My love affair with dishes began when I was 6 years old and my Mommy gave me a little porcelain tea set for Christmas. I played with that little tea set until it disintegrated. Growing up we ate off of Fiesta dishes and I loved the bright colors and how beautiful our dinner table looked. I always asked to eat off of the “orange” plate.
I began collecting Fiesta and other Homer Laughlin China Company (HLC) china in the late 80s. I never met a dish I didn’t like. I have Fiesta, Riviera, Harlequin, Rhythm and many other HLC items. I belong to the Homer Laughlin China Collectors Association (HLCCA) and help proof read their quarterly publication for members, The Dish. I also collect many of the HLCAA exclusive juice pitchers.
Most of my finds have come from antique stores, eBay, family and friends. I love the thrill of the hunt and I love a good bargain. I am a “plate flipper” which means if you eat out with me or invite me to your home for dinner, I will flip my plate over to see who the maker is. Mike has gotten used to this practice. I am also obsessed with mixing bowls and have quite a few. I need to stop buying because I am running out of room, but I can’t seem to stop myself. Mike suggested that I take pictures of my collection and write about it on our blog so Anita’s Dish Collection was born.