Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ironstone Jackpot

My husband and I took a vacation day last Friday to go to an estate sale in an old farmhouse! Have you ever heard of You can sign up to receive emails about sales happening near you. That's how I found out about the one last Friday. I checked out the pictures online and knew I HAD to go based on the simple fact it was in a farmhouse (my dream house) and all the ironstone I spied. Here's what I found!!
In addition to the three things my husband found, I got all this for $28!!!!! Jackpot!

Aside from all that creamy white goodness, it's the details and the imperfections I love about ironstone. 

The crazing

The chips and discoloration

Add so much character

Check out the gorgeous scalloped edges!

Any one know what these dishes are meant to be used for? Bread? Butter? *Update: These are bone plates. Thanks Oniwolda, Kelley, and Jan for answering my question!!

There's something about old graters I love too!

And check out this cutie I picked up at an antique store also on Friday

 And here's two more grain scoops I found to add to my growing collection. I have six now!

I know there were lots of pictures so if you made it to the end thanks for sticking around and letting me share with you life through my lens. I am having so much fun playing and learning how to use my new camera! Now, if only my two year would sit still long enough to get some great shots of him. :)

I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to:


  1. Love all your treasures. You did good. Hugs, Marty

  2. I recently went to a thrift store with my great aunt and we saw some dishes like the ones you are wondering about. She told me these dishes snug up to the plates and you put your bones in them.

  3. Yes, oniwolda's correct: they're called bone dishes. No bones about it: Glamour bar none. Wow. You done GOOD, you two!

    Kelley of Kelley Highway

  4. Wow! You did good for 28 dollars!! Your stoneware is beautiful!

  5. You did great with all the thrifty finds! I think your question has been answered...bone plates!

  6. Great steals! One can never have enough ironstone!!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  7. Very nice finds! I love And I love ironstone too!

  8. Oh... I'm so jealous! I did find a great Ironstone plater with a transferware pattern this weekend, complete with crazing! My hubby looks at it and say's is it supposed to look like that? Yes, it's called crazing. Gravy he says, why does it have gravy on it. lol

  9. so pretty! What exactly is ironstone? I love it though, it's lovely. and I'm totally going to go sign up on estate sales right now! :)

  10. I'm a kindred spirit when it comes to ironstone. You certainly did hit the jackpot. The more well-loved the pieces are the better!!
    I'm a new linky follower, Mary Alice

  11. have the best stuff. Must have be separated at birth. I LOVE ironstone and hunting for it makes my heart SING!


  12. Mel!
    Come link up at my partaaaay GURL! LURV all your finds and those grain scoops!? *Sigh*
    Luv, Your crazy Counterpart...

  13. OH, I am so jealous, I went shopping this past weekend looking for ironstone also. I have several pieces that I have recieved over the years. I love it. I didn't come fome with anything, but going out again this weekend and continue my search. I am looking to purchase dinner plates and start a service of dishes. I will look into the estatesales. Thanks and have fun with all your stuff......andi I am following you on linky

  14. Love your beautiful ironstone. What a great find and great price. I too love the crackling and brownish tones on old china. Some people don't, but I love how it gives it more character and longs to tell you of it's previous life and owners.

  15. I love all of these! I need to sing up now. I am clicking your link to do so. You always have such cute vintage things. love it! Thank you so much for linking up to Blissful and Domestic's Feature Friday Linky Party.

  16. i love. i love. i love. that is going to be my new favorite website! thanks for sharing at tip-toe thru tuesday!

  17. Beautiful ironstone finds. It's one of my favorites even though I don't have much of it. I enjoy looking at other's collections. :)
    Blessings, Pamela

  18. you got great finds. better than i could. enjoyed. elizabeth
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  19. You lucky thing!! I love stoneware and have a few pieces. Looking forward to seeing what else you post about!

  20. All of those are so beautiful!

    Thanks for linking this up @ Creatively Living!


  21. These are gorgeous.. what wonderful finds and beautiful pictures! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

  22. I did go shopping came home with 8 plates, 10 soup bowls, one veg serving dish, big bowl for serving. some small platters that I assume you could you for a sandwich. Had a lot of fun but I spent a bit more that you, but that's ok Love em andi

  23. That sounds like a fun day, and your found so many lovely treasures. I just started and ironstone collection and am looking forward to discovering more.

  24. Love all of it and thank you for sharing at NTT. Come by on Monday because you have been featured at Nifty Thrifty Tuesday. Please feel free to grab my featured button for your blog.


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