When I was getting married, I registered for these beautiful light blue dishes that had little paintings of fruit on them (peaches, strawberries, blueberries and something else…plums, I think). I LOVED those dishes for about 4 years. Isn’t it funny how you have NO CLUE what you want or what styles have longevity when you are registering? That quaint country style was just leaving the scene and, as is customary for me, I came to the party just late enough to see everyone leaving. 🙂
When I was a kid, I remember my mom buying our dishes from the local Alpha Beta (the store we grocery shopped at). They had a huge display on an aisle end cap for a very long time. I think there was some kind of promotional that when you bought so much in groceries, you could get a piece of tableware. I remember it was cream colored with brown flecks all over. Very utilitarian in shape (for example the mug was both hearty and squatty).
Our whole family was invested in the process to collect enough dinner plates, salad plates, mugs, bowls and saucers for our whole family. I had to call my mom to get the specifics of the process (thanks mom!); so, for every 10 dollars you spent on groceries, you would get a little stamp and each dish would cost a particular amount of stamps….(wasn’t this something I saw on the Brady Bunch once?). My brother and I loved counting out stamps and figuring out which dish would be next and bringing it home to add to the collection. I have a great appreciation for that experience. It makes me smile to think of the personal investment we all made to that collection. They were our “fancy” dishes.
Well, after my husband and I parted ways with the country dishes, we lived for a few years on paper plates (Scandalous, I know!). It was only a couple of years back that I saved up every Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card (including some “fun money”) and put it all towards a new set of tableware, but the poor, little, rich, white Mexican in me was not content with the fancy dishes sold in box sets. No, I chose to go with the set that you could only buy one dish at a time…I bought 12 white square dinner plates, 12 small salad plates (6 brick colored and 6 mustard colored), 12 bowls (brown, mustard, brick and white) and 8 mugs….I guess the only thing I forgot was the saucers.