Wednesday, February 29, 2012

OLD TIME Pottery

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Last week, Susan from Between Naps on The Porch, did a post about some of her sponsors. I remembered shopping with my dear friend Barb L. at OLD TIME Pottery when I lived in FL, so I followed Susan's link in her post, just to see if they had an online store.

Imagine my surprise to learn that we had an OTP right here in Ohio...THREE, in fact! This place is like crack for a dishaholic, honest.

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This is what greets you when you first walk in the door! Tons & tons of gorgeous faux botanicals in every color imaginable. My eyes were just dancing in every direction, thinking of all the wreaths & Easter decor I could work magic with supplies like these.


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Easter items were in abundance...these made me smile right back at them.

I thought the prices were wonderful, too!


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Just look at all these GORGEOUS colors! I was thinking how cute these T-lite jars would be, hanging out in the gazebo for a summer party.


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Lots & LOTS of dishes in many different styles & boy, if you ever wanted WHITE ones, you had your pick. Just look at these aisles...wall to wall white, on BOTH sides!


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I loved all the kitchen items, casseroles dishes, pie plates, cutlery, serving pieces...you name it, they have it.


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I found cookies cutters, MORE cute cupcake liners (just what I needed) and some fun kitchen gadgets. I ♥♥♥ kitchen gadgets!

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Now you KNOW some of these DARLING RED polka-dot pieces came home with me!


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The lady behind me in the check out aisle told me she had them & they were wonderful...cleaned up easily & still looked nice after heavy usage. I'm planning on making steak & mushroom pot pies today in some of them!


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Can you believe these rooster salad plates were only $1.49 each???? If they had been white instead of cream, I would have snagged a ton of them. I still may!

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All these Happy~ Happy colors had my going pitter-patter! Their displays are almost overwhelming. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, as you're on bare concrete floors the whole time!

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I'm now kicking myself for not picking up any of the lovely blue & white pieces you see here. I immediately thought of Cherry Kay and all her pretty blue & white! I think I have to go back!


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I did stock up on candles for my dining room. Some were less that the .50 price you see here. I got beautiful cream ones for .39 apiece! We go through a LOT of candles around here!




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I was wishing these damask pillows had been black & white instead of the gold, copper & blue. Now that I see the photo, I LOVE the pale blue ones! I KNOW I'm going back now!


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I did pick up ONE (what was I thinking???) of these GORGEOUS silk pillows. I'm pretty sure it is *Canadian smocking*. Its more like the lotus pattern & it is lovely. I was thinking in terms of gift giving but once I put it on my sofa, I don't want to part with it. I think I need several more & at THAT price they won't last long.


I told Susan to let her sponsor, OLD TIME Pottery, know that advertising on her site worked! Thanks for linking them in your post. My trunk was FULL when I left & I know it will be after a return trip as well.

Thanks for coming along on my shopping trip. I hope you can find a store like this near you. Their big 26th Anniversary sale starts March 8th. I can't wait!

Hugs, Rett

I'll be joining The Tablescaper for her

Seasonal Sundays meme

& since this post is all about dishes

I'll join Susan for her

Tablescape Thursday

Come on over & see what others are doing!




57 comments:

  1. My kind of store Rett! Next time we're down I'll have to search out one of these stores.
    I imagine we'll see some of your loot in a future post?
    Judith

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    1. You betcha! I'm working on several right now! LOL

      I went the to OTP in Ft. Myers, but there is one in Tampa, which isn't too far from where you were staying, I think. I hope you get to visit one, Judith. Lots of fun & inspiration for not a lot of money.

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  2. I'm seriously thinking ROAD TRIP!!! Thanks for the tour, girlfriend. Looks like you had a grand time.

    Stay safe and warm.
    xoxo
    Donna

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    1. Yes, Donna...You should go! The Ft. Myers one would be the closest for you.

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  3. What a great store! I'd never heard of it before. I'll have to look online and see if there are any in our area. I also want to let you know I absolutely love your header photo!
    God bless, Beth

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    1. Thanks so much, Beth, for the compliment on my rainy tulips. That means a lot to me, coming from a gardener such as yourself.

