So I had a problem with clutter on the top of the (vintage) dresser in our bedroom here at the Manse. You know, bits and bobs of jewelry, bookmarks for those essential bedside-reading books, reading glasses, useful things like scissors and nail clippers and safety pins, two or three pens (you never know when you’ll need to make notes in the middle of the night), perfume samples from department-store visits, etc. etc. etc.
Now, before I go on, I would like to point out that I am not alone in this. All women who have a problem with clutter on the top of their bedroom dresser, please put your hand up!
Right. I thought so.
I was going to give you before-and-after shots of the situation, because everybody loves before-and-after shots. But having looked again at the before shots – that is, the top of my dresser before the solution (such as it is) was found, I decided that it was just too messy and too embarrassing to share with you. So instead, I am just displaying the after shot (the one at the top of this post), and now I’ll tell you what it is – which, if you come from the kind of midcentury rural Eastern Ontario background that I do, you doubtless already know. And I’ll tell you how it came about.
So what is it? It is a two-tier Blue Mountain Pottery cake plate. Or, I don’t know, sandwich plate? Cookie plate? At any rate, it’s a two-tier serving plate with a decorative silver handle on the top, and it is most definitely Blue Mountain.
I’ve written before (notably here) about Blue Mountain Pottery, a made-in-Ontario product that was a mid-20th-century decorative craze when I was growing up here in Queensborough. There was no way anyone could have a bridal shower back in those days without ending up with several pieces of Blue Mountain! (Though hopefully not the giant flat fish.) Blue Mountain Pottery has been out of fashion so long now that it’s kind of in fashion again (in a vintage kind of way), and I’ve picked up a few funky pieces at yard sales and thrift shops and the like. I find it endearingly clunky and familiar.
But until recently I most definitely did not have a two-tiered cake plate (or whatever it is). And I would never have thought to buy one, had I not seen just such a piece used to display random pieces of jewelry at a booth at the Stratford (Ont.) Antique Warehouse when Raymond and I visited that town’s Shakespeare Festival last summer. “Aha!” said I when I saw it. Having never been one to miss out on a good idea that someone else has already thought up, I instantly decided that this was the solution to my problem of dresser-top clutter.
And, long story short, it is. In addition to helping with the clutter situation, it makes me smile every time I look at it. Here’s another view; what do you think?