Collecting is Slowing Down!

This past few months have been fairly tough ones. We are empty nesters and unfortunately loved ones have been having a tough time with their health so it is has created some added pressure. I have also felt less like spending time online searching out my next willow find.

In October of last year, I received a promotion at work. It was very exciting but seeing the package include a great deal of disability packages, long term care insurance and the like made me really sit down and think about what on earth would my kids do with all of my stuff if something happened! I know, terrible thoughts, right?

A year or so ago I inventoried one cabinet because…well that took over a week and then I lost interest in finishing, so I stopped. My kids would have no clue as to what to do, so I will be working on the coming months of giving them some guidance to be tucked away in the lockbox.

Anyhow, because of all of this, I have really begun to be very picky about what I purchase. I am completely out of space now! I need to find the time to set up a small booth somewhere and begin selling off some items, I just am no longer in love with. I just haven’t found the time just yet….but I will. I will get there.

I have found my collecting is changing rapidly. I either purchase items for every day use, like the plates and bowls I bout at TJ Maxx last weekend or I am prone to purchase very old English pieces.

I thought I would go ahead and share some of the pieces I have purchased in the past 6 months. You will see my taste in Blue willow has really changed. I have been collecting since 1996 and didn’t own a piece of Mason’s until this year! Just crazy.

I completely fell in love with this Mason Ironstone flask. It isn’t marked but I believe it to be Mason’s. I love the whimsical impression put on this pattern as well as the floral border around the edge of the flask.

Next was this gorgeous Mason Meat Drainer. I am on the hunt for a platter, hopefully the willow convention this year will help me with my looking! I always find amazing things at the convention.

Next is a cute pair of Mason’s vases! I don’t often find vases but these two were so cute I just couldn’t pass them up. They are more modern than the pieces noted above, but O love them none the less.

I truly love the uniqueness of this spode serving dish. You can find this piece in Richard Copeland’s book Spode’s Willow Pattern on page 52 listed as an Asparagus butter dish! I love this sweet piece of pearlware.

Above you will find an Albert Smith plate made my Copeland Spode. This was manufactured to be sold as a souvenir at the Egyptian Hall. This plate came from the estate of Alberty Smit’s sister Laura Eady! I was super excited to get this piece.

And last but not least is this cute little sugar dish attributed to Worcester. I fell in love with the butterfly on the top and on the sides. I have seen other pieces adorned with these handles but just not in the willow pattern. I find this piece adorable!

Well, I suppose it is time to wrap up and get myself prepared to go to church. I hope to see many of you at the convention in Kentucky in a couple of months! I look forward to seeing amazing finds, selling at the sale and showcasing some of my collection!

Happy Willowing, Christine,


Published by csturtevant1975

I have been collecting Blue Willow since 1996. I am an avid collector who loves to decorate with blue willow. My favorite part is to set my tables with blue willow place settings.

One thought on “Collecting is Slowing Down!

  1. What lovely pieces you have found, Christy! I relate to your journey of collecting. Reality of aging and health can be very sobering. So looking forward to seeing you in Lexington!


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