Saturday, May 19, 2012
Oh My Stars! What's This? More Franciscan Starburst Dinnerware For The China Cabinet? Yes, Virginia...Craigslist Does Provide! Status: Taken.
A nice lot of Franciscan Starburst dinnerware popped up on craigslist a few days ago and although not stupid bargain priced, I thought for sure they would be snatched up tout de suite. I even called a friend of mine who also collects the Starburst (Illuminate) to give her a heads up as her collection isn't yet as sizable as Mr. Modtomic's.
Well, they were still available Friday afternoon and I just couldn't stand it! I shot a text off to
confirm that the set was still available and began a short correspondence with the seller. There
are 38 pieces total (cups and saucers counted as separate pieces) but there were a few bits
with issues. Still, at only $165 (seller knocked off a few bucks for a damaged cup that I noticed
during our meetup) I feel like I got a pretty good deal. With a good deal of diligence one could
maybe put this together for that on eBay...maybe. But I got the option to handle the set before
purchase...Hah! I win.
Gotta tell ya, these five Berry Bowls were a big plus for me. When Illuminate and I split up the
estate sale set a while back she got a big group of Berry Bowls as I didn't want to lay claim to
ALL the best pieces of that collection. I got plenty from that lot including 8 Coupe Bowls, 4
Grand Mugs and a Covered Butter Dish.
I've already got most of these pieces in my collection. In fact, the number of dinner plates I've
got now is getting kinda embarrassing! Maybe I'll take some down to the plate shop on
Cherokee Street to trade for some bits I don't yet have...like an Oil and Vinegar Cruet Set or
(dare to dream) a Teapot.
Unfortunately, there were three damaged pieces in this latest lot. Most folks would NEVER even
notice these issues but I'm kinda freaky about my dishes. Even though I'll probably never actually
USE any of my Starburst, I can't have cracked, chipped or even lightly stained pieces in with
I spotted the cracked cup and the stained saucer (thought it might clean off) during the purchase
but totally wasn't worried about it and I only absentmindedly made mention of the cup. The seller
offered me a refund of a couple of bucks for the cup after I had happily paid full (well, almost
"full"...I was short $3 exact change and the seller was fine with it) asking price for the set. I
graciously accepted, but never would have asked. I didn't notice the chipped saucer until this
morning when I got everything out to photograph. Big deal...I've only got about 5 or 6 extra
cupless saucers anyway! You almost can't GIVE the saucers away! This all ads up to a
phenomenally complete setting for Four, a seriously great complete setting for Eight or a nice
complete setting for something like Twenty Four. Crazy right?