I always look for dishes at garage sales. I look for depression glass dishes to round out either of the sets that we will leave for the girls. I look for the dishes that my Mother had when I was growing up. Sometimes I find dishes that I am not looking for.
My Mother started a set of dishes for me before I was married. She got them as a premium at the grocery store, it was one of those promotions where you could get plates one week, cups and saucers the next week. Back then I think they were 19 cents or 29 cents each, you could buy extra serving pieces every week. Pieces like a gravy boat, salt and pepper shakers, a creamer, a sugar bowl, platters and serving bowls. I had a five piece place setting for eight back then. (I used to take them out of the box in the bottom of my closet and envision them with stemware on a beautiful table..shining in the candlelight. Just me and my prince charming enjoying a formal dinner. Me in a floor length diaphanous gown that matched the blue in the fine china and he in a riding suit..and his dashing horse tied right outside the door of a forty room mansion..dreamer.)
Since those dreaming days, little by little I have added to the collection and have place settings for twelve.
Until the other day. I was at a garage sale and there was a box of dishes for ten dollars..eight place settings that were almost complete. They were missing the small bowl that was part of the set, but I believe I have extras packed away. Someplace. Now I have almost enough matching dishes for twenty people.
Far Guy looked into the box of dishes and he said “ Are you starting a new set of dishes?” I answered “ No. This is the same set that we have had for forty years now.” He does not remember them, although I know that I have used them for many family dinners over the years.
These are Vintage Fine China Japan 6701 Grape Vine and at the replacements website a five piece place setting sells for 32 dollars..so I think I did pretty good. Someday one of the grands will hit the jackpot in dishes:)