Plates, Plates, Plates

Have your plates become boring.... get your use out of them so you can invest in some new and exciting plates!
Have your plates become boring.... get your use out of them so you can invest in some new and exciting plates! | Source

Now you might be wondering what in the world is so interesting about plates. They really only serve one purpose. They hold the food you are eating. So why in the world would anybody take an active interest in plates. Plates are boring. Yet, as boring as plates may seem, there is a significance behind them. They show you are growing older. You are maturing.

Long gone is the age where you go to the store browsing through the CD collections and movies. Sure, you still look at them, but their importance in you life has dwindled down. One day, you suddenly catch your self walking down the aisle of plates. You start showing off certain ones to whoever may have accompanied you that day, and together you “oh” and “aw” over these ceramic or corelle masterpieces. You start contemplating what plate designs you would like to have. Suddenly, you have nothing on your mind but plates. You may think you are going crazy. You just have to have these plates. Yet, these plates serve no purpose with the exception of eating food off of them. Boring, right?

Now let’s change up that thought. We don’t want to start assuming because we suddenly have an interest in plates that we have become boring. At least I don’t. So here are some ideas to take the boring old plate and have some fun. In the end, you will find some uses for your old boring plates and be able to obtain your dream of buying new dishes for your kitchen!

Variety is the plate of life

Now there are several different kinds of plates out there. There are circle, there are square; there are new ones and old ones; there are plastic ones and there are glass ones; there are ones you have to wash and then there are ones you can throw away. There are a variety of different plates to choose from. You can make your life exciting by choosing a plate to fit your personality.

Personally, I prefer the corelle plates. At one point in time I did have ceramic plates but I found they chipped easily and eventually, if you use them in the microwave they become nuclear. These plates, that I received as a wedding gift, needed to be replaced. That is when I got corelle dishware. These plates are awesome. They don’t become too hot if used in the microwave and they are very difficult to break. (Believe me, I have 3 kids and plenty of these dishes have been dropped and not a chip in sight!)

However, I hate doing dishes and one thing these plates require is plenty of washing. Unfortunately, this is not something you can get away from. I have yet to see a self-cleaning dish. So, if you have re-useable plates and dishes, you are eventually going to have to wash them. I am a firm believer this is the reason paper plates were invented.

Getting rid of your old plates....

Plates are a rather dull subject. Once you have them, that is where it ends. Replacing them often is not necessary so you are pretty well stuck. The fact is, the most exciting thing about your kitchen plates is the color and the design. And that isn’t something we change very often. We will need to step past that. If you want to buy new dishes, we have to get rid of the old. But how you may ask?

Need a little target practice - get out your old plates? Not only did you get good use out of them, but you now have a reason to buy new ones!
Need a little target practice - get out your old plates? Not only did you get good use out of them, but you now have a reason to buy new ones! | Source

1. Use them for target practice!

If you know someone who likes shooting things, take the opportunity to give them something new to shoot at. Throw the plates in the air and see how good their aim is. With a couple bang, bangs you will be rid of your old plates and ready to buy new ones in no time.

Note: I can not assure you this is a safe activity, so only try this if you take the proper safety precautions. Eyewear might be a good suggestion because you could have flying plate fragments. Reader be warned, only do this at your own risk. Writer assumes no responsibility!

2. Send them home with other people!

Have you ever had a party at your house and suddenly you see yourself buried in uneaten food. What do you do with that food? You send it home with the people who attended the party. It is almost like a party favor. How many countless paper plates have you wasted because you had nothing else to put the food on. Use your dishes instead. Not only will this clear your cupboard of the unwanted dishes, but your guests will have a keepsake of the awesome party you threw!

The other option: re-gift. If they are in good condition, why not. I am sure some where out there we might know of someone just starting out in their adult life. They probably need dishes and they are not picky. They don't want to spend their money on new dishes, but they need something to eat off of that isn't always a paper plate. Therefore, give them away to someone who will make a good home for them. Your generosity will definately have you deserving of a shopping trip for new dishes!

There is no end to what you can add to your craft supplies... so why can't you add your old kitchen plates to the box for future use!
There is no end to what you can add to your craft supplies... so why can't you add your old kitchen plates to the box for future use! | Source

3. Add them to your craft box!

You might be wondering what you can possibly do with your kitchen plates for crafting purposes, but the better question might be what can you not do with all those plates you are trying to get rid of. As a crafter, I am a junk collector. Anything that looks interesting, I will find away to make it useful. Plates cause no such issues for an avid crafter.

Do you like making garden stepping stones? Smash up the plate and use the glass shards as decorations in the concrete. Just make sure there are no sharp edges sticking out of the concrete for people to hurt themselves with.

