Last week, he came home with a bag and said, "I brought you a present". I opened the bag to find this little treasure:
It is the Mikasa 'English Countryside' Napkin Holder.
Well, I was thrilled because I have always loved Mikasa's patterns: 'English Countryside', 'Italian Countryside', and 'French Countryside'! Even though they are categorized as fine china, they are all great basic white patterns that can be dressed up or dressed down. I went online to see what this piece was going for, and found it on Replacements.com, for $59.99! My dear sweet hubby got it for.....$1.99! LOL!!!
Well, I went on my weekly run to my local Goodwill THE VERY NEXT DAY; and as fate would have it, a family of resale dealers, was rummaging through the dinnerware. I heard one of the girls yell to her counterpart, "If you see more of the Mikasa, let me know!" So, being the savvy shopper that I am...(lol)...I pretended to be looking at other things, while watching them stack their dishes. After a few minutes, for some reason, they put the dishes back and I grabbed them! Get this...it was more of the Mikasa 'English Countryside' pattern!!! (LOL...I can't make this stuff up!!) They had done my work for me!!!
I got these 5 bowls...
The MSRP online is $14.99-$21.50 each.
They cost me 79¢ each!!!
Then, I got 3 of the cups ...Unfortunately, a 4th one was chipped...
The MSRP is $21.50 each.
They cost me 59¢ each!!!
The MSRP is $16.00
I got it for 59¢!!!
Needless to say, my new challenge is to build my Mikasa 'English Countryside' collection! I will definitely be on the lookout for additional pieces!
After seeing so many great displays of white stoneware, on many of your blogs, I know what my first project will be, after the holidays. I want to switch out the china, in my glass front cabinets, to all white. I think this is a wonderful start to my display!