It's "Show & Tell" Friday!

Hello my friends....welcome to "Show & Tell Friday"! This is my very first time to participate in this fun Friday event...and how great is it...to be able to show off your "treasure finds"! This fun Friday event is hosted by Kelli over at "There's No Place Like Home"....won't you go pay her a visit. She has some beautiful vintage linens that she is "showing and telling" about today! Also you will find a list of participants...Ohhh, what great fun!!!


At first thought, I was taken back to my younger grade school years when we had "Show & Tell"...do you remember those days? Hehe! I know, I know...for some of us...it's been a few years back!!! I remember the excitement of "Show & Tell" day at school...hunting around to find something that I could take and show off to my teacher and classmates! Many of you know, that I recently retired from working with special needs students at a public school. Our little rural school is pretty small with a student count of about 200 children...that's a total count for kindergarten through 12th grade. Our little school still has "Show & Tell" days for the younger grades and I just love it! I've seen some of our young students walk through the doors on "Show & Tell" day with anything ranging from a special toy to baby lambs, pigs, puppies & cats...hehe!!! The baby farm animals is a dead giveaway that we live in a rural farming community...hehe!!!


Well, without further ado....I present to you my latest "treasure find" for "Show & Tell Friday"!

Kensington Staffordshire Ironstone Balmoral 1801 set of dishes!

I found these little beauties on ebay...ahhhh, good ol' ebay!!! The listing was for a 20 piece set of Kensington Staffordshire Ironstone...not a complete set, however the lady selling these said that she had other pieces that had some minor damage to them and she would be happy to send all of them at no additional cost! The bid on the listing started at $10.00...I just couldn't believe it! Sooooo...I waited patiently....watched these pretty dishes for several days...and no one was bidding on them. I got the entire 32 piece set for just $10.00!!! Ohhh boy, you should have seen me doin' the Happy Dance! Hehe!!! I laid them all out on my dining room table so you could see....you can click on the photos to enlarge them!

Ooooh...just look at the pretty pattern on these dishes! So frenchy...I love them!!! You can see in the photo that my dining room is red...well, it's partially red...two of the walls are red. Last summer I painted the other two walls (which were white) the prettiest olive green color! I love the dark red and olive green together! Anyway...these pretty Kensington Staffordshire Ironstone dishes are the prettiest olive green color...they really do look pretty in my dining room!

Close-up of the dinner plates...

Close-up of the cups and saucers. I'm looking for at least one more cup...then I would have a complete place setting for four!!! I have been back to ebay, just to see if they have more pieces of this pattern...to no avail! In doing a little research, I have found that this same pattern can be found in blue. It would seem that the olive green is a bit more rare!

I even received some of the serving pieces...a platter and vegetable bowl. The platter has the most damage...a visible 4" crack that runs across the plate...but it's okay...I love it anyway! The other pieces that were damaged just have little chips on them...and they are all underneath the rims...not visible! The little creamer is in perfect condition! I have the lid to the sugar bowl...but no sugar bowl!

Just a photo of the centerpiece that sits on my dining room table. The cherub is masonary and quite heavy...I elevated him on a large gold candleholder and wrapped a pretty silver beaded rope with tassels around the base. The cherub is smelling a rose...ahhhh! The rose has been dried...it was my honey's bootineer when we were married!
The two urns are also masonary and are actually candleholders but I've place my pretty little iron birds atop them! I got great deals on the cherub and urns at Hobby Lobby...at the end of the garden season...they were marked 90% off...they were practically free! Yeeehawww!!!

Well my friends...so what do you think? Did I get a deal on those Ironstone dishes or what?
I'm so glad that you stopped by for a visit today...thank you for letting me indulge in "Show & Tell" day....hehe!!! Don't forget to go over to Kelli's and see her pretty vintage linens...as well as pay the other participants a visit!
Have a fabulous Friday!!!
Love ya'll,


Cindy J. said...

