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How many sets of Dishes do you have & Where do you Store it All?

So many of you have asked those questions that I thought I would do a whole post to answer.

I have a LOT of dishes. I don't know how many. It seems a few years back I attempted to count them and it was something like 30 different dinner plate patterns. Here are a just few of them:


I don't have full sets of all of them. I like an eclectic table and prefer to mix and match, so I buy a lot of item in sixes--six dinner plates, six salad plates, six wine glasses, etc.


I am very fortunate to have a lot of cupboards. I have been collecting dishes for a long time. About 17 years ago we had a good sized family room/kitchen addition put on our very small ranch-style home. Because I already had the dish addiction, I designed my kitchen storage space to accommodate them. This is my main dish storage space. It's 8ft of extra deep shelves. There are 24 shelves. The four cupboards above hold extra large items--things like baskets of cookie cutters, large Tupperware cake and pie holders, etc. I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful this wall of cupboards is! In the beginning, I had a few shelves that were empty. I think they remained empty for about two years. Now, of course, I have these shelves stacked to the max.

I like to use felt rounds between the plates to prevent scratching. I learned that from Martha many years ago.

I also have a section of cupboards directly opposite this one that holds glassware. These shelves are just normal depth. I don't know how many stemmed glasses I own. It's a lot and I love them all.

That center blue glass is all alone because I have the others on the table right now.

This center cabinet holds only my amber colored glassware. When the world hated amber, I loved it and as you can see, I accumulated quite a collection. I also have one of those extra deep cupboards full of Tiara amber glass plates, cups, saucers, etc.


In the kitchen I also have this cabinet which holds more glassware on the top and table linen on the bottom.

Everyday glasses are here:

Everyday dishes here:




I have 4 china cabinets/hutches that I use in different rooms to store items. I try to arrange my items in pleasing vignettes, which I change now and then. It's not only great storage space, but it's also a way to enjoy the dishes when they are not on the table. This cabinet has a display of peach lustre dishes.


This curio holds only red and white wine glasses.

The hidden part of this cabinet holds charger plates and placemats (and a few pencils!).

This is part of a large entertainment center in the family room. It holds more glasses and centerpiece items like the huge martini glass.


The bottom of the peach lustre display cabinet holds tablecloths and napkins. It's overflowing and I am planning to move the napkins into these boxes that I recently purchased and put on top of the silver storage cabinet. So there you have most of my dish storage spaces...at least the spaces that are somewhat neat and tidy. I also have a full basement that is unfinished. Thus, it's only purpose is to store things. ..a dish collectors dream! There are two or three sets of china down there.

Wow, as I read through this, even I am amazed at just how much space I have for my hobby. I guess I planned that kitchen addition pretty well. It may not be fancy, but it works very nicely for me.







22 comments:

PEA said...

Oh my, Zoey, such a beautiful collection of dishes and glasses you have and you are indeed very lucky to have all that space to put them in!! They're all displayed so fabulously and I know if I was visiting you, I would be oohing and aahing over it all:-) xox

Susan said...

Wow Zoey
I am impressed1I wish I had 1/2 that many!

BookWormz said...

hoooooly cow! you're my hero!

janice_phil said...

are these your collection? wow!!! its so amazing...i wish i can have one in the future.

Lena said...

Your collection is amazing and I enjoyed looking at it so much.

Thanks for sharing.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Funny. I buy dishes in sets of 2 or 4. I mix and match a lot too. Most of my tableware came from thrift stores, TJ Maxx/Marshall's, and Target's after-Xmas sale.

I wish I had enough space for all of them. I can't buy anymore b/c I'm literally out of space. Kitchen cabinets are all filled, and I have 1 small cabinet.

agreablement said...

passo per caso nel tuo blog
un saluto from Italy, ciao

Buxi said...

I love the blue and red glasses. I dont have many because i leave in a rented house. Only 5 dishes!hehe

jofie said...

wow, you make me want to start making my table beautiful too! unfortunately, as a poor college student, i don't have my own house yet.

April said...

Wow thats alot of dishes. Heck I'm still trying to figure out where to store my Grandmothers China.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh my goodness.. what a great way to display all your dishes.. I would love to have cabinets enough for all of mine..I haven't counted.. I know there are alot of sets to mix and match with..lol..hugs ~lynne~

Chrisss said...

What a fascinating collection you have here. Congrats on being blog of note.

JudyBug said...

What a wonderful storage area you have for all your plates. I built something similar into the dining room when we built here. Still, my collecting is continuing with no new spaces! Love your's!

Julie Beck said...

For some reason, I see no need for me to have more than one set of dishes...but then again, I have a ridiculously small house so I'd have nowhere to put them. I would love to replace my current set with gorgeous handmade pottery ...but that would be quite expensive...love your collection!

Dani and Jimmy said...

Wow that's what you do then. I'm impressed- you're so lucky to have designed your storage space to fit your hobby like that. It's all so beautiful. I can see a friend of mine doing that someday in the future because she loves collecting decorative dishes and things. She would definitely be interested in your blog. Thanks so much for sharing- you're an inspiration.

Mama said...

Hello Zoey, Your dish/glass collection is stunning, such wonderful patterns and such wonderful storage for them all, so inspiring, Kathy.

carolinajewel said...

Zoey, How kind you are to show all your organization tips. What a wonderful collection of dishes, stemware, linens!!!! :D Jewel

Laura said...

I would hate to be in your house if there was an earthquake! Or if you had a neighbor that liked to shoot canons... (like the one in mary poppins)

sharada said...

Ver Very Beautiful and very organised, i would love to have one like.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Zoey...loved this post! So much fun seeing how you store all your wonderful china! Love all your cabinets...very organized! Susan

Lilly's Home said...

I am so thrilled to have found another "dish" collector like myself! I envy your storage spaces! What beautiful pieces you have! You are an inspiration!

Lilly

Kathleen said...

That IS wonderful!! How nice to be able to find everything in one spot! So organized...you don't even need a spread sheet for it!

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