Monday, December 20, 2010

Sigh...Remember Summer? Oh How I Miss Those Warm Days Under The Hot Sun. How 'Bout Some Sweet Tea Served In Salem Biscayne Tea Glasses And Pitcher? Status: Very Very Untimely.


Mmmmm, don't it look so cool and refreshing? I guess since it's just a picture, you could imagine it as warm and soothing with all the orange and spice stuff in it!

Truth is, it's just some cranberry juice and a lot of water mixed up so you can more

easily see the pattern on the glass. But come summer and warmer weather, I

promise to brew up some tasty southern sweet tea! With 16 tall iced tea glasses,

I'm pretty sure I'll be able to keep everybody refreshed. I can't wait. I really can't.


I drove for an hour and a half at nearly midnight to buy a BIG box of this pattern

knowing little more than it was just a BIG box of this pattern. It was listed on

Craigslist. A lot of it is stained brown (how and with what, I do not know...but it

does NOT want to come off) but I got pretty lucky in that this pitcher and ten of the

tall iced tea glasses where in that box. There were lots of good unstained serving

pieces and dishes too, though.


I love the Biscayne pattern and have plenty of it. Again, one of these days I'll have

to tally it all up. I used to try to keep track of all my patterns and the number of

each piece. I fell off that wagon long ago. What happens is I find a large set of this

or that pattern and then a bunch more of another in short order and I get

overwhelmed with the "to do" of it all. I put it off then forget all about it. Then one

day I drag it all out and make a day of accounting for it all.


I picked up some serving pieces from an estate sale a few years ago and the

seller told me that their parents had collected the Biscayne pattern for years.

Apparently it was given away at some gas stations as a bonus for buying your gas

from them. Seems the post war newly-weds were able to stock their cupboards

with the Salem dishes more easily this way. How sweet is that?


  1. Have you tried a magic eraser on the stain? The other thing that sometimes works is a paste of baking soda, peroxide and cream of tartar.

  2. mono - I haven't really tried much of anything yet. I did mess around with using a Brillo Scrubbers pad. When new, these will remove those silver knife / utensil marks off of thrifted dinner ware! They become less effective over time so keep lots of new ones handy if hunting for your collection. Thanks for the suggestions / secrets! I will try them out and maybe make a post on the results. Being able to rescue pieces that are perfect otherwise is a pretty handy trick to have up ones sleeve!

  3. Fantastic set! I love to hear your travel stories of getting these finds - 1 1/2 hours near midnight?! You're so hardcore and I love it!

  4. Rhan - Someday I'll Post about some of my crazier trips to buy things. I've made a couple one day trips to Chicago and Kansas City.

  5. MERRY CHRISTMAS! What a fabulous set - definitely makes one thirsty for a tall glass of cold beverage. I've had success removing stains in vintage pieces with a product called "Brew Rite". It's actually used to clean out / descale coffee and espresso makers. It's a granular powder that you mix with water. It's non corrosive. Just mix according to directions, soak piece for 15 minutes or longer. You might need to use a cloth to scrub a bit. I've had to soak a few pieces more than once but was amazed with the results. BTW - this stuff will clean up a coffee maker like new. Another product that I wouldn't be without is Greased Lightning (available at Walmart, Dollar Stores). This stuff will clean just about anything. Be careful not to get it on a varnish / shellac/ poly surface as it will remove the finish. It's the best de-greaser I have found. No - I don't own stock in this companies but probably should. :)

  6. K-Mod - Awesome! More secrets revealed! I need to make a shopping trip.