Junkin' Finds, Vintage Style

Collecting Vintage Ironstone Dishes

Hello and welcome to another fun Vintage Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop hosted by my friend Cindy of County Road 407

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I am happy to be joining Cindy and eleven other blogging friends for this fun bi-monthly hop which focuses on our love of all things vintage. This month’s theme is dishes! How could I resist joining in the fun?




I have been collecting vintage dishes for over 25 years. I started snatching up English ironstone about 15 years ago from yard sales, thrift shops, antiques stores and flea markets and I have hoarded amassed quite the collection. Chips, crazing and cracks make the pieces even more desirable to me, as they seem to add character. Often times perfectly imperfect pieces can be found for less than a dollar.



Yummy stack of ironstone dishes neutral decor farmhouse style dining room

Platters, plates, teacups, bowls, saucers, butterpats, bone dishes and pitchers can be found all around on home, often times displayed in unusual ways. 




 In addition to plain ironstone, I am drawn to pieces which feature unique patterns. I love floral motifs, art deco designs and transferware in any color or pattern.






For several years I  have been displaying a large portion of my plain ironstone in the corner cabinet of our dining room. 


After four years of stuffing the cabinet full of ironstone finds, I decided it was time for a change. I have been craving less clutter and a bit of color, so I recently restyled the cabinet for spring. 


I am absolutely loving the new look! The cabinet is now filled with favorite vintage treasures, including a few select colorful ironstone pieces. I also hung three brown transferware plates on the plate rack beside the cabinet.






Since I now have a beautiful vintage style built in china cabinet in the kitchen, there is still plenty of room to display my favorite white and ivory ironstone pieces.




Breakfast nook shelf with ironstone farmhouse fresh herbs sign

Before renovating the kitchen I displayed layers of ironstone platters, teacups and saucers on a black plate rack in the kitchen nook.


A beautiful antique china cabinet in the dining room is filled to overflowing with an assorted collected of vintage ironstone, transferware and china in an array of colors and designs. 


Antique China Cabinet Makeover










When I recently restyled the corner china cabinet for spring, I needed to find a place for the extra ironstone plates and platters that wouldn’t fit in the kitchen cabinets. I never let lack of space stop me from displaying my ironstone collectoins!



A plate rack above the window is perfect for displaying my collection of vintage ironstone pitchers and a few plates among other farmhousey and shabby-vintage finds.


A gallery of ironstone plates and platters adorns the wall above the faux fireplace in the dining room. Of course I am always using some kind of vintage dishes on the farm table table, whether in a full setting or as seasonal decorative accents.


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Additional Vintage Dish Collections

Here are a few posts featuring some off my favorite vintage dishes and ironstone collections.

Country French Vintage Vignette Roses French Vintage Dishes roses

A set of 30+ Milford Vintage Dishes scored from a church rummage sale for only $5.00 might be my best vintage dishes find ever!


A little French Tea Party Vintage French Country Tea party inspiration

Une Petite French Tea Party for Tea with Vintage Milford China


Tea party ideas roses and succulents in vintage sugar bowl


vintage china cups teacups

Vintage Chinese Teacups and Asian Patterned Dishes

I can never pass up true vintage China teacups and dishes.






Beautiful Easter Table For Two With Vintage Dishes and Daffodils. Cute Easter Decorating Ideas

Vintage Dishes and Daffodils Easter Tablescape for Two

Setting a table for two is a great way to showcase an incomplete set of dishes.








vintage vignette with sweet violets purple vignette with vintage dishes

Small Spring Pleasures: Simply Sweet Violets

The colors and patterns in vintage dish designs are often my inspiration for entire vignettes.


Vintage Cottage Style Spring Dining Room



vintage garden vignette teacups in rusty birdcage flower bouquet




VIntage dishes totem bird feeder

DIY Repurposed Vintage Dishes BirdFeeder

When I run out of room displaying dishes inside, I move on out to the garden! Chips and cracks never stop me from purchasing pretty vintage dishes. I can always find some use for them, especially in the garden. A few years ago I made a beautiful vintage dishes bird feeder using mismatched and chipped dishes found on my junkin’ adventures. I would love to make a few more this spring and summer.


vintage dish as a garden accent using dishes in the garden vintage bicycle with fern in basket and vintage plate

I can’t wait for junkin’ season to commence in the next few weeks. Vintage dishes will be at the top of my lists! As you can see, I really need a few more for my collections!


I hope you have enjoyed seeing some highlights from my vintage ironstone and china collections and a few of the ways I use dishes in creative ways around our home. There’s a lot more where all that came from! You can check out just about any of my home tour posts to find more ideas for decorating with vintage dishes. Now it’s time to move on over to Common Ground to be inspired by Debra’s gorgeous dishes and vignettes. She loves vintage dishes as much as I do, so I am excited to see what she is sharing for this hop. I also can’t wait to check out all of the other posts via the link up below. I do hope you will visit all the blogs on the hop today too. You are sure to be inspired!

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  • Reply Ann

    A,her I got so many ideas from you today on how to display ironstone. Super fun!

    March 13, 2021 at 9:50 am
  • Reply stacy

    Oh how I love your ironstone Amber! I got some great ideas from you today. Have the best weekend! xoxo

    March 13, 2021 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    Your collections are so amazing Amber. My goal is to start collecting more vintage dishware. I just don’t know where I will put it all with such a small house. Thank you for the inspiration.

    March 13, 2021 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    oh Amber, such amazing-ness!! I love all your fabulous cabinet and dish displays; full of inspiration! I could gaze at it all for hours! Happy weekend, talented friend!

    March 13, 2021 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    I need to pick my jaw up off the floor! I will be dreaming of your collection for weeks. Maybe years! One of these days I’m going to show up at your house and want a full tour. You might as well expect me to stay for a long while. Thanks for joining in and sharing your fantastic deals and beauty.

    March 13, 2021 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    Your have some amazing vintage pieces. My favorite is the daffodil and dish post. I remember that one and thought it was darling. I love your arrangements. They’re so pretty and always inspiring.

    March 13, 2021 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    For some reason, I had never thought to place dishes in a basket but it looks GREAT! I always come away with a great idea from you Amber.

    March 13, 2021 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply CoCo

    I had no idea you had so many gorgeous collections of dishes, Amber! They’re all so beautiful. Each one is really unique and I love how you create such a gorgeous home with all of them. I’m definitely inspired! Hugs and happy spring, CoCo

    March 13, 2021 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Emily

    you have so many pretty dishes!! I could sit here and stare at these gorgeous pictures all day!! I’m completely swooning over the tall cabinets in your kitchen!! Absolutely stunning!!!

    March 16, 2021 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply Christy Little

    You have such a beautiful collection of dishware, Amber! I am blown away by all the ways in which you display them. The ironstone with the decorative border is gorgeous!

    March 17, 2021 at 6:57 am
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    Who can turn down those $5 sets of church sale dishes? Not me, either! That’s why our collections are overflowing! Loved seeing all your beautiful dishes, Amber. Some of the large, detailed pitchers; gorgeous! I’m so happy for you that you have a whole new glass front cupboard to display them in your pretty new kitchen!

    March 18, 2021 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    Love these tips Amber and am excited to start collecting more Ironstone. I’m excited to share this with my followers in my weekend round up tomorrow.

    April 10, 2021 at 4:29 pm
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