Originally Posted by WorldsBestMom
Dishes and pots. I am very fascinated with Chinese crockery. I can only imagine how expensive they must be.
Not really. Do you have a large Chinatown area nearby? Most that I've been shopping in have stores with shelves of dishes, bowls, cups, serving pieces etc. and you can mix and match to suit your needs, at very reasonable prices (a few dollars per piece).
My one caution is that I'd be concerned about the safety issue - lead or other toxins in the ceramics and glazes.
If expense is your first concern, I would check out estate sales and auction houses. Often, people have entire sets of dishware that are gently used because they were the "good china".