Dishing Up Friendship

Dishing Up Friendship

Dishing Up Friendship

Friendships are formed in many ways. Pam Mangus and Lisa Pruitt bonded over, not dinner, but over dinnerware. Pam collects Depression-era glass and Lisa collects Fiesta pottery. Now, their 20-year friendship revolves around a routine of shopping at antique stores—looking for the next special dish to take home and add to the hundreds of dishes they already own. 

Pam, a church secretary, and Lisa, a school secretary, are a bit like Lucy and Ethel from the I Love Lucy show. Pam is more reserved and practical, while Lisa is more spontaneous and primed for adventure. They believe it’s their “opposites attract” chemistry that make their friendship special. They’ve shared many laughs while spurring each other toward the purchase of just one more plate.

Although Pam and Lisa have rare and valuable items in their collections, neither pay premium prices. They find greater joy in buying pieces for a few dollars at a thrift store.

Lisa, who owns nearly 300 Fiesta items, admits that her collecting tendency might be an addiction. “Don’t judge,” she said with a laugh. “FiestaWare is so much a p