Never had desire for "good" china, glassware or SILVER. Niece had extensive set of stuff... that has never been USED??
Have Dollar Store "stemware"... works fine and won't SOB if one breaks! Don't know much about crystal, but bet you could find some pretty high-end stuff at thrift stores??
A bit of a sucker for funky stainless flatware. Have 2-3 sets that I rotate out.
A few years ago, was briefly into makiing wind chimes from old silverplate pieces. Bought a big lot of "craft" quality stuff on Ebay. It had a LOT of one pattern mixed in... Patrician... from early 1900's?? It looked to be in really nice shape... little visible wear. Cleaned up GREAT! Probably have 12+ place setting, all polished up in a silver chest, so it never tarnishes. I SWEAR food tastes better on silver, even if plate.
Have set of Stangl (for 8) that I got as wedding gift from Grandmother. We actually had to pick thru MANY patterns to find 8 plates/mugs/salad plates/ bowls with NO chips... When Stangl had factory outlet in Flemington, NJ.
Had a BIG messa what I called "diner dishes" that I picked up DIRT cheap at a yard sale. Pyrex stuff... smallish dinner plates, soup cups, bread plates, little plates for butter and little dishes for ??... tartar sauce, etc. When I got tired of them, donated to GW.
Have BIG set of Fiestaware dishes I found at a YARD SALE. NO chips/cracks/wear... 12 place setting + extra bowls... $50!
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