Do we all have a soft spot for the dishes of our childhoods? I never thought Corelle's Spring Blossom or Butterfly would become collectible (although I've always had a soft spot for Spice o' Life), but now I see it popping up here and there on blogs, and I notice the thrift shop doesn't have the glut of these patterns it once had.
We never had Corelle at my house, though. Instead, we had a set of Japanese ironstone festooned with big, green, loopy flowers. I can still remember them coming into the house and bringing with them a whiff of The Brady Bunch.
Lately, I've been finding myself drawn towards random dishes that remind me of that time. It started with a few pieces of the Country Gingham pattern by Mikasa. They don't match a single thing in our kitchen, but there was no way I could resist a pattern as cute at this, especially not for 25 cents each.
Next I found a few more small plates in the Andes pattern. This glaze on this design has an amazing amount of depth and of course I love the touches of red. Fifty cents each!
The plate in the big picture at the top is one of my latest finds: four dinner plates in the Fresh From the Garden pattern. I splurged on these...$1.50 each. I think my limit is somewhere around $3 per plate, so I don't expect this collection to grow very quickly, but I'll keep hunting!