Tuesday

Culled Treasures and New Give~Away Reminder!!








Just thought you might enjoy taking a peek at the treasures Rosie and I found last weekend while hunting yard sales! At risk of sounding boastful ;) we paid a mere $5 for ALL of the items above! What blessings. I plan to add the little dessert~size set of plates to our daily dishes. They are the perfect size for serving forth a sandwich or snack. (Plus they're much more frugal, green and pretty than paper plates!)

I'm not quite sure what to do with the larger pieces (they are marked "Bavaria"!)but they were just too pretty to pass up! Any suggestions?

Oh...

also a quick reminder regarding...


This Month's Book Give~Away !!!


We're giving away a copy of our other volume...


Frugal Luxuries by the Seasons



This month's rules are the same as the last:

Enter by leaving a comment (or comment
s) on this blog through May 5th!


Each comment counts as another entry and increases your chances to win so say "HI" or leave a link to your own blog, or share an idea or good thought as often as you like. You know your comments are appreciated very much!!!

Warmly,

Tracey and Family

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33 comments:

GrammaGrits said...

Lovely plates. I'm in for the book giveaway.

scrappy quilter said...

Oh my word, those plates are beautiful. Is there somewhere that you can hang them on a wall? I remember seeing dishes like that years ago at my grannies. Loved them then, still love them. And wow, what a price. Wonderful giveaway again. Hugs

Saver Queen said...

They are so pretty! It's so nice to use pretty dishes like that for snacks and sandwiches on ordinary days. If you only paid a few cents each for them, it makes it a lot easier to justify using such lovely china for ordinary meals.

Mary Ellen said...

Tracey, My weren't you blessed big time with all those gorgeous plates!! I love it win I come across plates like this for cheap cheap!

Do you have plans for them yet for a special project?

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Welcome Gramma Grits!!! We're glad to have you...thank you for joining in!
Warmly,
Tracey

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi Carol,

That's a great idea...as those Bavarian pieces are almost too lovely to risk breaking via use...even with their bargain price!

Love and hugs,
Tracey
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Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi SQ!!! You are so right...I love using pretty dishes everyday...it does make simple food seem to taste better! I think the poets were onto something when they wrote about "eating with our eyes"! The best thing about this strategy is that we won't fret too much if one of them gets broken because they only cost a song or two at the yard sale!

Love,
Tracey
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Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

They are SO beautiful!

Within the last couple of months, I must admit that plates are even more a passion than teacups (easier to store!). :)

I'm always finding beautiful plates at Goodwill and garage sales. Since I already own a few complete sets of dinnerware (purchased, thrifted, and inherited), I enjoy just purchasing dinner and/or salad plates with pretty designs.

Even simple food looks all elegant and uptown on pretty dishes. :)

misskp said...

Beautiful finds, Tracey! I love the idea of adding vintage plates to every day dishes instead of using paper plates. My family protested when we made the change last summer...but now they don't mention it at all! Funny how we get used to things.....
Thanks for the wonderful ideas and reminders. I look forward to your new posts very much!

karen

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

I agree Brenda, plates are MUCH easier to store that teacups...although...I am completely inspired by the way you store your teacup collection in shallow drawers. A very clever idea...it looks so pretty and tidy (probably better for the cups as well :) !

Love,
Tracey
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Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Thanks so much for your kind words Karen! You are right in that we humans do get used to change...eventually! That being said, it doesn't always come easily. We've been using this strategy since my kids were small and now they miss the "pretty" dishes when presented with the occasional paper plate (unless they are in charge of doing the dishes, of course ;)!
Warmly,
Tracey
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Manuela@TPOH said...

Tracey - those plates are incredible!! Especially for $5! I love the Bavaria plates I have a couple of those - really beautiful! You should check the priced on ebay and maybe resell them. I have one that I hung in my garden on the fence. I'm sure you'll come up with what you want to do with them.

Manuela

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Wow, great suggestions all Manuela!!! I just love the way you think. :)
Love,
Tracey
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P.S. Loved your coffee filter wreath project...so creative...so frugal...so charming!!!

Audra said...

You know I am a stalker! I am also blogging about your give away (side note to another post..) and I don't have this book so I will keep my fingers crossed that I might possibly win this one!

I love your plates, just exquisite, I am with Manuela...the Bavaria plates are magnificent. What is it about European china and stoneware that is so captivating?

tales from an oc cottage said...