My goodness darlin did you get a deal! Beautiful, gorgeous and so you! That ebay has opened up the world for us hasn't it.. I've never bought at thing through it but I've overseen several purchases for my clients. Hope you are feeling well today. Love, Cindy

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh girl I would have been doing a double Happy Dance over this great buy plus a song or two!! now I will be on the look out to see if I can find anymore pieces for you..This is just great for your DR..its also so you Chari..I do hope you have a great weekend with Honey..and You know what I still have my flowers from when Wally and I got married and I also have my veil and after all these years my Veil still fits ha ha!! My head haven't gain an oz after 40 years..Hugs and smiles dear friend...Gl♥ria

The Old Parsonage said...

I'm sooooooooo jealous. What great bargains and finds!

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Girl, last time I was thinking about bidding on one transferware plate...the bidding went to over one hundred dollars! Needless to say I didn't bid on that one! You got a deal! And yes, I am appropriately greeny with envy! God Bless you today! Lauralu :)

xinex said...

OM goodness, Chari! How did I miss this? These dishes are so pretty. I am an avid Ebay shopper and as much as I shop there, I haven't found anything this beautiful for that cheap. I am so happy for you!...Christine

"Blossom" said...

Chari, I would be doing the Happy Dance too if I had found those beautiful dishes; what a steal of a deal! And just think those walls match for plates how fitting in the dinning room. Have a great week-end.

Anonymous said...

What a great buy!
Thanks for sharing this lovely set with us.

Susan said...

Beautiful and yes, what a deal.

Jean said...

The design and color of these are lovely!Love them! What a super buy! Jean

Anonymous said...

What a great deal and they are so pretty. You did good!!

Melissa Miller said...

Chari??? What????
I think I just fell out of my chair. Ten Dollars?
Girl you got the deal of the century.
They are gorgeous!!!
You could have one heck of a stunning dinner party.
Love your centerpiece items as well.

Thank you for your sweet compliments on my new bloggy makeover!
Oh my that was so fun!

Isn't it funny how we shop for what "we" like even though it was a giveaway. That's why it all looked so "me" I'm sure. I'm glad it was you too since you were the winner!
I sure hope you are enjoying everything.
Has anything found a place in your home decor' yet?
How about the crown?

Well my dear you have a wonderful weekend!
~Melissa :)

Salmagundi said...

Great deal!! I bet they look wonderful in your dining room. Mary & I had a great get-together yesterday. We have to figure out a way for you to join us next time!! Sally

Sue said...

WOW!!! this is not a deal it's a steal!!! Great job finding them. They are beautiful!! Enjoy them!!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I'm green with envy for your dishes! They are fabulicious!! You are one lucky gal. I love ebay!!!! I need to start selling on ebay again so that I can start buying on ebay again.

lvroftiques said...

In a word "YESSSSSS!!!!" You SCORED girlfriend!! Ohhhh I am soo happy for you! Every once in a great while you get lucky on ebay like that, but it's rare! I love the green! I'll keep my eyes open for ya too! Now will you be featuring them for Tablescape Thursday? *winks* And I love your cherub! How perfect with your DH's bouttonniere! Very SWEEEEET girlfriend!! Love Vanna

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Beautiful dishes and fantastic find. Enjoy them!

Designs on 47th Street said...

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!! Trying hard not to be jealous! :) Did you ever get a deal. Love those dishes. I must start peeking on ebay and Craigslist more often. Love it all.

Great find!!


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Chari, YES YOU GOT A REAL DEAL! Those plates are so pretty, and I cannot believe you got all of that for $10! Love the way you did your centerpiece too. But, I am jealous of the deal you got on that china! Absolutely wonderful. laurie

Susie Homemaker said...

OK...can you say JEALOUS???? I love these!!! Even better is that you got them all for $10.00...that lady must still be kicking herself!!!


Lori said...

