Our dishes are chipped and looking pretty awful, and it is time to replace them. I was assumign that once Stateside I'd cruise thrift stores, TJ Maxx and place of that ilk, and sales until I found something I liked.
Then I realized I have two sets of dishes in storage (gov't paid, due to overseas moves, not due to excess stuff). One is my grandmother's china, and the other a lovely Mikasa set my mom gave me. And yet I'm considering buying dishes to use? The Mikasa set isn't 100% my taste, but I certainly don't hate them. And given that they will generally be underneath a pile of pasta or a slab of meat and some potatoes, it doesn't much matter.
I've also started going through the two bins (large shoebox size) of "travel products" I have soaps, shampoos, toothbrushes, sewing kits, eye masks, etc. I grab them thinking "this will be nice to have" or intending to donate them, or thinking I'll use them up with my every day grooming. But I don't. I'll empty the nicest of the containers because I do find it very helpful to have 3-4 travel size bottles, but everything else will either go in the shower to be used, or get tossed.