Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #77: Movin' In

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We're glad you're here!
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This week I'm working on setting up my
new shop... moved some things in yesterday.
My hubby worked on a check-out counter
on Saturday... it is really neat. An old
piece that looked like it was a bar in
someone's basement. When we found the
bead board beauty it was covered in
layers of dirt or what looked like dried beer!
And it also had some lovely green kitchen
tile as the top! Now it is clean and painted
white again with a chalk board top.
It has been redeemed!
A really cool transformation.
Soon I'll show how I transformed this table!
I love it so much now that I don't want to
sell it... but that is the point of
having a shop, right?
We're pretty excited about getting
more things into the shop and all
set up. This is a piece my friend Kathy
will be bringing to the shop.
I can't wait to see it all finished.
It has been very interesting
to see how I've gone from only
selling vintage to actually working
on painting furniture and other
pieces! I feel like I am getting
in touch with my artistic side!

The hubs enjoys helping me, too.
I'll have more photos in the coming
weeks... but for now I'm going
to go right to the features.
Stay tuned!
Now for this week's features:
Kicking it off is Cecilia of
She shared a few ways to
repurpose stuff for the garden!
Next up is Diana of
Love her repurposed vintage
crate, she never disappoints!
and My Sweet Cottage shared about her
day with the daffodils in Skagit Valley, WA.
 Great photos and neat info on some 
of the most prolific bulb farms in the U.S.
After sharing these features I realized
I chose posts that were mostly about
gardens, flowers, and farming!
The perfect theme for spring!
(And speaking of spring,
thank you all so much for
your kind comments about
my LuRay dinnerware.
So sweet!)
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #76: A Spring Tablescape With LuRay Pastels Dinnerware

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This week I'm springing up lovely pastel color on 
my table using my vintage LuRay dinnerware.

I'm showing the different pieces
that can be found and approximate
prices for them. The guide book
that was first printed in the early 1990's
by the Meehan's is also a good gauge and
prices have not shot up since then.
Some of them have actually lowered
due to the flooding of internet sales.

Price Guide Note: My prices may change and fluctuate
with the ever changing market.

Disclaimer: Some of my pieces have chips and or
nicks in them but I keep them because they are
part of my collection. Prices shown are for
pieces that would be in mint condition.
LuRay, which is considered a pottery line,
was created by Taylor, Smith, and Taylor 
in West Virginia, to be an alternative to the 
bright colors of Fiestaware by Homer Laughlin.
They were made from the late
1930's to the early 1950's.
I've been collecting this line
of dinnerware since 1992.

The colors are referred to as:
 (from top to bottom layers)

Sharon Pink
Windsor Blue
Persian Cream
Surf Green

There is also Chatham Gray
which is very hard to find.
I sold off my gray pieces back
in the height of eBay sales because
I really didn't like the gray.

The money I made from them helped
me purchase pieces I did like.
This is an example of all of the different size plates.
Dinner: $15.00 - 20.00
Luncheon: $10.00 - 12.00 
Salad: $10.00 - 5.00
 Dessert:  $10.00 - 5.00
Bread: $4.00 - 6.00
and a berry bowl ($5.00 - $6.00)
is on top for accent.
Plates are easier to find as well as these
coupe soup bowls. Coupe soups used to sell
for $20.00 a piece but prices have dropped. 
$12.00 - $16.00 is about where they are now.
 These are the "Tab Soup" bowls. They are not
 as common as the coupe soup and 
are great for cereal, ice cream, soup, etc.
I would probably
ask $15.00 - 20.00 a piece.

Serving Pieces:

Some serving pieces are easier to find...
like the salt and pepper shakers.

Very common and will sell
for approx. $8.00 to $12.00 a piece.
They come in all five colors.

In this photo you can see three different
pieces. The egg cup $25.00 - $35.00
the grill plate $25.00 - 35.00,
and the $50.00 oatmeal bowl which is
referred to as a 36's bowl.

Some serving pieces are harder to find.

Like the ball pitcher/jug.
Not as common but I wouldn't call
it a rare piece. What is difficult is to
find one without any chips or nicks.
Price: $55.00 - $85.00
During a move I dropped something on
the pink pitcher and it broke. I glued it
back together and still use it for display.

The salad bowl.
10" diameter and very thick/heavy.
Great bowl for pasta, too!
They run around 50.00 - 60.00
depending on color. I've mostly
seen them in yellow. The pink
was a real joy to find!

Teapot, Cups, Saucers
Teapot: $75.00 - $85.00
Cup and Saucer:  $8.00 - $12.00

Gravy double spout gravy dish
with attached underplate:
More common and I've seen them
in Sharon Pink and Persian Cream.
Price: $12.00 - $20.00 depending
on the color. Yellow is most common.

The butter dish: $40.00 - $50.00

The After Dinner Coffee Pot Set:
Coffee Pot: $125.00 - $150.00
Sugar/Creamer: $35.00 - $45.00

The mixing bowls.
There are four sizes and
should come in different colors.
When collecting however, it
is up to you what kind of set you
want to build.

