It is time to finish getting rid of stuff and at the very tip top of my list is a set of china and sterling silver that had belonged to my stepfather’s mother. I never knew her and despised him, so I am happy to let go of it.
However, it’s not that easy. The sterling has value –about $1,000. I filed my information with replacements.com and am matching things up. It is a lovely, ornately designed set that I would never, ever use. The ornateness makes cleaning it a nightmare and polishing silver is not on my list of fun things to do in front of the TV.
Besides, when am I having that fancy a dinner party? Not my style. My everyday flatware is nicer than average. That goes for my everyday china set. I use my wedding stuff because I like it and it goes happily into the dishwasher.
The china is pretty with delicate pink roses, scalloped edges with a light gold trim. It is worthless. It will cost more to ship it than I will get paid and they only want some pieces, not all. Do I dump it or keep it? My kids have no interest in it.
Either way, I have now inventoried and photographed all of it. Now I can pack it up. I do know that I can sell the silver for it’s weight. That would be my last resort. I do have an old high school friend who is interested in the silver set for her daughter. She is an antique collector and collects the very same pattern. It will be interesting to see what comes of that. I might give her the friends & family discount, but she was on occasion one of the “mean girls” in high school, so we’ll see.
This was one thing I really wanted off my To Do list. The whole process of pulling it out, counting, taking pictures, etc. has been lingering on my To Do list for months. Now I can happily cross it off!