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I mentioned before that I'm collecting willow pattern crockery, to replace our original stuff. We have 2 sets of different pattern crockery - well, incomplete sets now as the odd plate or bowl has been broken over the years, and quite a few of what's left are chipped. We've now collected in the willow pattern 10 each dinner and side plates, a few dessert dishes, a fruit bowl, 2 meat platters and 2 cake plates....they don't all match as some are different makers, but near as dammit, and I don't mind anyway. I've spent this morning clearing out the crockery cupboard, giving it a good clean (it was so dusty! Where does all the dust come from....it's a cupboard - with doors!) and installing the willow pattern stuff. The old crockery will be taken to a charity shop, apart from any pieces that are badly chipped.
There's one big advantage of this willow pattern stuff.....the dinner plates, being vintage, are a bit smaller than our previous ones, meaning we are having smaller portions. A sneaky way of cutting calories and eating a bit less - but with the plate still full it kind of tricks you into thinking you're still having a big meal!
There's loads of willow pattern crockery on ebay, but mostly at ridiculously high prices....I've got all my stuff so much cheaper at boot sales, in charity shops and vintage markets. I know people want to make a profit, but everyone seems to be jumping on the 'vintage' or 'retro' bandwagon and charging what I think are often extortionate prices. And, let's face it, the willow pattern crockery, much as I love it, is only very ordinary really.....it's what I guess normal working households would have had years ago.