A Tablescapers Dream Store

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.

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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.

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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.

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This is Butterfly Meadow by Lenox.  I love this, light and airy, would be lovely for spring tables.

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Back in the shipping department, the flags hanging from the ceiling represent the countries where the china is made.

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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!

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I like roosters and chickens, but I think I’ll just keep an eye out at the thrift store, you never know.

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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.

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This piece in the museum area is a Spode ceramic from 1894, called Ashanti Inspired Hall Bench in the Tower pattern.

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This Spode Turkey Platter is rare piece, manufactured only one year, 1956.  See the link for a great story on the Spode company.

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Beautiful gold trimmed pieces were grouped together.

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These parrots and yellow birds were lovely, but I forgot to get their info.

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Lots of gorgeous figurals were displayed in the museum area.  The attention to detail was amazing.

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There was a silver museum section too, and I didn’t even take any pictures in their the new estate jewelry section!

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Everywhere you turned, more beautiful china patterns we on display.

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Collections from several companies were gathered onto tables in color stories.

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The Great Wall of China, a display of the top 500 most popular china patterns.

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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.

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A Christmas tree was decorated with china cups, and there was a china doll group to the right of carolers.

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To the side, a whole room was devoted to Christmas.  Christmas china patterns were stacked up and ready for sale.

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Glass and china ornaments covered one corner.

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I was captivated by this Lenox china piece, a station wagon full of gifts with Santa driving.

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A table full of glass and ceramic Santas with trees and birds led to more Christmas goodies.

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Then I got to the bargain shelves.  My mother collected this Imari design, and she would have loved these pieces.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Do you have a fun china shop near you?  Have you ever been to a store like this?

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29 thoughts on “A Tablescapers Dream Store

  1. Oh, oh, oh. I was so excited to see the Wild Turkey by Johnson Brothers! My mother had a service of 12 but when they moved, the movers lost some of them. I only have a service of 8 now. I keep hoping I can luck on a bunch of pieces! LOL

  2. Karen Marlow-Goad

    I love it!! Those Xmas mugs are what I would want I think. Did this store have silverware too? I don’t remember the name of the place I found on line some years back when I was looking for some silverware for replacements of some that were lost – The silverware had been discontinued and I really had to search. I don’t have good china although I have a set of my Grandmother’s but I know it had not been a pricey set but it was bought back in the 1940-1950 time period.

  3. Diane H

    Wow, Carole. What a treat! Thank you for giving us a glimpse into that fabulous shop. I’ve never seen anything like it. No wonder they provide a sitting area for husbands!

  4. Linda B

    What a treat indeed! I am drawn to china in sort of the same way as to fabric. Something tactile? So lovely. We have (had?) a couple outlet stores for china here in Missouri… Denby and maybe some others. Was always an expensive stop but fun!!

    1. Naomie Moore

      Absolutely spectacular! Thanks for taking us along and sharing your adventure. This would be my dream if I had the space and the money . . . Would have taken me hours to go through the place and they would have to remove me kicking and screaming, I am sure! To me it is a feast for the eyes and anything served on such a lovely display enhances the experience. Again, thank you!

  5. Donna Weeks

    I have always wanted to go to the Replacements Store. Thank you for a wonderful, descriptive tour. So many wonderful pieces of china.

    1. Felicia Hamlin

      Oh, my! So many lovely things! I love china and crystal and I wish that I could have a different set for every holiday. Thank you for sharing your trip with us, Carole.

  6. Sharon Vrooman

    This is so awesome and thank you for sharing. I love the idea of the teacups hanging on the christmas tree and will suggest this for our Christmas Tea at the library.

  7. I’ve looked at them online, but what a treat to see so many incredible pieces and lovely tablescapes! DH filled out my China with serving pieces from EBay about 10 year ago for our 20th anniversary. I’m always dreaming that I’ll find something on sale somewhere!

    1. Connie Bailey

      I would dearly love to visit this store. I think it will go on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing! Your basket idea for the silent auction would be wonderful! Who could resist those chocolate covered Oreos!

