Sunday, July 7, 2013

more dishes


I am a weak, weak woman.

I should really just sell my wedding china and silver. I have a cabinet full of conservative, white Noritake Lockleigh that I so happily registered for when I was married. It felt so grown up to select a china pattern. In seventeen years I can count the times I have used it on one hand. It would be way more practical in my space-poor kitchen to use the cabinet to display my hodgepodge of random platters and dishes, which I actually use.


It just feels wrong to let go of my wedding china though, like I'm breaking a rule or a vow. Will I regret it? I can't think I will. Will I? Unlikely as it is, there could be someone out there with Noritake Lockleigh who wishes every day they had registered for more place settings because they use it all the time. I need to find that person.

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  1. Oh my goodness. I love the plates in the first picture! Especially the hummingbird one.

    As for the china I have no advice. We don't even own any. So if you're looking for someone to give it to... ;)

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    1. Catie, haha. I'll keep you in mind! I've had my eye on the hummingbird plate for a while, so I really had no choice as it was on the clearance table when I came through the door.

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  2. Your china made me laugh... but only because I've used mine about the same number of times - in 43 years! :)

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    1. Grandma G, and yet you still have it. It's a dilemma. I have a terrible urge to reduce and minimize our stuff but I want no regrets. ARgh! I don't know what to do.

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  3. my Grandma passed her special (rarely if ever used) China down to me - it was so amazing to receive. Maybe you should save it for your kiddos?

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    1. SunnySewing, what a special inheritance! If that were the case there would be no question of keeping it and using it! Actually I love my mom's china, but I also have four sisters, so that is a dilemma. If I kept my Noritake for my two girls, they would have to split it, so that seems a shame. What to do.

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  4. Its funny how our tastes change during marriage isnt it ? Your plain conservative but very beautiful wedding china looks so white, pure and naive compared to the reality of your every day plates ... ( which I love ! ) Why dont you box your wedding plates away carefully for your childrens wedding ... a gift I am sure they will love ... OR simply use them together with your fun plates ... xxxx

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    1. mylittlecorner, it is precisely because I knew my tastes change that I chose the neutral white dishes, which would be forever classic. I just didn't realize at the time that I would hardly have an occasion to use it all. We don't currently have a formal dining room, and most of our holiday family dinners are not posh enough to require china. I may just box them away, as you say, but my two girls would have to end up splitting it between them, which makes it less useful. I think I will counsel them to just get pretty everyday dishes when they get married and skip the expensive china.

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  5. I love the plates. . . all of them! My Noritake sits cozily in our dining room buffet. I make it come out at a few times a year, so I don't feel guilty. I've also been able to use when hosting a table at church functions. I don't regret it. . . and with toddlers it just doesn't seem practical. Maybe some day. My husband thinks I have a serious problem when it comes to kitchen plates and bowls. . . I LOVE THEM! So, because of that, I would keep them.

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    1. Jon and Jolie, thanks for weighing in! I still may keep it. I'm mulling it over. I sure enjoy looking at it on display.

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  6. Me too. Mine are in the attic. I moved them there when, after baby #2 I needed a sewing room more than a dining room. I've been married nine years and have NEVER used the fancy stuff....

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    1. alyssa, I can certainly relate. We've never used our dining room as a dining room -- it's much more useful to us as a sitting area with bookshelves, which I've never regretted. Until I attempt a large family meal.

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  7. Either you find that person or you get some sturdy boxes and a lot newspapers and store it all safely in the attic or celler and use the extra space in the kitchen for something more colorful.

    I store my extra china in the cellar but I cannot resist mid century polka dot dishes, cups and teapots when I spot them at the flea market. Serious problem :-)

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    1. Needle little Balance, I think my husband would not let me play with you. LOL. I'm sure he thinks I'm a little cracked about dishes.

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  8. Hmm . . . maybe you just need to stop waiting for that super fancy dinner party that never seems to happen and just bust them out for other "special" days. Like "Great test score!" or "Happy Birthday!" or "I finally finished the dining room curtains . . . again!" Might make it kinda fun. I have no china, but I'm a firm believer that those things are meant to be used. I'd be a bit miffed if I spent money to get someone china and they never used it! Just my 2 cents.

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    1. I'm with Skooks. If these were my dishes (and my children were old enough, let's say over 5 years old), they would be my everyday dishes. I'm not a fan of owning things for decoration only, and I don't see why you can't use beautiful things daily. Yes, over time they will break, but before that time comes you will have had hundreds of uses out of them, rather than 5 uses per lifetime.

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    2. Skooksie, (and Willit Neverend) that's a great idea to use them every day. Nice dig about my kitchen curtains, there, BTW. LOL. HOWEVER.

