It all started a few weeks ago when I was thrifting with Susan. I came upon 3 Corelle bowls in the "Butterfly Gold" pattern. I bought them as they are so 70's and would go great with all of the gold in my house. Susan has a set that she bought back in 1983. She loves hers. I told Susan that I would like to collect a set of 4 to use as everyday dishes.
That led me to eBay. I was thrilled to find this setting of 4, unused and in their original box. Because I am an impatient tangent-y kind of person, I bought them. It was a splurge due to shipping cost and customs fees to Canada.
Take a peek at the 70's goodness I see when I look in my dishes cupboard!
Butterfly Gold (introduced in 1970)
When I see this mix of dinner plate patterns... it makes me happy!
Here's a few things that I learned while thrifting.
* Even the yuckiest looking old Corelle dish can look beautiful when you use Barkeeper's Friend. This stuff has been around since 1882 and it is no wonder. It is a miracle worker. It takes off all those yucky silver utensil marks and much more. I found mine at Bed Bath & Beyond for $4.
* Goodwill was my best bet for finding the Corelle I was after. They sell everything by piece so it made it easy to just take what I was looking for.
* Value Village was a close second for finds but they sell by the set. I was lucky to find a set of 29 pieces of Butterfly Gold for $26. On the down side, I came upon the hook handle mugs in the Old Town Blue that I am after but had to pass them up as they were being sold in a set for $35.
* Never chat with other shoppers while thrifting. It is time to focus. I lost out on some bowls I was after when I got chatting about how great Corelle is to another shopper. I guess I sold her since she decided to take the lot of bowls that I was just about to take 2 from. Oh well, all's fair game while thrifting.
* Have no regrets.... although I am still sad that I passed up a set of Crazy Daisy mugs early on when at that point I wasn't going to include the mugs in my collection. Oh well, I'll find them yet.
* Even though some family members who will go unnamed will say that they are forced to eat off of old yucky 1970's dishes, these babies are perfectly sanitized by the time I get through with them.
* Chatting with thrift store cashiers about the age and worth of some Corelle dishes can lead onlookers to exclaim, "I had no idea!". Apparently it is uncool to ask this person if they own these dishes and would be interested in selling them to me. The response, "No, I eat off of those dishes every night." LOL
I hope I have inspired someone out in blog land to think about the beautiful kitchenware that can be found at thrift stores. There is something very satisfying about finding goods that are no longer in production. Often they are better made. It is an affordable hobby and green too. What a great feeling to give something old a new life. What are you waiting for? Get thrifting! :)