While we were in Greensboro, I asked DH to take me to the Replacement China store just east of town. I’ve wanted to visit this store for years. They thoughtfully have provided a lounge area at the back with comfy chairs and a TV, so DH could read his Kindle while I enjoyed the displays. A delightful feast for the eyes, this lovely tablescape was right up front. It had a summer beach feel with the umbrellas.
Several different plate stacks showed coordinating pieces in orange and blue. Orange glasses and bottles sat on blue trays. Rattan placemats contributed to the outdoor feel. Blue napkins matched the plates. Yellow fans sat in crystal wine glasses with blue balls on the stems.
China patterns were displayed with lots of serving pieces and extra touches like figurines and glassware. This pattern is part of the Woodland line by Spode, featuring the hunting dogs.
This is Butterfly Meadow by Lenox. I love this, light and airy, would be lovely for spring tables.
Back in the shipping department, the flags hanging from the ceiling represent the countries where the china is made.
Poppytrail was produced by Metlox in California from 1956-1982. You can still buy some pieces of this pattern today, but these were in the museum and not for sale. I loved the tureen. There was one for sale, on sale at that, only $500!! Uh, yeah, I don’t think so!
I like roosters and chickens, but I think I’ll just keep an eye out at the thrift store, you never know.
This is Franciscan’s Wildflower, only produced from 1942-1945. My mother had Franciscan’s Desert Rose as her everyday stoneware, and I never liked it. I was happy when she got rid of it, and went to a white ironstone that was easier to use in various color theme tables.
This piece in the museum area is a Spode ceramic from 1894, called Ashanti Inspired Hall Bench in the Tower pattern.
This Spode Turkey Platter is rare piece, manufactured only one year, 1956. See the link for a great story on the Spode company.
Beautiful gold trimmed pieces were grouped together.
These parrots and yellow birds were lovely, but I forgot to get their info.
Lots of gorgeous figurals were displayed in the museum area. The attention to detail was amazing.
There was a silver museum section too, and I didn’t even take any pictures in their the new estate jewelry section!
Everywhere you turned, more beautiful china patterns we on display.
Collections from several companies were gathered onto tables in color stories.
The Great Wall of China, a display of the top 500 most popular china patterns.
This piece was quite large, made by Lladro called “A Happy Encounter”. It had a suggested retail price of $2999, on sale for $999. It is a bit difficult to see, but there is a rider on a horse behind the car, and note the two little dogs at the passenger side door. It was about 18 inches tall at the top of the rider’s head, and maybe the same for the length of the auto.
A Christmas tree was decorated with china cups, and there was a china doll group to the right of carolers.
To the side, a whole room was devoted to Christmas. Christmas china patterns were stacked up and ready for sale.
Glass and china ornaments covered one corner.
I was captivated by this Lenox china piece, a station wagon full of gifts with Santa driving.
A table full of glass and ceramic Santas with trees and birds led to more Christmas goodies.
Then I got to the bargain shelves. My mother collected this Imari design, and she would have loved these pieces.
Knowing that we had next to no trunk space in our little sports car, I had to limit myself to just a couple of truly wonderful things. I found a fabulous vegetable bowl on the bargain shelf. The bargain pieces have month stickers on them, the older they are, the bigger the discount. This one was a huge bargain anyway, marked at $9.99, with something wrong with it. But for the life of me, I could not figure out what was wrong. No chips, no scratches, the design was clean, colored correctly and didn’t have any blank spots. The pattern is Wild Turkeys by English China maker Johnson Brothers. The pattern is still current, and these bowls were listed for $200!
I found this lovely candy dish or salad plate, with a March sticker was 75% off. So, I got it for one dollar. I liked the design, and it is now on my coffee table.
Lastly, I found these heavy and oversized mugs on the overstocked table. I am hoping that the little car looks enough like a Mini Cooper that I can use them for our Silent Auction this Christmas. The club does this during the Christmas weekend, and donates the proceeds to a local charity.
Perhaps two in a basket with a Christmas table runner and some of my Chocolate Covered Oreos will bring in a few dollars for the charity. Then I can keep two of them for soup mugs (don’t tell DH).
Do you have a fun china shop near you? Have you ever been to a store like this?