Today was a big day in my life of decluttering. It’s important to remember that decluttering is a process. I’ve been studying this for over 20 years, and even I have held on to things for whatever reason.
One of those things I’ve held onto for over 30 years… my Great Grandma’s blue and white dishes. Some of the pieces are chipped and I never had a complete set. More importantly: I HAVE NEVER USED THEM.
The reasons for keeping
- There was print on the bottom of a few of them that said “Nasco Lakeview Blue and White Japan” and I thought maybe they were really expensive.
- Some of the other pieces had “Willow Ware Royal China” on the bottom so I thought maybe they once had belonged to a Queen.
- I knew they would sell for lots of $$$$ once I had the time to figure out the eBay thing.
- One of my sons might need dishes for their college dorm.
- Saving it for that mountain cabin we might buy down the line.
I am Not Going to be a Millionaire from eBay
Well, I finally checked ebay and actually found some of the same pieces for sale from $2.95 and up. Some of the pieces had nothing on the bottom so I can safely assume she bought them at TG & Y, or Pic and Save (our favorite stores back in the day).
The mountain cabin never happened and my sons used paper plates all through college.
I kept 2 cups and 2 saucers for a display in my garden (another one of my hobbies). The rest are ready to go to the Goodwill.
My memories of my Great Grandmother are wonderful. Our trips to Park Pantry in Long Beach, CA in the 60′s for their chocolate pies to the Chinese food in Belmont Shore. She taught me how to cheat at checkers without getting caught when playing my Great Grandfather and our wonderful family picnics.
You are not your khakis, and your Great Grandma is not your Great Grandma’s dishes.
Today is a Good Day!