Anyone who knows me knows I very much prefer a cold and drizzly day over bright sunshine. For the most part, I'm not looking forward to spring or summer. One of the few redeeming things about the warm weather, though, is the abundance of yard sales and estate sales that take place!
I've hit our Salvation Army twice this week and yesterday I stopped in at an antique store that was going out of business. I'll show off my Salvation Army finds over the next few weeks as they're mostly some really cute Easter decorations (I've been inspired lately by Debbie at Debbie-Dabble and her amazing holiday decorating). Today I want to show you what I found at the antique shop.
This pretty blue cup and saucer was made by Norcrest and features neat opalescent paint and this unique 3-D beaded design on the flowers. I just had to grab it as I'd not seen anything like it and really fell in love.
I've been sick all weekend and have not felt like baking, so I went the easy route and grabbed these mini scones from Albertsons. I love these and they always make me think of Princess Catherine since I munched on them through the night while I was watching the Royal Wedding a couple years ago.
I couldn't find much info about the Norcrest brand or age of this set but I did find some interesting info on the guy who owned Norcrest. Bill Naito was born in Portland, Oregon to Japanese immigrants. His family owned an import business, incorporated as Norcrest China Company in 1958. Naito did a lot of good for the community of Portland. You can read more about him in this Wikipedia article.
What I thought was especially neat about him, though, was that he founded the Made In Oregon company. For years, one of the identifying landmarks of downtown Portland was the Made In Oregon sign.
In 2010, ownership of the sign transferred to the city of Portland and now it looks like this:
I snapped that picture while we were driving through Portland last weekend on our way to Michael's piano recital in Corvallis. At the time, I knew nothing of this history. Neat, huh?
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