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Unsure what your next collection should be? New to the game and want to get started? Take a look at these pictures from estate sales – where prices are low enough for you to get three or five pieces and start your own collection! Those smaller plates, especially the bases of butter dishes, look great with a candle on them – the ambient light and reflected flickering create an old-world romantic atmosphere!

Please note – I did say odd numbers for a reason! Though symmetry is sometimes a do-or-die for folks, collections of even numbered objects (bar anything over 20 or so) just look odd. Don’t believe me? Pick up two mis-matched candlestick holders and place them somewhere…it ends up looking a little weird (in my humble opinion). So, use this as a growing experience! (you can always stash one away at a later time if you decide you prefer an even collection!)