Wednesday, June 24, 2015


So those of you who have been to the shop lately might have noticed a BIG change in the landscape.  The building next door that had the ice damage to it's facade was torn down.  Hooray!  The bit of the sidewalk between the building has been blocked off until they get the surface of the ground finished.  But we at Harry & Annies have remained open for business and have had NO damage.  We look forward to the work being finished, but have plenty of parking and easy access!

 As the last bits of weird winter and spring are fading away, many people change out their wardrobes, and their decorations.  Some people even change out their dinnerware!  Seems a perfect time to talk about the proper storing our fine china!

First of all, china LOVES to be used and adored!  The vintage china prices at Harry & Annies are so reasonable, you could have a set for each season!   Imagine setting the table with a beautiful china set that has seen many previous meals cooked and enjoyed with love- what a great tradition to start your dinner off with! 

Many of us have our good china stored in a hutch, and our everyday dinnerware stacked.  It makes sense.  But many of us ALSO have special china stashed away elsewhere for holidays or uber special events.  The first and most important thing is to make sure it is clean and absolutely dry before packing away.

It is extremely important not to store your china in areas like attics or garages where there are extreme temperature changes, because that can cause crazing and breakage.  Basements in a protected spot off the ground are a better option.  Back of a guestroom closet.  Bottom of a linen closet.   Even in special boxes under a guest bed are all possibilities with more moderate temperatures.

Vintage china, needs a little protection when storing.   Place something soft between plates when stacking. I like paper plates, paper towels or coffee filters. This protects you from scratching the surfaces, and lessens the chance of chips. Cups do well if you can hang them, don't stack more than three high. Depending on the shape of the bowls a four high rule may be best.
Try not to use plastic when storing your china it can get hot and stick, pulling up the finish, or metallic paint trim. If storing in container, or tote, an addition of acid free tissue paper is a good idea to prevent any moisture or archival issues from cropping up.  Best of all- pull it out, enjoy it, and use it regularly so it won't feel lonely and forgotten!

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