      I'm very sorry to appear a Lazy Lucy, but this stuff is NOT dishwasher safe...Which is probably key in my apathy about using it. Jus' keepin it real. I do not love hand washing piles of fragile dishes. It's not practical for me, the woman who can barely load the dishwasher once a day.

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    3. LOL - you know I jest in love. ;) I think if that's how you really feel then you should just sell them to someone else. Unless your kids have some kind of desire to have them someday (if they can sort out which one would actually get the set since there are 2 of them) you'd probably be happier with the cash and your eclectic display of pretty and colorful dishes out for everyone to see. If I had those pretty bird dishes I'd probably affix them to my wall just so I could see them every day!

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    4. I don't think I would use them regularly if they weren't dishwasher safe, either. I probably also wouldn't want to burden my daughters with non-dishwasherable dishes, no matter how pretty. Personally, I would like to think that I would be strong enough to sell them, but I am a bit of a hoarder, so it would take a considerable amount of will power.

      We buy plain white Corelle dishes, they're extremely light, break and chip resistant, dishwasher safe, and easily replaceable.

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    5. Skooks, oh yes, I know it's in love. No one laughs at my kitchen curtain saga more than me. Sigh. I'll mull it over more.

      Willit Neverend, yep, it's a problem. No one likes to be left with a mountain of hand wash dishes after the turkey's been eaten and everyone is sitting in front of the game. Oh, Corelle -- did even Corelle know what good plates they were making? Can't break it if you tried. Love that stuff.

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  9. I still love my china. It's Wedgwood and it's navy blue and gray, with a silver rim. I do use it a bit, but still not enough. We sometimes eat hamburgers off of it. We decided a long time ago to use our good stuff whenever we feel like it. So, we do. And we like having dinner parties. So, I say, just use it! Unless you don't like it. Then, maybe get rid of it....unless you want to gift it to your girls when they get married. I'm sentimental that way. :-)

    I love your china hutch, and they plates look beautiful in there!

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  10. Here it is....Wedgwood Amherst. Man, it sure is cheaper now.

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    1. Wow, Mama Pea, I just love your china pattern (googled it). So clean and minimal -- has a vintage 20s feel to me. I like your attitude about eating burgers on it too. And I do love my china. It's classic. I love to look at it in the cabinet. However, three words: not dishwasher safe.

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  11. Ooohhh...I love your new plates! One of the first things I thought when I got back to Rio Saturday was, "Why didn't I buy more plates for my plate wall?!?!" You know I'm in the same boat with my china. My current thoughts: keep it, but don't display it. Or, if you want to keep it handy, just condense the stacks and mix in your more colorful pieces to update your hutch.

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    1. Oh, no! Well, you'll have to schedule a trip back to go shopping with me. :-) What does your china look like? I forgot. I keep struggling with putting my china away. Once it goes into the attic, that's a 100% guarantee it will never be used. Hey, that's a great idea to pepper the display with some random color.

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  12. I am so glad my mom got rid of her china. She never used it (ever), and I also wouldn't ever use it but if I inherited it I would feel like I would have to keep it and pass it on. Break the cycle and get rid of the china! Everyone likes fun colorful plates they won't cry over if they break!

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    1. Yes, Becky, you make a great point. I would hate to saddle my daughters with something they felt obligated to keep only to honor me. I considered keeping just two dessert plates, teacups, saucers and the sugar/creamer for them so they could share special tea/sympathy together someday.

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  13. I have the same pattern as you. Although, I am not the person wishing they had more place settings clogging up my cabinet space. Good luck finding a loving home that will use the settings 'til the gold is rubbed off. Let me know if that person would like 6 more settings. ;)

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    1. Jessica, for reals? What a coincidence! I'm thinking of getting a quote from Replacements, Ltd. I'll let you know if it sounds like a good deal or not. Still waffling about what to do.

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  14. After being in the same boat, we decided to just *use* the nice china. I know, revolutionary! Saturday nights we call our "feast" nights - we make sure we are all home together and set the table with the china, candles, even cloth napkins! Quite often our feast is Macaroni and cheese. Because everyone is happy with that. The littles are learning which fork to use, where to put their napkin, and that a nicely set table are a way of showing kindness to others. Yes, we have a few chipped plates and the gold is rubbing off in spots. But they're just plates. The memories and family times are worth so much more! :)

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    1. the Domina, what a great idea. You are really putting yours to good use! You are right, they ARE just plates.

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  15. Definitely use it!!!! You can add a splash of colour with your fun every day china too...and the kids love it when you add candles to the table.... they seem to behave better too for some reason when we do this. I may have just caught on to something here! Candles every day!!! ;)

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  16. One of my all-time favorite ads from Horchow said, "You married your spouse, not your china"!
    Get rid of it and get what you want!!!

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