My Precious… Fiestaware

I do not cook very much, rarely, or ever.  Angry Husband will probably say that I’ve cooked maybe 5 times in our marriage. I know it’s more than that, like 10ish.  I’ve always said, my skill is making money.  I can’t cook. I don’t clean very well. And I’m not very crafty.  But oohhh, I have a black belt in shopping and I’ve had a job since I was 14.

When we got married, I registered for Lenox’s “Poppies on Blue” pattern. I may have registered for EVERYTHING that they sold with that pattern.  Seriously, we had so much stuff, it became overwhelming.  We moved about 4 times in the first 5 years of our marriage.  Every time we moved, that china and all of its accessories along with us.  Right before we bought our house, I finally decided that the china had to go.  We had barely used it.  It wasn’t our every day china.  I had never even seen my own mother use her wedding china.

So I placed it on e-bay and sold it piece-by-piece.  I also sold some pieces to a friend.  I had a few place settings left, and actually had a couple from Palm Springs drive 2 hours to come and get the china from me.  Angry Husband was impressed, because I sold the china for more than it was probably originally paid for.  I’m pretty good at e-bay, when I try a little.

After selling this wedding china, I decided that we needed some everyday china.  I became a little obsessed (see a pattern here), and starting buying (collecting) Fiestaware. It all started with a few dinner plates, then salad plates, then bowls. I have tons of it now, and all different colors. I think that’s my favorite thing about Fiestaware. That you can mix and match the colors.

Fiestaware

You can see some of my Fiestaware in the picture above.  This is one of our kitchen cabinets.  I have more pieces, but they are in random places around the house. Some of the pieces that I have are actually Vintage Fiestaware.  My mom has found them in antique shops around Orange County.  I’m currently on the search for my serving dishes. I only have one problem with Fiestaware though.  They keep coming out with new colors.  I have at least 25+ dinner plates.  I want more. Because I love all the colors. Aren’t they pretty?

What do you collect?

P.S. The “My Precious” title was in reference to Gollum in Lord of the Rings. If you haven’t seen any of the movies, you will have no clue on what I’m talking about.

27 comments
Rona
Rona

I enjoyed reading your story about your china.

Susanne N.
Susanne N.

found you from kelly's korner. just had to say my pattern was poppies on blue too! what was i thinking? only that it was 1994 and everything in my house was blue, hunter green and burgundy! (i LOVED it at the time.) right now it's still sitting in the back of my kitchen cabinets and i want to get rid of it SO bad! maybe i'll put it on ebay too. just had to laugh at your post!

Tater Mama
Tater Mama

Your first paragraph cracked me up! I'm happy to have found your blog, and I lurve the Fiestaware.

Brittney
Brittney

I love your Fiesta! I got a ton of serving pieces for our wedding and can't wait to entertain and use it all!

Bethany
Bethany

I really like all the plates-- wow, they are colorful. I'll have to look into Fiestaware!

NotJustAnotherJen
NotJustAnotherJen

Fiestaware is so awesome. Don't forget to search your local VAs and Goodwill stores. I have found some gems there too.

Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann

So pretty! I think I need to join in with your obsession!

Anny
Anny

I love it - fiesta has the prettiest colors! I collect milk glass :)

courtney
courtney

I collect Fiesta!!!!! I have tons and I am still buying. Just bought all new Fiesta flatware for us. It is what I registered for, I got all new, but have been picking up pieces at antique stores and such ever since. How funny.

jan
jan

well...we have a few things in common! I too collect older/antique fiestaware pieces ... keep true to your collection and then you won't have to worry about the newer colors coming out :oD tempting I know all too well. Tip ... if you (or your mom) finds any with lids in super shape, snatch 'em up! Then when you hit the "Antique Roadshow" you won't hear, "Gosh, if you had the lid to that rare piece of fiestaware, it would be valued at $1,200!" (the crowd feels your pain as the camera pans to your serving bowl without a lid. :o( Oh ... sorry ... got carried away. I'm going to follow you and add you to my blogroll. p.s. we have dear family friends there in OC ... "he" use to coach swimming at Foothills ;o) ~j.

Kelly W.
Kelly W.

Fiestaware is my fav! I registered for it when I got married and got several serving pieces. I've found a store in my area that carries seconds and have been able to get serving pieces at a fraction of regular retail. So far, the only thing I've seen wrong with them is that the stamp isn't exactly in the middle on the bottom. Oh well, no one is looking at the bottom of the plate when they're eating off of it! :)

Leigh
Leigh

I have a collection of Fiestaware too! I love it. The colors are just so bright and cheerful. I have bowls, plates, platters, pitchers. I can't get enough!

KanesMom
KanesMom

I am obsessed with mid century modern find myself "collecting" little gems from the atomic era. My current obsession is china from the Temporama pattern. Got to love ebay for fueling my insanity.

Amanda
Amanda

Funny enough, I used to collect Lenox and Gorham. Our Christmas tree is all Lenox now since my husband worked in one of their warehouses and we could get the stuff dirt cheap at employee sales. Butterfly Meadows was my weakness when the pattern came out. Now I collect digital scrapbooking kits. At least those reside on my computer and don't require dusting.

krista
krista

what do i collect? apparently small dogs and i think ill soon be collecting outfits for said small dogs! yayyyyy

mckay
mckay

there's something about dishes that is so.... homey and all about the essence of mom, lady, homeowner, entertainer, dish washer, food eater. your post reminds me of my old post where i talk about my dish stuff and how my wedding pattern has become my everyday dishwear: http://mckaysblog.blogspot.com/search?q=dishes p.s. i love your fiestawear. i know i've seen it, but i didn't know anything about it. now, i'll keep my eye open as i roam.

Sarah
Sarah

So pretty!! I really want Fiestaware but my darn Crate and Barrel everyday china won't break. It's been almost nine years and NOTHING has broken yet. Darn it.

the BLAH BLAH BLAHger
the BLAH BLAH BLAHger

You know I totally thought of Gallum before I saw the post script. HILARIOUS!

julie
julie

imagine. that cabinet. on the ground. your precious. dead. welcome to my life. can you hear me crying?

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

E-Bay is bad when you collect something. Speaking of, must go hunt on there for more Fiestaware.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

LOL. I used to collect Precious Moments too. They became dust collectors and went on ebay too...

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Been there, done that...I have small dogs. We have lots of Halloween costumes and things for them. :)

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Fiestaware rocks!!! It never cracks or chips easier.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I think you need new dishes for the 10 year anniversary, and oh diamonds also.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I'm soo random like that, but you knew that..

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I can hear you silently crying everytime you walk into your kitchen. My chest hurt a little when you posted that TwitPic.