Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sweet Surprises!




Serendipity is the "apparent aptitude for making fortunate discoveries accidentally."

Yesterday turned out to be a day of pleasant surprises of a serendipitous nature. There was a brief visit at my daughter's house to check-out progress on renovation. Then, on my way to do an errand, I stopped at a consignment shop and spotted a very pretty floral plate.



It was appropriately named Flower Market, by Pfaltzgraff. Since there was no price tag on it, I asked the shop owner how much it cost.



"You can have that plate plus all the others in the window for $7.00." Come to find out, the owner planned to close the shop due to health problems. While I was sad for her predicament, I loved the gorgeous dishes and bought them on the spot.



There are eight large dinner plates, two dessert plates, and a couple of bowls. Most have a pale yellow background with purple, blue, and pink flowers but there are two purple dishes, too.

Honestly, they look like they are designed especially for spring, reminiscent of Monet paintings on china!






Also found a great framed saying,for $2, that has true meaning:



With 15 minutes to spare, I made a quick stop at a Goodwill store and quickly found a hand-painted vase for 49 cents and a nicely shaped green glass vase for $1.49.







My half-hour shopping spree cost $10.98 and was a real blast! The treasures felt like an early Easter present to myself.



WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD A SERENDIPITOUS EXPERIENCE?

17 comments:

T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! Those dishes are absolutely beautiful. What a truly serendipitous and sensational little shopping spree. Who knew it would be so fruitful and all for $7. Good for you! Your GW purchases are sweet too. Best wishes always, Tammy

Dianne said...

Lovely finds... those plates are beautiful...

Chatty Crone said...

I WANT THOSE PLATES and the dish about HOME! Those were gorgeous!

I am going to check out some of those stores myself.

Nice picturs.

Sandie

middle child said...

The plates are beautiful!!!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

What terrific finds! Pfalzgraff is a well-known manufacturer. You might want to look up the pattern on the Internet. They might be collector's items depending on how old they are.

I'd rather go on a treasure hunt like yours than go to the mall. :)

Blessings,
Susan

A New England Life said...

Aren't you the lucky shopper! Beautiful dishes. Very nice for entertaining during the summertime, don't you think?

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

What a deal on those dishes. And so pretty. I just love thrifting!

Susan said...

Hi Everybody! Sure was great to come back from seeing "How to Slay Your Dragon" at the movies and seeing all your comments, knowing you all stopped by. That made me very, very happy. Take care and remember, I LOVE it when you come to visit! Have good and peaceful night! Sincerely, Susan

Susan said...

p.s. Whoops, make that movie title "How to Train Your Dragon," not Slay. Sorry about that. Thanks, Di, for pointing that out! Great movie, by the way. Lots of action, color, creativity, and imagination went into it!

The Ruffled Nest said...

Susan, thank you so much for your encouraging words that you left on my blog. We know we do not have much time left with my mom. I am so thankful that I am able to spend this time with her. This is the hardest thing I have ever been through, but God is so good and is carrying us through. Thanks again for your encouragement.

Sherrie

Laura said...

Beautiful find, Susan! Can't take my eyes off of those plates, they are works of art! (maybe also because Monet is one of my fave painters)

When was the last serendipitous moment? 5 minutes ago when I started reading your blog.:)

Thank you! xoxo

Susan said...

Awwwww, Laura. You are so cute. Thanks for the sweet compliments! Always good to hear from you.

Hi Sherrie! Hope you come back to visit soon and often.

Sincerely, Susan

Andrea said...

Susan, Your plates look handpainted and I love them. I love the finish....I am partial to dishes that have a smooth glossy feel to them. When I'm holding a tea cup, I don't want it to be rough to the touch. And of course, I LOVE the saying about the nest.....!!!!
hugs
ANDREA

Adrienne said...

Those dishes are wonderful!

My husband caught some sort of "man virus" and he is a bigger dish hog than I am. He is always ferreting out neat dishes. Often we only buy two or four and use them for breakfast. We have found some beautiful ones at of all places the $$ store.

And you have a new picture of yourself. Lovely!

Mildred said...

Hi Susan, It's great to "meet" you. I love your new dishes. I just checked on replacements.com and they sell for $16 ea!!!!! The plates are going to make a colorful, gay springtime table setting. Wishing you a blessed Sunday.
you can see the plates @
http://www.replacements.com/webquote/PFAFLM.htm

Mandy Higgs said...

Love that plates!!! Girl...Your a super shopper!! lol
Love the great buys:D
Tooodles,
Mandy

Susan said...

Hello Adrienne, Andrea, Mildred, and Mandy! How great to see you all came to visit. Thanks, too, for your comments which warmed my heart.

Welcome, Mildred and Mandy, as Followers! That was awesome to see you decided to Follow! Hope you come often and stay awhile each time! Thanks.

And wow, Mildred, couldn't believe the replacements of the plates are $16 per plate. Whoooo weeee. Got the whole set for $7! Guess I got a springtime "ganga."

Okay girls, off to church I go. Hope you all have a splendid Sunday! Sincerely, Susan

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