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I have been spending the last few years trying to sort through John’s, my and our girls’ stuff, our parents’ and ancestors’ things, and family items.

We are extremely fortunate to have many mementos that we have accumulated over the years, and items that go back many generations on all branches of the family tree. Some of the lessons that I’d like to pass along are the obvious ones, which bear repeating. Others you may not have thought about.

# 1 Label all your pictures, on the back, when you can! Don’t use pencil or ball point pens, if you can avoid it. Use thin point permanent markers. Test the ink on the edge of the back of the photo. There are photos that I have been shown over the years, and ones that turned up in boxes, and drawers. Many of the pictures are obvious who they are of…some are not at all. Memories vary in their accuracy also. Even photos that the subjects of seem obvious to one family member, are not so obvious to another. We’ve had good help from some extended family members in identifying subjects and places. But there are going to be “family” photos that we cannot identify at all. Don’t let it happen in your family!

# 2 Either make a list, or individually put notes, with special pieces of glassware, china, or tools. I followed John’s mother, Harriet, around the house one day, making notes on all sorts of pieces of glassware, furniture, etc. I had it listed by whom in the family it had belonged to, and what cabinet it was in or where it was in the house. But they moved. She moved twice. Some pieces I can match up. Some, I cannot.

When we do not know if a piece of pottery has been in the family for six generations, or if it was something that Harriet bought at a Yard Sale or Flea Market, we say: “It’s an Heirloom. It was my Grandmother’s”. John’s father’s mother used to put notes inside items. They would say a few lines about the history of the item. Often, the note would also say who she wanted to have the item when she was gone. This worked very well.

His aunt and uncle gave a lot of items to the people that they wanted to have them, while they were alive. That way they could tell them about the items, and see the people’s pleasure in receiving the gifts. Many items she would label. Elizabeth, our oldest daughter, and I tried to take pictures of items, and then label the picture. It does not always work. We still have a lot to identify. But we are making progress. If you have copies of these photos off the premises, it also helps if there is a fire, or theft.

#3 The greatest gift that you can give to your family is their past. Do not be embarrassed about how you look in a video; do not be afraid of how your spelling or sentences read. Have your family run a video camera at Christmas. Tell them about the quilt that Great Aunt Annie made at her church group. Show them the piece of hand blown glass that their Uncle Donald blew, and how he could make scientific hand-blown glass. Identify the plane that Grandpop used to hone the kitchen cabinets in the house he built. If the family isn’t home for the holidays, take pictures of your bowl for baking bread; the rolling pin that was your great great grandmother’s; the china cabinet that was rescued from your parents’ house fire. Don’t just say “Great Great Grandmother’s”. Say the name. And say if you mean your Great Great Grand, or your son’s, or your grand-daughter’s. It makes a difference!

Make copies of the photos that you take of the items. Label them. Send them. Don’t worry that they are not in a fancy scrapbook. Don’t wonder if anyone will care. Do it. Give your descendents your memories.

My grandfather used to say: “It’s all memories”. Don’t wait to share those precious memories and remembrances.

With all the flooding, fires, earthquake producing rubble, and other disasters occurring daily, this all seems naïve and rustic.  And many people won’t care about their past.  But, at some point most people would say that they wish that they had more memories from their elders.

John’s health has limited his mobility the past few years, and has restricted mine.  You would think that would have helped with downsizing, but it is not so.

We are on a motivated path to try to catch up with the memories and reduce the “stuff” before someone else has to try to figure it all out.  Britta has also gotten her household items out of storage, and is working on unpacking and editing her things.

Watch for downsizing notes and offers of items for sale…in SouthEast Tennessee and Northwest Washington State. Donations will be leaving the houses and memories will be added to the blogs.

Join us on the journeys and make sure that you work on saving the memories before its too late.

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The Shop and the Greenhouse are Permanently Closed.

We are working on downsizing…a wide variety of items. I’ll be posting ways to find us on eBay, Etsy, Letgo, and Various Facebook local area Yard Sale sites.

I do post on the Facebook page at “Antiques at Morgan Lane” and “Morgan Lane Enterprises – the Shops at Morgan Lane”.  Also, general postings on the page for “Organic Greenhouse at Morgan Lane”.

