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Old 10-10-2013, 07:55 PM   #21
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I use Corning ware dishes (before they were called Correlle, I think) from eBay and I love them. I have nice china but I like the smooth texture of these Corning plates(and I love their bowls) much better.
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I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but after reading the OP I calculated how old my glasses are and they are 30 years old. I suppose I ought to look at them with a more critical eye and think about if it's time to replace them!

I do generally keep things past their useful life, but this is a little extreme even for me.
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Wow, we have some glasses and mixing bowls given to us for wedding presents. It was 1975. Maybe they need replaced.

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Old 10-10-2013, 10:01 PM   #24
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Oh my. This thread cost me a little money! I just bought two new coffee mugs to replace the one I have been using for 45+ years by now.

BTW, the mug looks pretty old, I admit, but it still looks OK to me. I just wanted a change. Here's what it looks like.

Post a Picture of your Favorite Coffee Cup

My new mugs are the same size and weight.
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W2R, you big spender LOL!

I actually wasted $11 on bought a mug when visiting Seattle in August. Just because I liked it!
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We started using our "good" stuff this spring (Dansk dishes and some stainless flatware made in Norway--it is equivalent to some people's "everyday" stuff but we never had good china or real sterling silver flatware, so we had kept it for special occasions only) when we finished redoing our kitchen, because we know our kids will not want it. I just looked it up and it is selling on eBay for about 10 times what it cost back in 1972 and 1973 when we received it as wedding gifts--crazy. We are really really enjoying using it instead of the remnants of some Spiegel Catalog (now who remembers that!) thin melamime plates, lowgrade stainless, and fastfood give away drinking glasses (scooby doo, star wars, batman, flintstones).

FIREd, I would just replace individual pieces that are chipped, etc., as replacements are awfully easy to track down these days and save the chipped pieces to use as necessary. We replaced some of our old Duralex glasses that were scratched really bad rather than get different ones.
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I would probably last forever with the everyday dishes and glasses. DW doesn't much care until she gets a bug up her bumm about them and then just buys a new set and gives the old ones to kids or charity. We have a good set of china but, like Midpack, we almost never use it. Who does these days?
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What about you? Do you replace things as soon as they start looking worn or do you just live with items until they are not functional anymore, even if they have a less than desirable appearance?
Depends on the replacement cost. We use inexpensive tableware that is not supposed to crack or chip, but it does anyway, so we buy sets of 8 and put the broken dishes on the bottom of the pile. When we can no longer have family or friends over for dinner without using broken dishes I start looking at replacement cost. If a new set is less expensive we do that. This has been the case so far because even an inexpensive dish becomes costly due to pattern scarcity. We've moved often and broken dishes are a fact of life.
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My car is 17 years old. My watch is 38 years old. I have several pairs of high end dress shoes that are 20 years old (get them re-soled).

Does that paint a picture? I dislike shopping. I tend to buy good quality items that I won't get tired of and items that will last a while.
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My car is 17 years old. My watch is 38 years old. I have several pairs of high end dress shoes that are 20 years old (get them re-soled).

Does that paint a picture? I dislike shopping. I tend to buy good quality items that I won't get tired of and items that will last a while.
I find that interesting, coming from someone in IT, where product life cycle is measured in months! (Presumably Moore's Law still applies).


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My car is 17 years old. My watch is 38 years old. I have several pairs of high end dress shoes that are 20 years old (get them re-soled).

Does that paint a picture? I dislike shopping. I tend to buy good quality items that I won't get tired of and items that will last a while.
I still have long boots from my college years (that's like 35 years ago) They have held up nicely... That probably is my oldest possession.
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Only the finest Chinet plates will do at my house, the other paper stuff is just so flimsy. So we just get more when we run out. :-)

Actually, I think this is my wife's weak area. We have two complete 8 person settings of Pfaltzgraff dishes with all the extra pieces, glasses and such, and a large set of very nice china we got from my grandmother but have never used. Now my wife is making noise about wanting to buy some colorful square plates because she is tired of the 2nd set of Pfaltzgraff. Which is how we got the second set in the first place.

Stoneware seems to weather the dishwasher quite well. We have only chipped a couple of pieces. But my wife seems to be on a 10-15 year replacement cycle. Left up to me, I would still have the Snoopy glasses I got from a gas station while I was in college and maybe a couple of the Arby's holiday glasses I got in the early 80's. My wife said they were tacky and sent them out with the recycling. How can anything with a gold rim be called tacky? :-)
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Actually, I think this is my wife's weak area.
There are lots worse things she could do. DW's is Bounty paper towels. We buy the megaroll size by the 12-pack. But if that's the worst thing she does I can live with that.
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We do not replace dishes and such--such a menagerie from last 30+ years...including a very strong set of everyday dishes my SIL gifted us from LL Bean several years ago.

The carpet we had installed in several rooms six years ago does need replacing (hate it!!), but we are waiting until we put the house on the market. The three rooms we did not replace are in much better shape than the replacement rooms. Guess that says a lot for the quality we chose. (30 year old carpet from when we moved in use vs. 6 years we replaced.) DH voted for hardwood and I overruled him. I. was. wrong. again.

