Fine china has the reputation of being a bit pricey. Even though a place setting of Lenox Charleston or Lenox Moonspun are in the $100 range, the stereotype remains. We beg to differ. We believe that even pricier brands such as Jammet Seignolles, Varga Crystal and William Yeoward Crystal are justified in commanding the price they do.
Consider this. How much do we spend on electronics? We easily spend $100 to $500 on gadgets such as cameras and smart phones knowing full well that we'll be lucky to get even five years of use out of it. Then there are home goods such as refrigerators, microwaves, furniture, couches which we all know are no longer made like they used to be and that the “lifetime guarantee” is not expected to last longer then a decade, at most.
Fine china on the other hand can last easily upwards of fifty to a hundred years. How do we know that? Very simple. We are in the business of buying and selling discontinued china so we come across china that is of this vintage every single day. All you need to do is give it the minimal amount of care it requires and you can grace your table with your favorite china set for the rest of your life and even pass it on to your grandchildren.
So do the math. If you pay $100 per place setting for let's say twelve settings add in another $500 for serving pieces and we have a $`1,700. Money no doubt. But if you divide that amount by the fifty years it could easily last, you come up with $34. That right $34 a year to enjoy the world finest china and grace your table with elegance and class. What a grand bargain!
Not to mention that after all those years of use you can still sell china and earn back some of the money you originally spent. Sometimes, when the pattern you have has become rare and desirable, you can even make a profit!
All in all $34 a year is a very reasonable amount to spend on fine china by any standard. So go out and get some!