The “Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm” Facebook page and my Facebook page “Georgia Denman” are also active and ways to find us.  We still have many Morgan Horses, several trained and/or started, to finish yourself or by your trainer.

Visit us online…

But, please remember that the Shops are Permanently Closed.

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Elizabeth and Caitrin have been busy gathering up items from various family members’ Estates, especially their Grandparents Wes and Harriet Denman of Delano, TN.

We said for this auction, we would bring mostly smalls…here is a list of 92 items that we are bringing for tonight’s auction:

DECEMBER 2nd Auction

MLE (1) small round beverage glasses (x9)

MLE(2)Holly Hobby beverage glass set(x8)

MLE(3)glass punch cup set w/white leafing and gold rim

MLE(4)Brown 2 handled basket w/cherry bow-contents 24 assorted lids

MLE(5)glass flower votive holder w/blue votive candle

MLE(6)Blue and Green glass bud vase(x2)

MLE(7)Yellow geometric sugar bowl w/lid

MLE(8)Yellow geometric creamer

MLE(9)Etched wine glass set (x6)

MLE(10)Metal candle/votive holder w/green glass & votive candle

MLE(11)Etched flower vase

MLE(12)Small geometric candy/sugar dish

MLE(13)Seat of 6 Amber colored glass pudding dishes

MLE(14)marked:Johnson Bros –England pink flowered gravy boat

MLE(15) candle holder w/sticker marked “International silver/plated-Hong Kong”

MLE(16) Brandy glass

MLE(17)Metal Owl sign for Hoods Sarsaparilla

MLE(18)1973 cloth ship calendar in original box

MLE(19)woven basket w/curled handle

MLE(20)Wooden Apple

MLE(21)Framed 8×10 painting of yellow birds(signed TMASSQ)

MLE(22)Hurricane lamp glass

MLE(23)platypus planter marked made in Japan

MLE(24)Wrought Iron Large Spoon & Fork marked Made in Taiwan

MLE(25)Flowered Pickle dish-marked Great Western Cereal Co. Chicago USA

MLE(26)Yellow Depression glass plate

MLE(27)Hand Made Blue/Green Pottery Vase-signed

MLE(28)Hand Made Pottery Bowl/plate combo-signed

MLE(29) set of 6 Olive Green Mugs-all signed JH 68

MLE(30)Mother Mary Vase

MLE(31)Flavo-Matic 8cup Percolator w/all parts –made in USA at West Bend Aluminum Co. West Bend,WI

