As someone with a food blog, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I have a fixation with cooking and everything related to it. Kitchen gadgets, pans, dishes, cookbooks, kitchen tools, dishes, spices, spice racks, dishes… did I mention dishes?
Dishes are a bit of an obsession with me – they always have been. No matter what department store I’m in, I make a beeline for the kitchen section and I always start my ogling with the dishes.
In my opinion, a meal is made even better with bright, beautiful dishes. I go so far as to coordinate the dishes I use with the meal I’m serving. Mexican meals call for bright, vivid dishes – as do Italian meals. If I’m making a Southern comfort food type meal, I pull out the vintage dishes – I call them my “comfort dishes.”
I often even go so far as to think, “Okay, the red in the meatloaf’s sauce and the yellow in the corn will look beautiful against a white dish…”
Okay, maybe I’ve got a bit of a problem… but I have a big time, does that count for anything?!
I have a huge collection of dishes but haven’t spent a huge amount of money on them. I’ll let you in on a secret – Target has beautiful dishes and they’re often on sale. But I can go even cheaper than that: Consignment shops, Goodwill, and yard sales are also personal favorite spots. You can find vintage dishes – including many that’ll take you back to sitting at a kitchen table with your grandparents.
Just tell me that isn’t priceless.
I love buying dishes from stores such as Goodwill because I know my money is going back to the community – where it needs it most. The dishes in this post are some of my favorite Goodwill finds. W
Around the holidays, if I find that I need extra casserole dishes or platters, I usually check one of these places first. I also grab extra dishes during Thanksgiving and Christmas to send goodies home with my kids. They’re better than disposable dishes because they’re friendlier to the environment.
The next time you want to add to your dish collection and make your meals even more colorful or simply need extra dishes for the holidays, head to your nearest thrift store, consignment shop, or Goodwill.
It’s just a beautiful idea no matter how you look at it.