A recent sort out of the kitchen drawers uncovered a surprisingly, one might even say embarrassingly,
large trove of beautiful dishcloths in mint condition.
We do love linens with great graphics. Others know this and have gifted us many pretty and useful cloths for special occasions, as souvenirs of trips to areas known for their textile tradition, or just because. We of course have helped the collection grow.
These kinds of purchases are relatively inexpensive, very packable in both luggage and kitchen drawers, and easy to rationalize. It is a small sacrifice to have to jettison a sad pair of undies to make room in the suitcase, or relegate a dingy old towel from an overstuffed pantry shelf to the rag bin*.
That's how the cotton plant circle of life goes.
We can see that these examples are indeed lovely and could be useful, if we would actually use them.
"It's too good to use", is the sentiment that has allowed us to find brand new items at estate sales again and again.
So obviously we are not the only ones saving our best for some "good enough" occasion, and although it might be nice of us to help out someone's future eBay enterprise by leaving pristine period pieces for them to buy at the sale of our own estate, we have decided that it's time to cut the tags and enjoy!
Even if we could take our fine collection of linens with us, we dearly hope that wherever we are going after this there are no dirty dishes.