It happened without me knowing, but yes, I now refer to myself as a collector of vintage plates. Fancy, eh? Not! Please note calling yourself a collector doesn’t mean you buy things at auction houses—you can still be cheap. Here are a few items that I’ve mostly picked up from thrift stores or stoop sales for no more than $5 each.
The whole thing started two years ago when I moved from a shared house into my own apartment, and I didn’t have any plates, dishes or cutlery. Seriously, I had nothing and was basically living as if I was in a college dorm. One plate, knife, fork and a Richard Simmons Steamer. Oy, I wish that was a joke….
Anyway, a big reason as to why I wanted to move was so I could have “stuff” that was my own. At the time I couldn’t find, or afford, my dream dinner set so I found myself buying odd plates I loved here and there.
There is a vague theme. I love flowers and the color blue but that’s it. As a result of my accidental collecting I have what you would consider an imperfect perfect dinner set. A mash-up of random prints and shapes that I adore as a mismatched collective.
Am I still looking for the perfect dinner set? Absolutely. But for now I’ll enjoy what I have and celebrate the fact that, whilst it doesn’t make total sense on the outside, it works for me—which is what matters most.
Is this imperfect perfect familiar to anyone? Let me know. I love to hear your stories. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.