My New Favorite Mug and Other Dinnerware Confessions

cherry blossom cup

David and I were getting groceries at New Seasons where I saw the cutest mug. I was this close to putting it in our shopping basket, but I knew that the last thing we needed was more dinnerware. You see, back when I was in college I worked at Pottery Barn in the “Table Top” section. I barely had two pennies to rub together back then, but for some reason I couldn’t pass up certain sale items, especially since I got a 20% discount on top of the sale price (the regular employee discount was 40%).

So now we have all kinds of dinnerware and accessories for entertaining – multiple full sets of “Suppertime” and “Bianca” dinnerware, specialty dessert and cocktail plates (with different themes like vintage hula girls, french posters, and celebrate the century), 3 different colors of sets-of-three nested serving bowls, fondue and sushi plates (from Williams Sonoma, where employees also got a discount), and multiple patterns of complete pasta bowl sets (5 that I can think of off-hand). It’s insane how much we have, and that we still have items we’ve never even used. I haven’t even begun to describe our specialty glass collection, including old fashioned fountain sundae glasses and a gorgeous amber iridescent decanter for some liquor that I can’t remember and don’t drink because of an allergy. Seriously. It’s that scary.

The thing is, I am not that person anymore. I never shop at Pottery Barn or even like that kind of style anymore. Now I like things that are more modern, or fun and ‘artsy’, or even clever. I like things to have a little more personality, or maybe a handmade element. Living in Portland, there is no lack of small, independent boutiques, although I would just as soon shop at Crate & Barrel, where at least I can find nice things I might be able to afford.

My husband has asked me so many times to get rid of some of that stuff, but I just can’t bring myself to do. I’ve tried. Truly. But I just can’t do it. What if I need that adorable Thanksgiving ceramic butter dish with the little turkey handle on the lid (that has never been used and is still in its original box)? Or maybe that set of green unbreakable plates for the next time we decide to go on a picnic or have kids over (which has never happened, because our young nephew lives in Austin and none of our friends have kids… yet.) See? There is just no reasoning with myself. Until I can make a little space in our pantry cupboard, I will not buy that cute mug. Or that adorable matching bowl with the little flowers on the inside rim. Or any other piece of dinnerware.

(Sigh) Serves myself right, I suppose.

10 Responses to “My New Favorite Mug and Other Dinnerware Confessions”

  1. 1 puremotif September 26, 2007 at 5:14 am

    that mug/bowl are sooooooo amazing.

    Love them.

    Ha “Serves” yourself right. get it?

  2. 2 pricklypearbloom September 26, 2007 at 6:01 am

    I LOVE mugs. I went shopping the other day for mugs for a friend’s party, and ended up buying ONE fun mug for myself. It was just so beautiful that I couldn’t resist, but I didn’t want to buy a whole bunch of them. And I have a little collection of mismatched mugs, that I either bought one of because I just loved them, or that I bought 1 or 2 of on vacation, and they remind me of the place that I went, or that were given to me, like the one from my mom. I love having memories attached to things like that, and I love that they are all different mugs, yet, they all work together in a way.

  3. 3 paperseedblog September 26, 2007 at 9:54 am

    Hey! I’m glad to hear you bought one for yourself. I think that’s fun. I only have one mug that I’ve bought singly – it’s a gorgeous shade of rich turquoise with a leafy green hibiscus graphic. I bought it on our honeymoon in Hawaii three years ago and it’s considered my “special” mug for morning coffee. David’s special mug is a Studio Tord Boontje for Target. Funny how we attribute a certain extra enjoyment when using those mugs.

  4. 4 KeenEye September 26, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    I feel your pain. My husband has implemented a “One thing in, Two things out” rule in regards to our kitchen.

  5. 5 amethystlune September 27, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    these are hella pretty!! 🙂 yes. one thing in. two things out. and after my moving and extensive decluttering…. i can tell ya, having just the essentials would have made moving muuuuch easier. but, i do miss certain things i gave away… like some of my bowls and mugs…

  6. 6 Mimi December 21, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    Hi there,

    stumbled upon your blog and love it. (now I can’t remember what I was googling for…) Anyhoo, I also fell in love with these mugs, and since I don’t live in the area- I can’t order these from the stores 😦 Would you happen to know who makes them and I can then track them down? I’ve been dreaming of decorating my 6 year old daughters’s room in a cherry blossom motif and these are so right for the theme. Any help would be appreciated!

  7. 7 sadao June 23, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Our cupboard is full of mugs that either I or my wife use. My wife is not a collector of mugs, but we ended up having so many of them.
    I get to have coffee in a different cup everyday.

  8. 8 flintrock September 9, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Are you interested in getting rid of any white suppertime dishes?? They have been discontinued and I am trying to replace some of the items. I need dinner plates, salad plates.

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