My friend Ruthie commented on a post I did in April asking me where I keep all of the treasures that I collect from thrift stores and my parents' house. Here is her comment:
Love that pizza dish! How cute! Great finds, all around. But you need to do a post on WHERE you keep your treasures. Because I, uh, need help.
As I told Ruthie then, I'm not sure I'm much help, because our house is overflowing with dishes. But, although (like most women) I'm working hard to get organized, I do believe in making a place for the things you love. Many of my dishes are from my mom and dad and I wouldn't think of parting with them. The others I have no excuse for. But I'm keeping 'em anyway!
Sooo...here's what I've done with my dishes so far. These are our main kitchen cupboards, with everyday dishes in the larger cupboard.
The smaller cupboard on the right holds dessert dishes, espresso cups and a couple of random teapots. We also squeezed in the little dishes we use to hold soy sauce for sushi.
Believe me, I have looked everywhere for space. Sometimes that means looking up. So, I put larger dishes on top of the pantry cupboards. I chose colourful ones so it would look pretty.
Desperate for more space, I turned to the corner lazy Susan cupboard. In addition to all of the pieces of our Magic Bullet, it now holds teapots and these flower power dishes that Jill gave me. This cupboard is right under the Keurig coffee brewer, so it's easy to grab a cup.
My wedding china, my grandmother's china and some other pieces I have collected are housed in the dining room armoire.
It doesn't end there. I asked my husband to pick up these two inexpensive cupboards at Canadian Tire one day. We put them in our (large) basement storage room. Note the picture of three American leaders propped on the top of one cupboard. I'm not sure why my (Canadian) parents owned this, but it was always in our basement growing up, and now it's in my basement. I always get teary-eyed when I'm reminded of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
The cupboard on the left holds glassware for entertaining (read drinking). Most of it is from my mom and dad, although I have added to the collection myself. We don't use these pieces often, so the basement is a suitable place for them.
The other unit holds basket ware and a few assorted pieces (like that lamp that I'll probably never get in working order). Of course, I just attended my favourite annual basket sale, so I have an additional pile of baskets sitting in my front hall as I write.
Because my collection keeps on growing, I dream of a giant china cabinet for the other side of my dining room. So far, the ones that I like are just too expensive.
What about you? How do you store your favourite collectables?
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