MLE(32)White/Clear glass lamp shade

MLE(33)Set of 4 Antique car drinking glasses

MLE(34)unmarked green planter

MLE(35)White Handled Serving Platter

MLE(36)Avon candlestick cologne bottle in original box

MLE(37)Flat of porcelain Christmas figurines/ornaments

MLE(38)Vintage Red Tin

MLE(39)Flat of oil lamp items/shoe horns/screwdriver

MLE(40)Jar w/Lid –made in Italy

MLE(41)Old Bean pot w/lid

MLE(42)Red Vintage Child’s Rocker

MLE(43)Vintage Tin gold w/cameo

MLE(44)handmade vintage leather purse  with floral tooling

MLE(45)handmade vintage leather purse w/metal clasp

MLE(46)Flat of various advertising items & men’s items

MLE(47)Glass Milk Jug w/writing & lid

MLE(48)Flat of assorted Vintage Paper Coasters & Cocktail Napkins

MLE(49)Carved wooden Masonic Lodge figure

MLE(50)Hanging Basket w/Metal Eagle

MLE(51)Swing away Mountable Can Opener

MLE(52)R.B. Rogers Serving bowl

MLE(53)lot of Vintage potato mashers (x2) & Vintage Kitchen wisk

MLE(54)Aluminum Omelet Maker

MLE(55)Aluminum Omelet Maker

MLE(56)Metal handle Container w/Lion faces –made in India

MLE(57)Black Rectangle Enamel container w/Lid

MLE(58)Box of Sewing & Craft items

MLE(59)Firescreen & tools

MLE(60)Lot of 3 baskets

MLE(61)ABC Child’s Trunk

MLE(62)Woven Tan Trunk w/Red Handles

MLE(63)Wooden Desk chair

MLE(64)Vintage Yarn holder

MLE(65)Wooden Shelf

MLE(66)Camping/Fire Metal Pot Holders

MLE(67)Box of Craft Magazines

MLE(68)Flat of Christmas items

 MLE(69)Box of 11+ wooden frames & misc pictures

MLE(70)Cat-a-9 Tails Vase-Made in China

MLE(71)Brown/White Vase

MLE(72)Serving/Carving Platter

MLE(73)small Asian pattern porcelain box

MLE(74)Small Painted Wooden Bowl

MLE(75)Metal Decorative Bowl w/painted design

MLE(76)Stained Glass Candle Holder-Made in Mexico

MLE(77)Metal Flower design Tin-Made in Italy

MLE(78)Green/White Porcelain Serving Dish-Marked Michigan  Condensed MI

MLE(79)Yellow/Blue Pottery Serving Bowl

MLE(80) Poinsettia Heavy Glass Divided Serving Tray

MLE(81)McCoy Stork/Cradle Planter

MLE(82)Box lot of Buttons

MLE(83)Set of 4 USA Bicentennial Commemorative Powder Blue Handmade glass plates in Original Boxes w/Literature and Certificates

MLE(84)Fenton White Basket Pattern Vase

MLE(85)Pair of Glass Candle Stick Holders

MLE(86)Milk Glass Top /Hat Vase Daisy/Button pattern

MLE(87) McCoy Bean Pot

MLE(88)Hobnail “Smith Glass” Candy Dish

MLE(89)Porcelain Lettuce Bowl –Signed Betty Feldman 1969

MLE(90)Hand Painted Imperial Dish

MLE(91)Cubist style Clear glass Creamer/Sugar Bowl Set

MLE(92)Box Lot of Yellow Depression Glass-Set of 6 pudding cups, small vase, small Snack Plate and pair of Candle Stick Holders

 As you can see, there is something to interest men, women, teens, and children.  Great items to create a festive mood in your home; and make it cozy all year long.

Remember:  Reduce.  Reuse.  Recycle. Repurpose.  Antiques are the ultimate in recycling.  Merry Christmas and Have a Happy Holiday Season.

Never before seen in a retail store  Antique and Vintage items from various family Estates and our personal collections will be unpacked in the Shop throughout the Holiday Season.  Come see what’s new to appear. Surprises in every box unpacked.

Gift certificates always available.

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We will be bringing many ‘smalls’ to C B Auction, in the plaza across from Bowater’s, next to Hardee’s, on Highway 11, Calhoun, TN on Friday night, December 2nd, starting at 6:00 pm.

Most items will be from Family Estates, not previously offered for sale. Some items will be brought from our Antique Shop, at the Shops At Morgan Lane, 2214 Columbus Road, Delano, TN, 37325, 423 263 0824.

There will be many items that would make delightful Christmas gifts, as well as festive items for the holidays. Home, Women’s, Men’s, and Children’s items. Antique and Vintage.

Here is a link to the gallery of a sample of auction items:http://imagesnmemories.smugmug.com/gallery/20369701_QLkdXc#1611591760_P9Mr9hQThe percolator is :Flavo-Matic 8 cup automatic percolator
It has all its parts and works
It was made in West Bend, WI at the West Bend Aluminum Co

Mother Mary is small vase

A piece of gold depression glass

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2011 Spring Open House and Plant Sale

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

10:00am to 4:00pm

We are a small family farm.  We grow 98% of our plants ourselves.  Everything is organically grown and while we have some common varieties, we mostly concentrate on Unusual and Unique culinary herbs and HEIRLOOM and ethnic varieties of vegetable plants, especially Tomatoes and Peppers

We also have Blueberry bushes and some other fruiting plants and perennials.

We have limited space and only grow a small amount of each of many varieties.  We will have over 30 types of Heirloom, Ethnic and other Tomatoes; and over 75 types of sweet, mild to HOT peppers. We do take requests and deposits.

Antique Shop on the farm, with glass, china, vintage hats and jewelry +

SPECIAL SALES AND NEW ITEMS.

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE FOR ANY AMOUNT.

