Flea markets and antique fairs are always hit or miss. Over the weekend, I stopped by the Renninger’s Extravaganza in Kutztown, PA and had a whopping (sarcasm alert) 45 minutes to run through a few hundred stands looking for small treasures for my new house. Since when do I have so many meetings on a Saturday? But I digress…
One of my favorite finds were these octagonal metal plates I found at one of the last booths I stopped by. There was a whole set of 32 plates broken down into (8) large dinner plates (8) salad plates (8) dessert size ones and (8) itty, bitty plates that I have no idea what they are supposed to be used for. The dealer told me there were from the 1950′s… never used… and could be mine for a bargain price.
Here are some of the plates back home, all airtight sealed in plastic bags that look like were sealed at least a decade ago. I took my scissors and opened up each package, picked at the price tag stickers, and threw them into the dishwasher. There was a warning on one of the old, faded stickers saying to avoid using a dishwasher since it would fade and age the plates…. but that’s exactly what I wanted… so into the Bosch washer they went….
When I get around to it, I’m planning to actually mount the plates to a wall in the new house. I love the idea of pewter-y silver against dark gray walls. In my other house, I’ve mounted plates to walls, too. I love the look! Here’s my front porch with pie tins against a blue painted wall….
And here are my handmade reglazed silhouette plates in the craft room. More plates, the better! (PS-The metal stools in this room were moved to my new house into the craft room there. They looks so much better in the new house!)