Many people prefer to buy things in matching sets. Plates, silverware and cups are all good examples. But what happens if one piece breaks? If the set was expensive or is no longer manufactured, finding a replacement can be a problem.
Replacements.com was founded specifically to replace missing pieces of sets, but complete dining sets are also available for sale, too. The site that can "replace the irreplaceable" has more than 12 million pieces with more than 425,000 patterns in its inventory of china, crystal, silver and collectibles. You can search through every available manufacturer and piece type alphabetically.
If you don't know the brand name you wish to replace, you can search through the inventory or check out the free pattern identification service to help you find what you're looking for. If you can't seem to locate what you need, use the "Find This For Me" section for items that might not be in stock.
In the unlikely event that your item isn't on hand, Replacements can still help. After you sign up for free and use their request service, the site will continually search for your item through private sellers. When it's available, you'll get an email. If you are having any other kind of trouble, the site has a 1-800 number (1-800-REPLACE) you can call seven days a week.
Better yet, if you're cleaning house and getting rid of items, you can see if Replacements.com will buy your old china, silver, crystal or collectibles. The company buys thousands of items from individuals every year. Just fill out an Offer to Purchase form or call 1-800-REPLACE to discuss and go over details with the Replacement.com professionals.
You'll be surprised at the scope of all of the pieces that are available with Replacements.com. The site hosts some items that are more than 100 years old as well as some other interesting antiques in the collectibles section.
Replacements.com also offers collectible items and a bridal registry service and lots of fun and classic giftware ideas. The site also hosts a section dedicated to deals and new sets you can get for any occasion.