About 30 years ago, my oldest daughter gave me a beautiful set for Christmas that included a tiered plate, a basket, two candle holders and 4 mugs. They were purchased at Lazarus department store in downtown Cincinnati and I have loved them and used them every Christmas.
On Saturday, we visited a lovely thrift/consignment shop (Vintage Market & Thrift, Loveland, Ohio) and saw eight dessert plates to this set on display. The original price was reasonable, but there was also 75% off on Christmas items, so I snatched them up. They were still in their original boxes which were in mint condition and still had the remnants of a Lazarus label on the side.
…and a Homer Laughlin platter.
The total cost was $14.95. Now, that’s a bargain.
From the archives – January 4, 2011
One of my favorite collectibles to get out at Christmas time is a canister that we found in an antique shop about 25 years ago. It’s a large metal canister with a Grandma Moses scene on the outside.
A few years ago, I found a copy of an ad which offered a Free Grandma Moses Canister with the purchase of a 3-pound can of Spry. The ad is dated February 15, 1959.
I was a former P&G employee, loyal to Crisco, but I know I would have grabbed this tin with a painting by one of my favorites, Grandma Moses, if I had seen it. I always get the canister out at Christmas time, insert a can of coffee in it, and keep it on my stove close to the percolator.