Now here's a strange question for you: Have you memorized the patterns on your teawares? I probably would have said "no" if you'd asked me.
Oh, I knew I had lots of things with pink roses on them, like the design on this Crown Staffordshire teacup and saucer set I've had for several years now.
But then I saw a Dillard's ad in the April issue of Southern Living for some new, more casual Royal Albert dishes. And upon closer inspection ...
... I said hey, that's the same design on my vintage teacup! Curiously enough, I saw some of these new dishes at HomeGoods a couple of weeks ago, well before I saw them being advertised in print. Pretty dishes—and if I find them on sale, I wouldn't at all be opposed to mixing some new with my old!