Also the largest herd of Registered Morgan Horses in the south.  Foals to senior citizens; stallions, mares, and geldings.  Historic bloodlines in people-friendly, gorgeous, intelligent horses.  Mostly Blacks and Bays, some Chestnuts, and a Palomino.

The Blue Ridge Morgan Horse Youth Group, Appalachian Riders, will be presenting some of the horses during the Open House. 

REDUCE.    REUSE.    RECYCLE.    REPURPOSE.

House plants ON SALE NOW.

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am until 4:00 pm

The Greenhouse At Morgan Lane

2214 Columbus Road, Delano, TN, 37325

Off Rte. 163-Bowater Road, Delano, TN, 37325 

use either McMinn County Routes 969 or 970

 

WATCH FOR SIGNS

 

GPS N 35° 16.039’ W 084° 36.236’

423 263 0824 Farm             423 284 0899 Cellular

www.TheGreenhouseAtMorganLane.com

www.TheShopsAtMorganLane.com

www.SleipnirMorganHorseFarm.com

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Valentine’s Day has come and gone for another year; and St. Patrick’s Day is up to bat as the next “colorful” holiday.

Yes, Washington’s Birthday is still in the mix.  But other than red for Cherry pie, his birthday is not too colorful.  There is a antique/vintage red hat in the “Harriet’s Hats” collection that is decorated with cherries.  Come try it on, and have Elizabeth take your picture, your camera or hers.  You don’t even have to be a member of a ‘Red Hat Club’ to pose in this beauty.  The hat is available for: $35.00

Back to “Thinking Green”: We have a very lovely set of  Green Colonial Homestead China.  Utilizing antique and vintage dishware saves money on buying a set of dishes, and gives some “heritage” feeling to the dinner table.  Antique and vintage sets of dishes are routinely priced considerably less than comparable sets of new.

We also have some really nice pieces of green pottery planters.  You can, naturally, put a green plant in your planter…we have lots of organically raised plants in the greenhouse on site. Or, the planters can be usefully repurposed as desk organizers, or bedroom dresser or bathroom organizers.

Between now and St. Patrick’s Day, anything predominantly green in color will be 25% off in the Shop.

I have some REALLY BIG boxes of dishware to finish sorting through this month.  John and Michael brought the remainder of a storage unit of my family things back to the farm.  I have about a box a day to go through for awhile! Look for new items being brought in to the Shop. 

Also, if you’ve been waiting to buy something that you’ve seen in the Shop, don’t wait.  Someone was very disappointed last week that some pieces were sold.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Repurpose.

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I have been spending the last few years trying to sort through family items, on all sides of our family.

Some of the lessons that I’d like to pass along are the obvious ones, which bear repeating. Others you may not have thought about.

# 1    Label all your pictures when you can! Don’t use pencil or ball point pens, if you can avoid it. Use thin point permanent markers, preferably acid-free archival photo safe markers. You can get them at the big box supply or hobby stores. Test the ink on the edge of the back of the photo.

There are photos that I have been shown over the years, and ones that turned up in boxes, and drawers.  Many of the pictures are obvious who they are of…some are not at all.  Memories vary in their accuracy also.  Even photos that the subjects of seem obvious to one family member, are not so obvious to another.  We’ve had good help from some extended family members in identifying subjects and places.  But there are going to be “family” photos that we cannot identify at all.  Don’t let it happen in your family!

# 2    Either make a list, or individually put notes, with special pieces of glassware, china, or tools.  I followed John’s mother, Harriet, around the house one day, making notes on all sorts of pieces of glassware, furniture, etc. I had it listed by whom in the family it had belonged to, and what cabinet it was in or where it was in the house.  But they moved. She moved twice.  Some pieces I can match up.  Some, I cannot.

          John’s father’s mother used to put notes inside items. They would say a few lines about the history of the item. Often, the note would also say who she wanted to have the item when she was gone. This worked very well. 

His aunt and uncle gave a lot of items to the people that they wanted to have them, while they were alive.  That way they could tell them about the items, and see the people’s pleasure in receiving the gifts. Many items she would label, or write a short note about.

If you intend to keep using the item…just pull the note out, and put it back when you return the item to the cabinet.  Make sure the note says what the item is, in case they aren’t put back together.

