Vintage 101: What I Learned This Weekend
Those of you who tuned into my first Style Spots on Monday might have seen that wonderfully kitschy set of Waechtersbach that I scored at the last estate sale of the day. I was familiar with the pattern only because I'd thrifted a big mug of the same Heart pattern some years ago, but I didn't really know anything about it. Seeing as I'd like to put the set in the store, I figured it was a good time to school myself.
From what I could dig up, Waechtersbach was established in Germany in 1832, and added U.S. manufacturing to its repertoire in the 1970s. I'm going to gamble and say that most of us younger folk are familiar with their Heart pattern, which was produced from 1988 and recently retired this year, but the company is also known for "The Red Plate," which has the phrase "You Are Special Today" printed along the rim.
I was a little surprised the Heart pattern isn't older than the late 1980s, mostly because it has that mod vibe in the design, which I thought would have placed it in the 1960s...but that's why we research! :) I shopped around a little on Etsy and eBay to see what other patterns Waechtersbach has produced, and there are some beautiful light gray bowls with yellow dots, and gray mugs with white rams on them that are too cute! There is also a pattern of white with red dots that says it was made in the 1930s that I would love for our kitchen...maybe one day. :)
Do you have any experience with Waechtersbach? Any favorite patterns or collections? Or useful tidbits to add to what I've researched? Would love to hear about it!