Mom has the most beautiful china and I can't believe it came from saving super market stamps! The china is Johann Haviland Bavaria Germany Fine China. The pattern is Blue Garland.
Here is the story of this china, in Mom's words:
Grandma Henrietta had a china cabinet filled with her china and other special dishes that I would just gaze at. When she set her table with her china and silver for special occasions, I was so thrilled.
The Sooper Dooper Market was right across the street from Grandma's. A few months before our wedding the store offered the most beautiful china as a premium, Johann Haviland Bavarian Germany Fine China. When you spent so much on groceries, you would get a stamp and once the card was full, you received the set of china. Each week serving pieces were also offered. Lucky for me, Mom, Grandma and other relatives helped us save them so that I had a complete set of 12.
Many years later, Grandma Jean found some of the same dishes at an antique store and bought them for me. I had more than I would ever need so I shipped some to my sister, Michele, as she had a just a few of the same pattern.
Our lifestyle is a bit more casual so I don't use them very often. But they are very, very special to me.
We were able to get silverware from Betty Crocker. Their cake mixes had coupons that you could cut off the box and send in for place settings when you had enough.
I think grocery stores should offer that again, maybe this time through Facebook or their blog. A little bit of nostalgia using modern means.
This china is fancy without being too fancy. It also looks really delicate but is pretty sturdy. Not like my Family Heirloom Haviland china set, which is paper thin.
Did you see my little place cards? Mom has these simple and elegant place card holders.
The soup tureen is my favorite piece in this set.
I hope you enjoyed Mom's Super Market China!
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