I really did not have time to post a tablescape today, but I am tired of still having a Christmas post appear every time I look at my blog - yikes! So instead of a tablescape, I decided to share a few things that have been happening (involving dinnerware!) around here and in Florida.
First, I will tell you the story of this beautiful Lenox "McKinley" china. I spotted the china in November at a wonderful shop in Panama City Beach, Florida called "Coastal Cottage Emporium", while I was visiting right after Thanksgiving. I walked into the store and saw the most incredible marble topped table decorated for Christmas with this china. I fell madly in love, but it was almost Christmas and I did not even ask the price for the six 5-piece place settings. However, I could not get it off my mind - ladies (and some of you gents!), I think you know what I mean.
After returning home, Christmas came and went and I was off to the beach, again. One day, my husband and I were headed to Destin and nearing the Coastal Cottage Emporium. My dear husband insisted that I go into the store and ask the price of the china, if it was still there. After
The second story involves that same trip. While I was at the beach, I did a little "Windows" shopping (what I call my online browsing for goodies) and I discovered that Lenox was having a great sale on "Holiday Platinum" salad plates. Even though, I have an obsession with my Spode "Christmas Tree" pattern, I have always wanted some Christmas plates to use with my Lenox "Solitaire". The plates were marked down to $14.95 from $27.00 and included free shipping - a no-brainer!!
My final discounted purchase during the holidays was for two Bordallo Pinheiro "Cabbage" chargers or large dinner plates (I have seen them called both names). I found someone on eBay selling both for $23.00, plus shipping, which was not bad. I was so excited. I have been trying to collect 10 of these and I think that I now have eight. Yes, dancing the happy dance!
So my question for all of you is this - did you find bargains at the after Christmas sales? I love shopping then, especially, on tableware. I would love to read about your "finds"! I promise not to be too jealous, if you found some really great things on sale!!
Hope the new year has been good to you so far. I cannot wait to read your posts in the coming months. Happy New Year, blogging friends and readers!!
P. S. If you find yourself in Panama City Beach some time this year, stop by the Coastal Cottage Emporium! It is an amazing place - 17756 Panama City Beach Parkway (Hwy 98), Panama City Beach, FL. Phone, 850-249-3782. They have no idea that I am giving them a "shout out", but a trip there is definitely worth your time!