Thursday, August 22, 2013

Protect Your Treasured China



NO! DON'T STORE THEM IN A CARDBOARD CARTON!!

Before we talk about storing china 
I wanted to share my newest addition to my addiction!
Saturday I received the beautiful Mikasa Bone China
in the Vintage Lace pattern that I won
over at Courtney's French Country Cottage.
Go by to visit her, you will love her blog.
Then I'd like to share a way to protect, 
its beauty on a budget!


Most of my blogger friends are lovers of anything
that goes on the top of a table. They enjoy setting fabulous tablescapes and collecting beautiful dinnerware. If your forte is
cooking you still like a pretty table upon 
which to serve your delectables.
PRICEY!!

PRICEY!
I am sure some of you are using these more expensive methods. 


You may resort to storing them like this.

 I have a tip for a cheaper and more convenient way to story any dinnerware using just three household items that can be purchased anywhere inexpensively.
With these three common items you can safely store most of your precious collection.

I started out using these cheap paper plates. My children called eating off these "eating off notebook paper" They work great for dinner/luncheon plates. For platters I just use two paper plates, but I needed something smaller so I found...
these. The smaller paper plates worked well with salad/dessert and b&b plates. These are a little harder to find. I have bought these at Kroger, Piggly Wiggly and Big Lots.
Still looking for something cheaper and readily available that would work for bowls, I found, yes coffee filters. Dollar Tree, 150 for $1.00.



The coffee filters work best with small bowls like berry, dessert or salad bowls. When spread out they will work for any application.
 I do prefer the dinner size paper plate for my dinner plates and platters.

I do have several sets of dishes stored in zippered and structured cases. I like using these common separators better because, I can still see the dishes. Besides, I always have a supply of paper plates on hand in case of an emergency.


If you are not already using these common household items to protect your collection of dinnerware, I hope you will give it a try. I am sure you will find it helpful and it will keep your dishes ready for any "Summer Challenge".

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33 comments:

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a great win! ANd great ideas for storage, I had those plastic dinnerware storage cases. But, what I have done now is I use my wedding china for everyday...When you get to a certain age, you might as well use it or the kids will sell it for .25 at the estate sale LOL!

Carol

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Carol is so right. the kids now days don't want anything unless it's white. I will be using your idea as I just have them stacked.
I feel when I pass my son will have a dumpster out front and everything will go in there. So I am trying to declutter everything. You are right we shoud use everyday and set a pretty table.
Thanks for the ideas.
Mary

mail4rosey said...

Most excellent tips!! Thank you for sharing on Thursday's Favorite Things.

Jennie said...

It is my goal in life to get young girls to value and use grandma's dishes and silver. I love that you have shared a simple and cheap way to protect the dishes while still having them easily accessible in the cupboard. Great idea!

NanaDiana said...

First off, Congrats on your win. That is beautiful china. WHAT a great prize!

Us old broads are pretty smart, Ginger- I do the same thing! For my good stuff when we were MOVING I used the styrofoam plates to sandwich in between-and even the stryo bowls to protect my bowls.

I am trying to be better about using my "good" stuff, too. It's fun to use it and let the kids enjoy feeling special, too. xo Diana

Chatty Crone said...

Ginger - wow. You sure do have a lot of BEAUTIFUL china that you need to take care of and pack. Thanks for the great tip!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Ginger I love your new dishes. I have found some china storage items in the thrift shop and those are great. I also use paper plates and coffee filters in storage. Thanks for the share as so many of the store bought storage items are sooooo expensive.

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Never thought of the paper plates, perfect, I have used the coffee filters between the dishes before, but the paper plates are genius...Love those beautiful new dishes, they are just so beautiful, so many things you could do with them...Phyllis

sweet violets said...

What a great win, the new dishes are beautiful!!! I use the coffee filters for everything, even to wrap Christmas ornies in the boxes. The paper plates are a great idea too!!

Diane said...

Congratulations on your win - very pretty dishes!! I have been using paper plates for while to protect my dishes, but I have never thought of the coffee filter idea - that is fabulous! I, also, use the smallest bubble wrap and cut it to fit the plates - that works great, too, and does not take up too much space. Thanks for sharing your tips!

