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First things first...I love a good bargain! I also love good quality, and this doesn't always go hand-in-hand with the word bargain. Luckily I am an avid shopper, and have been able to get incredible deals on the nicer things in life with just a little extra searching. I'm also a beauty and fashion junkie and my style trends towards classical elegance. Fashion icons are CZ Guest and Audrey Hepburn. I started this blog to share shopping tips, gush over the best products out today, and to learn about the best designer bargains out there from my fellow blogettes. Ciao! Beth

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Deluxe China Pattern on the Cheap

Over the years, I have bought my fair share of 5-piece place settings for various friends as they've leapt from single hood to marriage. I loved browsing through all the patterns, often wondering what I would choose one day for my own registry. Well, flash forward several years, I'm 34 and have yet to meet The One, but have found the pattern of my dreams.Bernardaud's Etoiles Collection is beautiful mix of modern elegance with just a hint of formality. The pale blue trimmed in gold mixed with the burgundy-red star burst makes a perfect contrast that can easily be mixed and matched with other pieces.

This 5 piece setting retails for $335. Not in my budget! You can often find it slightly cheaper on some websites, often around the $270 mark. Not willing to pay this, I resorted to the bargain shoppers best friend...the EBay Saved Search. If there is a particular item you are looking for, this is often the best way to find it at a better price.
Due to the EBay Saved Search I got my first full set for $120. It arrived this week and is even more beautiful in person. The delicate quality is amazing!

I do have a word of warning for this method, it may take patience. This is a rare pattern and I only get email hits every few months. But, even if it takes several years, I'll feel satisfied knowing I got such a beautiful product at a price I could afford!
If you have any other tips on finding great deals on china, crystal or silver, please share!

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