Before I begin, I both apologise and acknowledge that to most readers this will be rather dry and dull but I’m childishly excited to write it.
I love old crockery, cups, mugs, kitchenware. All of it, the older the better. Alongside this I also love anything that’s rather bright because for me, cooking was never a particularly enjoyable experience but when I moved to university I was left with no choice but to cook for myself and so headed off, over three years ago, with a friend, to trawl the charity shops of Swansea and begin my collection of kitchenware. This is point where most people will go ‘I’m so not interested’. That’s fine, I get it. I’ll never read about your collection of old belts and watch straps and so life goes on happily.
There was always the option to go to IKEA like all other students, pick up the 12 piece set of plain white plates and bowls which, when they inevitably break, can be replaced easily. But no, I took the option of spending hours and hours, months, years, trawling shops up and down the country, building up my collection slowly. Crying each time something got broken (seriously) because they can’t be replaced and I love them all. I grow attached to things, plates and knives included. I’m still not over the breakage of a lovely cornflower blue mug that happened in my first university – I laugh at myself for this but seriously, that mug and I spent many hours in my bed reading books I barely understood. I get very protective over my fragile old plates because I’ve spent so long tracking them down and once they’re gone they’re gone.
To save your boredom I’ll just go ahead and share the pictures of my collection. This is only a small selection of the things currently in use, I have three or four big baskets of bits and bobs I’m not currently using which one day, when I have a home and space to spread them out, will be used. Not all of these are from charity shops, some are from Home Sense, that side-venture of TKMaxx, because I found lots of colourful, lovely, affordable bits there, and I believe a cup or two are from IKEA, and some have been donated from kind friends and family – full Tupperware jelly moulds & grater set included.