Recently I discovered that I had given away or sold all my dishes when I left Oregon in '09. So, I went shopping at the local thrift shops. Boy, even sets can be costly, and I kept finding things I could afford but didn't like and vise-versa. That is when it hit me. Why do my dishes have to match? Why can't I find unique place settings that give each guest a set of their own?
So, at the local St. Vincent dePaul store's "as is" in the back, where plates are .50 and cups and saucers are .25, I found these plates, saucers, and mugs and gave them a new home. I don't have a table and chairs yet, so the display is a bit funky, but you get the picture.
The next time you are thinking that everything should match - well, don't! Get fun and whimsical and find what you like. This inspired me to find more back in the "as is" section to use for planters, clocks, and to break up for frames and serving trays. If this inspired just one other person, then my job is done!
By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Salem, OR
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I made a mistake about 10 years ago, when I decided it was about time I had a full matching dinner service for entertaining. The children were grown so there was little chance of it getting damaged and I would be more likely to have people round for meals