This is a continuation of LAST APRIL’s challenge about HEIRLOOMS. When my sister and I cleaned out our parents’ home, we had to make many decisions about what to do with all the stuff. Which things are truly “valuable” and which have only sentiment in their favor? Should we sell it, keep it, or throw it away? To help ensure a future for our family’s heirlooms, I plan to leave a booklet for my daughters telling the stories of what they will inherit one day. (Not TOO soon, I hope!)
is for the Oak Buffet in my dining room. It is not a family heirloom, but it is definitely old. I purchased it from an antique shop in nearby Suffolk, Virginia, with money left to me by my grandaunt Violetta Davis Ryan.
The minute I saw this one in the shop, I knew how I was going to spend my inheritance.
The carved doors, the lion heads, the claw feet, the mirror, the ample storage - what’s not to love?
My grandaunt Helen Killeen Parker’s silver service is displayed prominently. A few pieces of crystal make an appearance as well. The main cabinet holds my fine china. Odds and ends of candles, napkins, trays, and serving pieces are stored in the drawers. Boxes of silverware and brassware are shoved underneath.
Sometimes I look around at my STUFF and imagine what I would keep if I ever wanted or needed to downsize. This buffet is always on my KEEP list.
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