A delightful few hours with a wonderful new client sparked a series of thoughts in my head as I drove home today. My thoughts went down a series of waterfalls…exhilarating.
Does it strike you that there is an inherent disconnect between “saving for best” and yet through that very attitude, neglecting and even actually damaging antique and vintage silver of great beauty and value?
A few trodden-on toes have protested my declaration that vintage and antique silverware can and should be used on a regular basis.
I believe silver deserves better than sitting behind glass-fronted cabinets never to be used, or worse being kept in an attic or basement where real damage is likely to occur.
“But, I might use it one day.”
When? If it’s not good enough for your family…the people you love…who is it good enough for?
If you inherently don’t like silver and are never going to use it, that’s completely understandable. Everyone has different taste.
If this is the case then find a new home for it.
- A relative
- A friend
- As an outright donation to a worthy cause,
- Sell it and earmark the proceeds to your favorite charity, or
- Just sell it and keep the cash.
Don’t keep it’s value locked up, make it work for you or someone else. Don’t let’s it’s artistry and beauty become dulled through neglect, let it have a new home. Realize some benefits, and clear your house and mind of the clutter.*
Guilt is not a good feeling!
Would Grandma Helen prefer that her silver sit in your attic making you feel guilty because you never use it, or would she consider one of these alternatives worthy?
I would ask you spend a moment considering whether you really dislike silverware in and of itself, or are ingrained notions of high-maintenance care what’s putting you off?
For those of you who find this notion breaks through a barrier, welcome.
Why treat the extraordinary as unwanted clutter? Make Every Day Best.
* In a considered fashion, don’t leave lots of your money on the table by scrapping something with value exceeding it’s worth in metal.
Do you think I’m pushing a boulder uphill?