Sunday, March 11, 2012

Garage-Sale Finds: Blue & White China

I found some terrific blue-and-white china pieces recently. First up, this beauty. It was $14 at one of my local charity stores. Not a rock-bottom price, but pretty darn good for it size--14 inches tall and10 inches in diameter.

It looks quite at home on our modern living-room coffee table, nestled next to an antique Japanese writing desk:

The bigger bargain, however, was four pieces of blue-and-white for a mere $20 at a garage sale in my neighborhood. I nabbed this jar (foreground) and a full-size umbrella stand (background):

The umbrella stand is 18 inches high. Usually, a piece like this would go on the ground. Maybe even be used for umbrellas, eh? But our living room is large, and the limestone-topped coffee table in its center is huge. Two full-size couches flank this table. The proportions in the room call out for large pieces to keep things in scale:

At the same garage sale, I also picked up this vase, with its sunny bands of yellow:

And this vase, an titch taller than Mr. Sunny Yellow Bands, at 14 inches:

They now flank a composition on the sofa table that includes a couple of "Double Happiness" ginger jars I bought years ago from Pier One and a large cloisonne enamel bowl The Hubby and I bought at auction at a local hotel:

When you have a clear-cut theme in your decor, like blue-and-white and Asian, it's a snap to add in more pieces. You know exactly what's going to look good with what's already there:

The trick is, don't overload your surfaces, or it starts to look grandmother-y.

And know when to stop shopping.


  1. What fabulous finds!! Lucky you! I've GOT TO start checking my local thrift shops-- especially since I don't have your neighborhood streets to prowl! (you know me, and blue and white -- always looking for more pieces). I 'm especially looking for one piece (probably similar to your new jar (pictured with the umbrella holder); I have a similar umbrella holder (maybe an antique?) but need another container about the same size to put on the floor to hide some unsightly wires. Found one for more $ than I wanted to spend, but never thought of thrift shops -- you've inspired me. :-)

  2. Great finds, you got some great deals! I love the umbrella stand!

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