You find some of the coolest things... I love the dishes and love them even more that you only paid 10.00. I can't ever find deals like that.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Nicole ~ said...

Hey there, thank you so much for stopping by & leaving me such a sweet comment. You are such a delightful lady; I just love visiting your blog.

I forgot all about show & tell in grade school. Thinking about it brings back so many memories. I cannot blame you for doing the happy dance, those dishes are beautiful!!! I think you got a huge steal on them!! I keep enlarging the photo & looking at them, they are so, so pretty.

I love how you incorporated your honey's bootineer in your centerpiece. What a sweet treasure to have.

Have a great weekend, Nicole~

lvroftiques said...

Chari I am going to put up a few things....OK maybe more than a few! I have mentioned about my closets being dangerous many times.....I'm seriously NOT kidding!! And when I've shopped for pieces online people want so darn much for stuff! So I want to have a "break even" sale *winks* I'll be posting some stuff tomorrow. Vanna

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Chari, What a deal on those dishes! Awesome!

Thanks for checking out all my red, I definitly have alot of it. Oh, and your blog looks beautiful by the way!

I will definitly do a tutorial on how to make bows, what a great idea. I'll put it on my list and let you know as soon as I post it, It might be a week or two. Thanks so much for stopping by! Kristen

santamaker said...

10 bucks?!? You gotta be kidding me! Woozers...you done good!
Beautiful dishes and it looks terrific in your dining room!

Secondhand Blessings said...

Wow! I thought I was a good bargain shopper but you got me beat! Great find! And A beautiful set at that!

OCDesigner ~Athella said...

Congrats on your awesome find Chari!!!Your dishes are gorgeous and for $10... Wowzers
I would like to make mention that I sure hope someone got that happy dance on film so we can watch it on Utube!!!!~Athella

Carolyn said...

The dishes are beautiful and that was a fanatastic buy!

Kelli said...

Welcome to show and tell...it's nice to meet you!
Now those dishes are some finds...wow! So beautiful, too!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Miss Chari~ My computer crashed last week and I had to wait until the hubs and son could work on it. Since my blogging wasn't their priority. I had to wait....luckily it was a quick fix, but I've miss out on so much.

These dishes are gorgeous and what a deal. How I'd love to go shopping with you! These would create a beautiful tablescape for a spring or St.Patty's day formal setting.

Did you make the drapes (behind the ladderback)in your last post?
They're stunning!

Sweet Wishes,

Cindy J. said...

Oh Chari I am sorry you are having a bad day... I know how that is. We are having a big rain storm here and I always feel like tucking in on these days, it really effects how I feel. I usually use Benjamin Moore products for everything... mainly because 20 years ago a rep from their company came and presented me with a wonderful professional color swatches in a big briefcase. 1000's of great big swatches, I've used them since, but they are usually one of the top rated paints for quality. I would think that any good quality primer would do. Good luck with your project, just take it one step at a time. Can't wait to see it done, your Frenchie room has been so fun to see progress. Love ya Sis, Cindy

Anonymous said...

Oh Chari,I love-------these.What a lucky day for you.I don't know what they're worth,But you know it's alot more than $10.00.Congrats dear...Ann

Lynette said...

Hi Chair - love your dishes - they are so pretty!!

I'm trying to catch up with everyone - it feels like I've been MIA for a month, not a week. My mom was in the hospital week before last and then I came down with a horrible head cold and just wanted to go home and straight to bed - which I pretty much did. I feel better now, finally!!

lvroftiques said...

Mornin' Chari! )Although just barely *winks*) Well I don't have fibro to blame but I need to get a bunch of stuff done too.. and I just don't wanna! I'm having a luncheon on Thurs...My house is a mess...and I just feel like surfin' the blogs!Lol!
I'm still in awe of your deal on these dishes girlfriend! In-Freakin'-credible!!! Love Vanna

lvroftiques said...

Awww Chari I don't mind at all! I'd better put some more stuff up! Love Vanna