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well I "thought" I didn't have a lot of stuff...

August 8th, 2013 at 01:33 am

and then I moved!

Try moving from a bigger to a smaller house,that truly forces you to minimalize. Despite all of the decluttering that I did, we still have too much stuff in this new house. I have several boxes of non-needed or duplicate items that are going directly to Goodwill, I didn't even take them out of the box.

I have an alter table that carries my crystal and my grandmother's wedding china. I do use the crystal for entertaining several times a year, but grandma's wedding china is too delicate to use for anything. It's beautiful, but I just don't know what to do with it. It feels silly packing and unpacking the china whenever I move, otherwise it doesn't get touched.

I'm considering holding onto a dessert tier that is part of the set and selling the rest. I like to use the dessert tier for my girls' birthdays and other special events because it brings a touch of elegance to the table and it is a physical reminder of my grandma.

Has anyone had any luck selling fine china? Did you regret it?

6 Responses to “well I "thought" I didn't have a lot of stuff...”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    You probably won't get very much for it, and once it's gone, it's gone forever. I wish I had hung onto more of my family heirlooms. Now that I am in my own "grandmother years" I am feeling the loss.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I like your idea of keeping the pieces you know you will use. I am a big believer in getting rid of things you don't use....EVEN if they are from a relative. It's burden to keep something based on expectations from others. Take a picture, keep a piece or two and donate/sell the rest. I haven't sold fine china so I don't know about prices.

  3. jewels3 Says:

    I have my great grandmather's china set and I will never sell it. I do use it at holidays, but even if I didn't, it is something that can be passed down to my daughter. And yes, we moved from a big house to a smaller apartment, so I understand the necessity of paring down stuff.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I didn't get china at my wedding because I couldn't see putting something so expensive on the registry. I got my grandmother's china when she died. It means far more to me than anything I could have picked out myself. I will pass it down to my daughter or one of my granddaughters (assuming I have any) some day. Right now it is in storage, but when we buy a new house I am going to bring it out for special occasions.

  5. mamasita Says:

    I might start to take out some of the pieces for birthdays or other celebrations. It looks so dainty, though, I'm afraid of breaking it.

    I don't think I'd get a lot of money for it, I just don't like the idea of something just sitting there. I do have daughters, though, so there is the possibility that one of them would want it one day. We don't have any family heirlooms, maybe this is our chance!

  6. ohsuzannah Says:

    If you decide to get rid of it, take some nice pictures of it. You could hold a picture of your grandmother and have your kids in the picture, too.
    Suzanne

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