bread-and-butter plate I picked up for 50 cents about 3 years ago.
Imagine how thrilled I was this morning to discover a full service for 8 of that very pattern at a Salvation Army store we just "happened" to go in!
Lyle had given me some money a few weeks ago that he said I was to spend on something just for me. I had been hoarding it for just such a time. As I stood deliberating over it, the manager announced over the loud-speaker, "Our special today is 25% off brick-a-brack items..." That's when I noticed that the price tag was labeled "brick-a-brack!"
"This would be 25% off?" I asked the lady.
"Yes," she assured me. "It's labeled brick-a-brack, so that counts."
"I'll take it!" I declared.
She offered to wrap it and box it up for me while I continued to look around.
I went to find Lyle. "I just bought a set of china dishes," I told him. He knows my fondness for pretty china.
We were casually wandering through the furniture department when I spotted a hutch.
Lyle said, "I guess you need that to put your dishes in, don't you?"
It was marked $80. Mmm. I didn't really want to spend that much.
"Furniture is 50% off today," Lyle told me.
"It is?!" I guess I had been so tuned in to the "brick-a-brack" special that I tuned out everything else.
My "new" dishes coordinate nicely with Granny's china (which includes service for 6) so now I have enough dishes that I can have up to 14 guests and still set a pretty table! Before, any time we had more than 2 people for dinner I had to either use every-day dishes or paper-ware.
Naturally I had to come home and rearrange the living room to fit the hutch in just so, and then arrange all my pretty dishes in it. What fun!
How about a cup of tea?