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Posted: 10/3/2012 3:57:43 AM
I am wondering because I was reading a letter of a family member that has passed away (found it in her bible) and she was so excited about her China dishes that she had and how she finally got the set she wanted.

And then I began to think, does anyone still use China and do you pass on sets to the next generation? I have seen many sets at the Goodwill and my Grandma has a set and she never used it and it still sits to this day in her China cabinet.

I was just wondering why was it so important to have? I can remember geting a china set and even some crystal candy dishes and vases when we got married and honestly I can't even remember what happened to that stuff.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 4:43:44 AM
What do you use instead?

ETA - I have good china (wedding present stuff that never sees the light of day) and every day china.



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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:12:53 AM
I have more china and crystal than Macy's! I have 2 complete sets of 12. One set is ours another was my mom's and I have really old china from my grandmother.

Crystal, ours is wonderful. It makes a lovely sound when you run your finger around the top edge. I also have very, very old, thin crystal from my grandmother.

Now, use.....ha, ha.....we used ours a couple of years ago when my dd wanted to have a fancy Christmas dinner. That's been it.

Ours will end up at Goodwill. The antique crystal, I don't know where that will end up. It's beautiful, and thin. I can't imagine where that will end up going.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:13:49 AM
I'm guessing that the OP means what we call" Bone China", Garr.

Yes, I do have some Bone China and use it on special occasions. It's too delicate to use everyday though so I just use the more robust" china". A cup of tea tastes so different in a bone china cup LOL
I also have a lot of crystal drinking glasses too - I do use those more often though, to date I haven't broken any of them !

Most people kept their best china for special occasions in the old days though - it was little like having " best" clothes to attend church KWIM

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:22:16 AM
I have a china set of dishes that I only get out maybe once a year. I've been seriously considering putting them on ebay or donating them, but DH won't let me. Plus some of it was given to me as a gift from my mom, so I'm sentimental about the china, too.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:26:51 AM

I have several sets of "good" china and use them all. I love to set a full-on table of crystal, china, and silver - - I swear the food tastes better from a beautifully set table.

One set of the china was my grandmother's. She kept it protected for years only using it on the rarest of occasions. Until she got older and decided to get rid of everything else and make that her everyday set. She left it to me with the understanding that it would be used. She said she didn't care if every plate got broken as long as we'd laughed over good food doing it.








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Posted: 10/3/2012 7:28:44 AM
I use it on holidays and I keep saying I am going to use it more, but then I never do.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 7:52:29 AM
I use it for holiday dinners


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Posted: 10/3/2012 8:01:08 AM
We use it for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. We also use it for the occasional dinner party with friends (once a year or so). I have used the salad and dessert plates, and silver and china, for various luncheons and showers (baby and bridal) that I have given with friends - either at my home, or someone else's home. We use 4-5 people's different patterns, but they blend very well together.

I love using china, crystal and silver. I have one set that I got for wedding gifts, and some odd pieces from my grandmother (most of hers was lost in a house fire).


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Posted: 10/3/2012 8:14:12 AM
Yes I have it and yes I use it.

IMO, it is all about how it is stored. If I have easy access then I use it. If I don't, then I don't pull it out.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 8:19:16 AM
I have MIL's china. Neither of DH's sisters wanted it after she died. One had her own set, and the other didn't care for the pattern anyway. I didn't at first either, but now I'm fond of it. Mostly I like that it was hers, and she loved it.

We never use it anymore though. We've had to move so many times in the past few years that it's been packed up since early 2006. My 14yo DDs don't remember what it looks like, and I think that's so sad. I would have liked for them to have had had a happy connection to it when they thought about the holidays and special dinners during their childhood. I'm hoping that we'll be able to settle down for good next year, and I can unpack it all and start using it again. Youngest DD will still enjoy it for several years before she's off on her own.




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Posted: 10/3/2012 8:20:07 AM
We have several sets of fine china, plus crystal, plus silver. We love it all and use it regularly - not just for special occasions.

We will inherit two more sets from my parents at some point.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 8:53:46 AM

I have 2 sets of every day china and a set of formal china. I want a set of Christmas china - I should add that to my list of things I want to do/get for myself.

The formal set and one every day set were from my wedding registry, and the other every day survived Katrina - we found about 1/2 a set of my grandmother's every day china in her yard, and my mom bought more to round out the set for me. It is kind of funny, but I didn't really like the set when Granny was alive, but I love using it now. Even though it isn't sold anymore, it was a popular and unique pattern that crops up in TV shows and movies from time to time.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 8:56:58 AM
We have two sets of formal china, one for 11 months of the year and one just for December (it actually comes out the day after Thanksgiving) and we eat off it regularly. I was raised with meals in our formal dining room, as was my husband, and we eat dinner in our formal dining room unless we are at a restaurant.