          Elizabeth, our oldest daughter, and I try to take pictures of items, and then label the picture.  It does not always work. We still have a lot to identify.  But we are making progress.  If you keep copies of these photos off the premises, in a safe deposit box, or at a family member’s home, it also helps identify items if there is a fire, or theft.

#3     The greatest gift that you can give to your family is their past.  Do not be embarrassed about how you look in a video; do not be afraid of how your spelling or sentences read.  Have your family run a video camera at Christmas. Tell them about the quilt that your Great-Aunt made at her church group.  Show them the piece of glass that was your first gift at your new home. Identify the tools that your father used. 

If the family isn’t home for the holidays, take pictures of your bowl for baking bread; the rolling pin that was your great great grandmother’s; the china cabinet that was rescued from your parents’ house fire. 

Don’t just say “Great Great Grandmother’s”. Say the name. And say if you mean your Great Great Grand, or your son’s, or your grand-daughter’s.  It makes a difference! Make copies of the photos that you take of the items. Label them. Send them. Don’t worry that they are not in a fancy scrapbook. Don’t wonder if anyone will care. Do it. Give your descendents your memories.  If you have a family member and a printer/scanner available, join the technology era, and work with them to scan and label photos of people and items.

My grandfather used to say:  “It’s all memories”.

Don’t wait to share those precious memories and remembrances. 

It costs very little to share memories.  Try it this Christmas season.  If you don’t get it done now, do not fret.  This gift is greatly appreciated at any time it is received.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Repurpose.  Antiques are the ultimate recyclable; and make unique gifts for home décor.

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We are all trying to find the perfect gift for our family members. The “perfect gift” can have a whole spectrum of definitions, from a big screen television to the original, or a copy, of the only picture of your mother’s grandparents.

Listed below are some ideas for gifts that might fit the definition of the “perfect gift”.  Most show creativity and thoughtfulness rather than an expensive price tag.  But there are a few of those too.

1.     Many specialty businesses can ship a package to your giftee.  If you are sure that someone will be home to care for a plant, an amaryllis is an enjoyable indoor plant that produces plenty of growth. Several “big name” garden companies will ship gorgeous plants for you.  Or you can find them at local suppliers, and mail them yourself, for much less.  We have some beautiful Christmas cacti in different shades…ready to bloom.

2.      I am a big fan of magazines.  A monthly subscription provides a treat to a senior citizen who might not get much mail, or to a young person, or couple, away from family and friends.  Some magazines offer a buy one, get one free feature; and most give significant discounts for a subscription.  You can pick up several different magazines, on a single topic, at your local bookstore for a one time gift.  Or buy one, or more, to wrap and use the coupons inside to order a follow-up subscription. It is not a very “green” gift, unless the paper is recycled. 

3.      If you are older, or on a limited income, copies of photos of “ancestors” are a treasure to most young adults.  You can make this a copy in a frame of just one special photo.  Or, you can do an entire album of family ancestors.  I am not a big fan of cutting up photos of people to place in modern “scrapbooks”.  I think that you can lose valuable context, such as the family home in the background, when you cut up photos.  If you are going to do a fancy scrapbook, make sure that a copy of the “whole” photo is saved for its information value; and that you write the information about people and places on the back in a fine point permanent marker that you test on the edge of the photo first.

4.      One Christmas, my parents gave each of their grand-daughters a family quilt made by my paternal grandmother.  These were hand-quilted when their great-grandmother was not much older than them.  They all, naturally, were thrilled with that gift.  How much more excited might they have been to receive the quilts directly from their great-grandmother while she was still alive?  And how excited would my grandmother have been to give those gifts, and see the girls’ reactions? But none of us knew that the quilts existed, or where they were until my parents found the quilts, and my father remembered the stories about the quilts, after she had passed away.

 5.      Antique shops are a wonderful source of interesting and unique “old” items.  You might find the fourth bowl to a four bowl set that your mother had accidently broken. You might find a nautical print that would remind your father of a favorite vacation place.  Or a set of dishes for your sister that exactly match her china pattern. Or a set of glasses for a couples’ new home. Or you might find a treasure that would be “new” like a great old bowl for your daughter, or old eyeglasses for your eye doctor’s office.  We once bought an “antique” porch rocker for my mother-in-law.  It turned out afterwards, that the rocker had belonged to an acquaintances’ family member. Small world!!

