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Replacing Random Dishes

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Q: Our whole family got together at my mother’s house for dinner recently. She is getting up in years and likes to have the family together as often as possible. While I was cleaning up, I dropped one of her ‘good’ china plates and broke it. These so-called china plates are actually plates she bought from Kmart when my brothers and I were younger. But they are her ‘good’ dishes and she pulls them out whenever she has company. She’s all upset because she no longer has a service for twelve which she needs when we all get together. Kmart no longer sells this particular set. I can’t find any reference to them on the internet. Do you have any suggestions on how to replace a random plate?

A: My first suggestion is to just get her a different set of plates. Since she isn’t asking for actual china plates, it can’t be too expensive to find her another set of ‘good’ dishes. However, if she’s getting up in years, she may have a sentimental attachment to these dishes. So there are several possible places to look for a replacement. There is the ever-popular garage sale and flea market option. Also, thrift stores are a good place to look for miscellaneous pieces to match your dishes. Another possibility is craigslist. If you haven’t heard of it, it is a nationwide internet list that allows free for-sale ads and wanted ads. Just type in ‘craigslist’ in your search engine and the name of your town for your local ads. You can take a picture of the other plates in your mom’s set and put in a wanted ad. There is no cost and you can continuously update it until you find what you want. You can also check their ads to see if anyone already has a set like this they are trying to sell. I have used this site myself many times and find it to be very helpful.