One of the most commonly asked questions left on my blog and social media is
“Where do you find your cake plates??”
Cake plate addiction is a real thing. I’ve been adding to my collection for many years, which is why some people may confuse me as a hoarder rather than a collector…but just look. They’re pretty dreamy.
When I first started baking I wanted to find things other than a flat platter to display my treats on. I was cobbling different desserts together to create a full table of treats (now known as a dessert table) and flat platters and trays weren’t doing the job. I was getting more of a pot luck look and less of a gorgeous dessert display.
I started scouring antique stores, flea markets, garage sales and ebay and etsy for vintage cake stands to stash away for parties. Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma and Macys were always a safe bet for white display pieces but I wanted different, unique pieces that would stand out.
Little by little, my collection grew to possibly one of the largest ever. Country Living Magazine recently featured a very small portion in their collectors issue. I don’t know anyone who has hundreds of stands but if you do, I’d like to meet them!
To answer the burning question.. here are some of my favorite places to source cake plates:
Ebay: Always a safe bet for cake stands. You can search using the “buy it now” option or get into a bidding war with other cake plate enthusiasts.
Etsy: You’ll may have to do a little digging to find what you’re looking for. Since Etsy is all about handmade, you’ll have to search specifically for “vintage” pieces or the search will bring up handmade stands.
Rosanna: Rosanna is a great source for porcelain stands made here in Seattle. Their styles are classic and reminiscent of vintage milk glass.
Mosser Glass: Mosser is a legit, glass cake plate maker. They’re located on the east coast. You can find their items on ebay or in many party shops around the web.
Estate Sales: I like to know what I’m getting into. Check sites like estatesale.org and estatesales.net. Both have lists of upcoming sales in your area. They typically have photos as well, which is great so that you can mark the sales you want to shop and save your time on the others.
Garage Sales: Never judge a garage sale from the road! Park your car, get out and go digging. You know what they say, one mans trash is another mans treasure!
Antique Stores: Antique stores are becoming less and less the best place to find cake plates as they’re becoming so popular, but you just never know. I like to go to antique stores in small towns, or places on the outskirts. Sometimes the diamond in the rough is a hole in the wall shop!
Flea Markets: If you are lucky enough to live in an area with flea markets, GO! I absolutely love the flea markets in California, but here in Washington they are a little more rare.
Secondhand/Thrift Stores: Give your thrift store a chance. Ask what day they put out new items. Go on that day!!
Cake Plate and Vintage Shopping Tips:
Always keep your eye out for pieces that could work as a cake stand. They don’t have to necessarily BE a cake stand but a cake can fit on it! I’ve used candle holders, wood rounds, buckets, tins, boxes, crates and more. I love to think outside the box. It keeps thinks interesting.
Price check. Find a treasure at an antique store? Cross check the price with a quick Ebay search.
Make friends with antique store owners. Leave your name with the owner and let them know what you’re looking for. Sometimes they’re willing to email/call when specific items are brought in.
A small glimpse of my jadite and milk glass collection.
What do you collect? Do you have any scouring tips?