How to Find Old China Patterns

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Sometimes you just want to complete your grandmother's china collection. Other times you simply want to use a variety of pieces in your china collection. Art Deco has become a very well known style to use in your decorating, and adding a few vintage china pieces to your collection could really make your home something spectacular. Whatever the reason, shopping for old or antique china patterns can be the ideal way to decorate your home and table for years to come.

  • Decide what pattern to focus on or what style of china you like. If you have a specific pattern in mind, find its name on the bottom of the dinner plate, or send a picture into Replacements, Ltd to see if they can identify the piece.

  • If you are simply shopping for a style of china or certain colors of china, take time to do some basic research to determine what you like. Search through antique china catalogs to get an idea of what is available. If you want to stay with a certain style or color, write down the patterns that appeal to you or meet your criteria.

  • Ebay is a wonderful resource for finding old and antique china patterns. In the search bar, type in the name of the specific pattern, or use the category search to select antiques. From there narrow your search to a style, type or color if you do not already have a pattern selected.

  • Visiting local antique stores and dealers may be the best route to take to see the china patterns in person prior to purchasing. If you are trying to limit your search time, call ahead to local dealers to see if they carry your particular pattern or style. Also ask if they have outlets where they can request specific pieces to add to your collection.

  • Search the Internet. Try purchasing your china through Replacements, Ltd. Sometimes you can contact the manufacturer of your favorite patterndirectly to ask if they will sell you pieces no longer in production.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once you find a piece or pattern you like, write down its name and carry it with you while you shop. Also, if you can find a listing of the values of each piece of the pattern, carry those with you as well. You do not want to overpay, and you want to stock up if you find a deal.
  • Be wary of copycat or unauthenticated pieces if you are looking for a specific pattern. If your goal is to find original pieces, make sure you are shopping with a reputable dealer and not someone who is trying to pass off one item as another.

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