I know this is going to be an incredible shock to some of you, but I love ironstone and blue transferware. I would say it’s out of hand, but I do sell far more than I keep, so it’s not totally out of hand. You can tell the minute you step in my house, though, that it’s a soft spot.
So, when Kriste told me she spotted a bunch of blue & white transferware pitchers she thought I would like at a local antique shop, my ears perked up. She pulled up a picture she snapped of them on her phone. I knew immediately from the shape and faded blue pattern that they were old and the kind I specifically hunt for.
“How much were they?”
“Oh, I don’t know. About $10-15/each, I think.”
I just about fell off my chair.
“You bought them all, didn’t you?!?“
Kriste looked a bit surprised at my passion. “Um, no. But I would imagine they are still there.”
That’s when the paranoia kicks in.
I know they are going to get wiped out before I can make it there.
So, I set out to run some errands and do some shopping yesterday. I stopped by a friend’s shop, intending to buy a chandelier, but I ended up buying a marble-topped table and some amazing architectural pieces. I mentioned I was headed over to hunt down some blue pitchers Kriste tipped me on. At that, she cringed.
“I just bought some blue & white pitchers from there…”
I knew they would be gone!
So, I went to the shop, preparing myself for certain disappointment. I had never been in this antique mall before and it was huge, so I had a hard time even finding the second floor, where Kriste said she spotted the pitchers. I finally found the stairs and, as I passed through the first doorway, there they were. Just like they were in Kriste’s pictures.
I turned over the tags, slightly anxious that Kriste had perhaps misread the price and they were $115/each instead of just $15. She read the tag right. I scooped up four gorgeous blue & white transferware pitchers and coffee pots and they were all priced under $20/each.
I’m fairly comfortable balancing ironstone, but my precariously situated armload did get a few sideways glances. They all made it safely to the counter. And I relished in my victory.
Pieces like these, even ones with chips and stains are usually at least $50, so these were a bargain, even with all of their imperfections.
I love the stains, the shape of the spouts, handles and angled sides.
…and the details…
…and the hallmarks!! Oh, the hallmarks. I don’t know why they make me all a’flutter, but they do.
Speaking of ironstone, I was working on another fall photo shoot today and Jeff noticed me looking through cabinets, humming.
“What are you looking for?”
I answered with my head tucked in a cabinet, focusing on the contents, “Oh…a piece of ironstone…”
“You mean, there’s one you don’t have?”
When I wasn’t entirely consumed with finding the pitchers, I shopped for accessories for Megan’s office makeover as well as the upcoming Market on Chapel Hill (in Pike Road, Alabama, October 3, 2015.)
And, I found some great pieces for both…