September 28, 2009

Oh the Possibilities...


I had been thinking how nice it would be to have a set of all white dishes for entertaining. White would mix with my Fiestaware and I could add accessories to decorate for any occasion.
I couldn't justify spending a lot of money for a "Want" and not a "Need"...
And then... look what I found on "clearance" at our favorite store... "Tar-jay" (TARGET)...

Yes, ladies...these sets of dishes originally intended for college students were all marked down!

Each set included a plate, bowl and silverware for only... are you ready for this???

$1.43 a set!
Now that I can handle!


I gobbled up a bunch of them....20 to be exact. Hey you never know when you will break one...plus when we have our "Family Sunday Dinners"...we usually have at least 12 - 14 guests!

Just imagine the possibilities... especially for the holidays...
here's a quick peek...





Oh my gosh I am going to be able to mix 'n match like crazy!
I can't wait to really do some serious tablescapes with them!



37 comments:

Love the Decor! said...

What a Steal!
There is a giveaway actually 24 giveaways over at t e Nesting Place
http://nestingplacenc.blogspot.com/
She is featuring different blogs with giveaways and all you have to do is leave a comment for a chance to win

Cathy said...

You are such a lucky girl!!! Looks like you are already having fun playing with your new dishes!!! I love the different looks you have created!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Patti Cakes said...

Wow what a deal!!! See that's what I wanted to do. Have all white plates and mix and match. But noooooo hubby didn't want that. We ended up getting plates I didn't really care much for. But today I found some plates I love!! HUGS!

koralee said...

What a deal....you lucky girl you...looks like you are going to have a lot of fun...xoxoxo

Country Dreaming said...

Carrie--
What a find! The differnt mixes and matches look great.

Melinda

Just a little something from Judy said...

You just know how to do it! Plain white dishes, an unbelievable sale, and you make the tablescapes look like pictures in a magazine! You are so creative! I love finding bargains like this. I also have special, wonderful memories of our big family Sunday dinners. You are making memories for your family, and they will never forget them. We stopped having them...now that we are 42 in number. Maybe...you should have bought 40 sets.

Diane said...

OMG What a darling idea and I know you are going to have loads of fun with mixing up your look. Each one so far is just darling! Great thinking.
Love, Your Sis Diane ox

The Vintage Vignette said...

You are so right about white dish ware. Have you ever wondered why food in gourmet resatraunts looks so special? It is a presentation trick they use by serving most things on white dishes! Its like I always say "when it comes to cooking, presentation is 50% of the meal!! :)

Blondie's Journal said...

Great find, Carrie!! I know how much fun you had mixing and matching your dishes. I do it all the time now. I used to have Fiestaware in a million colors. It was fun mixing that too, but I admit, the possiblities with white dishes are endless!!

Nine sets?? Some poor college kid is eating with his hands!! ;-)

Have a happy week!!

xoxo
Janie

Deborah said...

OMGosh AMAZING DEAL!!! OOooo, they can go with all you tablecloths you picked up not so long ago! I love all your setting...you're going to have to join BNOTP tablesetting days!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

wow you did get a deal...love all the place settings too,..:)

debi said...

Whoa! That was a steal of a deal! You'll have lots of fun mixing and matching!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I do the same thing with my white dishes-I "decorate" with side plates so I have a million sets of little salad plates for each season...It has gotten out of hand for me! :)
What a great deal! I wonder if my Target has some....not that I NEED any...
And~We tried the Pizza dough from Trader Joes-Thank you for that tip-it was fantastic!!! We also tried the garlic/herb one, and it was soo good-that was my favorite....

vivian said...

great find! And Im so glad you played with them to show us how perfect they are! love each setting! and that little mary englebriet container is sweet!

Tracey said...

What a bargain - goota love Target! I love my all white dishes, they look lovely alone or mix and match beautifully with anything else!

:) T

Rebecca said...

