Saturday, May 1, 2010


I am so excited that May is finally here - almost a guarantee that they'll be no more frosts (almost)! Here in Massachusetts, as in other states I'm sure, our unofficial last-frost date is Memorial Day (May 31). That's too far off - I can't wait that long!

So, I made my May Tag-A-Long this week. After I saved the photo, I realized that both April and May have green backgrounds. Oh well, I liked this paper because it looks like a trellis.
I am an avid gardener, as most of you probably already know. Not the best, mind you, but avid! And May is the month to get those veggies going! That's why I haven't posted since Wednesday, because I've spent so much time in the garden. My motto is "Gardening forever, housework whenever"!

But, on Thursday after school, Teen and I stole away to my fave thrift shop and McDonald's. God showed His favor upon me that day. Don't know what I did to deserve it, but I'm so thankful anyways! There was this huge selection of my "formal" dish pattern, 'DuBarry' Eggshell Nautilus by Homer Laughlin, I just stood there with my mouth to the floor! I couldn't find a price so I had the worker come help me. He found a sticker on a teacup that said $30 for the lot. He looked at it, then said, "For you, $20". Yahoo! (That's probably because Mister helps them out all the time.)

I was so excited to share them with you that I didn't even wash them or arrange them.
I couldn't even get good lighting for a photo, but who cares? LOL! Can you believe this? A TEAPOT, Gravy Boat/Saucer, 3 serving platters, 1 oval veggie bowl, 7 teacups, 9 saucers, 12 dinner plates, 7 square luncheon plates, 9 bread(?) plates, and 2 berry bowls. Pretty much just need the sugar and creamer!

I only had 6 dinner plates and a small platter before this big score. Now I get to take everything out of the hutch and redecorate it with DuBarry! Then I can have fun finding new homes for all my knick-knacks!
On a side note , besides the fact that this post is getting long!, see the weird item on the top left shelf of the hutch? Pre-Teen made it a few years ago for New Year's Eve - it's the ball dropping in Times Square, New York!



LOVE your dishes!!! So happy for you. It's great when you find something that your hearts loves.
Deb :)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Pretty dishes, how fun that you found them!

Dawn said...

LOL! For a second there I was thinking this was going to be an appliance post. Love your May tag, and your gardening mantra!

That's awesome about the china! It's really pretty too.

Linda said...

I am doing a happy dance for you! I love it that you found these dishes and so many serving pieces and the price? Awesome! Whoo Hooo! Oh and I love the Times Sq Ball!

~Mary~ said...

Love your dishes. I have a few of the HL. They belonged to my Great Aunt. They are so pretty. We eat out of them about once a week. You scored girl!

Angela said...

Oh my,,I love it when they offer their items less to me without me even asking...Today someone gave me a beautiful basket for free at a yard sale.


Mica said...

The tag is adorable and 20 bucks for all the china now that is the deal of the day....Mica /The Child's paper

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

aww Sue, you lucky duck! what a beautiful china you found! almost a complete set!!!! I envy you so much! with a good caused.. hehehehe the flowers are so lovely..

Elaine said...

Beautiful dishes.. I like to garden also and I too am aavid and keep trying.. gardening seems to relax me and I wander outside several times a day.
I'm sure you are ready for warmer temtpertures.

happy pink weekend

Cindy said...

I think we are going to have to vote you Garage Sale Queen today. Awesome find.

Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Sandy said...

OMG!!!!!! What a fantastic find!!!!! I would be over the moon, that is for sure. And I lvoe your tag!!!!! Great colors and graphics! Really nice job Sue! I have to get busy, don't I ? LOL

Creative Breathing said...

Oh Sue, My most favorite kind of day! New Dishes! I have to stop myself from buying sets I come across at Goodwill, but I don't think I could have passed these by! I will always say to my husband, "But look at all the extras!" Have fun washing and arranging! By the way, your tag is super cute. I am so excited that you have joined our swap. You have 17 postcards to make - EAK! Have a great week ahead! E

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Those dishes are stunning!
What a wonderful post!

Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

I like pre-teen's creation! Very sparkly!

~~Carol~~ said...

I love your May tag, Sue! I'm so behind, that I never made my April one. I'm with you on gardening. My house is a wreck ALL summer! And what an amazing find those dishes were. It's so unusual to find so many pieces included, especially a teapot!
Happy Sunday!

AshTreeCottage said...

What a score!! Beautiful dishes and the price ... well just fantastic. I am so happy for you!!

Susan and Bentley

Dana Gustafson said...

What a lucky find!! I love your pretty! It surely was meant for you to find. :)

wig4usc said...

Those kinds of finds are few and far between. Congrats, they're beautiful!

Splurgie said...

You will give those lovely dishes a new home to be proud of. They were too pretty to sit boxed up. Enjoy!

My blog today is about the cherries on my backyard tree. Or lack thereof. Next year will be better!

Creative Breathing said...

Hi Sue, I have made an address card for my files of your blog that turned out so cute, a girl looking for red! Again so happy you are joining our swap. Any questions you might have in the next month, please post them on the Wish You Were Here post, and I will answer them there as soon as possible. Elizabeth

craftyles said...

Your china is so beautiful- what a great deal. I also love your tag-it's getting me into the mood for scrapbooking soon. I feel the urge coming on!