If you are anything like me, you added china to your wedding registry.
You are practical. You chose a neutral pattern, so you wouldn’t quickly tire of it. You made a reasonably priced selection, so as to increase the chances of receiving at least some place settings.
Your choice was actually so reasonable (and/or your friends and family were so generous) that you received about double the amount that you registered for–nearly 20 place settings.
You married, then moved ten times. You boxed up that dang china ten times. You packed it more than you ate off of it, for heaven’s sake.
Then you got smart. You discovered Craigslist.
You googled your china pattern and realized that over the last 7 years, it had significantly gone up in price. You also realized that at least 4 place settings were still in the original boxes.
You listed those 4 place settings and a dear woman from Kansas drove to your house and bought that china, for about as much as it had cost 7 years ago.
You took the money and put it toward a big girl bed for your toddler (who is approaching 3 and still sleeps in her crib).
So, are you anything like me? Have you boxed it more than you’ve eaten off of it?
If so, may I submit the following plan of action?
Either sell it or start using it for pizza night.
I kid you not.
Every day is a gift to be celebrated, so stop waiting for a special occasion to bring out the fancy stuff.
Friends coming over for girls’ night? Serve coffee and treats on that china.
Baby shower? China it is. Hey, chances are you have a friend or two who will help you hand-wash it afterward.
Holiday season? Host a mother-daughter Christmas tea using your china. I’m waiting a bit on this one; tea party on Nana’s china probably shouldn’t come before fully potty trained. Or, more to the point, before being able to eat without frequently dropping items.
Family night? Start with candlelit dinner served on china in the dining room.
Hubby’s friends coming over for game day? Um, refrain.
USE it! Or, sell it.
Otherwise, it’ll just gather dust looking pretty.
When will you next use your fancy stuff?