Do you make jewelry? Make use of that old kitchen plate by using it as a one-of-a-kind jewel on your necklace. Sand the edges of the broken plate so it is smooth, wrap it in jewelry wire and hang from a chain. Voila - you have a snazzy new necklace that people will be ogling over.

Do you like to make frames or shadow boxes? These little pieces can add depth and decoration to your project. Glue them onto a frame for something crafty and creative or make abstract art in a shadow box. If you are looking for something unique to hang on the wall, this might be the idea you have been searching for.

As you can see, broken plate pieces can be a treasure to a crafty person. If you think outside of the box, you could come up with a unique idea people will be talking about for years to come!

Now you have a reason

So, if you have been trying to figure out a way to convince yourself it is okay to invest in new dishes, think of all these great ideas that will keep your old ones from going to waste.

Now doesn't that give boring old plates a whole new meaning. With the boring plates out of the way, you can finally go out and get some exciting new dishes that you will love for many years to come. Well, until they get old and you find the new plates that you want once again.

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have corelle plates but not the kind that don't break. RealHousewife and I were just talking about this. Mine are Hearthware or something like that by corelle and they are square,(like you need to know this). I give my old plates to my sons when they move out of the house which they have done on several occasions. In and out In and out. Some days I wish they would just go and stay gone.

After all my babbling I enjoyed your hub. My thing is bowls, I just cannot seem to stop looking at bowls and I have too many as it is.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just ask Susan - she must be talking to everybody about plates.... lol... I got some corelle ones for Christmas a few years back because my old ones got a few chips in them and they actually became nuclear hot if you used them in the microwave. That, and they were a wedding gift intended for service for 12. Needless to say, I have never served that many people and ever used real plates... lol

My thing is actually wine glasses - which is odd because I dont drink a whole lot of wine... oh yeah... and shot glasses... which is odd cause I rarely do shots. They take up so much room in the cabinets I actually was thinking would other stuff could I downsize! LOL


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wine glasses omg! I made the mistake of telling people my wine glass pattern when I was getting married. Now that is 23 almost 24 years ago. I still have not yet unwrapped all of the wine glasses. I have enough for a wedding!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - you really take the plate - ER the cake! Lol. I WAS just talking to Susan about plates - and corelle - it made me look at mine and decide I need new ones! So Susan I asked BBG - never thinking she would - to write about plates please so I could click and get some online!

I decided I should get corelle - I did let the girls drop one and it broke - but maybe because it was 49 years old. I am down to 2 cereal bowls and 2 cups that really still match. I need everyday ware. Plus I'm tired of the pattern.

Your the best barber girl!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just ask Susan - my husband and I had a problem with collecting wine glasses for awhile - but you always need to have a set so we always bought two at a time. They had some cool ones at Arby's we got the collection... taking a trip to Canada - buy wine glasses to drink in the hot tub for a mini weekend getaway. Survive the millenium - yep - got glasses for that. At least you have them all matching. Maybe that means you should start renting your wine glasses out to people for parties... lol ;)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - and the best part is... now you have a way to get rid of the old ones! LOL - I almost forgot the most useful way... if you are angry... take your aggression out on them. Nothing feels better then slamming a plate against the wall. Save the kids - throw a plate... lol

So now the real question... did it work! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh sorry I was just ordering a gun so I could properly dispose of the plates:). Target practice sounds like fun! And what a great idea - overstock - I've really prefer to shop online if possible. There isn't a crowd. Maddy wanted to go shopping last week - I showed her amazon.com - sweet! She's already gotten a bean bag chair she ordered. So much less hassle.

I wonder what the neighbors would say if they saw/heard me breaking plates outside? They'd be thinking I cooked some really crappy food!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

There is nothing like a new plate to liven up the dinner table. I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. Up one and Useful. Hey! I'm now your fan! RJ


marellen 5 years ago

Fun article...I like buying new plates. That way you can buy new placemates, tablecloth and napkins and all sorts of other things to go along with your new design.


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Hubathy 5 years ago from Athabasca, AB; Canada

Good hub :) We have some funky artistic plates over here.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I have lots of plates and other dishware from my mother and grandmother. I recently started using them instead of letting them safely sit in the china cabinet. And my favorite s plates the I purchased have flamingos on them. Such fun for summer. As I become more and more of a minimalist I probably will never buy plates retail again but thrift store shopping is great gun.

thanks for a fun and really unique Hub.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

Thanks for the hub, for sure looking at every day items with new eyes can give new life to those items.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - so did you find a suitable gun for target practice... my father in law has plenty of guns to use so at least when I decide to start... I don't have to worry about looking for that. However, I do like the idea of making jewelery and stepping stones out of them. Here is to cracking plates... lol

