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 :)