White dishes have been one of my obsessions for many years. The reason I love them is they go with every season, event and holiday and you only have to have one set to store. I have to admit that a great friend (you, Jennifer M.) shared this great tip with me over a decade ago and it just stuck with me. You can simply add the colors of whatever season it happens to be to the table. It is such a nice blank slate to start with and any color you pick works with them. Forget storing many different sets for all the different holidays. White is just more “practical”!
If you are a thrifty person like I am, you also probably keep an eye out for interesting dishes like the ones in the Pinterest photos here.
When I am at a thrift store or a garage sale, I am always looking for pretty white dishes. In fact, my main every day plates were found (as a set with coffee cups, smaller plates, etc.) at a yard sale for $15 for the entire set (stack in front in photo). I didn’t take the entire set out of the cabinets for the photo – – sorry! I’m not a fan of heavy plates so these cute lighter china plates are just perfect.
Recently, while shopping at Goodwill I found a second set of some cute IKEA white plates for about .69 each so I just couldn’t resist. They are the ones in the back right in the photo. I have to admit that after I got them home, I discovered they don’t fit in my dishwasher so they will have to be handwashed when I use them. I guess the Swedes either don’t use dishwashers like Americans or maybe it’s just my dishwasher rack. Anyway, I still love them and they could easily be mixed and matched with my other dishes when I need extras.
This little white tea set was my husband’s mother’s set. Isn’t it just adorable? I know it means a lot to my husband that I saved it all these years even though I never knew his mother before she passed away. It rarely gets used but it is fun to have just as white decor.
I have actually sold of some of my white dishes recently because I just didn’t need that many pieces! I’m fortunate that I live in an area that it is fairly easy to find a buyer for items that I really don’t need using Facebook Swip Swap sites.
I also sold this creamer/sugar set (didn’t need two sugar/creamer sets) and this Pottery Barn plate set (below) that I deemed too heavy after a few years of using it. SOLD!
I’m almost embarrassed to say that even after purging my kitchen cabinets this year, I still have more white plates than I need. Truthfully, I am sort of crazy about organizing my kitchen cabinets and keep all the white items in one space just for a nice consistent, organized look (see photo below).
I will try to remember to snap some photos of various holiday settings in the future and share them on a blog someday.
I think I am really needing a beach day soon…see ya!