Last Friday [June 1st], after we finished our Diamond Jubilee Tea at Sweet Shalom, we headed for the Maumee Antique Mall. I had heard there was an antique mall close to the tea room, but had never been there. We were delighted to discover it's one of America's largest antique malls! Tea and antiques go hand in hand, you know!
It has the cutest entrance... to over 300 booths and showcases... and we managed to see them all on our first visit!
On April 24, 2012 I blogged about a Hydrangea Blue and Plum Rose tea party that a friend and I attended. The tablescape featured Indiana Federal Blue Madrid Depression Glass. It was beautiful, and I mentioned that if I would have seen the light blue Depression glass before the cobalt blue and pink Depression glass, I would have collected it instead.
I'm told the light blue Depression glass was made in much smaller quantities, so it's a lot harder to find than the pink, green, yellow, and cobalt blue. One dealer told me when it does come into an antique store it goes out almost as quickly, since it's very collectible.
Imagine my excitement about half-way through the mall when I spotted a stack of Indiana Federal Blue Madrid Depression glass dinner plates sitting on a shelf in the corner of a booth. They were marked 1976 "Recollection" Blue Madrid plates, and were reduced from $12 a plate to $6 a plate. Recollection mean reproduction, but that didn't matter to me. Only dealers can tell the difference, and authentic antique status wasn't paramount to me. The beautiful tablescape they provide is what I liked. After carefully checking the plates to make sure they didn't have any chips or cracks, I loaded them into a cart, along with a matching sugar and creamer.
A couple of isles over in another booth, were 8 stemmed water goblets in the matching light blue glass. They were reasonably priced and went into my basket too! I felt like I had hit the jackpot! Since returning home I've purchased 7 recollection teacups and saucers, so my beautiful collection is on its way. I have plans to use them for a tea party very soon.