Let me begin with two clichés that are the central theme to this post which centers around a somewhat recent purchase I made.
“You get what you pay for.”
“They don’t make them like they used to.”
They both apply to the new dishes I was very happy to find at Target. On clearance, to boot. I’ll show you a photo in a minute.
While I still like the full set of Pfaltzgraff Heritage dishes I have used through two marriages and several moves, I had been longing for an update. In fact, several of you reading this likely gave me a set or accessories as part of my first wedding registry more than 25 years ago. I liked them then and still like them now. Thank you!
But I felt it was time for something new, fresh. Call it retail therapy.
My white dishes remain classic. Mostly in tact. Well used and somewhat worn, especially on the plates where utensils had taken their toll on the surface. Normal wear and tear. The serving pieces in this photo actually look brand new. But the everyday plates look a bit scratched up.
But was it normal? What is normal wear and tear?
This is where “They don’t make them like they used to,” comes into play.
Do they? Manufacturers, I mean?
I think, no, I know some do.
Pfaltzgraff might. I don’t know this to be true because I haven’t purchased anything from them for a very long time. No reason, really. I guess I just haven’t needed to, because my dishes were perfectly fine. A bit banged up, but overall, still looked good. Ha, the joke is on me.
Back to the retail therapy thing. I had been looking for a new set of dishes. I had the attitude, “I’ll know it when I see it.” (another cliché). If the price was right. (and another) If I had spare cash in my pocket. (is this a cliché?) If I had a dime for every time I use a cliché in this post, I might be rich. (bingo!)
That day came last November.
Remember when I mentioned I had owned my perfectly good, solid set of dishes for more than 25 years?
Almost eight months after unpacking my smaller two sets, totaling eight place settings, of dishes made by Threshold for Target, I have two plates with chips. One is really like a chunk, akin to a shark bite.
But last time I checked, we don’t have sharks living in our home.
Things happen. I get that. Normal wear and tear. Plates get dropped. Or thrown. Not here. But I’ve heard.
“You get what you pay for.”
I already said I was thrilled to find this set on clearance. What was originally $65 for a place setting for four people, a bargain, really, in itself, was now marked $20. Less than one place setting of Pfaltzgraff back in 1988, the year of wedding number one.
But I liked the look. Really pretty, seemed sturdy, a bit different, and a hint of royal blue which matches my kitchen décor. Still classic. Not too frilly. Perfect! My hunt was not only worth the wait, it was over.
Chip one came at about two months into use. No one will admit to knowing it happened. In fairness, I have been teaching my younger children ages 7 & 11, how to load and unload the dishwasher. It was time.
That one may have been my fault. But they need to learn and I need the help.
The second chip, or shark bite, was all on me. I knocked the dish against the dishwasher tray as I was unloading. #$&! Not all that hard. Normal wear and tear. Except these dishes don’t withstand much more than gentle handling. Very gentle handling.
This is not a post to bash Target. I was actually quite pleased to find another local store – which still sells the style and color of my dishes – willing to match my local store in the clearance price of $20 for a second set. My store is not carrying this style anymore. Which might be one reason for the price reduction. They only had one set left. And it was mine!
Maybe the truth in the discount is that others had plates matching the same fate as the shark bite?
I don’t know. I still like the set. Which is dwindling by the day. But I intend to take the two chipped plates back with my receipt and see what we can figure out.
“You bet your bottom dollar!”
Seems fitting to end on yet another cliché. They have stuck around for a reason. No busting them. Plates, maybe, but not the cliché. It is here to stay.
Do you like my newish dishes? Do you think I’m silly for trying to get replacements for the two damaged plates? How many sets have you owned so far?
What is your most used cliché?
From Wikipedia: A cliché or cliche (UK // or US //) is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel.