Instead of trying to find 8 or more dinner plates, smaller plates, and bowls on Craigslist, eBay, or in used stores I decided to buy two sets of dishes. I chose plain, timeless, white dishes that are easily replaceable if we break a few.
Image courtesy of Crate and Barrel
Although buying them used may have been cheaper, I wanted something that would last long after I am out of college in two years. It is also difficult to find enough of each size dish at a low price unless you get incredibly lucky.