I do know people like you describe. They have china they profess to love and want to save for 'something special' but what is more special than a family dinner?



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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:00:16 AM
I have four sets of china.

I have a cream/gold set that I got when I got married (Lenox Eternal)
I have a Christmas set that coordinates with the above (Lenox Holiday)
I have a green and white set that was my grandmothers. I'm sure it was cheap, but it's actually the most valuable to me since it was hers.
I just bought a full set of 12 of white/platinum china (Lenox Opal Innocence).
I use my china when I'm in the mood. Sometimes that's for dinner, sometimes that's for holidays. I didn't use china last Thanksgiving as we had 24 people and I spent two days cooking and didn't want to spend another day doing dishes.

I also have a set of Mikasa crystal I got when I got married that matches the Eternal china. Can't remember the name but it has white flowers etched on it with gold trim.

I just treated myself to a set of Waterford Lismore crystal. I'm still completing my set as I troll ebay for good deals on them new. I use them every time we have wine/iced tea/champagne/etc. If I break one, I'll buy another.





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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:01:15 AM
We've been married for over 25 yrs and I never registered for a set of china nor did I ever feel the need to have a set of china. There were other things I would rather spend money on. No biggie.

About 20 yrs ago, my Grandmother gave me her old set of china...service for 12. I don't use it often but I treasure it because it was treasured by my Grandmother.



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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:39:59 AM
We have it but don't use it much. It was my grandmother's. I took it when she died and filled in pieces from ebay. Yes we only use it once a year but I have the space and like it displayed in my china cabinet. It makes me happy and reminds me of my grandmother.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:46:39 AM
Absolutely. I swear my food tastes better when it's served on china.
I have a few sets and use them throughout the year along with crystal and silver.

Last year I gave my daughter Spode Christmas Tree for her first college apt. That one can go straight to the dishwasher unlike fine china. I pull out the Spode pattern for everyday and Lenox's Holiday for dining room meals the day after Thanksgiving.

I have two other china patterns for the other 11 months.



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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:53:32 AM
We don't have any of the thin China dishes. We do have a set of heavy Franciscan Pebble Beach dishes I got in the 70's when they were still being made and now buy replacements on eBay. I use them because I love them but they don't qualify as 'good China'. It's importand to many people to have that 'good China' though. Others, not so much.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:02:03 AM
I have my grandmother's china, the china I registered when I married and a Fitz and Floyd Christmas pattern. I use them for holidays, when we entertain and for special family meals.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:15:41 AM
I am the one in the family that does the big dinners. I use Lennox Holiday at Christmas and my regular China at Thanksgiving and Easter. It's a tradition I just want to keep.

I look at it this way, if you stop using it how will future generations know what it's about? I still remember dinners at my great grandmothers with the table set in her finest china.



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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:22:21 AM
I am not a formal person, so I do not own any fine china.

I have a set of "casual china" (Lenox Poppies on Blue) and regular and holiday Pfaltzgraff, plus a full set of glass luncheon plates, and a set of vintage dishes from my grandmother (Hall Autumn Leaf).

But they are all considered casual, which works well for me.

If I wanted to do something slightly formal, I would just add more formal elements to the Poppies (table linens, crystal, etc.).



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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:36:06 AM
I have formal china that I rarely use but I like it. I have debated letting it go but haven't been able to do it. My every day dishes are china too, but not formal. I love china it's thinner but much more durable than stoneware. It's great for everyday use, very resilient, takes up less space etc.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:36:07 AM
I have my china and I also have my mothers pattern.

They are a family treasure and both patterns are classic.


After storing them for years and only using them at Christmas and Thanksgiving, I decided I wanted to use them more frequently and instill an appreciation for nice things in my children.

We now have easy access to them in a kitchen cabinet, and use them about 3 times a month along with the crystal and "good silver". Everyone has been trained that it is not to go in the microwave or dishwasher.

I cook a nice meal (not necessarily fancy--lasagne, casserole, grilled chicken), everyone "dresses" for the meal (no basketball shorts and T's) and we have candlelight. Manners and good conversation are expected at every meal whether on paper plates or china. No one complains and we love it!

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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:47:24 AM
We use ours less now that we have very small children, but before that used our fine china frequently, and I plan to use it more frequently again when the kids are a little older.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:04:20 AM
We have my great grandmother's china. It comes out on holidays only. We're rough on our everyday dishware, and the fancy stuff is way too breakable.

We don't display it in a china cabinet; it lives in a box in the basement until the holidays.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:09:28 AM
Yes! Our "regular" dishes are ones that I love - I picked out lots of different ones that I thought were fun over the years, but every time we have a "serious" dinner, we use the china.

