As a Baby Boomer I have downsized my home and belongings twice in the last few years. Logically I think sizing down is a good thing. Emotionally I'm not totally sold on downsizing, especially when it comes to my two favorite collections of quilts and green dishes. Since today I will be washing the green dishes, I would like to invite you into my kitchen for a peek at my 'green'.
I began picking up green dishes at yard sales, auctions and flea markets in the 1980's. It wasn't until I had a shelf full that I learned I was collecting Fire King Jadeite. By then I was hooked and my quest for the 'green' shifted into high gear. All was going well and Jadeite was affordable (even cheap) until Martha Stewart began her collection and the price of Jadeite went to the moon and flew off shelves everywhere. Thanks, Martha! About five years ago I decided the collection was complete enough.
Jadeite dishes were produced from the 1930's through the early 1970's by several different manufacturers. They were often free bonuses in packages of flour and oatmeal and were also given away at gas stations and movie theaters. Basically they were inexpensive and rather plain. Who would have thought that some day these lovelies would make my Irish heart race! I think most American kitchens probably have a piece or two of Jadeite in the back corner of a cabinet. If you are young, you may remember seeing 'green' in your Grandma's kitchen.
Let's hear it for downsizing, but keeping those things that never fail to make you smile. Wherever you are, I hope you have collected something that makes your heart sing!
I wish you Peace & Plenty...Barb