Saturday, December 8, 2012

ONLY 42 Place Settings

I have an obsession with dishes.  I blame it on my grandmas.  Grandmama Dolly saved everything and had a memory to go along with each thing she kept. 

Grandma Irene saves nothing, but she did have a fondness for dishes.  At one time she had six sets of china, so that she could pass a set on to each grandchild.  She was storing it in an old trailer house they used to have for hired hands, and somebody stole them.  Stupid thieves.

Anyway, I come by my love for dishes honestly.  A few weeks ago Popcorn and I went to Uptown Thrift to do some Christmas shopping (doesn't everyone do their Christmas shopping at thrift stores?) and she told me, "Mom, you do NOT need any more dishes."

"But these are so cute!  And I only have eight place settings of Christmas dishes, and everyone KNOWS you need at least twelve place settings of anything, or it's just no good."  Granted, my place settings are all mismatched, but they are all CHRISTMAS and that is the theme.  She rolled her eyes at me, and gave me a look and said, "Step away from the dishes.  We are here for baskets and jars."  We were gathering stuff to put the home made goodies we will be giving their teachers into.  And as a total aside, we hit jack pot because that particular day EVERYTHING in the store was half off!  Seriously?!  Half off in a thrift store!  Words cannot describe...

Anyway last week I was trying to finish up my Christmas shopping, and I wandered into Kohl's.  And somehow my feet took me to the dishes.  I discovered that I do NOT have the paprika color in Fiesta Ware.  And Fiesta Ware was on SALE, so obviously I texted Brent double quick that gift idea.

And then I spotted these:
Fiesta Christmas dishes!  I was quite certain that if only I could  have four place settings of Fiesta Christmas dishes, then I would have the holy number of TWELVE place settings and OBVIOUSLY my world would be complete, and I would never want for another dish ever again...

Until a new color of Fiesta Ware comes out that I simply MUST have.

And yes, Gentle Reader, if you ever come to my house you will be served food on a REAL dish.  Because otherwise I have no justification for my obsession, and then my husband will have reason to no longer buy me dishes.

And THAT would be a sad day indeed.


Elaine T said...

You are absolutely correct, 42 place settings is not enough.

I know because I have many more than that, and they are not enough. How could I celebrate Spring without my Strawberry Fair dishes that I have seen in multiple movies? I use BOTH sets of Christmas dishes when I have a crowd. The cherries with the blue trim are so homey and are great for the 4th of July and the rest of Summer too. Should I dump the china I started collecting as a bride? No! I should add to it so I have enough for everyone I can possibly fit into my house! And have you seen Mexican or charcoaled steaks on my black Ranch Frankoma? If you love to feed people, and I do, why would you not want it to be beautiful and appropriate?

Dawn Castor said...

Elaine, I don't know who you are but I love your thought process! Of course you need more dishes, Andi!

Anonymous said...

Now I REALLY know why we are bloggy friends. I am also a DISHAHOLIC! My kids say the same things in thrift stores to me. I only look at dishes and toys and linens and fabric.

I have white, clear, red, red and white, green and white and blue and white dishes. I also have various pieces to complement each set. Oh, I forgot the three sets in the attic. I'm afraid my attic will cave in with all the dishes that didn't fit into this little tiny house.

I really could care less about what kind of food I feed my company, I only care about how the table looks. I have MY priorities straight.

TOO MANY DISHES? Impossible. That's like saying you breathe too much....

Givinya De Elba said...

Ooh, those Christmas ones are really nice aren't they?