My relationship with Franciscan Renaissance began in the early 70’s, and it has never ended.
First I fell for Platinum Renaissance.
And because my husband could somehow see down the road of my collecting nature, and even though we were only in our 20s and did not have china in our budget (that’s an understatement), when the small gift shop in Falfurrias, Texas called to say it was being discontinued, he agreed that we should get 12 place settings.
Notes about china to young brides, according to Laura:
*select something beautiful that you love that your family and friends can buy without hyperventilating (you can buy your own sheets and towels and other disposable items that only have a brief life anyway)
*avoid china serving pieces- cut glass and crystal serving pieces look beautiful with everything – whereas china serving pieces are wildly expensive and may even someday ‘date’ your china
*my version of a place setting in those days was more streamlined- it was the dinner plate, the salad plate, and the cup and saucer (my family was never going to eat cereal, ice cream, watermelon, chili, or vegetable soup out of a small china bowl)
Years later I discovered Franciscan Grey Renaissance. It had a gold rim. Oh my.
Because this discovery happened during the good old days of Ebay, when you really could treasure hunt and not spend Replacements’ prices, my quest began.
My youngest daughter discovered the third pattern in this amazing line which is Gold Renaissance.
This one was VERY HARD for me. I collected this for her, again with Ebay’s help, without getting it for myself.
That is a big step in china collecting growth.
(Although it is still at my house… I am holding it hostage.)
I linked to the wonderful Silver Sunday.