge & Tweed's smashing blog has a 'Hidden Book Treasures' series which comprises little surprises found tucked away in books that she's brought. Well, this is my book treasure that I found slipped into the cookery book, which harks back to a time when a telephone was a luxury, everyone wrote with a fountain pen and the postal system was super efficient; you could expect postal deliveries twice a day:
Here's an apron chazza shop find, nattily modelled by Husband!