I had seen this plate on both etsy and eBay for $20 and even $35, and both prices strike me as crazy, but of course, to each her own. I myself loved this little plate as soon as I saw it last year (or maybe even the year before now) and instantly wanted it for my collection, but $5 is about the most I'd be willing to spend on a small decorative plate, so I bookmarked the listings and kept searching and waiting.
Finally, a few weeks ago, I found the plate for about $11 including the shipping, and that was good enough. As Mom is known to gleefully shout out when "striking rich" at a yard sale or flea market: "Mine!"
I attached a hanger last night, and this dear little thing that captures so much of what I love--the sentiment! the window sill! a braided rug! hearts on the curtains! a heart on the chair! heart-shaped cookies! heart wallpaper! a multi-paned window! a woven chair! an old-fashioned stove! a pudgy cat! a colorful pan and mixing bowl! a checkered backsplash! a checkered towel! even a (green!) checkered floor!--will, at long last, grace my plate collection tonight. ♥
It is in every sense a little thing, but it is making me smile like the tabby above today.