I realize posting this will probaly cement my reputation as a fruity eccentric, but I thought I'd mention I started on my china service last night at Belk.
Stop laughing and pointing.
I have always been facinated by china, crystal and flatware. I guess it's hereditary, considering how much of the stuff Mom and I have amassed at the club. My aunts on Mom's side are somewhat obsessed with it as well.
I started on the path to getting my own service a few years ago with the flatware. I saved money each payday for about 3 months to get 12 place settings and a host of serving pieces from the Easton pattern stainless flatware by Oneida. The next goal was to get this china, but I had other priorities and put it off for a while.
It's the Eternal pattern by Lenox. I'm getting the 5-piece place settings and the coordianting accent plate. It's crafted of ivory fine china accented with 24-karat gold in a timeless pattern that will likely never be discontinued.
I'm serious. Stop laughing and pointing.
The price of this stuff is a little exorbinant (though not as bad as you might think), so I devised a plan to buy a setting and accent plate each payday until I get all the dishes I want. That way, I don't go into debt for it, and I get what I want.
Eleven more to go.