Friday, January 1, 2010

Dinnerware makes my heart pitter-patter.

All of my life handbags have made my heart skip a beat, but then you buy a home and suddenly the latest potato peeler or dish towels is what your rainy day funds start going to.


For me dishes have become my new handbags and two days ago while out shopping I spotted these amazing finds!



Not only were they in one of my favorite color combos, reminded me of Henri Bendel's signature awnings and on clearance, but I flip them over and of course they are Kate Spade*.


My sisters were with me and they sweetly reminded me that I have an iphone now so I better snap a picture real quick and share this find with my readers. I snapped a couple of pictures and home we went.


Do you think I could get those plates out of my mind? No way! I wanted to run back as soon as I got home, but since I already have a million sets of dishes (ok it’s only 2, but still it’s a lot for just me and Jon) I decided I against.


I literally could not get them out of my head. Going to bed was a nightmare, because I kept having dreams that I went back to the store and they were gone aka this is where crying would ensue.


So, what does this lady do when she wakes up the next morning to a snow covered yard and roads that haven’t been plowed?




Yea that’s right she runs out, cleans the car has Jon clean the car, and makes a beeline for TJ MAXX.


I was able to snag 8 large striped dinner plates for $7.50 a piece, 8 striped bowls for $5 a piece and instead of the small dessert plates that I pictured above I decided to add a little polka dot, because who doesn’t love a polka dot for the salad plates at $5.50 a plate!


Now of course this couldn’t be the end of my story. There were only 5 polka dot salad plates and I need 8. So, while everyone else was getting prepped for their many parties last night I dragged Jon out to 4 TJ MAXX stores. Not one polka dot could be found in the color combo I wanted!


Don’t fret though, because today while everyone is hopefully still a little drunk from last night I’m headed out to check some more TJ MAXX shops.


Fingers crossed I find them.


* Dear lovely amazing people from Kate Spade  I profess my love so much for KS and my love for her handbags, accessories, shoes, clothings, home goods, etc don’t ya think it’s time that I get on the payroll?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Camila, this is so something I would do!!! Congratulations on the score - which it totally is - and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you today. I have been swamped with moving but I've been thinking about you. Happy new year to you. I hope it brings you much happiness. xoxo

January 1, 2010 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger vanessa said...

Those are really cute. New dishes always make cooking more fun! Happy New Year hope you get everything on your 2010 list!!

January 1, 2010 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Scientific Housewife said...

Very cute dishes and a fun story, I might want to stay away from TJ Maxx then :)

January 1, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger ~Chandelier No. 4~ said...

Ha! Love it. The love for home vs handbags must be going around. I actually contemplated trading in my Christmas shopping $ for new sconces... then I kicked myself back to reality.

Good luck today!!!

January 1, 2010 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Whoa whoa whoa! First off those are adorable. Second, TJ Maxx is open today?!?! *squeal* Third, it is SO very true that once a home is purchased, it's more fun to spend money on making that home beautiful than to adorn yourself with new arm candy. I.e. a lovely handbag. :)

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2010 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Now, YOU are what a call a woman on a mission!

January 1, 2010 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

That's terrific, Camila! I'm glad you got your dishes. Kick off the new year with a big fat score. Best wishes for many more coming your way!

January 1, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

LOVE! I can totally relate, I used to spend more on fashion, now all my extra money goes to decor! Funny how that shift happens as you grow up :)

Thanks for all the inspiring in 2009! Happy New Year!


January 1, 2010 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Chic Geek said...

I love this story, this is exactly how I am.. totally obsessed once I set my mind to smething. And congrats to finding them at TJ's. Such a great deal!

Now will you set the table to admire? That would be my next move, just set the table not eat off them.. ha!

Keep up the great work in 2010

January 1, 2010 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger christina said...

That's exactly what I would do. I had a long-time love affair with handbags myself; but one day, dishes became the new handbag. I can't get enough. I'll swing by my TJ Maxx today and look for the missing polka dots. If we all work together, you may just get a matching set. :)

January 1, 2010 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger La Maison Fou said...

OMG! I have so been there...we have 4 options here, to go from those 4 stores to find a collection of something. For me it was christmas ornaments one year!
Happy hunting, check with them often they get shipments daily!!! That's why I luv them, you never know what you will find!

