I've noticed that in Goodwill stores, flea markets, yard sales, etc. there always seems to be a plethora of mismatched plates. I buy them - even the broken ones I often find a group of four to ten plates all taped together for two or three dollars. Sometimes they're chipped, but that's okay. The broken and chipped ones I break even further to use in mosaics. The intact ones are used in the Great Wall of China.
Plain white ones are great to find, too. Especially if you have a child who loves to paint anything she gets her hands on and has discovered glass paint that you can bake on in the oven. Stay tuned for photos of that craft project.
And what garden is complete without a Buddha and a pre-teen worker bee? One allows me peace and the ability to focus.
The other, not so much. Guess which is which.
It's still a work in progress, but it's getting there. Now if I could just figure out what to do with a bunch of old frying pans. Ideas are welcome!