Hello
thanks for stopping by, it was nice to meet you
You're dishes are great and what a price! Can't beat it
Blessings
Rebecca

Lori said...

you can't beat that price...and that white looks great with your fiesta ware...great find Carrie!!!

Utah Grammie said...

OK, so you are now my all-time best shopper! These are fantastic - and at a price one would only dream about - I too love white dinnerware - we have all white and somehow, food just looks amazing on white. And I totally love the "mix-and-match" you did!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How amazing! It makes me want to go and check at our store! You did GOOD, girlfriend! They are beautiful!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

BIG
TIME
SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!
That is awesome and I love my white dishes. Like you said...they go with everything.
Warmly,
Deb :)

BECKY said...

Hey Gal! What a great deal! Love your sneak preview of what's to come!! I see some cheerful, fun tablescapes in our, I mean your future! ;o)

So much fun!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!!
HUGS,
BEcky

Traci said...

HI, Carrie I've just discovered your blog looove it. What a great deal you got at Tarjay. I have found some of my best bargains there. Traci

Nezzy said...

Ya can't beat a good buy at Tar-jay' but it looks like you found the BEST!
Who knew ya'll could have so much fun with plain old white student dishes. Now grab a tablecloth and cover up 'cause your creativity is really showin' here! I can see how much fun you are having with your new find.

Thanks for droppin' by and leaving a sweet comment. Ya'll have one blessed day!!!

Amy said...

What can I say other than PERFECT!!!

Karen said...

WOW! You did sooooo good! You are fortunate that there were 20 there! All of your different place settings look just wonderful.
OK, my question is this - (and I think I am going to do a "party" about this come Jan or Feb when most people need something to do) where do you store it all? :)
Great post!

A Rose Without A Thorn said...

Oh my goodness, that was a fantastic buy. You just could not beat that deal. I hope you enjoy them for many years to come......

Maureen.....

Rosemary said...

That is the greatest deal I have seen. Wow!
It looks great! I love white dishes.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Rosemary

stefanie said...

when taget does a clearance, they have the craziest prices, wow, i bet you were happy all day!

Nezzy said...

Carrie, thank you so much for droppin' in again. We live 90 miles from baby Ian. He is the youngest of eight grandchildren and probably our last.

You have a wonderful day chucked full of blessings!!!

Elyse said...

now THAT is an awesome deal!!! imagine how cool they would look in open stacks, like a cook's kitchen! unless it would look too much like a crate&barrel in your own home. i am rambling but yes - possibilities!

xo

ps
how many carts did it take to get them to the car?

Pam said...

SCORE! That is great deal and I agree the white looks great with your fiesta ware.

Char5 said...

WOW!!! God really smiled on you with this one! What an amazing deal! You will have so much fun planning new settings and entertaining with these. So when can I come to dinner? ;-)

Hugs from WV,
Charlotte

starblinkee said...

Looking at them without the perks hardly gives them any appeal aside from their characteristic sheen(due to the glaze and lighting). But when you started mixing and matching them with pretty placemats, other plates and other embellishments,whoa! They transformed to elegant pieces of beauty fit for a special family dinner or lunch.

Renee said...

Carrie honest to God, how do you always strike it rich. I love them. I love even more how you placed them with the colourful items.

You really do make everything cozy.

I love the picture of you and your husband. You are beautiful Carrie.

Love Renee xoxo

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

WOW!!!! What a great deal you got here...I sure love to get good deals at Target...I got a candle, two scrapbooks and some plates for my sister the other day for 75% off...and I was one happy little lady! Thanks for coming by for a visit and I hope you have a wonderful week.

Blessings,
Linda

Alicia said...

I'm green with envy. And I almost stopped at Tar-jay yesterday but opted for Kohls! Darnit. Well maybe I'll stop by after work tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up and thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my pumpkin bread post.

TheRoosterChick said...

White dish girl here too, woot! You did a fab job with your settings.

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