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Shopping on New Year's Eve

December 31st, 2010 at 02:08 pm

I, unfortunately, am a collector. I think I've written that I like Blue Willow dishes. I better like them, because we have a whole lot of it.

We went to an "antique mall" near us today and DH found a Blue Willow teapot that he felt I should own. It wasn't a whole lot and it was in nice shape so I succumbed to temptation and purchased it.

I really enjoy cooking and one of the things I enjoy looking at in stores would be kitchen things. I am incredibly dismayed that just about everything nowdays is made in China. With the paint scare on toys earlier this year, how do I know the stuff is safe?

So, last summer I went on a kick of replacing my plastic containers that we used to heat stuff in the microwave with Pyrex dishes -- older ones -- ones that were not made in China. I have also purchased those old glass lidded refrigerator dishes to store leftovers in. For awhile, it was a struggle to find them, but now lots of places have them out to sell.

I have a friend who turns her nose up at my purchases because I'm buying used stuff. When I grew up, we didn't buy a lot of new things because we simply didn't have the money. As long as it is clean and in good shape, I don't have a problem buying something that has been previously used. Many times I can find something much more reasonable that has been "loved before."

Although I spent money instead of saving it today, I enjoyed looking at all the other things. And maybe having bought things more cheaply, I can rationalize my purchase. Or not.

Anyway, it was a nice way to spend today. My husband found a train that he swears he had one when he was a kid. It was a heavy Lionel engine -- big wheels and very heavy. I can see him and his brother clunking each other in the head with it on occasion too.

Hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve and that 2011 brings you much happiness.

4 Responses to “Shopping on New Year's Eve”

  1. MaryB26 Says:

    Happy New Year to you and your family! I love the blue willow dish design too. I sold what was left of my blue willow dishes in the early part of my marriage. I had too much breakage and I replaced them with the Correlle Blue Velvet Rose design. The Correlle dishes have withstood the test of time (dh is retired military and we have moved many times over the years).

    There's nothing wrong with buying used items. It is the smartest thing to do to save money. I always try to buy used items. With used glass wear a good soaking in bleach water takes care of any germs that may be on them.Smile
    When I buy used clothing I take them straight to the laundry room when I bring them home and wash them.

  2. krantcents Says:

    I am an antique collector. Does that mean I am buying used furniture? Of course not. It is a question of semantics. Buying something that is used does not mean it is junk or undesirable. I am selling my mother's sterling silver candelabra because we do not like it. Whoever buys will love it.

  3. homebody Says:

    The teapot sounds lovely. I have teapots sitting on top of my cabinets up high. Probably should get them all down and give them a good washing with the new year. I will put it on my list!

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    I'm glad you got your teapot!
    Happy New Year!

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