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Moving Day!

No, not for me. For Jessica.

A few days ago, Jessica asked if I’d mind accompanying her to Crate and Barrel to buy supplies for her new apartment. Um, mind? Really now, Jessica, do you know me at all? Of course I will go with you. And what’s more, I will buy a ton of items for myself, so you don’t have to stand alone at the cash register when it’s time to pay. Ah, what a good friend I am.

Henry wanted in on the action. He was jumping up, trying to figure out, “What’s Mom photographing up there on the table?” So I put a glass down to his level. (I thoroughly washed it afterwards!!)


As soon as he saw there was no food, Henry lost interest in the glass. Clearly, he does not share my appreciation for pretty dishware.


Above, my favorite of the day’s purchases. Isn’t it cute? Good for soba, perhaps? And below, all the purchases:


Guess how much I paid for all of this…

$50? $100? $100?

How about $30? Deal of the century!! Smile

(I love a good bargain!)

So how did miss Jessica fare? Well, she definitely spent a considerable amount more than me. But hey, furniture costs more than dishware. What’s a girl to do? At least I stocked her up with free dessert:

samoas balls sharp

Raw Samoas Truffles

See? I told you I was a good friend! (I always make sure to have some sort of fudge babies for Jessica; she likes them more than anyone else I know!)

Question of the Day:
Do you like stores such as Pier One or Pottery Barn?

I used to think these kinds of stores were the most boring places on the face of the earth!

By the way, the best store for dishware is the Pearl River Mart.

Tomorrow: Carrot Cake in a Bowl! 🙂

Published on April 12, 2011

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  1. Freya says

    yes yes YES! Any store that sells dishware is like..a paradise 🙂 My family hate it – our cupboards are exploding with random dishes that don’t match or fit 😛

  2. Stefanie says

    I like Crate and Barrel the best. It is fun looking at all dishes and furniture but it can be expensive. You got a great deal on all of your stuff. The two compartment bowl is cute. The best Ikea I have been to is in Chicago. It is huge compared to the one I have by my house. Can’t wait for the carrot cake in a bowl. 🙂

    Henry is a cute little model. 😉

  3. Jennifer JCD says

    I certainly share your love for housewares stores. I also love the local pottery guild shop because they have locally handmade dishware that is one of a kind, durable, and stunningly beautiful.

  4. Katie says

    I do like Pier One. I never buy anything from places like that, though. I just like to go and look. I love poking at the housewares sections of antique markets and thrift stores though.

  5. Jojo says

    I love browsing around Crate and Barrel and I wish I could buy the whole store! I also love shopping in kitchen supply stores for baking pans, dishes, appliances, etc. Kitchen stuff is my second favorite thing to shop for, food being the first!

  6. Kimberley says

    My goodness they dishes are so cute! I did not used to like it at all, but I am doing up my room and I have a new appreciation for those types of stores and I am always on the look out for good deals as some of the peices can be quite expensive. I also love Winners Home Sense — they have some great steals, if you are one too search!

  7. Marina says

    Oh gosh I love buying stuff for the house! Specially for the kitchen 😀 Can’t wait for summer when I’ll have to decorate an apartment for my bf 🙂

  8. Lisa says

    i must admit, im not a big dinnerware shopper, only bc i spend all my money on clothes… hahah
    but, at my house we have these beautiful rose dishes that I feel so fancy eating off of. So. hopefully thats good enough 😉
    those dishes are NICE tho! I like the two compartments one 🙂

  9. Ally says

    I am getting married in a few weeks, and other than my hubby-to-be, the best part was creating our registries! Can you say Pottery Barn, Ikea, and Williams & Sonoma HERE I COME!!! It was SO much fun, and I can’t wait to see all the goodies that we get.

    P.S. I recently started using the Organic Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner that you recommended and YUMM – I love it! I can’t wait for carrot cake in a bowl tomorrow 🙂

  10. janet says

    I see beauty in the designs of these houseware dishes. Hope to see some photo’s with one of your latest divine dishes.

