I spent most of today helping a friend unpack her kitchen after a recent move. We’ve been friends for ten years, and I’m thrilled that she and her husband have moved closer to where we live. They’re only about 20 minutes away now, instead of an hour.
They just bought new dishes as a housewarming present for themselves. The new ones are awesome – super modern and great colors that match their dining room (and about $350 for 12 place settings). But what to do with the old dishes? She was talking about donating them, so I volunteered to give them a home. There’s 8 of everything, nothing damaged or broken, and it all matches! We’ve never had matching dishes. I bought our stuff at a thrift store when we first moved in together in 2001, and we’ve just used the same stuff ever since. Now we have beautiful new-to-us dishes, for free!
My friend was thrilled to be rid of her old dishes, and for my help unpacking all day. And I’m happy to have the new dishes and to have spent the day with my friend. My sister is in the process of buying her first house, and is on a pretty tight budget, so I think I know where our old dishes are going. They’re perfectly good – they just don’t match – but I think she’ll be happy to have them.