Shhh. Mommy bought herself and early Christmas present this year. Unwrapping all that bubble wrap had me more excited than the dad with the leg lamp in "A Christmas Story."
I bid on a 45 piece set of Oneida Silver Plate Dinnerware on the Goodwill Website. The set was only $48 and after learning about the pattern I upped the bid by $1.50, AND I WON.
From what I've seen on the web, the pattern is Mary Stuart circa 1927 (the year my late Grandma was born so it holds a special sentiment).
As I unwrapped it all, I realize that there are actually 5 serving spoons (instead of 4) and 16 teaspoons (instead of 12) so my 45-piece set grew substantially. The more the Merrier...Christmas! All seems to be in good shape, too.
On silverpattern.com, this pattern goes for $8-$12 for some pieces and up to $34 for a sauce ladle which my set includes. I'd say I got a bargain at $1.09 a piece. Yea for my score of the year!