Kathy Moreland said...

Congrats on your win! Such gorgeous china. I like using the coffee filters, but had not thought about paper plates. Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Ginger,
Congrats indeed, you got some more lovely china to stash away.
So far I'm lucky that I can store our varies china in our solid Frech oak cupboards.
Dealing with china is scary and your tips are certainly very valuable.
Hugs to you and guess what; we're having sunshine for a chance. Our night shift has ended. We only were up 3 x last night. Hope this is IT.
Mariette

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Yes! Paper plates and coffee filters are fantastic for protecting china and -- saves enough cha-ching to purchase more! Great tips, Ginger. Congratulations on your amazing win.

Nee said...

Ginger, congratulations on a beautiful and lovely win , the china is just beautiful , On my way to buy paper plates :) , thanks for sharings.

JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose said...

Hi Ginger, really good tip. And such a pretty pattern of china!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Ginger, what a fabulous tip! So simple and easy, too. I'll definitely be using them. Fabulous win, congratulations!
Hugs,
Patti

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

Very clever.

Gina said...

Clever idea! Congrats on winning that beautiful china!

Sarah said...

Ginger, your new dishes are gorgeous. I'm thrilled for you to have won these. I've used paper plates between plates as well as bubble pads that come if packing. Never thought of the coffee filters. Great idea!

Lulu said...

My mother used paper napkins between her china dishes, and since I've had them I continue to use those same napkins. No telling how old they are!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Congrats on winning the china Ginger...love Courtney's blog!...I have used paper plates; however, not the coffee filters..great idea!!...and enjoy your new dinnerware!

Beverly said...

Great ideas, Ginger. I have paper towels between my dishes.

Gorgeous new set.

Debbie said...

I love that new set!

I love the coffee filter idea. My mom uses paper plates do I had copied that from her. They don't work for bowl, and that filter is the perfect solutions!

Suzy Handgraaf said...

These are such great tips, Ginger. I'm probably the worlds worst when it comes to storing china and crystal. My mother used to fuss and fuss at me for just stacking items in the cabinet. Bad daughter. lol Your tips are super easy and inexpensive! Have a great weekend. xo's

Kim M said...

Great idea! I had never heard of or thought of either! I have to say that when my mom had to go to a nursing home :( my sisters and I did not sell the china! It was all so beautiful and so special to my mom, that we were honored to each have a set. Now I have a great way to store them!

Entertaining Women said...

Congratulations on your win. I agree...I've been separating dishes with paper plates and coffee filters for years. They work great! Cherry Kay

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Great, great post. This is wonderful... And congrats on your win. Boy, those are just stunning.

Diann said...

What a beautiful win! those dishes are perfect "classics"! I use the paper plates and coffee filters as well. I would love to afford to have all my dishes in those expensive zipper pieces but, that's not going to happen! thanks for sharing with us at TTF this week. I am going to feature this post on Wednesdays "Features from TTF #123"!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Oh, my gosh, Ginger!! As soon as I saw the picture of your dishes at Kathleen's I HAD to hop on over, because I recognized them instantly--my newest love--Vintage Lace by Mikasa!I'd never seen that pattern and fell instantly in love when I saw them at Courtney's. I REALLY wanted to win them, but since I didn't, I'm so pleased that they're at home with you! :) Thanks for the tips on storing our china. I still have all the very thin but excellent "sponge" dividers that came with my zippered set (like the first one you pictured). I don't use the cases anymore, but the dividers are great! However, I certainly don't have enough of them, so I now use inexpensive napkins. The coffee filter idea is a great one too, especially for the cups and bowls! Congratulations on your win, Ginger. I hope you get lots of enjoyment out of them. ~Zuni

Dawn@ We Call It Junkin.com said...

Your new plates are so pretty, and this is such a great and practical idea. I'm so glad you shared it with us! Thanks - Dawn

Kathleen said...

I love your new china, the edges are gorgeous!
Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So glad you are enjoying your beautiful china~ I am in love with my set too!! Great tips!!

Candy S said...

The Mikasa China is really pretty. Coffee filters are a great way to prevent stacking marks. Most of my china suffered a few preventable marks before I finally started using the coffee filters between them. I wish I knew about them 40 years ago.

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