Monday, April 13, 2009


One of my all time favorite stores is Fishs Eddy. Back in the day you'd go in and find shelves and bins loaded with dinnerware, serverware and glassware. Most bearing the name or logo of a defunct restaurant, diner or hotel.

The shopkeepers (seen left) had acquired these items while driving through the mid west looking for unusual “finds”. They came across an old barn filled with endless stacks of the dishware. The barn had been in a terrible fire and was in bad shape… yet the dishes were surprisingly intact. So they purchased the contents and carted it all back to NYC. Where I would help them recoup that money by buying more than my fair share of these items.

Fishs Eddy has evolved and changed over the last 20 years. Gone are the old diner and hotel plates. I imagine that was due in large part to a new "online auction website" that had emerged, making the possibility of stumbling upon barns full of treasures for purchase slim to none. Don't despair! The good news is now they carry their own playfully unique and well crafted signature lines.

These days, my cupboards runneth over so I'm relegated to window (monitor?) shopping only. So maybe, if you're inspired enough to purchase something to add to your table you can send me a picture? This way I can get a vicarious thrill. No pressure, it's just a thought. Some of my favorites are below.

Floorplan Dinnerware

"Whether it's a penthouse, a three bedroom, or a studio...why rent when you can own? The best thing about this pattern; no board approval needed!"

"Fugettabout it! Our Brooklyn pattern is so awesome; even Uncle Vinnie will change the dinner conversation from parole to plates!"

"Urban dishware that includes Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and The Bronx. In asphalt gray and safety orange; this is New York City in its entirety!"


"Didn't you get the memo? Paper has a whole new composition! Writing tablet cheese trays, glasses, coffee mugs and a tote everyone will take note!"

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