  11. Lindsey in CO says

    We are getting an IKEA in Denver this fall – I’m seriously considering being one of those stupid people who camps out in the parking lot to be there for the official opening of the store. Heck, people camp out for Chick-Fil-A openings, and IKEA is WAY better! 🙂

  12. Amy @ ElephantEats says

    OMG, those kinds of stores are my FAVORITE. Have you ever been to World Market?? I think you would love love love that store. I also can’t stay away from Bed, Bath and Beyond…i could spend hours in that store!

  13. Bianca- Vegan Crunk says

    I LOVE that bowl with the separate section! You could put some kind of dip in there!! Or salad dressing and dip you veggie in instead of pouring it over. So much potential! Dishes are my weakness. I can’t stop buying them!! I never buy sets, only singles. I hate matchy-matchy.

  14. Lindsey @Textbooks and Cookbooks says

    I love your purchases! I cannot get enough of Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel. When I was little my parents would drag me into those stores and I would hate it! They would always say, when you get older you’ll love these stores…boy were they right! Also on the list of previously despised stores are Restoration Hardware and antique malls 🙂

  15. Lori says

    I am a huge sucker for Crate and Barrel. I used to work in downtown Chicago and there is a 4 floor Crate and Barrel on Michigan Avenue. I used to go there on my lunch all of the time. I don’t make it to the one in Oak Brook, IL (western suburb) as much, but when I do, I always find great bargains. Love Crate and Barrel. It’s one of my favorite stores.

  16. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    Ikea is my HOME!! I spend SO long looking at all the pretty plates, before heading to the bed section so I can bounce on the springy matresses! Only kidding, I don’t really do that… 😉

    And you SHOULD be a model Katie!! Too darn gorgeous!! 🙂

    Can’t WAIT for Carrot Cake in a Bowl!! I have your Banana Bread in a Bowl at LEAST once a week, and I LOVE it!! 😀

  17. Faith @ lovelyascharged says

    I’m super addicted to home furnishing stores. Ikea and Pier One are LOOOOOVE. I do like getting goodies at thrift stores though – I love that it’s more eco-friendly and wallet-friendly as well, plus I can get a huge variety of mismatched items for the blog!

  18. Tessa @ Amazing Asset says

    I definitely used to hate those kinds of places when I was younger. My mom was obsessed with Pottery Barn and when we were at the mall she would peak in and I would be bratty and complain! How naive I was, I love that store now along with Ikea of course 🙂

  19. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    I love Pier 1 — I worked there all through high school and college. Sometimes I wish I still worked there! Crate and Barrel – there isn’t a store too close to me so I haven’t been there very much, but I’m sure I’d love it and spend way more than $30!

  20. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    You seriously got a deal!! Love those dishes! I could use a few more cute dishes but am always way too cheap to buy them myself. 😛

  21. Dianne says

    Pretty dishware! It’s very hip New York restaurant-style. I don’t even let myself in those kinds of stores for fear of buying them out.

  22. Alyson says

    Totally know what you mean about the obsession with home decor and dish ware… Whenever I see a store like that (i.e. Ikea, Pottery Barn, Pier One, Williams Sonoma) I have to stop myself before I go in and get a game plan (it’s a dangerous place in there, ya know! ;)). I totally used to think that kind of stuff was boring too, but now I’m obsessive about it and am always wanting to get new stuff. It’s a problem sometimes, really… 🙂

  23. Jen says

    I love buying things for my apartment! Especially anything that goes in the kitchen. I spend way too much money on food-related items…most of which are food…but still! I need to budget. I should go shopping with you…$30? Good job. My credit card doesn’t even know numbers that low exist. What’s a foodie to do?

  24. Emilia says

    I spend WAY too much mula at Crate and Barrel! I try to only allow myself 2-3 visits there per year, as each trip adds up! 🙂

  25. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey says

    I love Crate and Barrel!! We have an outlet store near me that I don’t go to enough!

  26. A.Cook says

    Oh my goodness I LOVE furniture and houseware stores…can’t afford any of them (except ever-magical Ikea!). My absolute favorite is Williams Sonoma–I love to go in and just look around. Crate & Barrel is also awesome–kudos to you for getting all that great stuff for so cheap!

  27. Jess says

    i wouldn’t consider pottery barn in the same league as pier one and ikea. ikea looks cool, but in my experience, you have to be careful, it’s been hit or miss. pier one, in there the other day, don’t really care much for it either. i only like certain stuff from pottery barn, mostly the teen home furnishings.

