It's no secret, I loves me some transferware. Love, love, love it. If you missed them, you can see some flea market posts where I scored some of my transferware here and here.
This past week we were fooled by the interwebs (what? fooled by the interwebs? yes, yes we were). What was listed as a flea market turned out to be something like Goodwill, except that they had a little wine shop in one corner (I love Europeans!). We were disappointed but decided to have a look around anyway and James Bond came upon a huge amount of transferware at a ridiculously low price. He also spotted a red transferware coffee pot and some brown transferware cups and saucers. Since I first told him I ♥ transferware he's become intent upon finding it. He's got a really good eye and can spot it from a mile away.
Anyhoo, for the price, we had to have it. Had. We put it all in a big carton and hauled it up to the cash register. The 3 brown cups and 4 brown plates had no price on them and the guy at the register (who also happened to be the owner) told us not to worry about it and didn't charge us for it! We only paid for the blue pieces and the red coffee pot. I won't even tell you how little we paid for it. It's kind of embarrassing. When we got home and unpacked the box there were 40 (FORTY) pieces in total-7 brown, 1 red and 32 blue. Craziness!
We washed everything and then had to find a place to put it. As I was shoving things out of the way praying we'd have room for it all I realized we might have an addiction. I took photos of most of what we own so you could see how insane it's gotten. I've sold several pieces on my etsy shop Tres Magnifique. Each one I sold took a tiny piece of my heart with it.
Okay, on to the cabinets. These are our dinner plates and stacks of cups and saucers, bowls with handles (I adore those!) and random sugar and creamers.
You'll notice that there are multiple patterns. I'm not picky about pattern unless it's one that I find particularly unappealing.
Here's a close up of some of the cups, saucers and bowls. Seriously, are those bowls not the cutest things you've ever seen?
Dinner plates! I think there are 37 here and I have about 25 more not shown (yikes). FTR, we actually use these as our dishes, which is why the patterns are all mixed up. While there are several patterns, we do actually have enough of one pattern (same color) for a 12 piece service of dinner plates, salad plates and bowls and 8 cups and saucers. We don't match them for our every day use. It makes for a pretty and colorful table to have them all mixed up.
Closer view of the upper shelves with some lovely serving pieces.
Covered dish and gravy boat.
Close up of some of the cups and saucers and sugar and creamers. Notice the stacks and stacks of saucers and dessert plates in the back.
I think we might need an intervention!
We find these at flea markets all over Europe and honestly pick them up for a song. James Bond and I both take pleasure in spotting these treasures among the other flotsam and jetsam sitting on tables or piled in boxes and James bond takes extreme pleasure in getting me to haggle on the price. If he would learn his numbers in German he could do the haggling, but he says it's easier to stand there looking like he's unhappy with the price while I try to talk them down. Whatever.
Oh, I should also mention that after I took these photos, I discovered that I had another cabinet below the counter containing 19 plates, 17 bowls and 18 salad plates. Yikes!