January 1, 2010 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Kelly Green said...

love, love love those spots and stripes! Great find......KG (very jealous!!)

January 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger carlee said...

I saw those too a while back! Loved them too! AND I have dragged my BF to over 5 Marshalls in the past to get a matching set of drapes for an apt back in I 100% understand your need! Happy New Year!!!

January 1, 2010 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger nkp said...

You are so funny. Oh how totally I can relate to this kind of madness. :0)

Keepin' my fingers crossed for you.

Happy, happy new year Camila!

January 1, 2010 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger Averill said...

Enjoy the hunt! Your hubby is so sweet for accompanying you on your "quest" -- I can't get Dave to tear away from the football today!

January 1, 2010 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Ms. Bright said...

That totally sounds like me! I DO love a cute dish and those are darling! Good luck on your quest!

January 1, 2010 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Miss Wendy said...

Those were worth the drive in the snow to TJMaxx. I have the same obsession and no storage for more dishes although you have me thinking I should run to my nearest TJMaxx and see what they have in store.
Have a wonderful new year!

January 1, 2010 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Laura Casey Interiors said...

Great finds!! Happy New Year!

January 1, 2010 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Lavender and Lilies said...

I love Kate Spade! Love love love her. She is my idol. I love her glassware too.

January 1, 2010 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Retro Threadz * Mary said...

love those dishes.

January 2, 2010 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Happy New Years, dear! Hope all is well and you've enjoyed your holidays, hope to see you soon!!
PS - LOVE the plates

January 2, 2010 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Hopeless Chest said...

Lucky find! My brother texted to tell me there was a Bertoia knock-off chair at HomeSense for only $99but I didn't go see because I want more than one.

January 2, 2010 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger High Maintenance Nurse said...

Great find!! I completely understand how the thoughts of buying something stick with you. I know it's a must if I still think about it the next day!

January 2, 2010 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger DG said...

check your blog everyday.....I was out at home goods (marshalls) today and they had a number of polka-dot salad plates left at 5.50
Do you want me to help you complete your hunt? :) I'd be happy to send them!
Hope you found them locally, but if not....

January 2, 2010 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Kristin McRea said...

wait, so you found the same dishes from Bendels at TJMAXX? Are they Kate Spade or are they look-a-likes? seriously, wow.

January 2, 2010 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Kristin McRea said...

ok sorry, just re-read the post. Bendel's awnings. I get it now.

January 2, 2010 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Christen said...

You always make me laugh! So glad that you went back for them. It's just me and my boyfriend and we have 5 SETS of dishes!!! Granted, one is for Christmas but still, I love each set. I hope you found the missing ones :) Happy New Year!

January 2, 2010 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger pve design said...

I wore bright pink tights on Christmas day to profess my love for the Kate Spade look and you are right, it goes far beyond just the bag...the china, eyeglasses, shoes, etc ---
Yes, you should be a spokesperson for Kate!

January 3, 2010 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Bromeliad said...

Congrats on finding the full set - what a great feeling.

You will have to serve your honey some amazing dinner on those dishes for enduring repetitive TJMaxx disorder.

January 3, 2010 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger micah @ the yellow front door said...

I would do the same thing - those plates are awesome!!

January 3, 2010 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I went today and my TJ Maxx didn't have any. :( Too bad.

January 3, 2010 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

Thats so cute that you went right back out to get the plates because you could not stop thinking about them...I do the same thing all the time. I tell myself to buy something on the spot that I can just take it back, but nope I always have to drive back out to the store for a second trip :) enjoy your new plates, they are cutie!

January 3, 2010 at 10:43 PM  
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January 4, 2010 at 3:55 AM  
Blogger Kerry said...

Love them... well, love anything Kate - but those are gorgeous! :) I'd probably do the same thing... not that I need ANY more dishes at all! Great find - good luck with the hunt for the additional salad plates!

January 4, 2010 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

This post cracks me up, I would not have taken on the bilzzard but close. I LOVE Kate Spade and you have a great find there. Hope you found the remainder.

January 4, 2010 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Jen Caputo said...

I found some at my Homegoods but I'm a green gal. The only thing I found was a green and white polkadot bowl which immedietly came home with me! I LOOOVE it! If I knew there were more out there I would never stop hunting Homegoods stores :)

January 5, 2010 at 6:38 PM  

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