Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thrifty Find: Royal Kent China

I just found a gorgeous set of Royal Kent china at Goodwill this week. I couldn't pass up such beautiful and classic china for the price. I got 54 pieces for $28.00! I just think it is crazy the amount of quality that can be found for so little money. 

It inspired me to start getting ready for hosting Thanksgiving dinner. This is an old bookcase that I use for extra surface in my dining room when we host a lot of people. It's one of those pieces that you've had forever and you don't LOVE it, but it's practical. 

{Please excuse the photos, the weather has been overcast around here all week. And I do not like using flash at all. So, I did my best with natural light and brightened them up a touch in photoshop.}

Told you it was dark outside (this was mid-day, too!) I threw in a few pumpkins for color. I adore white pumpkins, but unfortunately, our local farmers did not have a plentiful crop this year. The handful I picked up have mostly rotted by now, with the exception of the two shown here.

Normally, I am not a very gold kind of girl. Silver, preferably antique, is my thing. But the gold rim was so pretty on this set. Not heavy or overpowering.

Is it just me, or do these photos with the pumpkins look like something from a 1980's Better Homes & Garden magazine shoot? 

Not for their styling or expert photography - hee hee - but for their coloring {soft and washed out}. 

A few pieces from the set were missing, which doesn't bother me a bit. But there were 8 berry bowls. I love berry bowls! These would be perfect for holding jewelry on a vanity. Very shabby chic.

I didn't find the cream and sugar pieces for the set, so I added some mismatched ironstone to the display. I prefer my ironstone as mix and match actually. 

I used a small collection of vintage doilies as a makeshift runner. I'm still not feeling 100% yet, so this is as far as I have gotten with my inspiration I mentioned in my last post about decorating with doilies. :)

The set I found included 8 demitasse cups and saucers. I love teacups, but demitasse teacups are so stinkin' precious! This pattern is so dainty, that the diminutive size makes it so much more pronounced.

This photo is much larger than actual size, but it shows more detail of the pretty raised scrolls. Whether you prefer tea or coffee, this cup requires pinkies in the air. Wouldn't you agree?

Funny thing - I realized after I set it all up and snapped a few quick photos, that I was less concerned about my 3 year old breaking anything - and more concerned about the dog licking the plates on the lower shelves! Agh! So, they are now stacked on the top until turkey day arrives.

Further inspiring my doily obsession was this beautiful glass platter I also found at Goodwill. Look at that intricate white doily pattern! And the gold trim works perfectly with my new-old china! As I was paying, the clerk at Goodwill said to me, "Wow, you came in on the right day!"

Yes, ma'am. Yes, I did. :)

Have you had any great thrifty finds lately? Or a new inspiration to get you started on your holiday decorating?

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  1. What a great find - the dishes look so pretty, and I love them in the dresser!
    I've been thinking that I'd love to get a new set of everyday dishes - white ones. My old, Fiesta-style ones are getting pretty chippy. I'm not ususally a Black Friday shopper, but I'll be searching for dish deals this year!

  2. How pretty are these!?! Your photos make them even more stunning! Thanks for sharing this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! We love having you! :) Have a great week!
    Mackenzie :)

  3. What a great find! I found some beautiful dishes at a yardsale this summer. I can't wait to finally use them this Thanksgiving. I really like the china mixed with the ironstone. I think ironstone may be next of my list of thrifty finds to search for. I'm your newest follower. I hope you'll pay me a visit too!


  4. Beautiful dishes, and I love the doily pattern on the lovely platter in the last photo! I haven't been thrifting lately--I'm trying to finish up projects first before I get more things to work on.

  5. Hi Dori! I love your photos, and all of your pretty whites! Thanks so much for linking up to Blissful Whites Wednesday! My home doesn't have near as much light if it's overcast. I have found some good things junkin, and will probably share a couple next week!
    Have a lovely week!!

  6. What a pretty ironstone display, love the last one with the two handles!

  7. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful treasures on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love all your photos!!


  8. What excellent finds! I love the gold trim. I inherited my grandmother's china, and it has a silver trim. I wish it had this lovely gold. The doily platter is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! I am so thrilled to have you! Have a wonderful weekend. HUGS

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