Saturday, January 30, 2010

Collections: Salem North Star


Almost four years ago, I picked up my first two Salem North Star pattern small berry bowls at a San Leandro, CA garage sale (once a year, in May, the entire city does a yard sale- really fun!) for 50 cents.  Of course I was immediately hooked by the cool atomic-inpsired starburst pattern (in aqua, no less!) and have been on the hunt for more ever since.  Just recently I picked up an ice bucket at my favorite local thrift store, Thrift Town, but I've mostly had to grow my collection with the help of eBay.  This acutally is my everyday china, as much as it pains me to put it in danger of being broken.  What's the use of collecting something as functional as dinnerware if you're not going to use it? 



I love the teapot and the fact that some pieces are solid aqua and some have the starburst pattern.

One of my favorites- the free-form gravy boat. 
I occasionally make unnecessary gravy just so I can use it.

The salt and pepper shakers are cool, too. 
And you can never have to many serving bowls.

I think 12 might be enough of these mugs...

They look great in the cubboards

My most recent find- the ice bucket.  Now I need some tumblers.

7 comments:

  1. catherine, these are great and oh so perfect for you , love the turqouise!!

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  2. Nice collection...
    I will be on the look-out for these on my thrifting days :)

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  3. Hi! This is Kim, Darcy's friend. I'm commenting on this post because this is the plate I have, but I only have one. Also, I wanted to say that you blog is awesome!

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  4. I just stumbled upon your post while looking at pieces of this collection around the web. Who knew that other people could fall in love so deeply as I did? I was thirteen years old, and I absolutely had to buy a big set of this pattern at a yard sale in the Ozarks while I was on a camping trip. That was 1983, and I have never stopped collecting. You have some unique pieces that I've not found before, and I'm really glad to see that you're using them daily. We have young kids and have moved to some alternate dishes for the moment while my North Star takes a little rest. I eventually bought my home because it matched my dishes so well! LOL

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  5. Just pulled this out of my mothers cabinet. I remember using it when I was a child for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. This will be the first year without both my parents and I am taking it to my brother's for Christmas dinner. I love the ice bucket. I have never seen that piece. Great collection. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I have the cake plate. Picked up at a yard sale. Anyone interested in purchasing from me?
    Text me at 803 417 2520

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  7. I have the cake plate. Picked up at a yard sale. Anyone interested in purchasing from me?
    Text me at 803 417 2520

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