I had an interesting experience today. I was down in Needle Nook and in came an acquaintance of a friend of mine. The acquaintance had lost her house to a fire and was starting to replace her belongings, I gather. She had been in the antiques shop across the street as she was looking for new silver. Silver new to her, I should say.
She had found a pattern she liked and had a xerox of it. She said it was very close to the silverware she had that had been destroyed in the fire.
On the way home I was thinking about it. If you lost your silver flatware, or for that matter, anything you have had for a long time, and you had to replace it, would you buy:
(1) Something just like the flatware you lost.
(2) Something very similar.
(3) Vaguely similar.
(4) Totally different.
I don't know why I decided to ask this, but must confess, I am interested in your answers and am hoping you will post on my blog or write to me personally.