This edition of My Weekly Score is going to discuss Adams dinnerware in general, but also two specific patterns: Lowestoft and Singapore Bird. We’ve had enormous success with both of these types of patterns, and now Adams dinnerware will forever be on our “to buy” list.
Replacements tells us that in the late 1600’s, John Adams built a factory in Staffordshire, England to house his Adams China company. They mainly reproduced patterns from the Orient, as the English had a fascination with the floral and geometric designs. In 1779, his son William created another factory, this time in Tunstall, England. William had previously worked for Josiah Wedgwood (yes, that Wedgwood), and had seen how Josiah experimented with clays in order to form the jasperware that would soon become quite collectible. William made his own experiments, and developed what we now know as ironstone. Throughout the next century, the Adams ironstone gained in popularity.
Adams dinnerware is still popular today, which you’ll see from our two success stories below.
First we had the Lowestoft pattern. We bought this as a lot, which is always the best way to go about buying dinnerware. We finally settled on $120 before we came out victorious. When we got home we looked them up. They were selling pretty well, so we decided to list them in groups of four when possible. We also sold the specialty pieces (ie. gravy boat, platter, vegetable bowl, etc.) individually. We just sold the last piece the other week, and we were finally able to see how we made out. In the end, we more than doubled our money and ended up with $329.99 in our pockets. Whoo hoo!
The second pattern, Singapore Bird, sold even better than the first one. We nabbed this lot for $170 and we were already certain we had some good stuff on our hands because of how the last Adams set went. We looked these up, too, and did the same thing we did with the other ones. When the listings went live, the numbers kept rising and we got some really great bids. We’ve still got a few sets left, but most of this is gone. So far, we’ve racked up $972.18.
So, if you’re out dinnerware shopping, make sure you keep an eye out for Adams dinnerware. Not every pattern is going to get you a home run, but it might be a safe bet to try anyway. Always do your research, though, and don’t take risks unless you’re ready to fall flat on your face (that’s happened to us, too). Pay particular attention to the two patterns above, because you should be able to make a nice profit from them if you can get a set cheap enough.
P.S. We wrote up a “How to Sell” guide earlier in the week, and it’s all about dinnerware. Check it out here!