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Damn you, Pfaltzgraff…

Posted in Crazy Wisdom on Thursday, August 4, 2005 at 2:25 pm by flerly.

1) As an entirely self-employed person this year, I’m putting away money to pay my taxes next year.
2) As a person tired of throwing money at rent, I’m (theoretically) putting away money for a house down payment, also hopefully next year.

Why, then, do stupid things tempt me so?

I’m mental and girly (which some may find synonymous) and as such, have been drooling for a couple years over a stupid set of dishes that I someday hope to own. The full service for 12 set of these has long been easy to resist because to buy them required a lump sum of $429, which I just couldn’t justify seeing as how we have dishes that are perfectly fine right now. They’re not a need… they’re a want, and I’m perfectly aware they’re a very silly want.

Nevertheless, for two years I’ve visited them at the store, I’ve repeatedly talked my mother out of just putting them on some charge card as a gift of some sort, and I’ve allowed Pfaltzgraff to send me catalogs and spam, just so I can always flip to my pattern and sigh when I see the big, fat pricetag.

Today, though, they threw me for a loop by way of a “set sale”. My set is currently on sale for $179. Still a lot of money, but… what… 60% less money than usual. The “good deal” is undeniable, but still… $179 is a lot of dough to throw at something we really don’t need right now.




  1. aoide has made a Comment

    Oh! What’s the pattern?

    August 4, 2005 @ 2:30 pm

  2. flerly has made a Comment

    Hrm… I guess my icon or user info never gave you a clue! 😉

    It’s called “Mission Flower” … and don’t ask me why I like so much. I fell in love with it in person at the outlet, and really don’t think the pictures do it justice.

    August 4, 2005 @ 2:31 pm

  3. aoide has made a Comment

    I saw the icon, was just looking for a name silly. I did miss any mention in the user info though.

    August 4, 2005 @ 2:33 pm

  4. scienceiscool has made a Comment

    you gotta get married. when you get married, everybody wants to buy you dishes all of a sudden.

    wait a minute, how did you miss out on this?

    August 4, 2005 @ 3:09 pm

  5. jbradshw has made a Comment

    You’ve been torturing yourself for 2 years over this and now they are marked off?? Do yourself a huge favor and BUY IT!!

    August 4, 2005 @ 3:25 pm

  6. infinite1der has made a Comment


    No fancy wedding. No formal dress. No families to deal with.

    Done and done. =]

    August 4, 2005 @ 3:31 pm

  7. blistex has made a Comment

    I know I’m no help, but dude, $179 from $429? And you’ve wanted them for this long, meaning definitely not an impulse purchase? You should totally buy them.

    August 4, 2005 @ 3:52 pm

  8. skjarl has made a Comment

    Don’t listen to these consumers. I’m willing to bet that a house > new dishes on your want list. $179 saved now is $179 closer to owning your home. Do what you know is right, y0.

    August 4, 2005 @ 4:54 pm

  9. flerly has made a Comment

    I know what’s right. The website says it’s a sale that they do every few years AND I’ve already been telling myself that I would only buy these dishes as a “reward” for managing to get into a house.

    I just have to make myself resist every other little $20 ding to my bank account, too. These $100+ dollar ones are easier, but the little stuff adds up, too.

    August 4, 2005 @ 5:00 pm

  10. tiger66466 has made a Comment

    Well, if you are about 99% certain they will have the set you want at this great price again soon, then it may be best to wait.

    If you think this is a one shot deal, then go for it now! It’s not an impulse buy. Hell – try to sell some stuff you bought impulsively on eBay or something to cover the costs. Or cut out a few things you’d normally get (like several meals out or something) and put THAT money that’d be spent anyways as dish buying money.

    Hell, you only live once – $179 isn’t going to keep you from buying a house! And if you’re creative about it you can totally justify it by some creative budgeting.

    August 5, 2005 @ 12:47 am

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