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#1 of 6 Old 03-22-2010, 12:55 PM - Thread Starter
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For the first time in my life I have new dishes. My mother got me a beautiful set while she was visiting for the birth of our baby. I'm not sure what to do with our old ugly, chipped, mismatched dishes. I think there are 2 mugs that could go to the thrift store but the plates and bowls are too chipped. I don't want to put them in the garbage. Any ideas?

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If you do crafts, you could always put them in a bag and smash them to shards and then reuse the shards in mosaics or pottery or other things. I once saw something about flowerpot (terracotta) and putting putty on it and then placing shards into it, it was really pretty.

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Donate them to homeless shelter.

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If you like to go camping, they're handy for a set of camping dishes.

I smash up chipped cups and plates for drainage on the bottom of potted plants.

If you don't camp or garden or craft, then maybe someone you know could use them.
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I use my old plates for the kids, that way I am not stressed if they break them accidently.
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Some might come in useful for the children (as said), in a workshop (collecting small parts), "coasters" for plant pots, containers for paint or water (craft projects with children), for birds or pets (without sharp edges, obviously).

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