My mother gave me my grandmother’s china years ago. While it is quite lovely, it’s not what I would have picked out on my own. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a treasured heirloom, but I felt a little pang of wanting to start my own set. So when my husband and I got married last year, I looked at the Lenox Chirp pattern at Field’s in Chicago longingly knowing there was no way in the world I could justify it. I have a full set of china for 12 and the Chirp pattern is pricey at about $1,200.00 for the same number of place settings.
BUT Target came out with a knockoff! It’s called Spring Song and is $59 for 4 place settings (16 pieces total). It’s nearly identical. So close, in fact, that it’s already being discontinued. I can’t imagine that Lenox didn’t have something to do with the brief appearance on Target shelves. Even the link to the product page on Target.com is dead while they usually leave those pages up long after the products are sold out.
This is one of those cases where it’s the graphic and colors I’m in love with, not the brand, so I’m perfectly happy with my Target plates. Lucky me, my wonderful husband lovingly went to 3 different stores to scrounge up the only 3 remaining sets left in our area so I could have my own set of 12.
Because he is sweet and awesome. Score! (On both counts.)