Over the holidays, I found myself casually scoping out the vintage Fiestaware on eBay. But let me back up and start at the beginning.
My great-grandmother had a modest collection of Fiesta dinnerware plates, bowls, coffee cups and saucers, teapot, and even juice tumblers. I loved using the dinner plates and bowls as a kid, until my mom discovered the value of what we were subjecting to daily abuse and packed them up. When we bought our first home, she gave me the best gift ever: the carefully stowed away Fiesta dishes. We went to an auction with some friends of ours and they bought a primitive oak hutch; when it didn't fit the spot they had in mind, we bought it from them. I think it's the perfect backdrop for my Fiesta collection, so I've squeezed it into every home we've had since.
|And the best part is, there's a third shelf I can fill up as the collection grows!|
Pre-internet (yes, young'uns - there was life before the internet) I scoured estate sales and antique stores and added a few pieces here and there to my collection. With the internet and eBay, pieces became easier to find, so I added several pieces including a trio of these nifty utensils:
|How cool are these?|
plus a second teapot, a water pitcher and a couple small Harlequin pitchers. But no coffee pots. HOW could it be that a die-hard coffee drinker and Fiesta collector has no coffee pots? It was definitely an oversight that needed correcting.
|Don't they look fabulous with my teapots?|
I was on a roll. I spotted two vintage platters and three nappy serving bowls, and let's just say I paid more for shipping than for the items - in fact, I paid less for all five items than one new serving piece would have set me back. They were truly a steal. Say it again, A. STEAL. Now please repeat it to Mr. Official so he will believe me. Double yay me.
|Some of us watch bowl games, others buy bowls...|
|See it? It looks like it was made to fit here, right?|
As a semi-serious Fiesta collector (I do describe myself as a dilettante, remember), it's dangerously easy to covet nearly everything I see. (You were already thinking that, weren't you?) Fortunately, I have a short attention span, so after this burst of avid watching, bidding, and self-affirmation via my new acquisitions, I'll undoubtedly get sidetracked by something else. But this latest round of Fiesta-stalking on eBay caused me to take an inventory of what I have, so I don't wind up with accidental duplicates. Unless it's just too good of a deal to pass up.
P.S. To my fellow Fiesta fanatic friends: check your calendars and maybe set aside a few days the third week of June. I hear the Homer Laughlin factory has an annual tent sale around that time, and if you're up for a road trip to Newell, WV it's a mere 10 hours according to Google...