Thrill of the Hunt #113

May 24, 2021

Today I'm sharing my latest thrifty finds.

blue white porcelain plates tin tray Ming chrysanthemum pattern

Welcome, friends, to another fun-filled Thrill of the Hunt post where I share my latest thrifty (and usually) vintage finds with you. My hope is that by sharing my thrifty finds I can motivate and inspire you to explore your own local thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and barn sales and make your own fabulous finds for yourself.

Today it's all about blue and white plates and trays, and vintage promotional advertising. So let's get started.


blue white round tin tray Ming Dynasty

Who would have thought that something this pretty was given away as part of a Spic and Span retail promotion in the 1970's? 

Ming Dynasty porcelain plate patterned tray

I was lucky enough to find this gorgeous blue and white tray at Goodwill for $1.99. I was thrilled to see that it had this description of the piece on the back.

Ming Dynastyorcelain plate tin tray chrysanthemum pattern

So it resembles a Ming Dynasty plate. But since it's a tray it's actually larger than a traditional plate. It's about 13 1/2" across.

SPic and Span classic design serving tray Ming Dynasty pattern

My research shows it was called a "Classic Design Serving Tray" as per a sticker on the back (my sticker is missing). It's in pristine condition and I love it. Even though it's a tin tray it can certainly be displayed with my more traditional blue and white porcelain plates. It's my first Ming Dynasty patterned piece and I know that I will be on the lookout for more of the same.  

Illinois state plate porcelain blue white Abraham Lincoln Springfield home

Years ago I started buying collectible state plates to sell in my Etsy shop, Vintage Farmhouse Love. Most of them were put in a box and forgotten about (my bad). I recently pulled out this one and did a happy dance. Not only is it an Illinois plate (where we live) but it is blue and white porcelain. Score.

1972 Illinois commemorative plate

I'm not sure why the year is 1972. I did some research and can not find it reproduced in any other year. I've never been to Springfield, but I remember my daughter's 5th grade class went there for a class trip. They didn't see Lincoln's home, but they did visit other attractions in the town, which is our state capitol.   

 Decor Danmark First Edition Made exclusively for Chateau, Inc.  in Denmark by "Kesa" Plate - 95

Decor Danmark First Edition

Made exclusively for Chateau, Inc.

in Denmark by "Kesa" 

Plate - 95

I know the number 95 means it's number 95 out of X number of plates that were made in total. $6.99 is a lot for me to spend on thrift store plates but it was Illinois for Pete's sake. And I'm seeing it for sale on various websites today between $10.00 and $15.00 so I don't feel too bad about it. 

Abraham Lincoln home Springfield Illinois plate

I'm just happy it matches all of my newly found blue and white favorites. This one is a keeper.

God Bless Our House 1981 plate

I also purchased this gorgeous blue and white plate for $1.99 for my Etsy shop long before I fell in love with blue and white plates. Again, I was thrilled to find it stashed away and now it's proudly being displayed on our farmhouse dining room shelves. As gorgeous as it is, there does appear to be a lot going on with this plate.  

Currier & Ives winter ice skating scene plate

You have the bucolic Currier & Ives ice skating scene in the middle.

astrology plate

You've also got the "God Bless Our House Throughout 1981" as well as the astrological calendar encircling the plate. Does anyone else besides me think it's an odd combination -- Currier & Ives and astrology? Enough said. 

Myott Staffordshire England plate

These transferware plates were produced not only in blue, but in red as well. I wonder if they were made in brown, another popular transferware color. The maker's mark declares they were made in Staffordshire England. We'll assume it was in 1981 or just before.

Currier & Ives 1981 blue white porcelain calendar plate

As weird as the juxtaposition of the Currier & Ives scene and the astrology calendar is, I still love the look and it will remain a part of my growing blue and white china collection. 

So I know there's been a lot of blue and white finds on the blog recently. But I promise there are a lot more Thrill of the Hunts coming where I will be sharing  -- you guessed it -- NOT blue and white china (okay maybe some but just a little). So stay tuned!


Well, that's it until next time, friends!

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Thrill of the Hunt #113

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Debra@CommonGround said...

I love your blue and white plate finds. That metal tray is wonderful, I've never seen one like it before!

Junkchiccottage said...

Ohhhh your Goodwill is the best. What a great tray and plate you found in the blue and white. Amazing treasures. Happy Wednesday. Have a great rest of your week. xoxo Kris

Rita C at Panoply said...

Love that Ming plate!

Kathy said...

Your blue and white treasures are great! My plates line my kitchen soffit. My church's Christmas bazaar had 2 ruffled pairs of swag curtains that had blue plates and pitchers in the ruffles (Better Homes and Gardens!). I'm styling! One of my "Maine state" finds last year was a Wedgwood blue and white plate of a soldier statue in our state capitol--4 miles away!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

You sure got some great deals at good old GW! It's amazing what you can find there . . . I try to stop in every few weeks to take a peek around and almost always finds some little (or even big) treasure!

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