When you eat lots of home cooked meals your dishes show some wear and tear after awhile. Add to that a house full of kids that unload the dishwasher, occasionally cook or rinse off the dirties and you can easily break a dish a week. AND if you consider the fact that your family might have six people in it, like ours, you're using 18 plates a day....well, are you following my train of thought? We could be buying a new 12 piece place setting every month just so we have enough to eat off of.
So one day I decided enough was enough. I bought one set of cream colored dishes and one set of clear glasses and every time a dish broke and I needed a replacement I bought just a few more clear glasses and cream colored dishes. Sometimes I'd find them on sale or at a liquidators and other times I'd find them at the dollar store or yard sales. And the cool thing was that they didn't have to be the same style. The only thing they had to have in common is that they were cream colored or that the glasses were clear. Sizes didn't matter, shapes didn't matter...in fact it sort of enhanced my collection and gave my dinner table some character. And a simple white or cream is always easy to find.
So pretty soon I had this creative collection of plates, mugs, and juice glasses that looked like it was an intentional thing...like something out of those beautiful spreads of mismatched dishware in Country Living magazine.
So no more throwing out the three red plates from the old set so I can replace them with the pile of dishes from the new blue set. And the new neutral color scheme goes with every tablecloth, napkin and holiday that comes up.
That saves me money and works for me!
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