A few years ago, my dad gave me a set of Corelle dishes for my “hope chest.” Unfortunately, it was a relatively small set, consisting of 4 dinner plates, 4 saucers, 4 mugs, 4 cake plates, and a serving bowl. This is fine for my husband and me, but when we have very much company, like at Christmas or Easter, we’re scrambling to set the table. So, naive me, I think it’s time to fill out the set.
Unfortunately, (and this is not meant to be a reflection on my father’s taste), this is probably the least popular Corelle pattern ever.
I didn’t even know the name, so I visited Corelle’s home page and browsed the galleries. After eating off “Gold Butterfly” at home for 20+ years, I had no idea they had so many different patterns! And there’s my current pattern, “Tribal Spirit,” in the archive of discontinued patterns. So let’s try eBay. Wow, “Corelle” gets me 2000+ hits! And “Tribal Spirit” gets me… none.
So let’s try Google! “Corelle Tribal Spirit” gets me exactly 2 hits, only one of which is selling a plate, and it’s not the pattern.
So let’s try “Discontinued Corelle pattern.” Looky, people who will track down patterns for you! Looky, they want a finder’s fee. Oh, this lady will do it for free! But in her e-mail response she says she’s never heard of this pattern.
Has anyone else been in this situation? Did you discover any well-hidden web sites that helped you out?
I swear if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all. I guess I’m going to have to look for a kinda similar pattern that will hopefully fool less-observant guests. The other problem is that this plate is an off-white or cream color, not terribly popular. So I’m going to have to get a cream colored plate with a totally different pattern, or a similar dark blue pattern on a white plate. Which would look less obvious?