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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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2 thoughts on “Fine China for Less

  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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Goodwill Hunting

Many of my weekends are filled with Goodwill Hunting…

No, no…not that Goodwill Hunting. (even though Matt Damon is a total dreamboat)

This one.

Yep, on any given Saturday you’ll often find me visiting every single Goodwill store within a 15 mile radius.
I typically bypass all of the clothing, and head straight towards the back of the store to their “home” section.
I browse the furniture, the dishes, the trinkets and decorations. There is always a wonderful treasure to be found if you “hunt” long enough. 
Recently I found a really big score at Goodwill. (Note: This was a Goodwill store way out in a very nice suburb of St. Louis.  My motto is…the nicer the neighborhood, the nicer the junk.)
Boy was I lucky on this trip.
Apparently, someone with fabulous taste (if I do say so myself)  recently decided to clean house. They generously donated these 2 goodies…
The grey knitted pouf is right on trend. I’m sure you’ve seen Moroccan poufs all over your favorite blogs and stores. They add comfort, cuteness, and extra seating to any living space. I’ve always wanted to scoop one up and toss it in my cart while shopping, but the price always deterred me from taking the plunge.
This particular one can be found at CB2 for $90.
I got it for $12. Bam. (Bargains bring out the Emeril in me)
It is currently hanging out in our family room just waiting for a nice little tush to sit on it. 
I also spotted the khaki zebra rug from Target. That bad boy was a whopping $3. Bam.
I found it a nice home in our hallway, and I feel it is perfect for the space. All I did was buy a rug stopper so it doesn’t slip and slide on our floors. 
It’s also machine washable, so I can toss that bad boy in the wash if anyone comes in with dirty on their shoes.
I really like the neutral (yet fun & quirky) pattern. 
So moral of the story? Break out of your normal shopping habits, and hit up a thrift store/goodwill/salvation army. 
You just never know what you’re gonna find on your hunt…

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