Would You Sell One Treasure to Buy Another?

My best friend called me over the weekend with a ponderous question: “If you were me, would you sell my vintage Tiffany china to buy Heath instead?” Now, my BFF takes tableware very seriously — she used to be a freelance table stylist for food magazines — and the Tiffany settings, a wedding gift from her aunt, are beautiful and timeless. But so is her growing collection from Heath Ceramics.

She mentioned that she just wasn’t as excited about her Tiffany anymore, so my answer was swift: Sell it! After all, a single Heath entree plate costs $44, and her current collection doesn’t yet cut it for her famous dinner parties. But she obviously wasn’t entirely sure, as she’d also consulted her hubby and twin sister about it.

I think she should go for it. Our tastes change, and so do our treasures. But I also wonder if she’ll someday regret it just a little.

What about you? Would you sell one beloved object to finance another? If you’ve done so, did you ever wish you hadn’t?

Interestingly, another friend just posted on Facebook that he’s selling off pretty much everything in his house to start anew. That’s bold, but I tend to get a little too attached for such a widespread purge. One or two things, though? No problem.

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