Believe me, I get it. You don't have space, you never use it, it's too formal, not your style...but can't bring yourself to get rid of it. Your siblings and cousins don't want it either and all of a sudden you've become the sole keeper of family heirlooms belonging to your great grandmother dating back to the 1800s. Oh man. Just the idea of giving away the precious antique china that are preventing you from leaves you feeling guilty. Great, so now what?
My solution? Just keep a few pieces that you can upcycle into something you'll actually use and enjoy, and give away the rest.
It's really a win-win.
For my granny's 100th birthday, I converted all of her wedding china into different configurations of tiered stands. This way, all of her close family and friends could have a party favor to enjoy that would remind them of granny. I can't even tell you how many people contacted me after the party to tell me how much they loved their stand, especially because of the memories they associated with the china and spending time with my granny.
If you're interested in upcycling your china and donating the rest...The Brooklyn Teacup would be happy to help out! Make an appointment through the website and we'll take any unwanted pieces in good condition off your hands. Pieces that we do not keep will be donated to our friends at Big Reuse, an environmental nonprofit in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Below are a number of other mostly nationwide organizations that welcome fine china donations. Some even offer pick up services that are free of charge.
Contact your local chapter or visit their web pages (below) for more information.