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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sally Anne & I






There is nothing more exciting to me than getting a shirt for $1.99, or some delicious decor item for a mere $2.99. 85% of my wardrobe is second hand and the majority of things in my home come from garage sales, flea markets, and the salvation army. I can be insanely cheap.

Being thrifty has it's freedom. I am able to redo an entire room for under $100 easily, and with that affordability the constant 'ants in my pants design syndrome' I am afflicted with is easily satisfied. Thriftiness also keeps Doug's throbbing head vein at bay. I sometimes wish my forehead had more veins, it seems to be a good tool for getting people to obey you.

These are my salvation army salvation shopping purchases. I've recently started collecting china plates. I do have an entire china set that I love, but I'm enjoying collecting various designs. There is something delightful about a pretty floral plate that reminds me of english tea parties in the 1800.

I was thrilled to find this silver plate holder for $5! A little bit of silver polish and it sparkled again. The yellow flower plates I found in the bargain basement of the salvation army. It's true, our salvation army has a basement full of "junk" aka. a patient shoppers paradise. I found three of them and bought them all for $3. I love a bargain!

I've been told china is a thing of the past and no one uses it anymore (except seniors and myself). Do you have china? Do you use it regularly?

Happy Tuesday! J xx

4 comments:

  1. I DO have a set of china that I use - but only very occasionally - like, once or twice a year. I inherited the set from my grandma, and it's not complete, but has enough for me to use on the occasions that I feel like pulling it out.

    I also have a set of something that I think of as tea or dessert china. Basically it's a simple set of smaller plates, a number of cups and saucers, and a couple of teapots. I'd use this if I had someone over for coffee/tea in the afternoon, or if we had people over for just dessert some evening.

    And then I have eight (I think) mis-matched china tea cups and saucers that my mother-in-law gave us about a year before she died. They're not in the greatest shape, but once in a while, I'll pull one of those out if I'm having a cup of afternoon tea by myself. I won't give them away simply because they came from someone who was quite dear to me.

    I also have a set of real silver flatware - a wedding gift from my grandparents 15-16 years ago. They're nice and all, but I use them very rarely, to be honest - I'm not sure why.

    I inherited by grandma's dining room table, china cabinet and buffet. Though it's quite an old fashioned set and may not be what I would choose if I had money to buy something, the set is sentimental for me and it also has room to house my china...which is rather convenient!

    It's a lovely tradition, I think!

    Ruth

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  2. I love your thriftiness Jessa and your tea sets are wonderfully mismatched! I had china on our wedding registry but apparently no one thought it appropriate, and we still haven't even completed our flatware 7 years later.

    I did buy some fine some bone china serving platters at Winner's(because I also enjoy a bargain!) They are all white so they go with any dishes even if I change them all and in all seasons throughout the year.

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  3. I inherited china from my grandmother, and do use it for holiday dinners. I display her tea cup collection as well. An old set of daffodil dishes (not quite china, but pretty) gets used a few times a year (they were purchased by my father-in-law for his parents when he was young). I never have enough room for all these things, but I love pieces with history, and would not easily let them go! Most of my furniture started out somewhere else as well...be it the formica kitchen table and chairs from my great-uncle, the 50s dining set from my great-grandma, my vintage piano, passed-down bedroom sets from various eras, etc. I have a great collection of vintage hats formerly belonging to my husbands grandmother...but need a good way to display them.

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  4. Wow! I"m thrilled to know I'm not alone in my love of china!

    Ruth I also think it's a lovely tradition and I too have a hand me down china cabinet and dining room table. I love it though!

    Alicia, Winners is the best!!! I bought my niece a tiny china butterfly tea set there for $19! We'll have to a Winner's shopping spree one day. ; )

    Joy, I love the sound of daffodil dishes! How pretty!! Vintage hat display... I may have to look up display idea now! They sound wonderful!!

    xx

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