  8. Rosemaryflower

    Wow, I would have loved this….. Thank you for sharing this incredible adventure.
    Pretty pretty pretty. I love Spode, Lenox. I love all of the pretty china. I love the Fransican stuff, that is nice, and the birds are adorable

  9. Wow, what a store! It would be fascinating just to walk through it and look at all the pretty things. You brought home some fun items. I love the candy dish design.

  10. Almost overwhelming, My late husband I talked about making a spring road trip (from MD) and stopping there to deliver the items we were not moving cross country some years back. He would surely gone to the lounge, too! We wound up shipping quite a bit of Wedgewood and Waterford, instead. I hope it has all found new homes.😀

  11. Sallie Minnich

    I love Replacements! I lived 5 miles away for many years (Burlington) and loved to stop in. On the first of the month they had a sale on everything in Bobs Corner!

    It was wonderful to see all the treasures!

  12. What a store! I’ve never seen one like it, but I think I’d be more comfortable in a thrift shop. Thanks for all your lovely photos and descriptions. That was next best to being there in person.

  13. Patricia Evans

    I’ve been to Replacements, Ltd a few years ago while visiting friends in Greensboro. It is an incredible place. We took the tour and it was fascinating to see the back room operation as well as all the delights upfront.

  14. As soon as I saw the post title I knew exactly where you had been! I took some china there a few years ago to sell. The place is overwhelming. Did you go back in the warehouse? It’s got to be bigger than a football field. Was happy to have a place to take that china that I never used.

  15. Melanie

    I’ve never been to an overwhelmingly gorgeous store such as that one. You must have had a dream of a time there, and found some goodies, too. Once I complained to DH that a salad plate was chipped in the dishwasher and “I can’t get anymore, darn it.” He ordered replacement(s) through an online replacement store, and I was floored because the dishes were bought originally through Safeway grocery, a different placement piece each week. Inexpensive, but still one of my favorite sets and often used when company comes. LOL

  16. Rebecca Burch

    OMG! As I was reading your post, I was thinking “Oh, if my Mother was still alive, she’d go CRAZY in there, adding to her ‘Desert Rose’ dishes!”! And then you mentioned that your Mother had them, too! Small world! My Mom had the roses & her BFF had the apples. I loved both of them! I wonder how long they’ve been discontinued? THANK YOU for sharing this… it gave me the nicest trip down memory lane!

  17. Oh wow! My sister and I could get good and lost in a place like that. She collects, I just look and lust a bit. Thanks for sharing your visit.

  18. A visit to this store would be very dangerous – from the point of spending. So many gorgeous temptations! Love all the Christmas china.

  19. dezertsuz

    Wow, I don’t even do table scapes and that would be a fun store to tour! I love the Imari dishes. My aunt had many she brought back from Japan in the 50s, from bowls to enormous platters, vases, ginger jars, and other decorative pieces. They were antiques, of course, and quite valuable, so I would love some that wouldn’t make anyone cry if they were dropped and broken! =) Your bargains were great. I like your idea for the auction.

  20. Phyllis Smith

    Hello Carole,

    OH my what a wonderful place to visit. The replacement china in Greensboro would be a delight for anybody that loves china.I have a set of the Deesert Rose that belonged to my mothers twin sister and it is still packed away in a box, have never used it and would like to sell it but there is so much crime for people tring to sell things till I haven’t wanted to go that route. When I was in Home Interiors I earned a beautiful silver punch bowl with ladel and cups so I’m going to see if some of my cousins that are younger might want all of it. I haven’t used my silver puncvh bowl set since my son got married so if they want all os this

    I will be glad to drive to Raleigh,N. C. and take all of this jewelry and other things that are family heirlooms up to them. Have never been to Raleigh so there is a lot to see there and I would enjoy the trip. I don”t go on many trips now till I get my air conditioning fixed, thee 90 degree days are just too much. As far as all the beautiful dishes go I myself love the ones with bitrs, flowers, cats, swans, which are rare, butterflies. I’m a lover of nature and pets, they are so much company, guess you don’t have any since I seen the picture of the bear on yur front porch, am having second thoughts about moving to the mountains since that picture.

    Have a happy week,


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