You'd better save up for it though...

the bowls can run from $100.00 to $150.00
depending on the size or color you need.

LuRay Store Sign:
This is a reproduction and was found on eBay.
There are probably more and it is fun piece to have.

The back explains the dinnerware history.

Made by "A China Specialties" and apparently
it is a "Limited Edition Collectible."
Rare Items:

This is the muffin cover.
The underplate is simply the 8" salad plate.
Most of the time you find the muffin cover
and no underplate. The size that fits just right
is usually very hard to find.
Together you are probably going to pay
between a $100.00 -$120.00

This is the juice pitcher and the four
coordinating juice cups.
Very hard to find. The pitcher
itself can go for $120.00 - $150.00
while you might pay $35.00 - $45.00
per cup.
(Also note the pink platter underneath...
it is more common and would probably
cost $12.00 - $18.00)
This is a nut dish. Very rare!

These can sell for 100.00 or more.
Mine has a big chip on the underside
of the rim... but I love it because it
was is a real treasure to find! Besides,
you can't see it anyway.


This is a cream soup. Due to the difficulty of finding
these in good condition, or even finding them at all,
they go for $55.00 - $75.00.

These are the two drinking cups.
Also hard to come by.
The larger is a water tumbler $85.00 - $90.00.
The smaller is a juice tumbler $55.00 - $65.00.

The  two tiered tidbit tray.
Very rare and difficult to gauge
a price... it all depends on the
The bamboo stand pieces
were probably made by another
company. The backstamp is still
on the bottom of the plates.

Items I don't have:

The small bud vases. Very rare
and sell for $300.00.

The chocolate pot set. Very rare
and would probably sell for:
Chocolate pot: $350.00
Sugar/Creamer: $85.00 - $100.00 each.
Cups Saucers: $75.00 each.

The flower epergne. I had one
and sold it to help pay for my wedding.
They sell for approx. $75.00 - $100.00

The casserole dish with lid.
Selling price: $55.00 - $75.00

The four compartment relish.
Price ranges from $55.00 - $75.00.

Go alongs:
Go alongs are what collectors refer to as
pieces that "go along" really well with the set
as though they were coordinating pieces.

I love finding little creamers or pitchers
that are the same pastel color.

I'll even add picks for hors d' ourves!

For a breakfast table I like to collect
these syrup/cream dispensers.

Last year I was thrilled to find
 wine glasses in green, pink, yellow, and blue!

I found this yellow petalware style bowl and the under plate and thought the colors went perfectly with my LuRay. Neither piece is marked and neither piece is considered LuRay.

This striped drinking glass is a winner in my book
as being my favorite Go Along. It took me
years of searching in antique malls and shops,
to find this set. They go along so well!
The same with these smaller juice
glasses. I only have three and would
be thrilled to add some to the collection. 
Now for this week's features:

I loved the quilts over at Amy's
 A Day of Small Things.
Beautiful and what a treasure
to pass on through the family!

and Lauren of My Wonderfully Made
shared a craft she developed for
her church gathering using scrap
wood/fence board. Love these
verse holders!

and how about these rummage
sale pickin's over at Debra's blog,
Shoppe No. 5. Looks like it was a
fun time. Give her a big 'ol
LTV welcome!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Vintage Finds of the Week #24: Horse Show Ribbons, Captain's Wheel, Pink Lustre China, and Industrial Bins!

This week's vintage finds are very fresh and very  
exciting as I plan which pieces will go into
the new brick and mortar shop!
(I had to laugh at this sign they posted before the sale started!)

Last weekend we found ourselves in
line again at a local church's tag sale.
There were hardly any vintage goods
to be found. Some people who
worked the sale must have
picked it over... seriously, it was tough!
But I managed to find these two sweet pink
lustre teacups... that were still available!

It was a tag sale to benefit student mission trips.
I think they let the students price things because this
lovely tray was a great deal! (We did give extra at
checkout to go toward the cause.)
We just found this industrial piece today
 on Craigslist, for another church's charity.
I've asked the hubs to add a wooden base
and legs as it is only about 4 feet tall.
But when it is done it will be hard
to sell... I will definitely want to keep it.
New shop = will power!

I found this mint basket at a local thrift.
A little bit of silver polish
and a new spoon and it will be just right!

 The hubby found these at the church tag sale and I kept telling him I didn't want to haul these books around...

...but with the large pages of sheet music,
I figure we didn't do too badly. They
are filled with songs from the early
days of radio... America's entertainment
source before television.

We found two of these captain's wheels at a store that was going out of business on the Ocean City Boardwalk. I plan on repurposing one of them... some ideas have been to turn it into a chandelier or light fixture... or use it as a table top with glass over it. What do you think?

And Melissa of Melissa's Antiques
may recognize these horse show ribbons...
I bought them from one of her Instagram sales!
We also picked up some furniture
to go into the new shop. Most will
be redone in some way. I'm really
getting into trying out chalk paints,
and because of that, I forget to
take the "before shots!"
Enjoy the weekend!

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