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Fine China for Less

I never really understood fine china. So many women I know have beautiful collections of fine china. Each set of china usually dating back to a bridal shower long, long ago. If you ask most women about their set of china, I can guarantee you there’s a story behind it, one that started with love, marriage and lots of history.

From my own experience, I found that most women I have talked to still love their china; still look at that china with the same sense of excitement that traces back to the start of a wonderful love story. But as I have talked to these gushing ladies, I find that most of these women don’t use this china that they love and adore. “Why?!” I would ask. “Why not use china that you love, that you hand picked with your future groom, that you received from those guests so near and dear to you so many years back?”

Everyone’s answer is a little different and through this informal research, I have come to my own little conclusion about fine china.

If I received super expensive fine china like these lovely ladies, I would say the same thing… it’s so expensive, I only want to use it for “special” occasions. I can’t put it in the dish washer, so it’s just easier to use my regular dishes. I’m nervous something may break and then I can’t use the set anymore.

I get it. These excuses make sense…. and that’s why I told myself that fine china is not for me. I would hate for my friends and family to spend allll of this money on a set of china that I would never use.

That’s until I talked to one of my creative aunts. She is one of the few ladies that puts her beautiful china to use … a lot! She gave me the idea to search at garage sales, estate sales, and thrifts stores to find china. Build a collection of china that is different, inexpensive, and that you’re willing to use, abuse, break, and replace.

How to Find Fine China at Goodwill

And that’s what I did and it was far easier than I thought!

China for less
Some place settings match.
Fine China for less
Fine China for Less
Some place settings mismatch. 
Some place settings are very plain…
Fine China for Less
…while others are full of color. 
Fine China for Less
Some of the pieces were bought at Goodwill…
China for Less
… and others were bought at a variety of thrift stores and garage sales. The bottom line is that I did not spend more than 99 cents for any one piece here. 
Thrifting for China
Cheap China
I tried to look for china that was neutral with hints of blue, but if I saw a set that stole my heart, I was willing to buy any color! 
The search for our set of inexpensive china was so.much.fun! Matt and I had so much fun traveling around the suburbs of Chicago and even hitting up Goodwill stores in other states to search for our china. 
Each piece has a story, each piece was bought with anticipation of filling our house, and each piece makes up a set that we use, abuse, break, replace, and most importantly…. ENJOY!! 
We don’t need to wait for a “special occasion” and we can even put these cheap treasures in the dishwasher (don’t tell anyone) because if they break, they break. It’s okay! We are making a stand against fine china that is collected, but never enjoyed. Are you with us?!
Oh and one more thing… we have had so much fun searching for this set that we are more than half way done collecting a Christmas set of china too!
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  1. a84c72

    Call me picky, but there is no way I’d eat off off of dishes I don’t know the history of. EW! Neat for projects, but not for food purposes.

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  2. tamrakat

    I love this idea! I have a bunch of mismatched china tea cups & saucers from antique stores over the years, along with a few teapots! It’s very cool for a casual garden party with friends, or just me and my daughter.

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  1. a84c72

    Call me picky, but there is no way I’d eat off off of dishes I don’t know the history of. EW! Neat for projects, but not for food purposes.

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  2. tamrakat

    I love this idea! I have a bunch of mismatched china tea cups & saucers from antique stores over the years, along with a few teapots! It’s very cool for a casual garden party with friends, or just me and my daughter.

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Heavenly Couch, Thanks Macy’s

Macy's Couch

Furniture shopping is___________________.
a. Overwhelming
b. Intimidating
c. Exciting
d. Full of commitment
e. All of the above

Answer: (E). All of the above.

Throughout allllllll of the adventures that come along with furniture shopping, I have felt all of these emotions and more, many, many more. Trying to pick out the perfect couch; one that has the ideal ratio of comfy to cozy, trendy to classic, colorful to neutral, while fitting into the measurements of our space was a roller coaster of emotion. It’s even more of a roller coaster for someone like me; an indecisive, scared to commit, over-thinker!

We searched everywhere.. and finally found a “maybe” match at Macy’s Furniture. At first, we liked the Devon Fabric Sectional Sofa at Macy’s, but we weren’t in looveeeee. Not only is a new couch a staple in any room, but it is also one of the priciest pieces of furniture we were buying so “like” was not going sell us our dream couch.

Macy's Couch

The Devon Sectional from the back…

Macy's Sectional

As far as I was concerned, this gem was cozy and comfy, but I wasn’t loving the color and wasn’t completely sold on the size. The chase (peninsula looking part of the couch) made this sectional too large for our space. Fortunately, Macy’s has options for this size issue. Brace yourself, here is where my love for Macy’s Furniture was born….

The super helpful employees at Macy’s Furniture sat down with us and outlined the many sizes and combinations this sectional came in. After some more calculations and measurements… perfect size sectional… check! The accommodations didn’t stop here. For an additional $200, Macy’s gave us the option to choose ANY upholstery we wanted from stacks and stacks of fabric…. amazing! After some more decision making, lots of indecisiveness, and a little bit of fate, we finally decided on a fabric. We quickly learned that the fabric we chose was named “heavenly”. With a name like heavenly, how could we go wrong? My indecisiveness quickly disappeared, I was ready to commit! With a size adjustment, new upholstery and the same comfy and coziness that originally caught our attention, we placed our order!

Six weeks later…. we were busy preparing for Macy’s free delivery. Score!

Searching for a macy's couch
Here are some before pictures…
Macy's delivers
Excuse the mess. We are mid-move.
Macy's Truck

And this is where I continue to fall more and more in love with Macy’s furniture. Something about this  Macy’s truck paired with the glamorous red carpet the Macy’s movers rolled out to prepare for the big delivery left me even more head over heels for this retailer.

Macy's red carpet
Ten minutes later (literally), the Macy’s truck was on it’s way out and we were left with…
Macy's customer Service
Macy's sectional at home
…a fully assembled couch.
Not just any old couch. It’s a couch that totally fits it’s name…. Heavenly. It’s the perfect mix of comfy, cozy, classic, colorful & neutral all while fitting perfectly into our living space. And although the process of searching for the perfect couch was far from heavenly, Macy’s made it worth it in the end.
Next up, tackling some major DIY projects to spruce up our new space. Stay tuned….
UPDATES! Come check out the couch’s new company
Couch updates
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