Most of what he was selling was dishes, glasses, and old china sets. He explained that his wife had always hoped to start a business selling vintage items, so had collected the pieces for years. For some reason, the business had not panned out. He was happy to finally be getting rid of all the boxes that had been cluttering up the basement.
Justin - that was his name, I just remembered - remarked that all this stuff would have sold immediately in New York, and for a lot more money. We asked what he meant, and he explained that they had lived there previously, and only moved to Pittsburgh a year or two ago. It made me feel bad to hear that people in my hometown doesn't appreciate nice things or antiques as much. Although...I guess I'm thankful in a way too, since it means I've been able to find so many great things at real bargains over the years.
I love vintage housewares, and there were lots of nice things. But I'm trying not to bring excessive clutter into the house, so I have to be pretty picky about my dishes these days. There was one set of nice china that kept catching my eye. I found myself walking back over to its box, and peering in, picking up pieces to look at more closely. It was calling to me...but I already have a set of nice china, plus my everyday Pfalzgraff dishes. I really did not have a use for it.
|White with pale green and grey floral pattern|
I mused about possibly just making this second set of china into our new "everyday dishes", and packing away the Pfalzgraff ones. Justin told us that his grandmother used to do that as well. She would even bring her nice china with her for picnics. All her friends were shocked, and asked why she wasn't worried about breaking it. She would tell them, "Well, who am I saving them for? The next wife?"
I like that attitude.
So the next day, I unpacked all the new china, washed it off, and went about replacing my regular dishes in the cabinets. There's nothing wrong with my Pfalzgraff dishes. I did pick them out originally, when my mother insisted that I should have a set of them for a wedding gift. But I don't know. Maybe I've just become sick of them. The colors don't actually match the color scheme of my kitchen or dining room, though. And I feel like the pattern is just a bit childish and whimsical.
|My former everyday dishes|
Another thing I've been trying to do more often is put food into nice serving dishes for the table. I'm not to the point of putting condiments or dressing into special little bowls or anything - they can stay in their original store-bought bottles!
|Some of my pretty serving bowls|
|But Sly still gets a plastic Peter Rabbit plate, because I'm not completely reckless with my china!|
Also, it's easy to remember to bring out the nice china when guests are over, if that's all that's in the cabinet to begin with ;-)