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  4. I know what you mean!!! You go in this place and you just CAN'T come out!!! We have one about 18 miles away from our house, and I swing by there every time I go to Costco. (Sadly, Costco, Hobby Lobby, Old Time Pottery, and Dollar Tree are all right there with Marshall's not too far, too!!! I HAVE to visit them all!!!) When you walk in OTP you just feel like you've returned to the Mothership!!! :-) Who couldn't get happy with all that color going on in there?!??!!! When I saw those polka dotted casseroles the other day, I actually thought of YOU!!! The lady behind me had a bunch of them (RED ones, no less!) in her cart, and I told her I had a blog friend who would be wearin' 'em as hats! :-) I really like the "warehouse" styling of OTP, too. Not only does it keep overhead costs down, but it just seems to relax me...like no fear of accidentally backing up into a fancy display and breaking something like in a regular store. This is the type of set-up I would love to have for storage of all my stuff at my house! About 2500 sq. feet would be just the ticket! :-) Glad you found an OTP there near you. You'll be Jonesing for a trip there every couple of weeks or so! Thanks for stopping by my place earlier!!!

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    1. OMGosh, Alycia...Costco, Hobby Lobby, Old Time Pottery, Dollar Tree AND Marshall's all in one trip??? I think I'd have chest pain just from the excitement alone! LOL

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  5. Never heard of them but now sure wish I had! Did you tell your twelve step program about this place, Rett? You know, the one called DA, Dishaholics Anonymous?

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    1. "Hello, my name is Rett & I'm seriously addicted to DISHES!" LOL Hey, some gals love shoes & clothes, some collect dolls or stamps...with me, its dishes. What can I say? I have ALWAYS loved to "play with my dishes" even when I was a little child.

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  6. OMGoodness Rett! I would be filling up my trunk too! I'd love to go to a place like that! You're the best, thanks for all your nice comments.
    xox,
    Marie

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  7. I always look forward OTP when i'm in Fort Myers, I'm not going down there this winter now your blog is making me have seco d thoughts Rett. I would luv me some of those darling polka dot bakers.

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    1. Char, take a little drive over to the one in Merrillville Indiana!! That's lots closer than FL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. This is one of my favorite vacation stores! There is one at Garden City Beach, which is right outside of Myrtle Beach that I always MUST go to when we are vacationing down that way. I can spend hours in there and always do. I am so serious about my shopping time there that I usually (prefer) go shopping by myself so I don't have anyone else to bug me about time or distract me from looking at every single thing. Haha! We are vacationing nearby again this year so it's on my list and I am looking forward to it. They always have the best deals no matter what time of the year. I wish there was one closer to me but maybe it's a good thing there isn't. Your photos have certainly gotten me in the mood now, but will have to wait until June. Oh, I can hardly wait!

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  9. Rett, loved all your awesome pics! I think I need to go back and get some polka dot cookware. Thanks for taking us along!

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    1. I hope they still have some when you & I get back there, Susan...now that we've told the world about them! LOL

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  10. I visit OTP everytime I visit SC. I LOVE that store. You are right....it is our drug of choice!!

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  11. What a gold mine, Rett! How long were you in there? I'd have been most of the day!

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    1. DH was waiting in the car, so I inside less than 2 hours. He read his paper & listened to the news.
      I never even got over to the bedding/sheets displays. I gotta go back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. You sure do need comfy shoes in a huge warehouse like that. The polkadot casserole dishes were cute!

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  13. Rett, I am so jealous! OTP hasn't made it to Texas, apparently. I did see there's one in Destin, and we visit there a few times a year, so NEXT time, we're going directly there from the airport! Hmm. How will I get my haul home?? Thanks for all the enticing photos!

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  14. None near Philly Rett, but it sure looks like a fun place to shop:@)

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  15. I'm twitching just looking at all those white dishes and the polka dots! Wow! The last thing I need is more dish "stuff" and yet I keep adding more and more. I put up pictures of my dish room yesterday and it is overflowing...but, sometimes things will just jump in my cart!

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  16. How fun! If I ever visit you, I want to go, okay?

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  17. I'll pick you up, Carol & we'll go straight over to it...its not far from the airport!!!

