Monday, January 28, 2013
Well, It Seemed Like It Was Time To Take Stock Of My Franciscan Starburst And See Where I Stand. Dragged The Whole Lot Out. Status: Wow!
After acquiring another dinner plate from the thrift store a few days ago I got to wondering how many dinner plates I actually had. Uhm...a lot. A Whole Lot. Time to take inventory.
After the last china cabinet re-arrangement, wherein I decided to load it with nothing but Franciscan
dinnerware patterns, I had displayed most of my Franciscan Starburst on the middle shelf. After
featuring this display I realized that I forgot to include my coup bowls, covered butter dish and a few
other assorted items. Then many months latter I acquired yet another lot from an ad on craigslist that
included some berry bowls and many more dinner plates. I needed to consolidate everything and get
a good count.
I didn't even realize that I had two sets of salt and pepper shakers AND two creamers...or that I had
23 dinner plates (one with a chip, so...22 actually)! This is ridiculous. Under what circumstances
would I ever need 22 dinner plates? This I cannot imagine. So, along with the spare creamer and
pair of salt and pepper shakers I've decided to cull nine of the dinner plates. Why nine? Well, I'd like
to eventually have a full service for 12, so I actually pulled ten...then I thought how stupid I'd feel if I
broke a plate and only had the dozen I held onto. So I'm keeping an extra, selling the rest to finance
furthering the madness / collection.
So here's the rundown: 22 (23 including the chipped one) dinner plates, 17 saucers, 13 teacups, 10
bread plates, 8 coup bowls (2 minor chips, 2 major chips), 8 crescent plates, 5 berry bowls, 4 Grand
mugs, 2 salt shakers, 2 pepper shakers, 2 creamers, 1 large salad bowl, 1 divided serving dish, 1 serving
platter, 1 serving dish and 1 covered butter dish. Whew...that was a mouth full! Of course my favorites
are the crescent plates (all perfect!) and the Grand mugs, with the berry bowls coming in a close third.
What I'd really like to get is a pitcher or two in different sizes and an oil and vinegar cruet set. Selling
some dinner plates, salt and pepper shakers and a creamer will go a long way toward filling that gap.
So that's it in a nutshell. At the moment I could set a pretty impressive setting for four, complete with
coup (cereal, soup) bowls, salad plates, bread plates, berry (or ice cream / custard) bowls and the
big Grand mugs. Knock out the bowls and Grand mugs and I can set for eight, but that's the limit of
"complete" settings. I've already taken my "extras" over to our shop; Fleur Des Lis Home Source, in
Frenchtown just north of Old St. Charles on Second Street. I spent the weekend bringing more items
over, putting up some display shelves and re-arranging everything Again - so start saving your nickles,
we'll be open for business before you know it!