Where to Buy Plates and Dinnerware
One of the biggest challenges in buying plates and dinnerware is finding a retailer with a good selection. While the major big box stores such as Target and Walmart always carry at least a basic selection, finding exactly what you are looking for isn't always easy. This is especially true when you consider how often they rotate inventory based on sales and seasonal trends.
While I have always enjoyed shopping online for other kitchen utensils and cooking gadgets that are difficult to find in stores, until recently I had never purchased plates or a dinnerware set anywhere other than a local store. After finding out that I would be hosting a rather large family dinner, I discovered that not only did I not have enough plates but the ones in my kitchen were kind of out of date. When my kids start telling me our plates are older than they are, that's usually a good sign that it may be time to upgrade.
Store Shopping vs. Buying Online
I started to do a little browsing on a few different websites, not even sure of what I was looking for at the time. I was amazed at just how extensive your options are when buying online. I had become used to being stuck with whatever my local retailers carried and it was a refreshing change to be able to find a style I liked and then to select from several different color options to match my kitchen. I also enjoyed the ability to read the reviews of other buyers to make sure that I was going to get something that held up well and would withstand daily use in a very busy household.
After looking at quite a few different styles, I ended up selecting the Corelle Impressions 16 piece dinnerware set. I enjoy having a little color in my kitchen and the bright watercolor patterns were perfect for use in a number of different dinning situations. The final deciding factor for me was the chip-resistant glass and the fact that they were microwave safe, a must in our household!
I made this particular purchase on Amazon as they offered free shipping and had an excellent selection of dinnerware sets to fit any occasion. That my friends, completed my first online purchase of plates and I can honestly say that I'm not sure I would buy from a regular store after that. It was hassle free and everything came shipped right to my door in perfect condition so I didn't have to haul them around and risk breakage.
Finding Deals – Cheap Plates and Bargain Dinnerware
If you enjoy finding a great deal or are looking for something antique or discontinued, there is no better place on earth to find unique bargain items than eBay! After making my first purchase, I found a gorgeous hand-painted 16-piece dinnerware set that was not only handcrafted but safe to use in the microwave or dishwasher. This was a very unique item and one that I am completely confident I wouldn't have found on the shelves of a major department store. I've received an amazing amount of compliments on the set which has made me even more proud of my purchase!
The other area where I've had some successful bargain hunting has been fine china and formal dining sets. You can even find great deals on plates from specialty retailers such as Crate and Barrel. I don't know about you but I've always enjoyed their products and thought they add a touch of elegance to a serving experience. I recently ran a search for, "Crate and Barrel plates" and came up with some beautiful appetizer plates and cute little butterfly shaped dishes that were perfect for outdoor summer dining. No matter what your individual style or taste is; there is something out there that will perfectly fit your budget and situation.
If you are like me and have made countless online clothing and book purchases but haven't purchased much outside of that realm, think about taking advantage of the infinite options Internet shopping can offer when you make a purchase for your home. Not only will you have fun doing it, the vast selection will really open your eyes to the possibilities for putting together exactly what you had in mind!