We don’t have fancy tableware in this house. I have a set of gold-trimmed china which came from my mom. Which means 1) it’s from the 1990s or earlier because she died in 2002; and 2) it’s so cheap I’m not convinced there’s any porcelain in it, the name on the box notwithstanding.
I’m not complaining. I got my cheap genes from her. However, what I consider cheap these days differs from the days when our upscale shopping meant going to a better class of Goodwill store. (Yes, that really happened.) I’ve learned that “cheap” is relative. If I drop 20 bucks on clothing from WalMart, it’s gonna fall apart within a few wearings. It may contain toxic chemicals or who knows what else. I can instead buy fewer pieces from my custom site, spend about 5o-60 bucks, and wear what I get until I stain it beyond salvation or it no longer fits. I bought one dress that never fit me right, before I got the size/measurement details down pat. Otherwise, I still have a closet full of things I love. And nary a Wally World contribution in sight.
Getting back to my original train of thought…
What we euphemistically call our “silverware” – aka stainless flatware – has been dwindling in volume for a while. I bought it when we moved here a couple of years ago, so I was puzzled at how we were losing so many pieces so quickly, especially since there’s only the two of us in the house.
The AHA moment arrived a few weeks ago.
I love G to pieces. He’s the glue that holds the place together. About the only housework I do, if you can call it that, is cooking. He does the cleaning, including laundry and dishes. The “dishes” part here is key. I discovered he routinely turns on the garbage disposal without checking to see if anything has fallen into it. And since the flatware we had was only a few mils more than aluminum-foil thick, it didn’t fare well when introduced to whirring blades. (I bought from Ross – think I paid $20 for 8 place settings. And it STILL wasn’t the worst quality I’ve ever owned, by a long shot.)
There was still a little left on my Amazon gift card from work, so I ordered this set a couple of days ago:
Since it was $36 for a 45-piece set, I fully expected another round of glorified aluminum foil. When it was delivered today, I was surprised at how heavy the box was. Then I was surprised at how heavy the individual pieces are! No, QE II won’t be using it to serve tea at Buckingham – but this is a significant step up from what we had. It’s 18/0, nickel-free, which I wanted. Given my husband’s propensity for murdering innocent spoons and forks, I think I can live with the exchange in longevity vs. 18/10. It’s also cheap enough I won’t cry when it begins to systematically disappear. Because we all know it will.