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100 Year Old China (and other heirlooms to use)

There are attics and basements everywhere filled with unique treasures.  Grandmother’s china, photographs, clothing, old aprons, beautiful linens, scrumptious cookbooks.

I have been collecting aprons for years now and friends have gifted me with hand sewn beauties that belonged to their grandmothers.  I have Doug’s grandma’s old, old, china.  I have fabulous old cookbooks.  I have things that I do not want to get ruined.


I think many people do not want to use their old treasures for fear of ruining them.  I understand.  I am saddened that some of my old apron pockets are ripping off along with the material they are attached to because I wear aprons every day and especially to the farmer’s market where I keep everything in my apron pockets.  I do not want any of our heirloom dishes to be broken.  They are truly irreplaceable.  I don’t like that the pages are falling out of my old cookbooks.  I don’t want any of my vintage items to be destroyed.  I do not want to keep them in a box to keep safe either though.  What would be the good of that?


What is the point of having things if you don’t use them?  My grandmother has closets and closets of dolls she paid hundreds of dollars for that were supposed to be worth thousands now.  They are not.  My mother-in-law gave me a box of towels from the May Company from the early 60’s with the tags still attached.  Why?  They don’t look so pretty now but we are using and loving them!  Things are meant to be used.  They will either waste away unappreciated and unloved in a box or can be part of a busy family’s lovely day to day living.  Material things may not be important but they do add or subtract from one’s atmosphere and living among beautiful and practical items does make life nicer.


If you don’t use it or don’t love it, pitch it.  Give it away.  If you love it, even if you don’t want it to be ruined, get it out and use it.  Love it.  Enjoy it.  Crystal dishes for breakfast.  An old tablecloth on the family table.  Don an old apron.  Honor the person who made it or bought it by enjoying it.  Heirlooms are meant to be seen and used!


Katie Lynn Sanders is the author of seven books, has been a speaker on sustainable living, and loves all things wine, regenerative agriculture, homesteading, travel, food, arts, crafts, books, and finding enchantment and inspiration in the smallest things. She lives on a one acre farm and vineyard, Pumpkin Hollow Farm, with her husband, fourteen chickens, three ducks, a giant Pyrenees, two goats, five cats, and visiting children and grandchildren in southern Colorado.

2 thoughts on “100 Year Old China (and other heirlooms to use)

  1. Collecting and keeping stuff must be genetic because my grandmother and mother were collectors and keepers too. I’m trying to break the cycle by using what I have or getting rid of it.

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