 6.      The world of the internet has expanded all gift-giving possibilities.  There are, naturally, gift certificates to all sorts of specialty companies from Amazon to White Flower Farm.  You can direct the gift certificate toward a special plant or leave it wide open for anything from a book to a tool. Most places will send the gift certificate with a catalog to choose the gift from…or you can find an item and have it gift wrapped and shipped/insured.  Some places only offer specific priced gift cards.  Or they have expiration dates.  Our Shops gift certificates are for any amount and have no expiration date, and are good for either the Antique Shop, the greenhouse, or a horse!

 7.      Live animals.  I generally do not recommend purchasing a live animal for a gift for someone.  But, you can give a gift certificate for a particular type of pet, with the promise to go shopping together for it at a later date.  If your friend or family member is in to “buy local” or “sustainable agriculture”, you could purchase anything from a carton of organic eggs weekly for a specific period of time to a dozen chickens of their choice!

 8.       A trip to someplace local.  There are museums, aquariums, movie theaters, live community theater, and a myriad of other places that you can give a gift of tickets to.  Or better yet, do something as a family or a group.  It doesn’t have to be immediate.  The promise, fulfilled, of a trip to the movies or the art museum, whatever, gives the recipient something to look forward to and relish the memory of.  It does not have to be a high priced event to be memorable. Make sure that you bring a camera, or take a few photos on your cellular phone!

 9.        Especially if you are visiting, or being visited by, multi-generations, a trip to some event or place can cure “cabin fever” and “too much” togetherness.  Don’t forget that young children need to move around. And older folks might need a rest.  Plan your activities to allow for the needs of all the members of your group.  So that you will all get the most enjoyment from the event.

 10.      If you have moved to a new area far from home, that has a “local” newspaper, a gift subscription for your family lets them know what is going on in your new “home base”.  On the flip side, a subscription to the “local” paper gives someone who has moved away a recurring reminder of “home”.

 Most of these items can range from a low cost gift to a high dollar one depending on how you approach it. Remember that building “memories” with your family is a precious gift that keeps on giving…

Bake cookies “from scratch” together. Type Grandmother’s recipes in to a computer program and give a copy to each unit of the family.  Go for a drive to look at Holiday Lights. Watch an annual Christmas “special” on TV or buy the DVD to watch several times.  Play Christmas carols while you clean the house.  Read Santa Mouse and have gifts in the tree. Read the Christmas story.  Go to a Christmas Eve Church Service.  Buy a present for a child that will have none.  Shop together for groceries and donate some to your local food pantry.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Repurpose.

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Do you have to have everything match just so? Do you have a mixture of colors and styles of dishes? Do you use paper plates, so that you can toss everything out?
I have a set of “our” china that I use for one holiday meal. And a set of “family” china that we use for another.
Our family is very fortunate, in that we have a lot of physical memories of and from our ancestors. Many people are not that fortunate. But this is a way that they can build their own memories.
We have been married many decades now. And have bits and pieces left from different sets of dishes that we have had over the years. Our first “everyday” dishes were white stoneware with a scroll design. They were a nice plain base for whatever food that I was learning to cook during the early days of marriage.

Some of our friends joined together and bought us our first “set” of dishes…everyday and fancier dinner stoneware, a white main plate, with a shades of brown border pattern, from Mikasa. Over the years we have had some other styles of plates, including stoneware ones with small blue pineapples (the symbol of hospitality); and clear pressed glass ones with an overall floral pattern.
My Grandparents had started to buy my “hope chest” fancy china place settings, and added to them for the first main events, holidays, etc of our marriage. These were my very simple, yet elegant, Lenox place settings, a creamy white with a pair of silver bands. Forty+ years later, these are our main special occasion place settings.
A few years ago, John’s Aunt and Uncle passed away. They had a set of dishes that his grandmother had “china painted” on the embossing. We bought these at a “family discount” during their Living Estate downsizing sale. We use these for a few special meals a year, and recall family dinners over decades using that set of china.

