Can I ask you a question?
Do you use your vintage wares?
|I use this and it's matching coffee and tea counterparts on a daily basis.|
I ask you this because earlier this week I narrowly prevented my dear hubby from buying me a very expensive present.
Now yes, I can hear you laughing and thinking, "Why on earth would you prevent your husband buying you an expensive gift?"
The answer to that lies in the nature of the gift itself. He had shown me a very beautiful set of silver Art Nouveau buttons on Ebay and asked if I liked them. I answered honestly saying that they were very beautiful.
The next day, on my return from food shopping, he was sitting at the computer and said "You did like these buttons, didn't you"
"Yes." was my simple reply.
"Oh good, because I've bid on them."
I think at this point my face rather dropped, "How much?" I asked.
"£105." He replied.
Well after picking myself up off the floor his face did begin to look a little crestfallen.
"Don't you want them?"
Well no, I didn't and certainly not at that price. Beautiful though the buttons were, they were buttons! I would never dare to use them at that price, so as they weren't usable, I most definitely didn't want them at any price. I explained this as gently as I could, but I could see he felt more than a little hurt by my reaction, but it's not as if we are rolling in money and to be honest we urgently need far more practical things, like a new kitchen. (Ours is ancient and dropping to bits!).
He did see my point of view and crossed his fingers that he would be outbid, which thankfully he was with 5 seconds to go!
This brings me back to my initial question.
I love vintage homewares, but I see no point in them if I can't use them.
I love old Durham Quilts and vintage cotton sheets and pillowcases, but they get used.
I love vintage china and tea trays, but they get used.
I love vintage objects for the home, but I like to display and use them.
So over to you. Do you like your vintage items to have a practical use? Do you use your vintage wares?