12 March 2012

It’s Not All Utility China

So, as you know, I buy a lot of utility china.  It’s pretty much all I’m after, but it’s not all I like.   I decided a while ago that I wouldn’t collect everything vintage that appealed to me.  There’s just too much.  How much can I collect, and store and use?  It would seem a shame to have more collections than I can display properly.  At that point it would become pointless collecting?

Before I made that very difficult decision I bought this tea pot with matching jug and sugar bowl.  I love that it’s metal and oh so very shinny.  I love that we use the sugar bowl to store coins in.  I just love it in general.

I also love this cake tin.  I use it to store cookie cutters in.  I would like to collect more tins, but we have a ways to go before the kitchen is organized the way we want it to be so I’m waiting to buy tins.  I want to see exactly where they would be the most useful and what sizes I need.  

Is what you collect in reality different that what you collect in your dream world of endless storage and a maid to dust it all for you?  Of course, this maid would dust each item with just as much love and care as you do.  What are you main collections, and which ones are sitting on the sidelines, waiting to be unleashed?

I’m going to link up with Her Library Adventures and Flea Market finds, Magpie Monday at Me and my Shadow, and Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl.


  1. I'm eyeing up our spare room as a study/ craft room/ display room for all my knick knacks. Right now our house is kind of suffering from my "collections". I'm sure there will be a documentary team knocking at my door soon.

    Madison xxx

  2. ooo I have that swan tea pot set too, mine has a big tea pot and a small one, Its packed away at the mo, as I keep buying more tea sets ! I'm just waiting for a couple of dressers to display them all.
    Can't beat the buzz when finding another set, lol.

  3. I saw a similar cake tin recently and resisted buying it. But if I'd read this first I might have got it to store cookie cutters in ;-)

  4. Oh my gosh, im sure my mum had that tin when we were growing up, you just brought back memories!

    I managed to buy so much this week, and all for so little. I would like to blame it on car boot season starting up again, but half of what i found were in the charity shops! Now ive just added all the photos to my blog i cant believe how much i came home with!
    Aqeela xx

  5. I love that metal tea pot! We're definitely getting more into the shiny metal stuff recently. We love collecting things, and having an Etsy shop is definitely our way of allowing ourselves to buy all the things we love, but then recycling most of it back into the world for others to enjoy, as we definitely don't have enough space to give everything we buy the love it deserves!

  6. Thanks so much for linking up at cap creations. Yes I definitely have more collections in my mind than in reality. I'd love to collect everything vintage that appeals to me too but yeah, who has room for that? Thanks again.