We recently stopped at Target and bought some new glasses and a Corelle set to replace those that have been broken lo these past few years.
How many years, you ask? I can actually tell you that because deciding to buy Corelle caused some internet drama when I realized it would be foolish to get a nice set of Lenox or Wedgewood to replace the brave floral plates that had fallen over the years. That post was up in Summer of 2014, so it seems like it takes 3 years for 2 children to force replacement purchasing. Given that purchase happened in 2014, I can also calculate that it takes 6 years for one child (and two sleep deprived parents) to force replacement purchasing. (We initially had another set that we got rid of because life is too short to live with dinnerware that is not microwave safe).
Last time we picked out tumblers that were most like our previous glasses. Fortunately for us, this newer style is still in stock after 3 years. So we’re down to one tall glass and two shorter tumblers in the old style along with 8 tall ones in the new style and too many of the shorter tumblers to fit in their special place in the cupboard. I guess the tall ones are more likely to break even though we never give them to small children.
For china, last time we bought more we decided we wanted plain white easy-to-replace difficult-to-break Corelle. Even if we could afford something fancier. Corelle is nice because it is much more likely to bounce safely than our previous higher quality porcelain. Sadly, when it does break it shatters into a zillion thin shards rather than the two or three large pieces that nicer china falls into, which means after sweeping and vacuuming we still have to mop the floor just to be sure. The choice of plain white seems to have been a good one as it is still available and I didn’t shed too many tears getting a new set. Of course, now we have way too many coffee cups as they never seem to break and they come with the Corelle set.
My parents would just pick up bits and pieces from other people’s former sets at garage sales and didn’t buy a new matched set until both children were off to college and no longer washing dishes by hand. We don’t really have time for garage sales, so $40 every few years at Target seems like a reasonable purchase for us.
How long does your china and glassware last? How do you replace it (new sets or single pieces? same design or different?)? Is your cupboard full of mismatched former sets waiting for the final piece to break like ours is?