Welcome to Seasonal Sundays.
One of the wonderful things about this time of year are the fabulous After Christmas Clearance Sales. This past week Kathleen (of Cuisine Kathleen) and I were lucky enough to meet at Christmas Tree Shops and discover some amazing finds! I did not receive any compensation of any sort from Christmas Tree Shops for anything in this post – just to be clear!
Photo courtesy of Cuisine Kathleen
I’m constantly asked how can I have so many dishes – from both a cost and storage (always an issue). Purchasing during clearance sales really helps. And then, as folks start to get into it, they say they wouldn’t know what to do with that odd ball clearance item. After all, it’s in clearance because no one else wanted it!
You really need to use your imagination when you’re bargain hunting through a clearance section. It’s not for the faint of heart.
But that is when you get the most amazing deals. Sometimes it’s easy to get swept up in the, “Well, it was only a dollar” aura, but I really try to think about it as I try to purchase in sets of 12 and that does start to add up plus storage space is a HUGE issue for me.
These bread and butter plates are by Mary Carol and were a super buy at just $1.00 @.They come in four different images: steer (shown above), sheep, ducks and pigs. Now, I can see folks shying away from such plates as you think, just how often do I want to set a table with animals? But what I focused on was the edge and the coloring. It’s a perfect plate (bread and butter size) to place a soup bowl or compote upon. Even with the animals showing, I conjure up a beautiful Fall table, not necessarily accenting the animal nature, but drawing more on the overall feel of the plate.
This one was an easy choice. They were $1.50 @. I have a few pieces of Friendly Village, so clearly they will work with those, but in reality, the more I collect the less likely I am to buy a full set of anything. I truly like to mix and match. That way you can have a completely different look every time you use the plate. I’m likely to pull out the brown or the olive green and layer this plate upon a solid brown or olive green dinner plate. You could always use a cream or off white. Maybe the napkin could pull out that peachy pink of the trees for a punch of color.
These were an easy choice for me. They too were down to a dollar (even lower than the tagged price!), but moreover my son has recently been accepted at a college whose is the black squirrel! How could I pass them up. BUT if I didn’t have that personal connection, I may have passed them up, despite the price, as they say HAND WASH ONLY. I’m a dishwasher girl. If it can’t go in the dishwasher, I probably won’t buy it. Now, that being said, sometimes I will buy them and if it looks like it can go in the dishwasher, I’ll run one through. If it gets ruined (and sometimes they do), I’ll return the rest. It was a one dish experiment. Sometimes at clearance sales, returning is not an option so it’s a judgment call.
They also came in a quail design (and some other designs which I didn’t care for). If you don’t like an alternate pattern, don’t feel like you have to get them. I picked up a few quail to mix in. I’m imagining them on a table with black toile!
I love these! I’m imagining it on top of a white dinner plate on a beautiful Christmas table with bits of silver floating through. Now listen up bargain hunters, these technically are NOT plates. They are for candles. You have to be careful that an item is food safe, if it technically isn’t a plate. My crazy mind immediately saw it as a plate. I could only get 5 of these, so I am on the prowl for a few more.
These lovely babies were not in clearance (so I’m pretty certain you could get them if you so desired), but how could I pass them up at that price! An excellent addition to my mercury glass collection.
The wrapping papers get stacked for when I need to store some things away…
Have you been bargain hunting?
- The Tablescaper