Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Decorating: Fiestaware

Happy Cinco de Mayo, y'all. I have always wanted a small set of Fiesta dinnerware (or Harlquein because it's cheaper and I can't tell the difference), but I hestitated, saying "when would I ever use bright multi-color plates?". Then it hit me today: Cinco de Mayo! Real fiestaware can be kind of expensive because it's pretty sought after. I also didn't want to spend a lot of dishes that have an over 50% breaking at my house. So here's my back-up plan:
- Kohl's stores sell reproduction Fiesta. They even have my favorite turquoise color.
- Macy's has the largest selection of fiestaware, including silverware and glasses. And a bunch is on SALE online!
- For readers in Milwaukee, Clinton Street Antiques on S. 1st St. has a lot of bright multi-colored dinnerware in the window!

Woman magazine

The real Fiesta dinnerware, or fiestaware, was first introduced to Americans in 1936 by Frederick Hurten Rhead and sold by the Homer Laughlin Pottery company. The original designs were modified several times to include new colors and styles that were mass produced until 1972. The original 1930's fiestaware in the orginal 5 colors (red, green, blue, white and yellow) is the most coveted and collected meaning it's also the most expensive. An anniversary version of fiestaware was remade in 1986. You can tell because the ink stamp on the bottom is in all capital letters.



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  1. I have thought about that! I love John McGivern.

  2. I love dinner ware so much!

  3. So that's what these dishes are called! The other day I went to a friends house for a little get together. She had the most colorful dishes. They were so pretty that even sitting in the dishwasher they made me smile. Take a peak:

    yes, I'm silly enough to blog about dirty dishes.


  4. Hi Sara--
    Love your blog. Just moved to Milwaukee from Chicago and was wondering if you have any suggestions on a good, not touristy, fish fry. Thanks!

  5. This reminds me of home! My parents have a bunch of Fiestaware and so do my grandparents. :)



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