I don’t do Black Friday…at least not in the duke-it-out-at-Walmart-for-a-cheap-TV way! But as I hadn’t gone anywhere for a few days and was getting cabin fever, I decided to pop out to my local Goodwill for their four-hour Black Friday sale (with an unprecedented 35% off everything). I forgot that they were opening at 8:00 a.m. today and didn’t get there till the normal 9:00 opening time when it was fairly hopping with shoppers. I wasn’t super hopeful I’d find anything great, but it was nice to be out and about. Sometimes that all it takes for me!
Within five minutes I picked up a set of 12 small china plates (all taped together Goodwill style). I flipped them over and saw the maker’s mark for Dresden, Schumann, Bavaria. Now I know next to nothing about china, but even I knew they were good! Yes. Yes. Yes. Into the basket they go.
At home, I did a bit of research (made easy thanks to all the great info on eFineAntiques) and found out these are Chateau Dresden by Schumann bread plates, circa 1918-1929, with reticulated rims and hand-painted flowers.
Amazing to think these were made in Germany before WWII, landed thousands of miles away in California and 80+ years later they still look fabulous. No chips or cracks and very little wear. So far I have found them for sale from $18-$26 a plate. There are four each of three different designs so I plan on selling in three lots.
They were a fantastic price, so let’s just say I am pretty darn excited about this Black Friday find. Glad I decided to venture out!