What gorgeousness!!!!!

m ^..^

Mimi said...

This is my first visit to your blog, it won't be the last, either. I love your thrifted plates. I am not one to bring something into the house that I can't use whenever I feel like it...those kind of things can be found in the museum, not my house.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

LOL Thank you Audra, for the stalking and spreading the word about the give~away!!! I agree, European china has that certain something!!!
Love,
Tracey
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P.S. Hope you're enjoying your little journey!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Welcome Mimi! You are so right in that it is such a waste to surround yourself with things too valuable to use. Life is much too precious not to love and use what you have!!!
Warmly,
Tracey
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Betty said...

I love the idea with the mason jars being used as a planter. Thanks so much, Betty

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi Betty! Thanks so much for the nice words. Your images of the painted hills were gorgeous!
Warmly,
Tracey
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Kimberly said...

Oooo!!! SO lovely! I have several beautiful plates I have collected over the years. Some I use and some I just have hung on the walls. Well, had hung. They all came down to get the house ready to sell. Can't wait to have them back! You could make like a wall "quilt" with plates.
I saw this idea---
http://cherryhillcottage.typepad.com/cherryhill_cottage/2010/03/plate-collage.html
---- :)

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hello Sweet Kimberly! I LOVE the plate quilt idea and the link was adorable!!! Thank you so much for posting it.
Love,
Tracey
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P.S. I'm with you in spirit as you pack up! x0x

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Tracey! It was so nice to hear from you...thanks for stopping by! These plates are lovely and what a bargain!!!
I'm so glad you were inspired by my bedroom post...I am sooo ready to transform my home for spring/summer!
Have a beautiful day~
Kathleen

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi Kathleen! Yes, I've been roaming around bloglandia seeking inspirational nudges from others freshening up for spring and your bedroom post was just what I needed!
Warmly,
Tracey
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Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

Very pretty plates! I'm big on using the nice stuff. We rarely use disposables. I've shocked friends by serving them on the fine china, then sticking it in the dishwasher. I know that goes against all the china rules, but honestly, no harm has come to them. I've been using one set of fine china as everyday dishes for 3 years now. The platinum band on everything is still very much intact. No harm done, and this method ensures we actually use our china.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

I love how you think Anne Marie! Why save our prettiest things for company? Family are/is the most precious of all people and should be treated as such! Thanks so much for the nice note!
Warmly,
Tracey

P.S. Our prayers are with your kitty to heal perfectly. x0x

Libbie said...

I am headed out the door to garage sales on the hunt for little plates like this today! I am gathering goodies for my daughters tea party birthday :)

Storybook Woods said...

$5.00 what a killer deal, sooo pretty to xoxoxo Clarice

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

What a clever idea Libbie!!! I am wishing/hoping you'll post about it after the fact...with lots and lots of images! Good luck with the treasure hunting.
Warmly,
Tracey
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Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi Clarice...yes...I was absolutely amazed when I heard the words, "five dollars", as I brought all my booty to be priced! What I neglected to mention was that I also bought an amazing, hand crafted, silk wrap skirt and two really pretty silk blouses...included in the same five dollar price!!! Some days we're just given gifts...and I sure appreciate each and every one of them.
Love,
Tracey
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Vintage Girl said...

Hi Tracey! What an awesome find in your plates. They are BEAUTIFUL!!

I have such a weakness for pretty plates. We just redid our bathroom and on the vanity I have a pie stand, spray painted to match, with three pretty brown transferware plates in the slots. They were ones that I thrifted last year and they must have know they'd find the perfect spot. On the top plate I have facecloths, the middle level, toothpaste and dental floss and the bottom plate, pretty soaps.

I would love to enter your giveaway, I'm having a hard time finding this book. I have Frugal Luxuries and of course, LOVE it!

Hugs, Heather

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Great ideas Heather, and such perfect timing...my bathroom is in the midst of being de~cluttered (more of my "Order from Chaos" mode!) and I am looking around for pretty yet useful ways to organize what needs to be in there! I just happen to have several plate holders and I'm sure one of them would look quite nice tucked into a corner. Thank you so much for the suggestions and the nice words!
Love,
Tracey
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KaReN EiLeeN said...

So Glad I found you. I am keeping my fingers crossed for the book!!!!

Warm Wishes,
KAREN EILEEN

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