We used the pieces everyday. As you might expect, along the way some things got broken, but it didn't matter; there was still more than enough for our family of five. However, somewhere in the late 90s I tried to get some replacement plates, only to find out the pattern had been discontinued. I bought a set of 5 blue-and-white ironstone plates and kept going.
I really like the Wedgwood, and there's a lot of good memories associated with it. I've investigated options for filling in the gaps in the set. The dishes I needed were pretty pricy on the online sites, and I could never find another pattern that had the right shape and color. Last year we were down to five salad plates (which I tend to use instead of the larger dinner plates) and four cereal bowls, one of which was starting to crack.
For Christmas Tony and I received a joint present from Son Brian and Daughter-In-Law Nicole: a huge box filled with eight smaller boxes, each containing a place setting of Fiestaware in Cobalt Blue. I loved the dark blue color, but wondered if it wasn't time to start fresh, so with Nicole's permission I exchanged six of the boxes for two of each of three other colors. Now my cabinet is a riot of Cobalt, Scarlet, Lemongrass, and Sunflower:
|That shelf needs a dusting, doesn't it?|