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An Embarrassment of Riches

post #1 of 45
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My ILs came to visit. They brought with them an enclosed trailer stuffed to the gills with stuff for us. Really awesome, nice stuff for the most part.

A lovely little wooden table and chairs for DD, a grill for DH, a sled, a wagon, and 47 large boxes of kitchen stuff from DH's late grandmother.

GMIL loved to entertain, loved William-Sonoma, Cuisinart, All-Clad, Le Creuset, and Caphalon. GMIL sold real estate and was very good at it, made lots of money and liked to shop. She had impeccable, expensive taste.

Among the treasures they brought us are a professional silver Kitchen Aid mixer (with some attachments); a three inch thick crosscut maple cutting board from W-S, still in plastic; a gorgeous copper double boiler with a ceramic insert; a Cuisinart blender; a red enameled A-C stock pot; a LeC turreen; and a complete, unopened set of 24 Martha Stewart paste food colors.

There are also 14 (I kid you not, fourteen) Bundt cake pans, all in different shapes- hearts, flowers, stars, a rose, a cathedral, fall leaves, etc. Not to mention all the little cupcake and muffin tins of various shapes.

And sheet pan after sheet pan. Cooling racks. Springforms. Loaf pans, in every size. Pie plates, in every size. Half a dozen tart pans. As many casserole dishes. A dozen pans, a dozen pots. And a small refrigerator box completely stuffed full of Tupperware- no, not gladware, Tupperware, the name brand originator.

Much of this stuff is still in its original wrapping. All of it is like new.

While I am blown away by my ILs generosity and all the effort they put into bringing us thousands of dollars of stuff, my basement and garage are totally full. It is going to take me all summer to sift thru this stuff, and I am afraid it's going to be showdown after showdown with DH, who is not a packrat EXCEPT when it comes to kitchen stuff.

I am embarrassed for thinking any negative thoughts right now, when I should ONLY be praising our good fortune. Somebody talk some sense into me.
post #2 of 45
E-bay for the stuff you dont want?

How thoughtful of them to give this stuff to you!

A Kitchen Aid
post #3 of 45
WOW, lucky girl! Remember the declutter golden rule...one of only those things you use, two if you use it a lot, three of an item is a crowd!
Happy sorting
post #4 of 45
Yowza! Even though well intentioned, I'd be pissed at someone doing that to me now (my basement is also packed to the gills)

I'd probably just swap out anything I was given that I own already but the new one is nicer and get rid of mine. And the things I think I want, I would keep packed and only if I take them out and use them by X day can I (or DH) keep them.
post #5 of 45
OMG I love kitchen stuff too. 47 boxes!! I just can't imagine.

That said, I feel for you having to sort through it all. It's hard to decide what to keep and then how best to get rid of what you don't want.

Got any weddings coming up that you'll need gifts for? I'd save some of the NIB stuff for that.
post #6 of 45
I'd have a hayday going through it, but a lot of it would end up on ebay, I'm pretty sure. Take it slow and have fun. Is there something your dh has been wanting? I know mine would be really cooperative if I mentioned that some of the funds could go towards that new gadget that he wants.
post #7 of 45
I would love that chopping block! Also other stuff. I would pay for shipping too.

If you would use all this stuff now, by all means enjoy your good fortune. But if its going to sit in your garage, send it on its way to bless someone else's life.

I love WS so I could take some stuff off your hands.
post #8 of 45
What a windfall! I love, love, love kitchen stuff. I would have a hey-day.
post #9 of 45
Oh my goodness! Do you freezer cook? That would be a great use for all those casserole pans. I would sift through and keep what you want. The rest I would sell or the new ones you could even give as gifts. Did the ILs not want any of it? Do you have any family members that might want it?

I would be in heaven-and I don't even love to cook! We have a W-S outlet in my city and I just drool over their stuff.

