Whether you’ve just received new china as a wedding gift, bought new china for yourself or have had the same china for 30 years, it’s important that you stay in touch with your pattern online. You’ll get information about new items in your pattern, or, if you have a discontinued pattern, information on any items that become available online. In addition, as more and more bloggers participate in events such as Tablescape Thursday, you may even get to see someone else’s tablescape with your pattern!
Straight to the Source
Register your pattern with the manufacturer! Major dinnerware manufacturers offer the chance to register your pattern with them, and most of the time, your registration comes with some sort of benefit for future purchases should an item need replacing. In addition, you may be able to register for email updates with information on sales and specials, which can be a particularly helpful tool when you’re working on completing your dinnerware collection.
Google Alerts is a fantastic tool for tracking any topic you’d like to hear about online, and your china pattern is no exception.
Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic. Enter the topic you wish to monitor, then click preview to see the type of results you’ll receive.
Google Alerts lets you personalize your delivery options and lets you test your search term to see what kind of results show up with your chosen term. Google gives you tips on how the way that keywords are entered affects search results here. Brand and pattern name in different combinations may impact your results, so these tips will be helpful. Remember that you can have more than one alert in place, so you can have alerts for your formal pattern, your casual pattern and your favorite celebrity. This tool has many options beyond just your china patterns!
We’ve recommended connecting with Replacements.com to many of our customers in the past—this is our first suggested site to check if you’re looking for items in a discontinued pattern.
As you can see in the image, in the header section of Replacements.com, you can sign up for their pattern information tool. They will email you when items become available in your pattern. We’ve recently had comments on our Facebook page that Replacements.com sometimes offers items not intended for the US market, so if you’re shopping in the US, you may even get access to items otherwise not readily accessible/available.
eBay Saved Searches
eBay is another great option for finding items in a pattern that has been discontinued – or even to find hard-to-stock items in an active pattern.
A good way to stay abreast of anything that pops up is to create a saved search within eBay so that you’re notified if your pattern name comes up in a new auction. When logged in to your eBay account (accounts are free), you can sign up for notifications.
Even if you don’t use Twitter (although if you do, you can follow us here), you can subscribe via RSS to search results using Twitter Search. Many online sellers utilize Twitter as a way to release information about auctions, Etsy listings, Craigslist posts and more. You may end up with a few duplicate results from your other connections, but since Etsy doesn’t offer a search subscription option, this is a great way to aggregate results from that channel.
If you do use Twitter and use a product such as TweetDeck or HootSuite, you can set up columns to show search results whenever you are using those platforms.
Etsy.com has become a massive player in the online retailer business, and many thrift/vintage sellers are very active through Etsy shops.
Currently there are 854 results for Noritake on the site—many of which are hard-to-find items in vintage or antique patterns. No matter which brand your dinnerware is from, it’s worth searching Etsy to see what you can find.
(We have contacted Etsy to request that Saved Searches with Notifications be added to their site – we will update the blog if we hear back from them!)
Are you keeping in touch with your china pattern(s) in some way? Will you start using any of these options? Please let us know in the comments!