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  18. I get their net flyer even though we dont have them here in NY. I would have fun there!
    Loved the shopping trip, and virtual shopping saves me money!
    Do they have any colored flatware. I want plaid or polka dots. I need it! :)

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  19. Rett, this looks like an amazing shop. I don't think they are here in TX. ;-( Can't wait to see what you get on the second trip. Have fun! ~ Sarah

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  20. I just read BNOTP post today showing aisle after aisle from this wonderful, amazing store! Good thing we don't have one around here because it would be such a temptation! And to think that everything is available in multiples, not just a piece of this and a piece of that. Oh, trouble, trouble!

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  21. Rett~ I had to google...there is an OTP about an hour away from me. I think I feel the need for a road trip~ I have a feeling it would be a dangerous & expensive one! Thanks for the tour :)

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  22. I am so glad you posted about Old Time Pottery!! I have never been there, but so loved the pictures you posted. I live in Newark, Ohio and now I see there is one located in Columbus. My father-in-law is in OSU Hospital currently...maybe I will have to make a side trip to OTP. Where are you in Ohio?

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  23. Rett, Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I also collect the Pink Dogwood pattern and want to add to my yellow Madrid pattern. They made some sectioned plates that I would like to have, my mother only had two but she also gave me some serving pieces that I did not show on my post.

    Where is that shop in FL???? I know I am going to hate myself for asking that question.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  24. As much as I wish we had an OTP here, it's probably a good thing we don't. I'd be in serious trouble!

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  25. Oh man, that place is like the mother load! I think I need to take a road trip there.

    - The Tablescaper

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  26. My OTP is about half an hour from me (it's just outside Tampa) and not far from a Ross, Kirklands, Marhsall's, TJ Maxx and Home Goods. I only go with people who are marathon shoppers like me because you have to make a day of it (Soup and salad at Olive Garden for sustenance!). Thanks for sharing!

    Robin
    Robin Flies South

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  27. I went to an OTP years and years ago. Now, I MUST go again. I can imagine how much fun my mother, sister, and I would have there.

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  28. Beautiful post! My heart goes pitter-patter seeing aisle after aisle of loveliness. Thank goodness we don't have OTP here but oh my, I did check out their online site...ooooh!

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  29. This is too funny! I just found OTP in Illinois today!I had so much fun! What a great place! I was so excited....we didn't have one in Texas!I kept walking around and around and around! lol
    Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings My Friend,

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  30. Now that is what I call color! I love the polka dotted dishes...I have never been to OTP, but know there is one up in the Kansas City area that I will be seeking out in the near future!

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  31. loved the shopping trip...let me know and I can go anytime...so much fun seeing all the full shelves...

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  32. Loved the little trip you took us on, yes that would not be a good place for me.. thank goodness we don't have one anywhere close.. not even in a surrounding state.. LOL.. Love the polka dot dishes, and you should go snag those pillows.. too pretty! xo marlis (who is better now.. thanks a bunch!)

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  33. Oh dear, I would be in so much trouble if I lived close to a place like that. Even though I don't have an inch of cupboard space for more stuff I would be be hauling bags of dishes and accessories home with me. We don't have great stores like that out here in the West. TJMax and Home Goods are about as exciting as it gets. Love those chicken plates.

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  34. I'm so glad that you shared this. I was just at Garden Ridge yesterday, and I wonder if they are owned by the same company. They are laid out much the same, and they feature much of the same merchandise...matter of fact, I have bought quite a bit of blue and wite there. Yesterday I bought some neat chandelier shades in black and two cases of champagne flutes to paint. We have the polka dots pieces, too, and I thought of you...great minds think alike! Cherry Kay

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  35. I love Old Time Pottery. One isn't terribly close to me, but it's only a day trip away. I normally want to buy one of everything, but my wallet tells me to have SOME kind of restraint. Sounds like you had a really great time on your visit. Can't wait to see what all you'll be doing with your loot!

    Thanks for visiting my new Cozy Home Kitchen blog this week!

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  36. I shouldn't have read this post. Rett, I haven't been to an OTP in about 15 years...this could be dangerous!!

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  37. Visting from The Tablescaper. Every photo made my heart beat a little faster. My kind of store! I'm already calculating how many miles from VA to OH...hmmm! Thanks for so many great photos. Oh those polka dot baking dishes...yummy! Sounds like you got great things, enjoy your 2nd trip.

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  38. Oh, my goodness, Rett! What fun at Old Time Pottery. I'll be giggling all day about your crack for a dishaholic comment! Too funny and too true! :D :D Love the polka dots! Have a delightful week.

