A lady came into the shop last week and bought herself an expensive vintage bracelet, having admired it a couple of days earlier.
Her reasoning? 'When I want something these days, I buy it. And I wear it, or use it, and enjoy it. I used to keep things 'for good' so they never got used and I forgot I had them, or gave them to my daughters so I never enjoyed them. Well, no more. Life is simply too short not to enjoy a few pleasureable things.'
Now this was relayed to me by Sue, who actually spoke to the lady, so I may not have the story quite right, but I'm sure I've adequately expressed the sentiment behind her words.
It made me think about what I had stashed away...what I might have forgotten I even had, what I had never used, and what I might never use.
So I dug out a couple of things and put them to use right away!
Because I agree with that lady, life indeed is too short.
Hard to get a good pic of this lovely lace and embroidered table cloth but it's now on my table. I bought it a few months ago, soaked it clean, and yep, put it in the linen cupboard and promptly forgot about it.
I'm going to make myself use this vintage enamel soup pot more often, it's so handy but I've been far too worried about staining it to ever use it much. It's now living on the stove, reminding me to use it.
I bought this bakelite canister set in March and put it on display in the kitchen, untouched. Too bad! Now they've been re-cleaned and are all in use. This has freed up a good bit of space in the pantry cupboard- bonus!
I bought a set of harlequin bakelite 'coffee bean' spoons (in original starburst box, of course) a couple of years ago and hadn't used them either. I replaced my ugly & mismatched plates with this Art Deco tea set that I'd kept from ages ago, not saleable because of one cracked cup but good enough for me. Now they're my 'new' everyday cups and plates.
And yes, the flourless chocolate cake I made was fabulous too. Thank you very much.
What have you got stashed away or kept for good?? Have you forgotten about any lovely vintage you've bought??