Walked downtown on an errand this morning and stopped in at the Civic Council, Vermillion’s flagship thrift store.
There wasn’t a ton that interested me–a lot of the shelves looked fairly bare, but I did find a couple fun things–a wire mesh basket with handle that’ll be great for harvesting cherry tomatoes (and has the added benefit of being sterilize-able), a little piece of embroidery, and a sweet little bowl, too.
I’m not sure how this all started, but I’m starting to amass a collection of little bowls. I’ve got plenty of cereal and soup bowls, bigger mixing bowls of glass and Pyrex and stainless, and a great, big stoneware bread bowl, too.
But it’s the little ones–single, usually (though a couple have mates) that I can’t stop myself from picking up. I like the fun designs and interesting shapes–some wide and saucer-like (and the gold-rimmed cherry blossom design is a saucer–I’ve got the cup), some only big enough for a couple minced cloves of garlic or a little mound of spice.
This handled green oven-safe stoneware one came from the famed Ghost Town Rock Shop in Okaton, South Dakota. I picked it up on my way out to Rapid with a friend for the Dakota Rural Action Local Food Summit.
This scalloped salmon-pink duo is also oven-safe–they’re Fire-King, an earlier rendition of Pyrex. I found them at the Civic before Christmas last year, and I’d planned on giving them as a gift to someone or other, but they never got out the door. 😉
Love the detail on this handmade stoneware bowl from a local artist. I bought it at an on-campus art sale a couple of years ago–it’s a nice size for granola or just a little soup-snack–it’s a little more hearty in size and heft than most of the little bowls in my collection.
I don’t remember for sure who the artist was, but I think it might be Darcy Millette based on what I can make of the bottom signature.
A lot of the bowls I have are fairly mass-produced–though some of the older ones might be hard to find now–as I said before, I’ve only got a couple with mates. But I prefer that–I’m not necessarily one to have a set of matching dishes–I like to have lots of fun variety.
The ruby-colored square one featured in the group photo at the top is “Charm” pattern Depression glass. I had a green one, too, but it broke, and now serves as a garden ornament (somewhere under all that snow).