I've been wanting some solid white dishes for several years. I've been looking online at different styles, but haven't found any at a price I wanted to pay. I once ordered a place setting and returned it, mainly because I didn't want to pay for the cups and saucers we never use; I have two sets taking up space in my cabinets as it is.
Yesterday I stopped into Goodwill and saw a tall stack of white plates. I turned one over...Mikasa. There were 12 dinner plates (10 5/8 inch) and 12 salad plates (8 1/2 inch). Three plates of each size had little chips in the edge, so they stayed at the store, but the unblemished nine of each size came home with me for 99¢ each...$17.82 total, and they look brand new!
I checked on ebay to see what they go for. I saw them listed for a low of $9.99 each up to $17.99 each. The Mikasa website lists them for $17.99 each...one plate costs more than I paid for all of mine. And there is hefty shipping on top of those prices.
The lowest price I saw for the salad plates was $40 for 6 (plus $20.80 shipping), so I guess that means nine could go for $60 or more. The Mikasa website lists them at $12.99 each.
I like the way it looks on the open shelving next to my white cabinets.
Carey is of the opinion that nothing is a bargain if you don't NEED it, and he also doesn't go in for impulse purchases. Miraculously, he remembers a bargain we made about 3 years ago. He got to do something he wanted that I thought wasn't necessary (I don't even remember what it was) if I could have a new set of white dishes. So he knows this wasn't an impulse purchase, and my internet research proves that I got it at a super-low price. Yea! I don't have to listen to him grumble! :)
I occasionally whine about the high prices at Goodwill, so I was very happy to find a real bargain. My $17.82 purchase sounds pretty good compared to a minimum of $150+ with shipping on top, huh? It does to me!