Sunday, July 11, 2010

SOS: Dishes Distress

Mug and soup bowl.
So, I love garage sales. For so many reasons. Cheap stuff, random finds, I just enjoy the whole "One man's trash is another man's treasure" mentality.

And this one time at this one garage sale, I found these fabulous dishes! Actually, at first I only found the mug. Very retro, totally awesome. I've always been a sucker for collecting random mugs, but as I continued browsing, I stumbled upon matching soup bowls! And there were four of them! Delighted, I hunted for the rest of the set, assuming that since this woman had a mug and some soup bowls, surely there would be matching plates, and at least a couple more mugs.

Alas, this was not the case. She even helped me look, but she couldn't remember where she'd gotten the dishes from. And what's worse, there is NO maker's mark, seal, stamp, brand name, nothing. Not on any of the five dishes (one mug, four bowls) I ended up with.

This was probably at least three years ago, if not four. I have looked in antique shops, more garage sales, online, everywhere. I can't for the life of me find more of these stinkin' dishes, but I LOVE THEM.

So here's where I implore you... Have any of you seen these dishes before? If so, do you have any idea who made them? Where I could get some? What other dishes are in the set? Because the only two conclusions I can reach about these guys are that 1) They're crap. They're cheap, and the rest of the remaining dishes all throughout the world have been broken or thrown away. Or 2) They're collectibles and the people who do have them are holding on to them for dear life.

Help?

Soup and crackers!

Hot chocolate time!

See?? Nothing! ARG!

Quite the pair.

9 comments:

Matt Bukaty said...

oh those are cool! but I can't help you I'm afraid. *shin kick*

-squalg

Sarah Thomas said...

Aren't they awesome?! UGH. I love them. I need a complete set. *kicks dirt*

Well if you ever stumble upon some in good ol' NYC, BUY THEM. And I will OWE YOU.

Anonymous said...

I do not know if you are allowed to post web addresses here, so I will send them to your Facebook email. I did a little research for you on Ebay. I only turned up 2 soup mugs, very similar to yours. The coloring looks different, and the fonts are close but not exact. However, both of them had marks on them and maybe that will help you find similar pieces. I looked at numerous chocolate mugs without finding any. I know you already have one but sometimes these are sold in lots. The sellers might be able to help you also. Hope this helps at least a little. :) ~ Becky C. from writing class a long time ago

Sarah Thomas said...

Becky! I remember you! Thanks for the comment, and for the help! :-D
I really appreciate it. I would absolutely love to have some more of these dishes. I’d definitely buy them as a lot! Maybe Ebay is the answer!

The Words Crafter said...

I collect random mugs, too! I hope you can find a set that matches. Check my blog later....after 7pm EST.

Sarah Thomas said...

Thanks! I hope so, too! And oh my gosh! Thanks for the awards! I’ll do a post about ‘em just as soon as I find the blogs I want to pass the awards on to! :-D

Dangerous With a Pen said...

OMG you are a mod lover too :) I love wacky old mod stuff. :)Sadly, I know not where your set is from but it rocks.

My wv happens to be "porwor"... hmm. Maybe there was a Poor War going on and they made these bad boys to hurl at one another in lieu of more expensive, metallic weapons? ;)

Loryn said...

I've never seen them before, but they're cute!

You would love the mugs in pier one!
http://www.pier1.com/Catalog/Dining/tabid/493/List/0/CategoryID/111/level/a/ProductID/4929/ProductName/Udderly-Cow-Mug/Default.aspx

Sarah Thomas said...

@Dangerous With a Pen—Yes! It’s so much fun! And haha! Maybe that’s what happened! :-)

@Loryn—Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVE that cow mug! Fantastic. I may just have to pick up one of those!