While browsing the various aisles of chotchkies and other miscellaneous knick knacks, I saw a simple white dinner plate with a thin line of gold banding around the edges on top of a stack of similar plates that had silver banding instead of gold.
I liked the plate but wanted more than one so I continued to browse around until I stumbled upon a stack of 7 more of the same gold banded plates hidden behind some other stacked dinnerware. I set the 8th one on top of the other 7 and continued to browse around the rest of the store while I tried to Google the information that was on the bottom of the plate:
The plates are made by Christopher Stuart and they're part of his "Ambassador Gold" china collection. Doesn't that sound fancy? My quick in-store Google search didn't bring up any pricing information but it didn't matter because I liked the plates so I went back, grabbed the stack and headed to the check out.
The plates were marked 99¢ each:
But they had a purple sticker on them and all purple sticker items happened to be 50% off that day so I got them for 50¢ each and ended up paying $4.36 for the set!
When I got home, I dove further into my Google search and found out that the plates were sold between 1995 - 2002 and then they were discontinued. However, you can buy replacements plates but they sell for ... wait for it ... $17.99 EACH!!!
[ Image via Replacement Plates ]
$18 A PLATE!!! Which means the set of 8 plates that I got for $4.36 would have been $144!!! That's just the replacement cost too which means the retail cost could've been much more than that! Crazy, right?!
Based on the years they were sold (1995 - 2002), they're anywhere from 10 - 17 years old (depending on when the previous owner bought them) and they're in pristine condition! Amazing!
I'm planning on pairing these new 50¢ dinner plates with the David Stark salad plates I got from West Elm and am looking forward to hosting dinner parties in the near future :)