It's not to be hidden away!

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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:47:26 AM
Yes I have a few sets. My Wedding China I have displayed and use on special occasions\holidays. It is a more Winter color theme so I use those then. I also have another full set that is a more Summer floral that I use in the summer months holidays. Then lots of other sets with maybe only 4 place settings on up.
Then we have my pflaszgraff that I use everyday now. I like to change things up so you never know what you might see in the cabinet. Luckily I have a nice size pantry to store it all. I had a double wide closet in my laundry room that DH converted for me.
I will admit that I do think about downsizing but I can never find a set I am willing to part with. I like my "stuff"

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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:49:11 AM
I'm another one with several sets of china, and we use it daily. Bone china is sturdier than pottery/earthenware. As long as it doesn't have metallic trim, it can even go in the microwave.

I do keep a few plastic bowls and plates for the grandkid to use.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 12:01:31 PM
I don't own any china or silver. The only crystal we have is our wine glasses.

We own a full set of everyday dishes and the serving pieces that go with them, as well as flatware. But they certainly aren't fancy.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 3:43:20 PM
We eat off china everyday

I decided I didn't like that it sits in the cupboard and only gets used three times a year.

So I put it on a more convenient shelf and it's used for every meal now

My great grandma never owned anything but fine china and it's all we ever ate on there. It's one of my favorite memories because even a sandwich just seemed special at her house


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Posted: 10/3/2012 4:00:03 PM
We don't own any china. We are still eating off the Corelle we got for a wedding gift almost 19 yrs ago. They're the only dishes we own.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 4:50:41 PM
One of my favorite topics!! (The other is shoes). I took ALL my china, dishes and 'tablescapes' with me in my divorce!! I have:

1. Thanksgiving dishes (Mikasa): Service for 12

2. Christmas dishes (Nikko--china): Service for 24

3. Valentine's dishes (just from Homegoods): Service for 8

4. Easter dishes (Homegoods, again): service for 8

5. Flag dishes for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day (casual, service for 8)

6. Royal Doulton Old Country Roses, fine china: Service for 24

I might have a few more in there that I didn't list! I even had service for for 30 glass dishes for barbeques, because I don't like to use/waste paper dishes!

In answer to the question: YESSSSSSS!! I use my china and always have, even when my kids were babies! Why not use it if you have it??? I love setting tables up for each holiday/season.









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Posted: 10/3/2012 4:53:52 PM
Can't say I know a single person who uses China anymore I used to have it, it's what you did when registering... the BIGGEST waste of money/gifts ever. I will never purchase china off of registry for anyone either. I would much rather own several different dish sets in varying colors/styles that are durable and usable.



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Posted: 10/3/2012 4:57:00 PM
Can't say I know a single person who uses China anymore I used to have it, it's what you did when registering... the BIGGEST waste of money/gifts ever. I will never purchase china off of registry for anyone either. I would much rather own several different dish sets in varying colors/styles that are durable and usable.



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Posted: 10/3/2012 4:58:55 PM
We got Lenox Federal Platinum when we got married. We ended up with most of it off our registry and then right after we got married a couple of the Lenox outlets were going out of business so we were able to snag the couple things we were missing for super cheap. I have a full set of 12 with dinner, salad, accent, cup, and saucer. The Lenox silverware that matches and the Lenox "crystal" red wine, white wine, and water glasses.

We just bought our first real crystal a couple weeks ago when we were in Ireland. We bought 12 Waterford Crystal glasses at the factory in Waterford. It is being shipped home...I can't wait!! I figure if it survives the years we will give it to dd (currently 18 months)since she was on the trip with us as a wedding gift.

My mom has her formal china and so does my mil. Mil uses hers a couple times a year along with her silver. My mom uses hers at least a dozen times a year. I always loved as a kid when we used it, it felt so fancy.

We don't use ours too often, but I am always looking for reasons to use it!




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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:28:52 PM
I don't have any good china or crystal, but if I did, I would use it ALL.THE.TIME

My grandmother used to save everything "for good," and didn't use any of the nice things she owned because the occasion was "never special enough." All those lovely things never saw the light of day and were ruined by age and moisture (good linens) or given to Goodwill when she died. (My grandmother's children didn't want to keep any of her good china because it had bad memories for them. They were never "special enough" to have the good china used for holidays with them, and it just made them bitter about it.)