BTW - for safety reasons - I highly advise you clean the plates off - at least rinse them. I would hate to see you poke your eye out with the shaved off bottom of your rock solid meat loaf... ha ha... I am only showing concern! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Reynold Jay - Thanks so much for stopping by. A plate can say alot about the dinner table so it is important to get plates that really show off your personality. And if not - they work well for target practice. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for being a fan! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Marellen - wow - I never thought of the cost that goes into a plate... first you got the physical plate, then the napkin and placemate to match, while you are at, might as well throw in some new silverware. Oh boy, and don't forget a matching glass as well. If you ask Just Ask Susan I think she has an abundance of wine glasses. She might be willing to rent some out! :) And last but not least - a vase to hold some flowers that you have to get for the middle of the table as well. Darn - plates get expensive! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Hubathy - Thanks for stopping by. It is amazing the stuff that you can do with plates. You can even paint them and decorate them. It is limitless. And people thought plates were boring :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Hyphenbird - I have never understood having good china sitting safely stored and never using them. I say bravo for taking them out so you can enjoy their beauty. I have a feeling when I get older I might inherit some plates like that... but I like to use what I have. And those flamingo plates sound like an aweful lot of fun. It is neat to see what you can find in thrift stores... some of the best stuff comes from there. :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Phil - You are very correct in that statement. This hub was written more on a dare... per se... and honestly when I was given the topic of plates and dishes, I didn't know what I was going to get when I started, but it definately gave me a fresh look on something we use on a daily basis!


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Jo Frank 5 years ago

Plates..LOL... You made it interesting..got me thinking of my plates..I'm moving and downsizing and will be leaving them behind, on to some new ones and new wine glasses as well. Voted up and funny.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Jo Frank - Don't forget, if you are leaving them behind they work good for target practice ;) Have fun picking out new dishes in the new place! It is always fun when you get to change things up a bit!


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

Love it. Now, I how WISHES for new DISHES. :-)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Funny BBG - I know this lady who got really mad at her husband while she was fixing a pan of peas on the stove (sounds like trouble don't it) yep I guess he nagged her one too many times while stirring those peas and she turned around and flung the whole pan of peas at him. They were hot by then - they stuck to his face! LOL he had little red dots all over....!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@PenMePretty - It sort of reminds me of a part in the book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish...

If you wish to wish for fish, you may wish for fish with the Ish wish Dish... lol


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Oh boy... plates are one thing, but peas... those things can be dangerous!!! LOL I hope he learned his lesson.

Funny though - I am tired so when I was reading your comment I read (sounds like trouble don't I!) LOL - I was going to agree... lol


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Thank you, bbg, for helping me to realize that I was bored to death by my pedestrian plates. Oh, they were always pleasant enough but oh so boring, and I knew that somewhere out there would be plates with more personality.

So I'm going to get out there and find them. In the meantime, here is another way to lose your plates. Throw a party with a Greek motif and your guests can dance to Greek music, shout, "opa!" and break all your old plates with Hellenic gusto.


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

ROTFL!! To set an interesting table, one has to get past the b-o-r-i-n-g tradition that plates MUST match...that a dinner table isn't "properly" set if they don't. Also, forget buying plates in retail stores and check out the offerings at thrift stores and yard sales. For $1 or two per plate, you can come home with a most UN-boring assortment. If you decide a particular plate is truly ugly or irritates you somehow, you're not out a huge wad of money when you dispose of it by re-gift or firepower.

Bought square plates once, btw, but it seemed somehow "unnatural" to put food directly on them, so only used them as chargers for round plates. (Yes, I need to work on that issue...) Finally donated 'em to Goodwill. ;D


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - I can't answer comments when I'm tired - things that probably aren't funny - are funny during those times:) lol

JamaGenee - what a great idea! Thank you! I have a bunch of thrift stores in the area and I would like that - I could match patterns and solids too - way cool!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@drbj - that is a great addition to getting rid of your plates. Isn't there also something about Jewish weddings too that you need to break a plate to seal your vows. You can always donate to that cause as well. And now that you have figured out how to get out and get rid of your boring plates... be quick and be on the look out for those entertaining dishes. You don't want to be stuck without anything... lol


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@JamaGenee - Funny that you mentioned the unnatural feel of the square plates. I have always wanted to get some square plates for my dining experience. I have always found them to be unique. Now, I just have to ask, is your diningroom table round. Maybe that is why it felt unnatural. I wonder if square plates feel better on a square or rectangular table. I will have to go search out for a single square plate and try that theaory out.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I have the same problem... if I start answering comments or even commenting when I am tired I find that nothing makes any sense to anybody but me... and then when I wake up... it doesn't even make sense to me! LOL I feel your pain!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

But you know what? I find myself LMAO at my own self! Then I read it again and delete! I think - only funny in my head:)!


