Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Personal Replacement ....

by Lorna Barrett (aka Lorraine Bartlett

Silver maple teacup Every week or so I get an announcement from Replacements Ltd. telling me they have GREAT PRICES on my good china.

The only problem is, we have different definitions on what's a great price. Great price for me is CHEAP. Great price for them is "your order could buy me a new Mercedes!"

My china is Royal Albert's Silver Maple design, which has been discontinued for years.  Many years ago, my grandmother gave my mother a tea set of the pattern and the truth is my mother wasn't exactly thrilled.  But I loved it from the day I saw it and I was thrilled when Mum gave it to me after I got married.

But it was only a tea set.  Cups, saucers, cake plates.  So one year, with my work bonus, I bought eight place settings.  Not the additional serving pieces, just the dinner plates, cups saucers and yet again cake plates.  Since then I've bought a few odd pieces--and I do mean odd.  I now have a bon-bon dish, a sugar and creamer, 1 salt shaker, 1 egg cup, and 2 small platters.

Silver_maple_small_tea_pot For all the years I have been receiving those emails, I've longed to get a teapot that would go with my good dishes.  The fact that I only use the dishes once a year (because I'm not putting them in the dishwasher, and during a big family dinner, I don't have the time or room (in my tiny kitchen) to stack and hand wash them.  So once a year it is.

And no teapot.

Oh, but I want that teapot.  I dream about it. I visualize how I would rearrange my entire china cabinet just to accommodate it.

Then I look at the price list and say:  $189 (plus shipping) for a teapot you will never use?

Get real, girl!

Somewhere there's a spendthrift inside me just aching to bust loose.  But until that teapot comes down in price (or hell freezes over), that isn't going to happen.

What frivolous thing  have you been denying yourself?

16 comments:

Dru said...

the iPad

RosieJo said...

Dear, forget Replacements,Ltd and start checking with E-bay every few days. You might just stumble upon the serving pieces, too.

Kaye said...

a Nook

signlady217 said...

A Logan matboard cutter, the one that will accommodate a full-size piece of 36" x 48" matboard. Around $200, but I only need to cut matboard 2 or 3 times a year right now.

Rural View said...

1 salt shaker, no pepper? Anyway, I've been denying myself a big purchase - a new car. And I need something bigger than I have so that my husband can get in and out easier, maybe even drive it.

Lorna Barrett said...

RosieJo -- ebay ... good idea!

RuralView -- yes, just one salt shaker. Because it was without the pepper, it made it much more affordable. (Although I'll admit it's cute, but lonely.)

Katreader said...

Oh go ahead and splurge! It's under $200. (I tend to give in to desires that cost under that amount of money.) The pattern is beautiful.

Debra said...

Nothing. I had been denying myself a KitchenAid pasta maker,a cookbook holder, a Wii workout program but I got all of these and knitting needles from here http://signatureneedlearts.com/
for Christmas (there was an incident on my birthday wherein my husband and son together gave me one lone cd)
I desired the pasta maker so long but figured I would not spend the money because our boy is a freshman in college. Now I guess I would say a Mini-Cooper except for the small issue of me being a non-driver.

Shel said...

A Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I don't really NEED one, my little cheap hand mixer works, and I have a giant powerful food processor with a dough blade. So I keep talking myself out of it. On a related note - I've recently gotten "into" hot tea (who knew there were tea forums?). I've gotten an infuser cup (for loose tea), now I want a teapot. Or several. Not fine china, or anything, the ones I want cost about 30.00 apiece, but how many times am I going to be making tea for more than just myself?

Anonymous said...

I would love a Kitchen Aid mixer but won't buy it myself.

For the heck of it I looked up my china (had been my mother's) and have to say that the teapot for your set is less expensive than the one for mine. If I wanted the teapot it would be $249. Glad I really don't need it. But would like to have one of the larger platters.

Aurian said...

I collect Nene Thomas statues, and I only miss the first one. And recently it was for sale, but the seller asked € 339,00 for it! Well, in no 339 years! That is not something I want to spend on a statue! I don't even really like that one, but I want it to complete my collection.
If it was 100,00 I would think about doing it.

Can't you promise it to yourself, if you sell an X amount of books or so? Like then you deserve that teapot? Just think how happy it would make you just to own it and look at it.

Katy Cameron said...

I was selling at my very first bear fair last November, and a couple of friends selling there had bears I really wanted, but I insisted I wouldn't buy until I sold something. Well wouldn't you know it, I didn't sell a single thing AT the fair, although I sold 3 shortly after, and after that they'd sold the bears I wanted - oh well, guess I didn't really NEED them, but I'm still hoping my next fair goes better on the day lol

Nanc said...

Well now that I am older I have a different theory on "things'..they are after all only things. I have a lovely teapot collection that began with a teapot of my mom's. I cherish it...and have had it in a special 'safe" spot for years. Until one day I was feeling a bit low and wanted to feel closer to my mom...so I made myself a pot of tea in "the pot"...and it was lovely. I realized then that "things" are meant to be used and cherished. So now when I want a pot of tea I get the pot out...and love using it. So Lorraine/Lorna...in all of this I say...get it and use it!!! Use your lovey china when it is only you and your husband...it isn't hard to wash a setting for two and it is loved and holds memories for you...
Nanc
did I tellyou that I loved Chapter and Hearse? Also looking forward to the new series!!

ev said...

I get those emails from them too for two or three patterns that I collect. A couple of them are cheap Xmas ones that I wanted to add place settings too and I can't believe the prices now! Even on ebay they tend to be high. Let's not even talk about the Royal Dalton or the Noritake, both pre- and after WW2.

Long ago my mother gave me all the china that has been handed down because she knows I use it and wanted to see it being used. But I only had 4-6 place settings, if that. And I married someone with 5 kids, spouses and grandkids. LOL

Brenda Hyde said...

That is a beautiful teapot, and pattern. I collect teapots and the cups, saucers etc. I used to own a website and bartered with a lady who sold china for advertising. I added quite a bit to what I had, and was so tickled. What I don't have is a really nice set of dinnerware. I would love to have Fiesta plates, platters, bowls etc. It's so bright and cheerful:)

Lindy said...

On E-bay you can enter a search and they will send you a notice when something matches it. You could try for you teapot there. I wish one of my teapots was the one you are looking for. I have several beautiful teapots that have been given to me through the years.