The China Hutch

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Back At It Again…

Here we are, summer is almost gone, and it has been an embarrassingly long time since I sat down to write a blog post. So much has happened since the last time I sat down to do this. The biggest thing to happen in our lives since then is something that sadly rocked our world. My sweet Grandma Kelly passed away. Grief is a difficult journey and I am slowly working throughout.

The beautiful china hutch you see in the picture belonged to her and I am now than our dining table so it looks beautiful in our space.

 What to put in it?

While I inherited my grandmas hutch, and her Christmas China, I did not inherit her everyday china. Sam and I have been searching for the perfect set to fill it with for the past several months. Our wedding China is a bit to modern for this beautiful vintage hutch, so we set out to some of our favorite antique stores where we live.

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What we found was a beautiful vintage set of Royal China from the 1950s. The line is called “Colonial Homestead.” Sold and Sears Roebuck & Co. between 1953 and the late 1960s this was marketed as affordable, everyday dinnerware for American families.

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Each piece has a different scene of life from a colonial homestead.

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I love this cake plate with this cute scene. I especially like the tilt-top table on the right. There was one just like it at the store where we bought this set.

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So simple and sweet.

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The  set was very complete. It included 13 full place settings, several serving bowls, serving platters, gravy boat and under plate, cake plate, cream and sugar set, and many extra cups and saucers. IMG_0062

To finish off the hutch, my mom and I searched and searched for something to add to the China. We found this cute candle holder and wreath at Pier One Imports. It matched perfectly. Then we filled it with these adorable cotton balls from Craft Warehouse. I have been wanting to add some cotton decor somewhere in our home and this was the perfect place.

Some things we learned about antiquing…

Neither Sam nor I are very experienced at antiquing. But we picked up a few things along the way:

  1. Keep searching…what you want it out there, you just need to scour a lot of antique stores.
  2. Be willing to wait. When we found what we wanted it was out of our price range. We took a risk and let the china set sit in the store for a couple of weeks, hoping for the price to go down.
  3. Ask for a discount. When we initially asked if they could do any better on the price, the dealer dropped it by 10%.
  4. It’s okay to negotiate. We haggled for a few days and were able to buy this set at a very reasonable price that was within our budget.
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