It turns out that I have my very own fairy godmother. Unlike the typical fairy godmother, she is quite a bit younger than I, in her twenties in fact, and working as a nurse in Spokane, Washington. And her specialty is snapping up dishes out of thin air. Well, almost thin air. Here’s how it happened.
She knew about the Spode Emma’s Garland dishes I picked up in England, and she spotted a bunch of them in a Spokane (TJ Maxx) store marked down to incredible prices, so she called me to see if I would like her to pick some up for me. But we were out of town, so I didn’t get her message until a couple days later. When I got it, I assumed that I probably missed my window, but I called her anyway to say, “Yes, by all means, grab any you can find!” The dishes have been discontinued (though I have found a few sources that are still selling them at full price).
Unbeknownst to me, she tracked down a whole car load of dishes. She called area stores and had them hold the dishes for her, and then she drove all over Spokane gathering them up. She even drove over into Idaho to another store that was holding some for her. Finally she drove them all down to Moscow for me! The upshot is that I now have enough of these darling Spode dishes for my entire Easter dinner, even with all the guests and grandkids! And the total ticket price was a fraction of the normal price. Here’s a peek.