Let me tell you a story. It's about a set of china. I saw it in a magazine and fell instantly in love. I put the picture in my dream book. I saved up for it. I visited it in the store. Finally, I decided to take the plunge. It was then that I discovered that the pattern had been discontinued.
I was sharing this story with a friend the other night. She looked at me. "Why didn't you just buy a piece or two at a time instead of waiting to buy the whole thing?" A light bulb went off in my head. Of course! Just because something is a set (sheets, china, glasses to name a few) doesn't mean you can't start small. Two glasses, a cup and saucer, just the pillowcases. It's a small investment that will give you the pleasure of using it now instead of waiting for some moment in the future.
Have you done this before? Is there something large that you started to buy in small quantities? Share your slow-acquisitions in the comments.