The weather here has turned milder and mornings are delightful. I've resumed my morning bike rides and headed out yesterday for a quick ride around a nearby neighborhood. Ooh, a garage sale on my route! I pulled over to see what treasures might be found. I spied it immediately-
a table full of Arabia dishes!
Arabia of Finland (pronounced a-RAH-bi-a) is a pottery manufacturer that started in 1873 as a sister company to Rorstrand of Sweden. They are known for their excellent quality and clean, bright Scandinavian designs.
I registered for the Anemone pattern when I got married in 1977. I was fortunate to receive 8 dinner plates, 8 salad plates, a few soup/cereal bowls and a couple of serving pieces. It was designed by Ulla Procops and gets it's name from the beautiful blue anemone flower.
The hand painted pieces are all signed on the bottom.
The pattern has been discontinued and was a bit pricey even when I got married ( the dinner plates cost $10 each in 1977). So to find a table full, set my heart aflutter!
There was a sugar bowl and creamer,
coffee pot and pitcher,
8 large mugs, 8 small cups and saucers, a serving bowl and 8 bread and butter plates,
plus a charming teapot with a removable infuser.
There were 31 pieces in all. How much did the seller want for the set? $75. What ?! Now, many of you wouldn't think of paying that much for dishes at a garage sale, but I snapped them up!
When I got home (of course I had to return with my car!) I pulled out the rest of my dishes and put together a simple, classic tablescape using a blue ticking runner and some Pimpernel place mats.
So, did I get a bargain? I looked up Arabia Anemone on Replacements Ltd. to find out. Replacements Ltd. offers a great service and are perfect for finding random extra pieces of china, but they are a bit pricey. If I purchased my garage sale finds from them I would have to pay $2,445.00! Even on Ebay or Etsy it would cost over $1,000.00 for all of these pieces.
So that was my bargain of the week! What did you find?