Many moons ago when I was a recent college grad, I had a business trip to New York City. On that visit, an older colleague and former New Yorker introduced me to Bergdorf Goodman. Needless to say, I was in awe.
On this momentous occasion, I chanced to spy some deep cobalt blue plates on the sale rack. They were $13 a dish. But still I could only afford two. Since that day I have searched in vain for these same plates, and kick myself for not buying more. Despite some nicks and scratches, they are still so deeply hued and brilliant. Definitely among my favorite possessions.
But perhaps it is time to move on from my quest for the exact same plates. Especially since, these days, there are so many equally admirable alternatives.