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:34:19 PM
I don't own any, my mom doesn't own any and my grandmother had some but it sat in a cabinet for who knows how long and to thin to use. I am pretty sure my cousin ended up with it. The only thing I have like that which is 'nice' is a set of real silverware from my dad's parents. (My mom researched it and it is worth quite a bit) I just broke the wood box it came in when I dropped it on the floor. My dad is gonna kill me!! LOL



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Posted: 10/4/2012 8:33:53 AM
I like hearing all the feedback. It just was something that I was thinking about. I read her letter and thought wow she really was proud of her set of dishes. And when I talked to my Grandma she stated that she still had her sets too. But I can never remember it being used.

I guess it's the same as me wanting to have the nice plates from Pier 1 for every season (which I do have alot of ) but I can't see spending what I spend on dishes and not using them everytime I can.

And now that I think of it, I guess I should say that I do have one set of fine china. I got it years ago while working at Daytons (which is now Marshall Fields) but I love that set. I did use it for Christmas for years but now I use another set.



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Posted: 10/4/2012 9:05:10 AM
I had an antique set I bought at a flea market that I later sold years later, did not use it enough (6 or 7 times in 10 years)

I also collected stoneware, have a large collection of it but have not used in in years (decade? )

I then bought another set of modern bone china while in Germany, used to use it all the time. My stoneware was in storage in the States.

Remarried with kids, used the bone china for some holidays (Easter and Birthdays). Right now our daily stuff is Corelle.

I have lots of stuff to get rid of, maybe.


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Posted: 10/28/2012 7:09:53 PM
If I had it I would use it everyday. i have been on a
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Posted: 10/28/2012 7:43:52 PM
My mother has half of her great-grandmother's set and my aunt has half of a different set of her great-grandmother's china. They are both similar except the trim is gold on one and silver on the other. We use it for special occasions like Christmas or when there are guests. When it gets handed on to me (my aunt has no children and said I can also have her half of the other set) I want to use it a little more often than it does now.

It's nice to have when you want the table to look a bit fancier. We also have matching silverware for the table which is a pain to keep clean. It looks really pretty on the table with the dishes though.

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Posted: 10/28/2012 7:57:21 PM
I have mine, my mom's and my paternal grandmother's china. We only use it on holidays (the colors lend themselves well to Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter, respectively) but I love having it and displaying it. None of the sets was super expensive, but each has great sentimental value to me. I have a large china cabinet in my dining room that holds all three sets.

My sister has our maternal grandmother's two sets - one from her wedding and a larger one purchased later to accommodate their family of 13 plus a number if guests. I know she really values them too and uses them occasionally. She used the larger set at her youngest daughter's baptism breakfast last summer.


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Posted: 10/28/2012 8:03:54 PM
I don't. I hate silver! My mom used to use it and I remember it zinging my amalgam fillings in my teeth. I prefer stainless steel utensils!


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PeaFixture

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October 2007
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Posted: 10/28/2012 8:16:16 PM
Yes i do...I used to have 2 sets...Royal Albert Val D'or and Roal Albert Snowdrop. I have a service for 12 and extrad dinner plates for 18.
I have all the serving pieces and platters, it is stored in my hutch and used for any special meal. I also have pinwheel cyrstal that is used all the time.
Family dinners, Dinner parties, holiday dinners etc. From the time drandchildren are 2ish they are served their dinner on a good china plate as well. The only thing that has ever broken was when my 16 year old sister placed her wine glass on the floor beside her adn then managed to kick into the sofa leg when she got up. Of course it was some rare wine glass but who cares. We have enjoyed them, enjoyed using them, enjoyed life and that is what it is all about.

KIM.B
EncycloPEAdia

PeaNut 36,204
April 2002
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Loc: Ludlow, MA

Posted: 10/28/2012 8:20:52 PM
I know there are lots of folks out there that donate that stuff to Goodwill, I just must keep missing it! I am thinking instead of trying to find a "set" I might try to just buy pieces here and there and have a mis-matched set. Haven't figured that out.

Was thinking of trying some of the "antique" stores around my area too, maybe I might luck out, but I bet they'd want "antique" prices !!

Kim



anmolhai
AncestralPea

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June 2002
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Loc: Canada

Posted: 10/28/2012 8:25:52 PM
Yes I do I Love setting up table and every time we have company over for Dinner my good China and Cutlery comes out. Yes its a lot of work to clean it all & put it away but I still love it!!!


Live life !

ilovebuble
PeaFixture

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January 2012
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Posted: 10/28/2012 8:29:02 PM
I don't own any fine china, didn't register for it for my wedding. We use everyday china that can take a bit of a beating from everyday use.

Eventually I will inherit china and silver from my parents and it will probably just collect dust. Too many memories of being sent to the kitchen for hours to hand wash each piece for my liking.

megmc
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

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January 2011
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Posted: 10/28/2012 9:32:15 PM
gavinsmom.....I have a mouth full of filling and it was aluminum flatware that would bother mine, not silver.
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