How about any funds raised going towards a weekend away or a vacation? I think a PP mentioned something similiar. I understand your frustration, though. Tackle it a little bit at a time OR have a garage sale and do a bunch at a time (although you probably wouldn't get as much $$ out of it).
post #10 of 45
Thread Starter 
The ILs already took what they wanted. GMIL had that much kitchen stuff. She also had 2000 cookbooks.
post #11 of 45
: Dude, OP, can I BE you??? That's AWESOME! I'd sort CAREFULLY, gift the new things you can't use to gourmet friends (if you have them) and maybe ebay the rest and save the money, or spend it on wonderful organic ingredients to prepare with all of that lovely stuff! And thank your inlaws!

If I had a pile of cookware like that, I'd probably make a big pile in the kitchen and perch on top of it like a dragon with his horde.... but I'm a weirdo.
post #12 of 45
The dilemma I'd have with tackling a little bit at a time is I wouldn't know what's in the next box, so I wouldn't be able to decide what to keep/pass on from the earlier box. I'd have to see it all, then decide - especially with such fabulous things.
post #13 of 45
Enjoy your blessings and what you don't want to keep, pass on to bless others! Good luck paring down the kitchen goods...my dh likes kitchen gadgets, too.
post #14 of 45
I'm thinking serious yard sale!

Rent a few tables (here they are on the order of 5 bucks for a weekend each).

Bring the stuff out, go through it and price it at the same time. Run the ad and say in the ad that you're listing brand names (name them).
post #15 of 45
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Originally Posted by hibana View Post
: Dude, OP, can I BE you??? That's AWESOME! I'd sort CAREFULLY, gift the new things you can't use to gourmet friends (if you have them) and maybe ebay the rest and save the money, or spend it on wonderful organic ingredients to prepare with all of that lovely stuff! And thank your inlaws!

If I had a pile of cookware like that, I'd probably make a big pile in the kitchen and perch on top of it like a dragon with his horde.... but I'm a weirdo.

post #16 of 45
Maybe you can keep what you want and distribute the other stuff amongst all of us???
post #17 of 45
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Originally Posted by hibana View Post
If I had a pile of cookware like that, I'd probably make a big pile in the kitchen and perch on top of it like a dragon with his horde.... but I'm a weirdo.
:rofl: omg roflmao! I haven't even read the rest of the replies...I got to hibana's and laughed so hard I had to post. Thanks for the great belly laugh Hibana, I really needed it

Leta- wow! wish I was in your shoes! Definitely replace your old beat up things with the new. Free cycle the old and welcome the bounty and be happy. Regift the duplicates.

Wow! I too love kitchen stuff and consider myself a gourmet/foodie. I personally don't think that this is a cause for being upset but rather joy. Let hubby keep the things that he wants. Is he the "chef" in your house? Chores/jobs/tasks are sooo much easier when you have the proper tools...and all of the things you listed are "tools" (well, for me anyway ) and make turning out awesome meals, deserts, ect. a breeze and fun. Can you imagine the looks on peoples faces when they come to your house and you treat them to a slice of cathdral spice cake? Love, love, love bundt pans...a good recipe, a little powedered sugar or simple icing and ta daa! They make an ordinary loaf cake into something really eye popping with no extra effort and your guests will feel very special that you "went all out" just for them.

ok, going back to read the rest of the posts now
post #18 of 45
Wow!!! OP!

No kidding though, I am thinking Holy YardSale Batman!

Steph
post #19 of 45
Wowzers... Lucky you have IL like that...>!!! I would sell what I wont be using.... When my DH grandma passed away we got two xmas decoration things that were dated like 1950's and a candy bowl...
post #20 of 45
Wow, I can understand how overwhelming something like that would be! Especially when it is sittin gin a pile in your bacement!

One idea, for the bundt pans. I inherated a bunch from my grandmother. I simply didn't have room for them all but didn't want to part with them.

I ended up hanging them on the wall in a big group as art. It's really beautiful and I can take them down and use them (after a quick wash) if I want to. Each one get's used about once a year- The fall leaves at thanksgiving ect.
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