A couple years ago, two of our grand-daughters bought us lovely stoneware dishes, for a Christmas gift. The main part of the plates are different solid colors, with all having white borders. These work very well for all sorts of meal presentations…I really do like a solid color for the main plate. It is a nice background for whatever you are serving. I do not like how an overall pattern “fights” with the food placed upon it.
Our daughters have inherited china and “everyday” dishes from both sides of the family. My paternal grandparents had a tiny floral pattern on their European china. Our oldest daughter inherited those pieces. The china has traveled to many states with her and is still doing well. Our youngest inherited their everyday “early” Melmac in muted Autumnal colors. I never cared for those dishes. But she has made a cult around them, and I must admit the soup bowls are just the right size! This same daughter has also inherited a very fancy set of Golden Wheat patterned Lenox, that became hers from a Great Great Aunt and Uncle through her father’s side of the family.

Our middle daughter has inherited John’s mother’s Blue Willow china: The very fancy pieces and the more everyday dishes. There is so much of it that it took boxes and boxes to pack it.
Currently in the Antique Shop, we have a full set of Old Homestead green patterned china from John’s parents. We also have a few very cute pieces of a yellow dish with colonial farmstead patterns on them. We also have sent to auction a set of yellow depression ware (colored glass with pressed patterns). We still have some gorgeous pieces of green depression ware in various patterns that John’s mother collected over the years.
In storage, are some pastel plates (not a complete set) that my mother bought in a box lot at auction eons ago, and her fancy stoneware, in an Autumnal orange poppy pattern. Plus she had odds and ends of previous “sets” of dishes, which are in boxes waiting to be utilized and remembered.
There are many points to this reminiscence. First, we are so very fortunate to have things from many generations back on both sides of the family. Second, we could never possibly absorb it all, and despite having three daughters; and three grand-daughters and a grand-son, there is only so much that we can pass down. Third, we are all great believers in recycling.
Antiques are a wonderful way to reduce, re-use, recycle, and repurpose. Instead of buying cheap plastic or metal trays to give out Christmas cookies, or other food gifts, use pieces of old china or stoneware. If you do not have family hand-me-downs, you can find pieces at antique shops, auctions, flea markets, Estate sales, and charity stores, where your purchases assist others.
A wonderful restaurant that we went to in Amsterdam was just opening. They invited all their friends to come to a Grand Opening dinner. They were asked to bring a place setting and leave it as the “price” of their meal or “gift” to the restaurant. None of the place settings matched. And despite my preference for a plain center on my plates, we all enjoyed the thought and colorfulness that went into this restaurant’s décor. And it assisted the owners with an expensive part of opening their restaurant. It also lured friends and acquaintances back to see “their” dishes at work, great marketing!
We are very conscious of “sustainable” living. When we go to Slow Food events, we bring our own place settings, and utensils, bag them up at the end of the meal, and bring them back home.

Other friends of ours have picked out special place settings over the years, and each family member has “their” own dishes at the table. This works best with a solid color tablecloth, or placemats.

Older dishes at a picnic or barbeque are more solid than paper products, and hold up under sauces, cutting with utensils, etc. If something gets broken in transit back and forth from the kitchen or grill, it is not a catastrophe.
So, reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose and re-enjoy the family tableware again and again. Thanks for the Memories.

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We are announcing the first autumn 2010 Multi-family, multi-generational YARD SALE, including Estate items.

It will be held:

Thursday, September 2nd

Friday, September 3rd

Saturday, September 4th

From 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

At 137 McMinn County Road 860 (Strawberry Lane), Delano

There will be:

Antiques

Vintage

Household Goods

Vintage coats

Regular clothes – men’s, women’s and teen’s

Vintage jewelry and Casual fun jewelry

Pottery

Ceramics

Glassware

Old Linens

Men’s Items

Craft and sewing items, including old patterns

Books and Magazines

working computer pieces

Tools

And

Other Surprises.

Additional items will be added each day

Also: There will be Special Sales at The Shops AT Morgan Lane

2214 Columbus Road, (McMinn County Road 969) Delano

A bit further down, and off, the Bowater Road

Regular store hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the same three days

There will be:

A Sale on Houseplants+ from the Greenhouse

More Books    

A clearance section in the Antique shop

A daily drawing for gift certificates to the Shop and Greenhouse

and other surprises

Maps will be available at each location, to get to the other.

Call 423 263 0824 (423 284 0899 cellular) for information…

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