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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.

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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.

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I also picked up a plaque to add to my Dutch collection …
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…and a Homer Laughlin platter.

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The total cost was $14.95.  Now, that’s a bargain.

From the archives – January 4, 2011

Black Bean Soup


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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.

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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.
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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.

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