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  39. Love OTP although for some reason my friend calls it Pottery To You! Can never go in without coming home with trunk full. Love when they have table linens on sale. I have to drive right past one on the way to visit my Mom and it's always a MUST stop! Dianne

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  40. What a fun shopping trip, Rett!! I've bee to OTP with my Mom, in Columbus. We have Garden Ridge, here in the Dallas area.
    Happy Sunday!!

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  41. Sadly, the Dayton store closed a few years ago, so I haven't had my "fix" for a while, Rett. I need to run over to Columbus soon for a shopping trip there and at one of the antique malls where a couple of Buckeye Blogger friends have booths. whew- such a chore that will be- NOT!!! Hope you're keeping warm and staying out of the blustery March winds up there. We have a few snow flurries coming down right now. Weird weather.....
    ~ Sue

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  42. Rett, is the time stamp on your profile set correctly? It's reading 3 hours early- Pacific time.

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  43. What a wonderful place! It's a good thing they are'nt where I can walk in because we'e go broke.
    Pat

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  44. WOW! what a wonderful store. I don't think we have anything like that here in Australia - maybe just as well ;-)

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  45. I was unable to leave a comment on your post regarding Pinterest so doing it here. I stumbled on your blog from another one and was frankly taken aback by the vehemence of your notice not to copy your images. While some blogs ask that their images not be copied, I find that many images on most blogs are not original(and many great bloggers state it is okay to use their images, others restrict only commercial use). The interaction between blogs and Pinterest is confusing to new users. I use Pinterest as a bulletin board for ideas for my home. As I told no one I had a Pinterest account I am surprised at how many of my pins, orginal and copied, are repinned though I don't mind. I am not a blogger though have considered a NON commercial blog. I think that is the difference - commercial versus idea sharing. I had my attorney son read the Pinterest agreement and it is ok for my purposes. I guess what I am trying to say is that all copying is not malicious. Thanks for listening

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  46. Thanks for expressing your feelings & concerns, CB. I totally agree with your statement that " all copying is not malicious". In fact, I was truly flattered when I noticed that folks were "pinning" my photos. However, when I found out that Cold Brew Labs was claiming ownership of those images & could, in the future, SELL them, I was not happy. They have since just recently amended their TOS to eliminate the word "sell". I'm sorry if my "vehemence" bothered you.

    The reason that your pins are being repinned is that people can see the newest images uploaded each time they log on & from there, they can repin them to their own inspiration boards. They don't have to know about you at all.

    Let me repeat, I LOVED PINTEREST!! I was having a ball with it, but the copyright violations that were evident all over the site, with folks not bothering to give proper credit to the originators bothered me a great deal. Plus, when I learned that other companies intended to print & publish hardcopies of people's inspiration boards, using mine & other people's photos, I drew the line.

    I hope this clarifies my position & I truly appreciate your visit & the expression of your opinion.

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  47. Thanks for the response, Rett. I was not offended but, rather, felt bad/guilty when I read your position on copying. (for the record, I would never intentially copy something with a copyright)

    The really funny thing is that you responded on my"blog". This was a test page I did and forgot about! I didn't realize it was connected to my Gmail - ha. You are the only one who has seen it and I thought I had deleted it.

    I think much of the confusion comes from the fact that many are just sharing ideas and others have a commercial interest in their blogs. It might be a hard mix. I am impressed if all you pics are original!

    Thank you for accepting my comments in the spirit I intended. Carol

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  48. Yeppers, all I did was click on your name "CB" & it took me to your profile page where the link to "Three Moss" showed.
    Don't delete it...keep going! Blogging is loads of fun & you meet some of the nicest people all over the world. I am amazed at the windows it has opened up for me & all that I have learned on various subjects since starting.

    Yes, all the photos on my blog have been taken by me, unless I state otherwise. Oh & no need to feel bad/guilty about wanting to copy something from here. My Mom always said "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". I just cringed at the thought of photos of my sweet granddaughter in her pretty dresses, being printed off from someone's inspiration board. I try very hard not to put her face on the internet. Too many weirdos out there!

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Thank you so much for leaving a comment. I read them all & each one is so very special to me & I try really hard to return the visit!

fondly,
~Rett~