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April 9, 2012

Treasure Hunting Report: Thrifting Saved My Life!

Well, kind of.  My grandma gave me a set of four dinner plates, sandwich plates, soup bowls and wee little bowls from my great-grandmother (nothing super fancy, these ladies just never gave anything away).  Somehow, I LOST a plate.  I swear, I never took it with me anywhere and no one will cop to breaking it.  I've been sweating bullets, waiting to be found out by grandma, who wouldn't buy my "I don't know where the fourth plate is" protest, no matter how true.  I'd be all Anne of Green Gables with the missing amethyst brooch.

It's been a real whodunnit mystery in the townhouse.

Value Village saved my butt because I recently found the exact same dinner plate there for $1.99.  Heck, I would have paid $100 to be spared from the wrath of my grandmother, who lived through a world war, a revolution, immigration to Sweden and then Canada.  She's a tough cookie and if some of her stuff lived through all that (which it did), losing a plate in my freaking home would have warranted unspeakable pain.  With me as the recipient.

Want to see this super-awesome plate????



I love that this plate looks clashy-good with the new DIY'd tablecloth, too.  Happy day all around.
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  1. Grandmother wrath must be avoided at all costs!

    Glad you found a replacement.

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    1. Indeed! It is the worst wrath, of all the wraths.

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  2. Phew! Now let's just hope Grandma never reads the blog... :)

    Thank goodness for thrifting!

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    1. This particular Grandma will NEVER read the blog. She has a hard time with an ATM. If I visit and bring my laptop, she watches in amazement, like it's a machine from the future.

      Very few family members read the blog (and that's no accident - I keep it quiet) but I'm hoping the couple that do can also keep my secret.

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  3. PHEW!!! I know exactly what you mean -this sort of odd stuff happens to me as well... Have NO idea where things go to, they just disappear...and happen to be super heirloom valuable to me and my family sort of stuff! I know I can be an airhead but I am not THAT airheadish. Maybe there is a heirloom stealer amongst us?
    Meagan

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    1. Seriously?!? Ok, that makes me feel better because I have been thinking I have gone crazy! Who loses a plate?!? SO happy to know I'm not the only one plagued by this nuttiness :)

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  4. I love your Anne of Green Gables reference. Too cute!

    Oh, and thank goodness you have been able to avoid your Grandma's wrath by finding a replacement. :)

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  5. how wonderful for you!
    I would have been so excited to find that plate.
    Only I am so clumsy that i would have been so excited that it would have slipped from my hands when finding it and it would have broke at my feet. LOL

    It is a beautiful plate, maybe a guest lifted it from a dinner party???
    Amy

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    1. Luckily, there was a whole stack of them at Value Village, lol. Hmmm, I did go all Law & Order on my friends and fam, repeatedly demanding of each one: "what did you do with the plate!?!?" Who could withstand that kind of interrogation?

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  6. Treasure! cant imagine how you would have faced them :)//glad u found the match

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  7. phew! so glad you were spared by value village!

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  8. Dude....
    So lucky!

    I referenced Anne Shirley today too!!! Just finished the novel. Going to read Anne of avonlea next!

    Only 18 more books to read. Enforce June 26

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    1. That should say BEFORE june 26
      My iPhone has some pretty aggressive spell check....

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    2. Kindred spirits, I love it! Your phone is a little bossy.

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  9. Glad you lucked into a replacement plate! Now I hope some of your good luck rubs off on me. I've lost a coral and silver necklace that I copied from Sundance. It's been missing for months. :(

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    1. What a shame! You have to show us the jewellery you make (or at least me!) because it sounds gorgeous.

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  10. How lucky to find the exact plate! I would feel bad too if I lost or broke something grandma gave me!

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  11. Thank goodness you found one!!

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  12. I had a set of SnowWhite Regency with surface crazing (cracks) and went to the manufacturer to replace it. The new dinner plates arrived 2 inches larger in diameter than the antique ones. Johnston Brothers, now part of Wedgewood, say fashion has super-sized our dinnerware and the 8-inch plate is no longer available. You may want to pick up a couple spares.

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    1. Interesting! 2 inches?!? That is a lot more space to fill with food. You're right, I should pick up some more. But that might make detective Grandma suspicious, lol. I need a good hiding spot, to boot. It's a shame you couldn't get a replacement the right size. Maybe ask local antique dealers to keep an eye out? I've heard good thinks about a website called replacements.com (I think that's what it's called).

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  13. Hi, Tanya! Thank you so much for stopping by Bella Nest! I'm so happy you found this beautiful plate to replace the other one. That was a miracle if you ask me!!!

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  14. Have you heard of replacements.com? The greatest place ever! You can search any china pattern and I mean any, and they will have it. Just wanted to pass that on...So, if that ever happens again you know where to look:)

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