I know better. A few months ago, I saw the prettiest sugar and creamer at a T.J. Maxx in this charming Christmas chintz pattern from Grace China. It wasn't expensive at all (just $4.99 per piece, I believe), but I didn't have anything else to match, so I left the set. A few weeks later, I found this teapot at another T.J. Maxx. I went back to the store where I'd seen the sugar and creamer, but alas, they were gone. Then this weekend, I found something I've certainly not come across before, a two-tiered server in the same pretty Christmas pattern.
I turned this (large) piece over expecting it to say $24.99 or so. It was just $12.99, so into the cart it went!
I do love this cheerful pattern with its bright poinsettias as well as the bits of graphic images scattered throughout. But guess who's kicking herself now for not buying that sugar and creamer? Next year, if I see something like that in October, I do believe I'll go ahead and buy it and hang on to it until December!