The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Outdoor Dinnerware

Rustica_Antique_White_12pc__20049_zoom Summer’s almost over, which means this is a great time to shop for sales on patio and yard items. For example, I’ve been meaning to buy some outdoor dinnerware because I’m sick of using cheap paper plates whenever we decide to barbecue. But usually these sets are so expensive that I just give up and resign myself to another summer of slumming.

Today, however, I came across this pageOutdoor Melamine Dinnerware Sets | Home and Patio D├ęcor Center, which features some excellent deals on very nice looking sets. My favorite so far is the “Rustica Antique” design pictured here. I love its simplicity, and the fact that it will match any kind of patio furniture. That means I don’t have to worry about changing dinnerware if I change my table or chairs in the future.

Anyway, the Rustica Antique design is available in service for four, eight, or 12 people. I’ll probably just go with the four-person service, which includes four dinner plates, four salad plates, and four soup/cereal bowls. That would be perfect for my family.

Then again, it might be smarter to choose the eight-person set. That way I’d have backups in case anything breaks and would also be able to have matching dishes and bowls even when we entertain.

Hmm…something to think about for sure.

Once I make a decision and use the dinnerware a few times, I’ll come back and post an actual review!

Crocs Convert

crocs I don’t remember exactly when Crocs first came on the scene, but I immediately disliked them. I thought they looked cheap and ugly, and I hated the fact that they were everywhere. So I resisted. And resisted. And resisted some more.

Until now.

I finally bought my first pair of Crocs a couple weeks ago — not because I set out to do so, but because I had been looking for a very casual mule/clog/sandal type shoe to slip on when going to the store or running quick errands. The problem was, almost everything (except the super cheap/cheesy crap) cost $30-$40 or more, which I wasn’t willing to spend.

But then The Sports Authority was having a sale on Crocs, and I just decided what the hell. My old mules were absolutely ratty looking, so I had to buy something. At $15, the Crocs were worth a try.

And you know what? They’re not too bad! They really are comfortable, and go with a lot of different outfits. They’re also easy to clean and seem to be holding up to wear and tear remarkably well. If I get two summers out of these, I’ll be happy.

So, while I haven’t quite come around on the look of Crocs, I consider myself a convert in that I like my current pair well enough and wouldn’t hesitate to buy another pair — at the right price!