Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe uses vintage glasses, silver platters for eclectic whimsy

St. Petersburg is known for a lot of different things – its art scene, breweries and eclectic local stores that line Central Avenue west of downtown. Here you’ll find vinyl shops, brocante markets, consignment stores and enough hipster hangouts to fit in your disco purse.

New to the restaurant/brewery scene is Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe. Owned by Amanda King and Pegan Foster, the shop opened six months ago in February 2017.

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Mix and match vintage china easy to put together

I attended the On Point Book Fair with 100 authors, writers and publishers at  WestShore Plaza in Tampa to talk about my blog,

I set up a display of mismatched vintage china  – because it’s ok not to match all the time! I have many sets of china, but I started buying random smaller sets of dishes, thinking I might use them for my daughters’ weddings one day.

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China Finders in St. Pete a great find for china addicts and searchers

If you’re a china-holic like me, you know Replacements, the warehouse in North Carolina known for its 425,000 china patterns.

In Tampa Bay, we’re lucky to have China Finders. It’s not as big as Replacements, but for the china afficianado, or just someone looking to restock a retired china pattern, China Finders is a great find.

Located in Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, it’s just across the bridge from Tampa. If you’re a dish fanatic, it’s a must see.

I love the new mural painted on the side of the building, a tribute to Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter tea party.

Inside, aisles and aisles are chock filled with china, separated by company and pattern.

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Purple vintage glass plates pair perfectly with antique glass collection

Most collectors can remember their first collection. Perhaps it was stamps from your grandfather, paperweights, trains, or even something more quirky like rocks or bugs.

I’ve found it’s a distinct personality type – those that like to collect and those who don’t.

Sometimes the same circumstance that makes a collector, makes another person a non-collector. Both my parents and my husband’s parents lived through The Great Depression….

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Miss Mandy’s makes your time tea time

Whenever I’m in Tallahassee, I always stop by Miss Mandy’s. She’s got great painted furniture, floral arrangements, ornaments, topiaries and other wonderful finds.  I found this time she has included a tea area where she entertains customers, and sells all sorts of teas and accessories.

I love her selection of blue china, including Spode and Finlandia  – many patterns which I have also!

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Going to Pierce Street Market to show off vintage china

I’ve been writing my blog for several years, but just recently I decided I want to try my hand at renting china and decor for showers and parties.

I was excited to hear about Pierce Street Market, a new market that has only local and handmade items for sale. The location is breathtaking – on the water off Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater, FL.

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Basket packed with vintage china for girls’ weekend

An annoying thing about someone who loves china? We hate using paper plates.

So when I was invited to go on a girls weekend with eight other women, I thought it would be fun to bring the nice china. Although we did eat at local restaurants, it was nice to have china for breakfast and dinner.

And I washed them, so I don’t think they minded!