If there is one thing that I would never pay full price for or buy new that would be a punch bowl.
While many people feel that they have to have one during the Christmas season (I don't disagree) I do disagree with going out to the department store and just buying one nilly willy. (If you absolutely need one right now see if you can borrow one from an older friend or relative, they are more likely to have one).
These were the one item that I could pick up for a song when I was an antique dealers at any garage sale, thrift store, antique store and auction. As a matter of fact I have 6 punch bowls.
Why so many? I have never just used my punch bowls as punch bowls.