Monday, March 8, 2010

ONE MAN'S JUNK...

Is another man's treasure!

That is so true!

My oldest daughter needed/wanted snow boots for Jr. High camp, and since I could not justify spending money on something she would wear for only two days, I decided that I would go to a couple of thrift stores first, to see if they had anything there.

There are two thrift stores very close to my house, and one I had been to only once before. I know that people are always finding great deals, but I had no intentions of looking for anything else besides the boots.

Until....

I stumbled upon the "houseware" section where they had shelves of China.

Normally, I would just pass on by because I have never been into anything like that. EVER. But, I remembered that my friend (the one who has the girls teas at her house) found some pieces from this same thrift store. We started looking, and I actually got excited over some of the plates, bowls, and cups! Imagine that! They were all selling for $1.99 a piece!

I'm not an expert when it comes to fine China, so I just started picking out pieces that appealed to me. I also recalled Rachel Ashwell from Shabby Chic saying that not everything has to match.

What I ended up buying was:

6 Dinner Plates (2 different designs)
6 Dessert Plates
6 Salad/Soup Bowls
1 Cup for Cream/Milk
1 Sugar Container
8 Tea Cups

Grand Total: $61!

So, check out what I got, and tell me what you think!!

This is Mikasa's Rose Mist collection.
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I love it!
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The dinner plate on the bottom is Carlton "Corsage" pattern, and the smaller plate is Prestige from China Garden.
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And here are some random cups that I got, too. I still need to go back and get a couple of more settings. My girls were really excited, and now they can't wait to have a "formal" tea party!
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My husband was SHOCKED that I was so happy about this because he knows this is/was so not me! I'm so ready to go back there and get more!
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37 comments:

Denise said...

Really lovely, and a fantastic deal sweetie.

Kaylen said...

I love these!! The Mikasa is just gorgeous.

I like the idea that not everything has to match! It almost appeals to me more that it doesn't...

Buckeroomama said...

I would be ecstatically happy, too with a find like that! :)

blueviolet said...

You are so lucky!!! Can you imagine how expensive that once was? China is so gorgeous!

Stacy said...

I love it!!! You got a great deal!

DarcyLee said...

Really beautiful, Alicia!

Veronica Lee said...

You have great taste Alicia. They are gorgeous!

Parsley said...

Very nice! I think I have some of the blue and pink China like that in storage.

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Mommy, I'm Home said...

Those are beautiful, Alicia. Not to mention a great deal!

Susie said...

Those are gorgeous!! Awesome find:-)

Dayle said...

Lovely china. It really doesn't take much to make women happy. :)

Kathy C. said...

Oh how pretty! I love the dishes with the pink roses best :). I can't wait to see photos from YOU hosting a big girly party now! :)

jen@odbt said...

Great find! My mom's china is mikasa - looks similar. Are you going to use it for everyday? It's too pretty to not use it.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

So pretty! The only set of nice dishes that I have is my wedding china...and it is collecting dust in my china cabinet! Maybe one day I will get to ues them.

He & Me + 3 said...

Gorgeous. I know...my husband wasn't as thrilled as i was about my suitcase deal either.:) Beautiful.

JamericanSpice said...

They do look nice. I'm no expert either and I think I have one set from our wedding and they are in a cupboard somewhere.

Now I want to find a thrift!

Lauren said...

wow!! Those are gorgeous! What an awesome deal!:)

Stephanie said...

Wow girl you did awesome!!!!!!!

Stephanie said...

And for me to add: for some reason our husbands never appreciate a good deal like we do :)

Deborah Ann said...

Very pretty dishes! I have a teacup just like yours! It's amazing the treasures you can find at thrift stores!

Kimberly said...

Umm, Alicia, didn't you know before now that thrift stores ROCK? :) Sweet deal, and lovely designs.

Savvy Gal said...

Nice. I like to mix and match when I entertain. : ) Btw, I have a Marc Jacob earring giveaway.

Pam said...

The Mikasa china is the set I bought when I got married.

McCrakensx4 said...

How fun! I want to come to your tea party! They are really very pretty!!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Oh I think you did great! They're beautiful! I love pretty china. Too bad I don't have more cabinet space ;)

Laura said...

Great deal! I have 3 sets of dinnerware.. 3 different patterns, lol. I would like a 12 piece set so when we have a lot of people over we can all have semi-matching plates, hehe.

Oh, did you ever find her boots??

Unknown Mami said...

You scored!

amanda said...

beautiful. love those unexpected great deals and blessings!

Shelle said...

i have envy...i went to our local thrift store a couple of weeks ago, and everything is about $5 a piece and not nearly as nice or matching. nearly every thrift store has closed out here on Long Island. i was hoping to get the same for a tea party party for my 4yr old.

Sawatzky family said...

JOB WELL DONE!!! lol
Thirft stores can be a shoppers best friend! You got some very pretty pieces! Congrats! :)

Diana said...

Great finds!!

ocmist said...

Wow, you really got blessed on that trip! Those patterns are just lovely!

☼¨`*•.♥RocĂ­o♥.•*¨`☼ said...

Beautiful!

Puanani503 said...

wow! you really scored with these Mikasa pieces:):) lol..I'd be happy and going back for more as well..these are beautiful pieces. Congrats!

Alicia said...

You did great for a Newbie. Me...I'm a hard-core, totally addicted thrift store shopper. I go the American Cancer Society Discovery Thrift Store every Friday after work (today I found nothing, last week I found gorgeous daisy and flowery pillow cases. $2 each pair, $4.00 total spent). Then on my lunch hour because it was such a beautiful day I went to the Goodwill and found a neat Halloween Tealite decoration and two blouses and a book by Dan Brown. Total $9.75.