  28. Megan says

    Oh dang you sure SCORED big time!
    I love dishes! (not something most teens say haha) but I’m always looking at them when I go shoppin’ 😛

  29. Beth @ naturallyyoursbeth says

    I’m obsessed with ikea…they really do have the best deals!! Pier 1 is my favorite though…I thoroughly stalk the clearance sales there and ALWAYS find so many things!! Love love love all of their vases and pillows!

  30. Mihika says

    I LOVE Ikea! I have an obsession with new crockery – especially pasta plates and bowls. Also wineglasses – and I don’t even drink wine! I’ve just always thought they looked so elegant, right from when I was about four. Unfortunately, all the wineglasses I’ve ever had broke after the first few uses – those stems are too delicate to hold thick, heavy smoothies! Boo!

  31. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    Omg I post all the time about my little blogger finds with dishes, props, cute mugs and bowls…I used to hate Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and discount stores like that b/c they are visual chaos and I like neat and orderly but for bloggie finds, you cannot beat them!

    Glad you found such cute stuff and at a value!! Amen for saving money!

  32. Megan, blogger says

    IKEA– a blessing and a curse rolled into one cute loveseat. Goodness knows how many paint swatches I have (and pictures of different pieces of furniture) for when I move in to my own apartment. Did Jessica enjoy perusing Crate and Barrel? With a store like that, where you can snoop out a deal if you look hard enough, it turns into an all day adventure!
    p.s. very classy looking plates. Makes you look very sheek 🙂

  33. kaila @ healthy helper! says

    Yum! Those fudge babies look perfecto! Love the chocolate drizzle on top!

    I love home stores! Especially when I can find fun bowls and cute spoons! I always end up spending waaaay to much money though!

  34. ruby red says

    Hiiiiiiii Katie! I haven’t commented in a while but I’m still reading all your posts! Yes, you are such a good friend for making your friend not feel lonely shelling out the dough for lovely housewares. Why oh why is spending money so fun?? I wanna make it to C&B soon for their cute spoons! And that squat clear glass you bought looks like it would be a beautiful vessel for boatmeal! The girl from Edible Perspective puts her buckwheat bakes in something like that, so I guess they must last in the micro/and/or oven??

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Ruby Red!!!!! Ohmigosh haven’t talked 2 u in 4evah! But I think of you every single time I pass by a coffee shop. I always remember your adorable love of latte art :). Hope all is well, my dark-chocolate-eating friend!

  35. BroccoliHut says

    Love the new dishes! I love shopping for new dishes, although my cupboards are just about packed to the brim these days…

  36. Stephanie says

    I totally used to find them boring but, like you, now I love them! I’m lucky because my mom is an interior decorator so I can tag along whenever she goes out to buy furniture and accessories for showhomes. I’m her little helper =)
    Btw, words cannot describe how excited I am for tomorrow’s post. That might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but just a teeny weeny one.

  37. Albizia says

    I think I’d love Ikea but next time I need something, I’d rather check the Sayonara sale at the university first 🙂 . They offer some pretty good stuff. And right now I definitely need a dish but they don’t have anything for me at the Hyaku yen shops 🙁

  38. McKella says

    I loooove Ikea and Pier 1! Sam and I love to go on dates to Ikea. We like to look around and imagine what our house will be like some day, then get food in the cafeteria. Ikea has really good dark chocolate too. I also just moved within walking distance of a Pier 1, but so far I haven’t gone there yet.

  39. Haylee says

    $30?? Wow excellent work. I love them too, especially the smaller bowl.
    I loove Ikea except for the fact that it takes HOURS to get through the whole thing. But for cute dishes, Anthropologie is my favorite by far. Too bad one little teacup costs an arm and a leg. (which I definitely don’t have to spare. hahah just kidding. 🙂

  40. Lyza says

    I’m a lame-o and I try to buy everything used just because there’s so much cute dishware out there already that people are selling, I’m a cheapskate, and kind of an environmentalist too…But I ADORE your new dishware. It’s gorgeous 🙂 If you’re going to buy it new, may as well be for a fantastic deal. 🙂

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