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

No, barbergirl28, my table was rectangular. I think we're simply hardwired that plates should be round because they have been for hundreds of years. Breaking out of the "all plates should match" mindset is apparently the limit of my enlightenment as far as dinnerware goes. Or maybe I haven't found the "right" square plate yet, one that will make my heart sing when I see it. ;D


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Target practice, there you go!

The bad thing about sending them home with other people is that you could eventually get them back.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - that isn't fair... I am sure that if I could see inside your head I would be laughing too... share the wealth! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@JamaGenee - Darn - my theory goes out the window... lol... I guess I will have to come up with a different theory. I guess it has been implanted into our head the circular is the way to go! I haven't gotten into the mismatch thing though because it effects my OCD. I just can't handle the differences. Everything has to match! LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - that is why target practice is number 1 on the list. I would hate to get regifted a gift that I regifted. It is a horrible cycle. Target practice will get rid of them for good and guarantee you won't get them back. Not to mention - great stress reliever!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - it can be very scary up there! I was just thinking that I would like to be a spy. Now that would be a fun job. Where do you think I should apply? What skills would be important to have on my resume?

*can follow directions. *great speller

*great problem solver. *good at taking notes

*good with cracking codes. *loves to play dress up!

What do you think? Do you know any spies I could talk to?


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - are you sure you were in your head... I was just thinking the same thing a couple of days ago. But that might have been influenced by walking past a store full of spy type gadgets. Ok - so it was cameras and stuff, but how much fun would it be to have shoes that could bounce around like Inspector Gadget... or a pen that served as a lock pick... or xray glasses.

Never mind - bad thought - no one needs xray glasses (shudder, shudder, shudder!)

I don't know any spies you could talk to but if you meet one hook me up too! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Haha! I love Mr. Gadget and wished I was him (or a lady version;) with the littlle propeller hat so I could just fly to the grocery store. Ok admit it I have always wanted to be a spy:) I love the 007 movies! Lol

Maybe we should run an ad in the paper. Hey there is a guy that lives down the street - his truck is an advertisement for a spy type business. I guess they set up surveillance or follow around the wives of jealous husbands? I wouldn't want to do that sort of spying. It has to include fancy dinners - using equipment to scale walls and guns and stuff!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Exactly... if you are going to be a spy you have to have the fancy stuff. I watched this movie (I think - my memory fails and I can't remember the name of it) where this girl gets hired to test significant others and whether or not they will cheat. Even if one of them is, how can you be the one that puts the end to it... I couldn't do that... It would feel me with too much guilt.

Give me propeller hats and eyeglasses with cameras and a hearing aid that lets me eavesdrop. That is what I want... lol... and no shooting me of course. I don't do well with that! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Yeah I don't want to waste my time on cheating spouses - that's just boring. I want to spy on like the KGB - and I like Vodka. I don't want to wear one of those furry hats though. Those are just ugly. Lol


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

No furry hats and big huge sunglasses... I mean... that spells spy. We have to come up with a better disguse. I mean - we don't want to get caught or anything... lol


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

BBG~you are a nut! Love that brain of yours. Fun read as usual!

Personally, I love looking at plates, etc., in the stores that allow you to buy one of a kind and not a full set. I never have cared about having complete sets. I'd rather have a unique collection. Enjoyed your writing as always!

Sharyn


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sharyn - I never really thought about buying plates separately, but I guess you could really get a cool and one of a kind collection that way. My addiction is not plates however, it is kitchen gadgets. OMG - I just can't get enough of them! LOL


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

I was curious to see what you would write in a hub of plates. I would like to add the Greek Plate Dance to your disposal options, a REALLY fun night to get rid of a few plates lol.

Thanks for SHARING.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Brett - I was kind of curious what I would write as well. This was based off a conversation about saying I could write about almost anything.... and then the topic of plates came up. But I like the result... and I love the extra addition of the Greek Plate Dance!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I wondered what you would do with this subject and it has me laughing. Never thought of target practice to get rid of plates. As to Brett's suggestion...the Greek plate dance could be fun...but also dangerous...like the target practice. Plate destroyers BEWARE! We have just donated ours to people who needed them and/or to charities that sell them in their thrift shops. Much safer options! Ha!


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KerryAnita 3 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

I love different types of plates and dishes:) My table is always covered in different dinnerware and I love to mix things up. There is a limit though of how many plates will fit in my kitchen cabinets, so thanks for the advice on getting rid of come of the old ones:)


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barbergirl28 3 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Peggy W - I was kind of wondering the same thing. This was one of the hubs that I was put up to by Realhousewife. We were talking about plates one day and how she was trying to get rid of them. I usually go the boring route and give them away. I know people who could use the plates! :)


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barbergirl28 3 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@KerryAnita - Sadly it seems our kitchens are never big enough. I thought I had a huge kitchen and it didn't take long and there was no space left for anything! Bummer. Glad you enjoyed this!


Nelly 3 years ago

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