Saving your good stuff

This subject reminds me of my grandma. She NEVER used the new things we gave her. She always said she was going to save them for company but she didn’t use them for company either. She was so funny.

I got new coffee cups from Jason and Nikki for Christmas and I was just shocked I tell you. I didn’t expect them in a million years. They are the only kind I like and I really couldn’t tell you why. My old ones are the two on the left. They are so old. I think I got them in 1996 at a Home Interior party. My new ones are on the right. Aren’t they nice and shiny and new? (Click on the picture and look how the lights shine through new ones versus the old ones.) I’m telling you, these old guys have been through a lot with me. I’ve even taken them with me on some of my travels as I LOVE my coffee in them.

Now my question is, what to do with the old ones and should I use the new ones or save them? For those of you who know me really well, you know I like to have things on hand “just in case” I were to break some or couldn’t find them anywhere and then what would I do? But in all these years I’ve never broken one. I still have all four of them which really says a lot but they are superly scratched up and the new ones are so shiny that I can imagine my hot drinks tasting even better and I can imagine holding one in between my hands to feel very nice and smooth.

I’m going to put the old ones away and use the new. There’s only 4 of them so it’s not like it’s going to take up any room. I washed them today but I really wanted to know what you guys do when you get new things like this? Do you donate the old ones or put them away (to be thrown away at another time) or do you save the new ones and keep using the old?

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17 Responses to Saving your good stuff

  1. SKL says:

    I also tend to worry that if I get rid of something, I’m going to regret it. Like it’s even possible to run out of all the stuff we have in this lifetime, but that’s how my mind works. Eventually, when I can’t take the clutter any more, I’ll donate the oldest stuff to a charity that comes to our house to pick up our in-kind donations. I just wish I could do the same with the clothes I’ve had hanging in my closet for years (some with the tags still on). I just feel like the minute I get rid of them, the next day I’m going to “need” them.

  2. SKL says:

    Oh, and I am usually reluctant to use something nice and new, until the old stuff is falling apart. Makes no sense, of course.

  3. Nikki says:

    I would do what you are planning on doing. I’m SO glad you like them. I saw them and wanted to get them right away, then debated because I know how you are with your stuff. I wanted to get you something you wouldn’t expect. I’m glad you decided to use them. 🙂 I’ll write more tomorrow.

    • Joy says:

      I really do love them. It’s funny because Toby was here scraping the ice off the roof one night and he wanted a hot chocolate/coffee and they gave me that hot drink maker and you guys gave me the glasses and he said how odd that was but neat at the same time. He thought the same thing I did. They are super nice glasses and super heavy duty. I love them and was very surprised.

      • Nikki says:

        I thought that was odd too, but also neat. What perfectly matched gifts, without even knowing or trying!

        Also, I’m glad they are so heavy duty. Buying online was hard for me, because you can’t hold them in your hands. But I figured from Crate & Barrel, they should be nice.

      • Joy says:

        I’d like to get some short drinking glasses from Crate and Barrel. These are really nice quality.

  4. Jenny says:

    If it was me, I would donate them.

  5. Sue says:

    *IF* there is room to store them, store them. They mean something to you, there not just cups. For me, I usually only get something new like this when I am down to like 2 of a set so I’m no help!

  6. Laura says:

    It depends upon the item. I’ve got so durn much crap in this house, I’m at the point of just looking at stuff and saying, “we haven’t even looked at the BOX in xx years, it’s going!!”

    and then I never get around to getting rid of it, and every time I go down to the basement I promise I’m going to get rid of it!

    When I start purging, I usually don’t have trouble with most stuff. Even books, I’ll get rid of, except the ones I really like, because I’m a re-reader. I won’t throw out anything that belongs to anyone else, though. And I’m starting to get over the “I’m going to save these clothes and ‘grow back into them’ when I lose weight.” Seriously, by that time, even if it’s only a year later, they’re out of style, and if I truly lose enough weight to fit into some of those clothes I’ve saved? I’m not gonna want to wear that old moldy stuff! I’m gonna wanna SHOP!!

    So, save them for now. Maybe this time next year, after you totally love the new ones, and can’t imagine living without THEM, you’ll be less attached to the current ones, and more able to donate them.

    • Phyllis says:

      Laura, I purged my closet 3 yrs ago, getting rid of jeans from 1997 on the theory that I’d never fit in them again (after doing a realitly check and being 30 lbs. heavier). This yr I’m out there looking for jeans that fit right because believe it or not, I’m back in that size! Ah, well, at least I saved 2 pairs, just in case, and jeans don’t go out of style.

  7. Joy says:

    Just so you all know. I’ve packed them up along with all the other glasses we never used and the next time the Epilepsy Foundation comes, off they go. It’s really silly to save them. I won’t use them and I wasn’t “really” that attached to them. It’s just that most people don’t have coffee cups like this and I like the way they look and feel.

    I also didn’t realize how awful those other ones look while the whole time I thought they looked fine. Did you click on the picture and see them bigger??? It almost makes you want to go Eeeewwwwww.

    • Nikki says:

      Good for you! I would have only kept them in case you needed more than 4, but really how often do you have more than 4 people using those? And if you compare the sets, they are rather old looking. Your cappuccino the other day looked so nice in it!

  8. Morocco says:

    I like to pass extras along.

  9. Phyllis says:

    I say use both sets. Begin using the new ones right away, and keep the others assessible for use when more than 4 are needed. When necessary let the extra guests use the newer ones.

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