Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Haviland China - Meant to be

Haviland China

While shopping with friends at at Mimi's Attic in Weslaco, Texas, a display of china caught my eye. It wasn't just any china... it was my mother and paternal grandmother's pattern... the one I had inherited.
Oh my goodness... my heart was racing wildly and I tried talking to myself... I had just last year bought eight more placesettings at a consigment antiques mall in Austin, Texas.
Why would I need a dozen more luncheon plates, bread and butter plates... and the coffee caraf ??
Why? Why? Why?
Well, I did not have the coffee caraf.
I left that day with those china dishes sprouting waving
hands and singing, "You'll be back..."
The owner of the store stated that they were hers and she would give me a good deal... $250. Wow!
I returned days later.
China still there.
I asked her again... she said she would let me have them
Friends, it was a deal of a lifetime.
It was meant to be.
She packed them gently for me.
I went home and Googled my new china.
The coffee caraf alone was worth four times what I had
paid for the whole set.
Does this make up for all the times I've overspent on items
that were priced too high?? I hope so.
But somehow, the best part of this was I felt like my mother and grandmother both had beautiful smiles on their faces as I gently unpacked the china.
After all...
I was stroking a bit of their legacy.

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