Welcome to the Blog today. I’m so glad you’re here. I get a lot of questions about how and where I store the china that I pick-up at Thrift Stores. When I first started collecting it was pretty easy to find a space in the cupboards to store new pieces. As I continued collecting over a number of years it became a little more difficult to find good storage places that still made the china accessible. So now I’m going to share with you the system I’m currently using.
You can see from the picture above that I have a large bookcase or two with openings that accommodate a regular dinner plate sized piece of china. I just moved these to a different space…a room that is used for a combination of activities. You can also see on the top of the bookcase I have displayed a number of pictures found at Thrift Stores along with some other objects d’art. There is a beautiful wooden goose in black and white, distressed. It is hand carved and I love the shape of the neck. You can also see a pottery jar in brown and cream, an astronomical antique, and another pot in grey and creams.
From a distance you can see that the room also holds an antique dresser and mirror. There is a floral crewel rug on the floor that pulls in a large number of colors from roses, to yellows, to greens.
The other side holds a reclining, upholstered chair and beside it is a refinished end table and lamp. A quiet spot for reading or perhaps to pull colors and china together for a table setting.
These bookcases hold seasonal china such as Hallowe’en china, Spring and Winter china. Lots of pieces of white and off-white china are also part of the shelves. I have a little bit more organizing to do here but the bulk of the move has taken place.
You can see more pictures and items on the top shelf.
More pottery, pictures and objects are displayed on the top shelf in this section of the shelving. Lots of colors are displayed in the china below.
Here’s a side view of the storage shelves. Nestled against the wall they take up very little space and provide wonderful storage for the china. It’s easy to see what’s available and choose an appropriate color, pattern and shape to go with a tablescape.
Taking you back a little further you can see another purpose of this room. I have my Yoga mat here where I try my best to do yoga every day. On the other side of the room, not shown, I have a treadmill and a gazelle that we use for exercise. I try hard to spend a good hour here every day. Even thought the room is definitely multi-purpose it is a pleasant place to spend some time. It has a wall of windows on one side of the room that lets in lots of natural light. These pictures were all taken at night and when the rest of the room is finished all show you everything in sunlight.
This is not all the dishes I have as some are still stored in cupboards and cabinets but this certainly holds a lot of dishes. Hope you enjoyed the dish tour. Have a great week.