Sue recently read a post, Nobody Wants Your Stuff. The gist was that we collect and save certain artifacts because they mean something to us, or they seem too valuable to toss, or they meant so much to someone else that we can't bear to discard them. Therefore, we should take pity on our children and deal with these treasures in our own lifetimes.
Not long after Sue pointed this out to me, the truth of the thesis was made very clear.
You see, in her later years, when she could afford to do such a thing, my mother collected a very pretty set of china: Blossom Time. Of course, she paid a pretty pence.
She added to the set piece by piece until it was complete: tea pot, serving dishes, the works.
It is quite a lovely set, and we have maybe used them a handful of times, or maybe handful is actually overstating it because they sure haven't been used very often.
After I was advised of the notion that nobody wants your stuff, I saw a Blossom Time set being advertised on Facebook for 15 bucks. That's right, 15 bucks for the whole set. Fifteen bucks for the set for which my mother paid hundreds of dollars. To be fair, I don't know if it really was a 100% complete set, but still — 15 bucks — for the set. Not just for a dish but the set. Fifteen paltry bucks.
It's true, nobody wants your stuff; it has no value.
But we might as well hang onto it anyway because ... well you know.
And then there's our own set of barely used serving ware. Good luck with that, dear daughters.
I found this site which explains that the set was designed to tie-in with the Apple Blossom Festival in Cornwallis. It was produced from 1933 to 2001, 2 years before Mom passed away.