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  1. Kathleen Szoke
    July 8, 2020 @ 1:04 pm

    I have several pieces of “petal ware”, but in paler, pastel shades. Some are by Grindley of England, “peach petal” and “lupin petal” (blue), and also a green called “greendawn” by Johnson Bros. I’ve never seen these deeper colours before, although I often see the pale ones at flea markets here (Ontario, Canada).

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  2. Bernie
    July 8, 2020 @ 1:16 pm

    So if you happen to come across some Homer Laughlin Riviera, let me know. Also Fiesta. Can I ask what you paid for that box of beautiful crap? I love ’em.

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  3. Caren Tarvin
    July 8, 2020 @ 1:28 pm

    I love this story.

    And at the picture of the toothpaste tube, I understood forever why you two are soulmates! OCD FTW!

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  4. Fran Silver
    July 8, 2020 @ 1:45 pm

    Once again, thank you! Reading this made me laugh out loud, several times! Having loved design, antiques and “crap” we never needed over the last 55 years, I can relate!
    With such awful and sad news every day, you provide more sunshine than you will ever know. THANK YOU! ❤️

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  5. Marianne in Mo.
    July 8, 2020 @ 2:02 pm

    My husband would ALMOST cut open the tube of toothpaste, he is that (ahem!) frugal – is that your word? How nice of you! What my husband would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS DO (we’ve been together 47 yrs.) is search and then beg me to buy the dishes I coveted. Sorry they aren’t your grandmothers’ exact dishes, but they are pretty. Why not re-sell them, since they are technically crap now? You will eventually find Grandmas pattern, and can buy them! Paul is a keeper!

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  6. Katrina
    July 8, 2020 @ 2:08 pm

    I totally understand. I, too, have gone beserk upon discovering a piece or two of my grandmother’s dishes at estate sales. Ha – they even SMELL like my grandmother’s bacon!!!!

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  7. Judith Guy
    July 8, 2020 @ 2:17 pm

    Love this story…Paul’s a keeper. Also, love your blog.

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  8. Val
    July 8, 2020 @ 3:17 pm

    Absolutely fabulous! 🙂 And I have to tell you that in this year-of-stress, I’ve been thinking of what I can keep busy with, and sort of toying with the idea of taking up drawing (which I very much enjoyed when I was a schoolgirl). And lo and behold, what shows up on the local Facebook sale group? An ART TABLE! Unused! Adjustable! Very reasonably priced! Since Fate had clearly put this in my path, I thought, “What would VEB do?” And I immediately messaged the seller: YES! I’m interested! YES! I will pay cash! YES! I can pick it up in my hatchback! YES! I can come right now!
    It is now mine. The End. 🙂

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  9. Carol Cox
    July 8, 2020 @ 3:44 pm

    One night I was feeling nostalgic for my childhood and missing my parents (both had died). I was on eBay and found the same strange, ugly little black tea mugs that we had when I was growing up. I bid $9.99 on them and regretted it almost instantly, but I couldn’t undo my bid. So I waited and waited and won the bid, because no one else wanted the ugly little black tea mugs either. No I have a full set, and I can’t tell you how unexpectedly HAPPY I feel every time I open the cabinet and see them. It was the best dumb decision I ever made.

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  10. Gaylin
    July 8, 2020 @ 4:56 pm

    Oh Victoria I adore you!
    Thank you for helping me feel less alone!
    The frugal husband species is a fickle beast! Only the masters can concur and win any struggle! Horah! Your the queen!

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  11. Brit
    July 8, 2020 @ 5:03 pm

    I love your posts and am on the edge of my seat to see what you do in your kitchen. I know it will be amazing!

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  12. Crystal Brown
    July 8, 2020 @ 5:17 pm

    BAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA I have missed you, and by proxy, Paul. Altho Paul not as much because I am clearly married to his No brother and erstwhile hater of crap.

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  13. phyllis
    July 8, 2020 @ 6:40 pm

    Haha! Y’all are the best! That is a LOT of dishes. I can’t remember what my grandmothers had :/ Probably nothing.
    Incidentally, I have the creamer and sugar to this set newly added to my Ebay.. can I share here?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-pc-cream-and-sugar-vintage-franciscan-ware-red-green-Mid-century-MCM-retro/193511448257?hash=item2d0e2e5ec1:g:9ukAAOSwX09e4jjD

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  14. Paula
    July 8, 2020 @ 6:51 pm

    So you didn’t want them and they’re not even Grandma’s dishes anyway. But you still have a crap IOU so you win!

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  15. Teri in the UK
    July 8, 2020 @ 7:13 pm

    I cut the toothpaste tube just under it’s shoulders in to two nearly empty pieces … always lovely to read you xx

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  16. Karen B.
    July 8, 2020 @ 10:06 pm

    I’m really not that frugal but I always cut the end of any tube of anything, including toothpaste, to get every last drop.
    Haha.
    Karen

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  17. Melanie
    July 8, 2020 @ 10:56 pm

    Love, love, love! This hilarious post. and the dishes! And the cat.
    Thank you.

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  18. Karen W
    July 9, 2020 @ 1:28 am

    It is all in the mood. The wrong mood and you can be like, “ HEY, LOOK, THERE IS THE HOPE DIAMOND FOR 25 CENTS ! ” and a husband will be like, “WE DON’T NEED THE HOPE DIAMOND! ” Now, with the right mood, you can be like, “We really should get that 350 pound table in case we decide to go into the cork carving business.” and a husband will be like, “Yes, we cannot leave that behind! ”

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  19. Jane
    July 9, 2020 @ 11:44 am

    The dishes are beautiful. They will still bring back the memory of Grandma’s dishes plus you have this super sweet story with Paul. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  20. Kim Turner
    July 9, 2020 @ 12:25 pm

    And now I want them.

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