I’m getting rid of a prized possession

      
I’ve taken a big step in my minimalist journey this week. It may seem silly or trivial to some but I have decided to part with my prized Art Deco dinner set. 

For most of my adult life I have had a fascination with collecting china and glassware; tea sets, teapots, dinner services, cocktail glasses, brandy glasses, picnic sets, you name it and I had it. 

These items were something I was proud of and I displayed them in an ornate cabinet in our old house. Well, actually I displayed some of it because there was so much I didn’t have enough space to put it all out. 

When we started to purge and declutter our house I sold it all and didn’t think twice about it, except the Art Deco dinner service – in the picture above is just one small piece of it. 

I just couldn’t do it. I don’t know why but I couldn’t part with it – until now. 
Yes, it beautiful and yes, it does being me joy and I know that the minimalist mantra is if it brings you joy then keep it. 

But although it brings me joy when I think about it or see, I rarely do – if I’m honest it’s packed in two boxes at the back of the loft space. 

How can it bring me joy from there?
When I decided to hang on to it I told Frank that we’d use it for special occasions, like Christmas. Christmas dinner came and went and it didn’t get used. 

While an item may well have been the most ‘prized’ thing in my past life, what I value now is so different. A piece of pottery, no matter how beautiful, isn’t going to enrich my life in the way that an exhausting but exhilarating bike ride can, or an afternoon spent playing with our nephews can, or visiting an new city can.

So that’s it. It’s going – what for me is the final reminder of my ‘collecting’ tendencies is being listed on eBay. 

M

8 thoughts on “I’m getting rid of a prized possession

  1. “While an item may well have been the most ‘prized’ thing in my past life, what I value now is so different. A piece of pottery, no matter how beautiful, isn’t going to enrich my life in the way that an exhausting but exhilarating bike ride can, or an afternoon spent playing with our nephews can, or visiting an new city can.” LOVED THIS POST, especially this part, I,too, struggle with some of my cute dainty china and porcelain items, but now you’ve inspired me!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Ina – it took me a while to get to this point with this particular item but I’m glad I did. I don’t believe you have to throw everything away to be a minimalist but things kept in the loft had to go!! M

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  2. I also collect china from the 20s and 30s, and am considering loosing my hold on some of it. Some of it was belonged to my grandmothers, and I will keep that and some other favorites, but some can go. A good post.

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  3. Wow, I’m impressed. I love different sets of dinnerware. In my minimalist journey, I have gotten rid of a lot of ‘collections’. Buttons, old fans, trunks, vintage suitcases … Lots more. I still have too many dishes. But I’m just about ready to give away a set of vintage ‘desert rose’ that was made here in california. I have it boxed up and just the other day saw I had dated the box November ’13 so , I’m going to get rid of it this November . I mean I haven’t even opened it. It’s quite pretty but what’s it doing in a box??
    Your set is fabulous looking.

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    1. You sound like me Tahoe Girl! So much stuff was in boxes that I’d forgotten what it looked like. A fair bit of it is now in the charity shop around the corner so I still see it in their window when I go and get the bus – I just don’t have to store it anymore! M

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  4. Interesting that so many of us have a dish “collection”. . . I love dishes, Mother loved dishes, and Sister has an extensive collection of vintage pottery. I have started downsizing my collections (plural) by letting our next generation choose and own entire sets that have come down through the family and landed with me. Not exactly a minimalist mindset but I love the extravagance of sharing something that is out of their reach at this juncture. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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