Sunday is my day of rest, I indulge in all sort of frivolous pastimes. Of late I have taken an interest in recycling crockery, our town here has six charity shops and there is always something to find, some treasure. I like to buy cups and saucers with patterns in blue and white, they look clean and cool. So I snapped some photos of my acquisitions.

The fine blue flowers of this cup look delicate against the shiny white porcelain, I found the cup and saucer separate from the plate, this was lucky.  The porcelain was made in Bavaria, Germany.  It’s called Winterling Renaissance Pattern China.  I use it everyday as I do not believe in saving or storing things away.

Some of the other cups and saucers I obtained were made in England, in Staffordshire and they are Ironstone.  It is a type of vitreous pottery, it was  first made in the early 19th century.  You can plainly see that it is different from the Bavarian porcelain, more robust, but I like both.  They are called Ironstone because of their durability.



I particularly like this design, it’s also Ironstone, made in England.  For some reason my grandfather in Belgium had a tea set of this, the cups are larger than average and I remember the black coffee that was poured out of the everlasting ‘koffiepot’ which was constantly on the stove brewing, the coffee beans having been grinded in a ‘koffiemolen’, and put in a cotton bag that was hanging in the pot, a delicious aroma filling the room.  Good memories.


Here is another fine pure white cup and saucer, incredibly I found both cup and saucer separately again.  It is a rather small cup and it has no markings on it whatsoever.


More Ironstone ware, all found separately and paid less than €1 for the lot.  They get used everyday, and great pleasure is got from the colour combination and a cheerful table setting.


Here are a selection of plates and saucers.  The colourful porcelain plate has markings which places it in Bohemia.  The others are English Ironstone.

I particularly like the idea of recycling as much as we can, it’s fun looking for the stuff, and it really does save resources of the planet.  Seeing that a town of 2000 people can have six charity shops where people constantly get rid of their surplus ‘stuff’ it shows that there is an enormous amount of surplus around.  Re-using things is a good idea.

Apart from all that, I must say that I really enjoy hunting around in the charity shops, having decided that I need such and such items.  At this moment I am still on the look out for blue and white patterned crockery, it will give me innocent pleasure for a while yet.



  1. I have a collection much like this and gathered from auctions for almost nothing. I have large serving pieces and small tea sets also… I use them for wall decor most of the time but many are used for side plates at the holidays where my main dishes are sold blue… so much fun to find and use!

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  2. I’ve been on the look out for some bowls and strangely never thought to look in the charity shops – what a great idea. You have had some lovely finds!

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  3. I’ve an old Blue Onion cup, soft pottery, almost flow, all crackeled and lovingly worn… and I’ve a piece of Bavarian Colbalt Rose, and an old Dutch blue flow that was my Grandmother’s…Mom had Blue Willow with a gold trim… nothing better than blue and white!

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  4. You have given me an idea… next time I give cups and saucers to charity I will give the cup to one and the saucer to the other so treasure hunters can find them and get a thrill. We have two op shops in our suburb and I imagine most people would go from one to the other ( I do). Hahaha

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  5. I have no room for more crockery so I have to keep away from that part of charity shops. However, on top of helping to save the planet, other people’s cast-offs could be quite valuable in the future. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen or heard of a programme called The Antics Roadshow, where people take along their treasures – and sometimes find out they are actually worth a lot of money?

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  6. The last trio you show look a lot like a pattern called Willow Pattern which is found on all kinds of ware from Ironstone to fine bone china and in sizes from huge meat platters to saucers. I’m sure you’ll find plenty though it’s well collected.
    Good luck
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  7. Really wonderful pieces, Agnes. I need my thrift shop once a week and a fleamarket every Sunday to look for nice pieces, too. I can tell you that the German porcelain is from a very good company. I learned a lot about porcelain by my activities. I think you collected some very lovely pieces. It’s also very important not to throw away old things but to re-use them. That’s why I only wear second-hand dresses, too, and they are very extraordinary. Sometimes you get expensive brands for a very good price. I was happy to see that we have something more in common, Agnes. Have a nice day, regards Mitza

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    1. Thank you Mitza, it’s great to come across others who have similar interests or ideas about how we live on this earth. Great that you know and told me about the German porcelain, I am rather fond of it, so delicate, nice to drink from and to use. Kind regards, Agnes

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      1. I bought a book for porcelain marks but know already quite a lot by heart. Germany has quite worthy porcelain companies. I wish I could visit these shops with you. One day maybe I will make a post with all the things I found. Have a nice day, kind regards Mitza

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    2. I love that you used the word “extraordinary” to describe the second hand dresses you’ve found. I completely agree . . . there’s something special about finding a unique piece in good repair and that isn’t dragging more resources from our Earth.

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      1. thanks for your comment. I am a very individualistic person and I don’t like to wear the clothes prescribed by the actual fashion. And in these shops I found some fantastic and “extraordinary” things which made me very happy. Just imagine how much water is needed to get one kilo of cotton etc. 90 % of all my things are used or antic. I love it because I want our Earth to stay healthy for my grandchildren and everybody can do something about it. Have a nice day, regards Mitza

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      2. thanks a lot for your kind words. It’s a bit “extraordinary” to get so much appreciation for being extraordinary. But I love to be individualistic and to have only extraordinary things. Have a nice day, regards Mitza

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  8. One of my favorite adventures is exploring Flea markets and shops
    I am bewildered like a little child in a toy shop
    I just love the sense of visiting so many cultures and time zones all in one place
    I also am so full of appreciation for things done in prior times in which they still preserved the value of craft
    Everything was made with so much more sacredness
    Thank you for sharing with us your lovely findings!

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    1. So glad that you enjoy this too, yea it’s so much fun to visit flea and other markets, they always seem such ‘alive’ places all over the world. I agree, items were often hand crafted, it is something to treasure by our generations.

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  9. I love this thread, I love charity shops. During the summer we have a huge local ” Car Boot sale” every Sunday. I cannot resist collecting and recycling glass beads. Collecting crockery as you have done here is something I would love to do too. Your collection is impressive. 💚💛💜❤️💙

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    1. Thank you so much Roz for your encouraging comment, yes it is so much fun doing this, apart from knowing that it does make a difference, in a small way, to preserve the earth’s resources.


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