...guessing paint does not count. A few built in bookshelves and walls need
painting.
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Two Sets in 34 Years

Thanks for the nudge to count: that's all we've ever bought. Ironstone on clearance at Mervyns', when we adopted our son in '88 (when I paid more attention to our kitchen during a one-year leave). Then, in '03-- after DS, his soccer teams, cub scout troop, neighborhood buddies and our relatives had seen the best days of the increasingly chipped and broken Mervyns' special-- we bought a 72-piece set of Corelle at a Corningware outlet.

Yup, Corelle lovers, I agree. This stuff will probably follow me to my grave.

Not to worry, though. DH and I have never lacked dishes. Since we both got through college and grad school on LBYM (before even meeting each other), we just carried that habit into our wedding and then 34 years of marriage.

So, when ladies couldn't understand why I didn't register for china and crystal for our wedding, I showed them the nice set of white ironstone my parents had bought me at Pic N Save when I got my first teaching job in '76. (Remember Pic N Save, anybody who lives in San Diego county?)

I also had inherited my maternal grandmother's Bolero ironstone (pretty flowers, gold-rimmed, but not expensive) that she bought piece by piece at a furniture store in Buffalo during the Great Depression. Service for 12, plenty of serving pieces------lots of sentimental value, because she bought it with money she earned selling vegetables from her garden.
Plus, I'd been given her silver-plated flatware, for 8.

So, the Pic N Save dishes lasted until DS arrived in '88; and Grandma's ironstone have always been our "good dishes."

UNTIL, my husband's dear mother passed away in '97. She'd decided I needed her Noritake china, service for 12, all of her silver-plate flatware, and her crystal. Plus, other fancy crystal and silver serving dishes.

Then, DH's aunt passed away; so we have a big tea cup collection hanging on our wall.

Now we're trying to down size. In August, we gave the Bolero ironstone to DS and his bride (since we'd poured ample cash into their wedding already). Plus, they'll be offered the Noritake and all the flatware if they want it. Otherwise, we plan to sell some of it when we have a moving sale.

Will just take the Corelle and some sentimental pieces to a condo, when that day comes.

So (long answer to your short question), no, we rarely replace. Instead, relatives have delivered boxes of their favorites to us!

But I only part with them with hesitation, due to all the sentimental value.
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I mostly use my old plain white Corelle, too. I am picky about my a.m. coffee mugs, though, which must be real china and also made in England. When my son visits, he has a favorite drinking glass, "Pac-Man", that he always looks for in the cupboard. My "good" china is my white Denby, which I like to pair with antique pieces inherited from various family members for some variety. I have several sets of stainless flatware and my mother's ornate Gorham Chantilly pattern sterling silver (the latter never taken out of the chest these days).
I have some boxes out in the garage of vintage kitchenware from my mother and my aunt which I must root through one of these days (when I retire!) to reacquaint myself with exactly what I have. I do have some flights of fancy about entertaining more at home "someday, when I retire".
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Someone mentioned china - when we cleaned out my grandparents' house, I ended up with the china. It stayed in boxes and went through one move, and for some reason I asked my brother and his wife if they wanted it. They were delighted, and they actually use it a lot, which makes me happy. We have some Pfaltzgraff that I really like, but I totally get the Correlle fans. That's good stuff, light and easy to clean. The small bowls make great cat food dishes!
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We will never have to replace dishes for reason of wear. My DW loves to buy plates and dishes as a hobby. If we had a party with 25 guests, we would normally use paper plates anyway and eat outside, to save time on the cleanup later. That said, she has so may sets of dishes that we could easily seat 80 people. She has complete sets of fine china for 8, another set of fine china for 8 with only the dinner and salad plates, then the non-fine china sets...a Hawaiian motif set for 8, three 8 place sets of Japanese motif, two everyday sets of 16, and for the kids, we have two 8 piece sets of children's motif melamine plates.

Anyway, she loves having dinnerware for every occasion, and I love to cook...the problem is that we have used so much cupboard space in the kitchen for tableware that we don't have much room left for food or cooking tools. And, as I said, the only time we EVER have that many people over, it is for a poolside BBQ. So, there they sit in the kitchen, unused. It is a hobby she enjoys, so I've not complained about it. But she did say to me the other day that she wanted to get some Christmas motif tableware...and I did tell her that she had to find a new home for as many existing pieces of tableware as she wanted to buy, first, because we have no more room to keep them.

Hijack and tableware rant over.

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But she did say to me the other day that she wanted to get some Christmas motif tableware...and I did tell her that she had to find a new home for as many existing pieces of tableware as she wanted to buy, first, because we have no more room to keep them.
Good for you! I think this is a great habit to get into, before buying anything at all. If there isn't an available empty place to put the new purchase, I prefer to figure out where it will go as a first step before buying whatever-it-is. Sometimes this even involves shuffling things around to create space for the new purchase.

That way it has a "home" right from the start. If there is no possible room for it anywhere, then it is way past time to de-clutter. A couple of times I have purchased storage furniture and that helps with storage issues.
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... So, when ladies couldn't understand why I didn't register for china and crystal for our wedding,....
Even though we had a total of 8 people at our wedding including the bride, groom, and priest, MIL was insistent that we register for something; she probably had a list of all the wedding gifts she had given her friends' children over the years and wanted a little payback. So we appeased her with signing up for 8 place settings of stoneware, stainless, and glassware. Wish she had given us her awesome stoneware instead or that my parents had bought me anything .
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