thrift share: mikasa california poppies

i will be sharing this post with selena and her readers at apron thrift girl. every monday, you can visit her for other thrifty finds.

it’s been a while since i’ve been able to sneak away to the thrift store for a good look around. yesterday, i did just that and found a set of mikasa dishes: dinner plates, salad plates, cups and saucers. the bowls were missing, and i found out why as i was paying for my purchase. more on that later…

mikasa california poppies dish

mikasa is often mistaken as a manufacturer of dinnerware and accessories, but they are more of a brand encompassing over a hundred different manufacturers. essentially, mikasa is a distributor. over the years, they’ve cultivated relationships with various manufacturers of china, dinnerware, flatware, glassware and ceramics. the american company began in the 1930s as an importer, and it wasn’t until the 1960s that the brand mikasa was associated with high quality, fashionable dinnerware. by this point, it had grown in popularity and was available at stores like macy’s and bloomingdale’s. {source}

the dishes i found were the california poppies (pattern #c9000), introduced in 1976. {source}

mikasa california poppies natural beauty pattern

they were in like-new condition, not a scratch or crack in the glaze whatsoever. when i see something in such good condition, it makes me wonder why it was never used. was it a gift that wasn’t quite the recipient’s taste? was it too fancy for everyday use? or not fancy enough? was it boxed away in a move, forgotten about or passed over for some other pattern? that’s a possibility, the 1980s were looming with their soft pastels and geometric patterns. i can’t help but wonder though. in our home, everything gets its share of use. it will be a miracle, really, if anything survives for future generations.

i love the poppy motif, and the colours will work in my orange kitchen. if you’ve been in my home, you know that i’m promptly and entirely dismissing the fact that these dishes will actually be used in my dining room. the dining room is a bright apple green. lalala whatever. i can’t seem to help it. i gravitate to the earthy oranges and browns.

as for the reason the bowls in this set were missing? the girl at the checkout informed me that someone had just bought the matching bowls. i asked why the lady had bought the bowls but not the dishes. the clerk said “oh, the bowls were plain, just with the brown rim. the lady who bought them said the floral plates were way too gaudy…”

too gaudy! hah! some people. go gaudy or go home, i always say. i’m glad that lady went home, without my gaudy dishes.

gawdy mikasa dishes

(oh right, sorry luv. you’re really not gaudy at all. honest. have you seen your cousins from the ’80s? that’s gaudy.)


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to read more of my thoughts on interesting dishes i’ve come across, please visit:

14 reasons i love vintage pyrex

a rare 1958 pyrex piece

porcelana schmidt

franciscan of england

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26 Responses to thrift share: mikasa california poppies

  1. mongs says:

    beautiful finds, it’s interesting to know the history behind it. That’s the wonderful thing about thrifting

  2. De Petites Merveilles says:

    That is such a great find! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Hope you’ll continue to come along!

  3. Cessie says:

    That is a fun pattern- love the colors! I love the earthy stuff too… Isn’t thrifting the BEST???! Thanks for the Mikasa info- I never knew they used different manufacturers!

  4. googiemomma says:

    whoa! deja vu moment! i have eaten off those plates at some point in my life.
    i’m thinking my mom maybe had them when i was little?

  5. Corey says:

    *Giggles!* I love your sense of humor so much. I have two of the bowls!

  6. ~*~Patty says:

    Well, I adore those dishes Ana and how special that they came home with you to an appreciative and loving home …who wants plain anyway!!!

    It’s so fun how everything has a story…I really enjoy knowing the rest of the story ;)

  7. Jacqueline says:

    I love those poppies! They’re cheerful, which is far from gaudy! I would have snagged them, too! :)

  8. Leah says:

    i LOVE your gaudy dishes! they spoke to me…they said “hells yeah, i went to an orange kitchen home!”

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I think your cups and plates are really cheerful – not gaudy in the least. I bet they’ll look fantastic on the dinner table.

  10. SixBalloons says:

    Interesting… I actually think a plain bowl with a brown rim wouldn’t look very good – I much prefer the cheerful florals!

  11. Too gaudy? Pah! Some people have no imagination ;-)
    I like the poppies, but then I’m fond of orange too. Great crockery, and I’m impressed that you have a heirachy of plates for different eating locations

  12. AnnaO says:

    These were my family’s dishes when I was growing up! :)
    (My mom still has a couple pieces though most broke over time.)

  13. Sheri says:

    That was too bad that the bowls were separated from the set. Still a great find though. I used to have a bright orange kitchen in my last house. I loved it, and even the doubters who frowned upon my paint choice came to embrace it. However, I painted it a ‘neutral’ colour before putting the house up for sale.

  14. My aunt had those dishes! Though I don’t remember more than the plates. I think we tended to use promo mugs and the bowls without the poppies sound about right. But I love these mugs. I wonder if she never got them, or thought them too fragile for kids or what?

  15. Camille says:

    I’ll keep an eye ball out for more!

  16. 'Joyce' says:

    *almost wetting myself laughing* oh Ana, I so love to read your blog, you are so full of life and happiness. Gosh I can’t believe the other chic just took the bowls. lol. I would have bought the whole set, although I would have thought the bowls a tad boring with no poppies on them, but would have got them anyways. I love poppies and hopefully in about 3-4 years time will have a front garden bursting with poppies each November right in front of our purple tibouchina hedge. My op shopping has taken a back seat while I attempt to focus on getting my studies out of the way *ugg* but I will be back as soon as I can. That is my treat to myself for getting through the studies. lol. yeah, no fancy cruise or diamond necklace for me, just a day at the op shops and I am bliss. Thanks for sharing the love. Have a wonderful evening at your place. Thank you also for stopping by my little blog, I so love your comments, you totally brighten my day. Bless.

  17. Lindsay Ann says:

    I LOVE this post! There is nothing like a fabulous set of dishes to finish a kitchen… :)

    Actually, my (not at all gaudy) chrome and red velvet dining room set is graced with Mikasa too.

  18. Liz says:

    My grandmother had this pattern, and when I went away to college, my mom sent a set with me. I love them; they bring back so many good memories. I’m currently decorating my dining room around them :)

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