Ever break or chip one of your dishes and wish you could just replace that one piece?
Well, there are several ways you can do this.
Replacing Broken China
First off, check out Replacements, LTD. This site has more than a quarter million different styles of china, silver, dinnerware, stonewear, stainless and collectible items in stock. They list both discontinued and new patterns. You can even sign up for e-mail alerts when they get what you want in stock. Replacements, LTD has some tips for how to identify your china, so you can find the perfect match. Sometimes the prices are a bit high, but it at least gives you an idea of what is available.
I also like to check EBay for replacement pieces. The prices are usually a little better there.
Sometimes I check out Waterford.com as they are loaded with options when it comes to fine china, crystal ware, and other miscellaneous dining ware and collectible.
Thrift stores can also yield a surprise match, or coordinating piece, so be sure to check there, too. Many designers love the shabby chic look of mismatched dinnerware. You could be hip and frugal.
The most frugal option, of course, is to not replace it. Evaluate your inventory and decide if you really need to replace it. You may find that the broken piece doesn’t matter as much as you thought.