Do you remember your grandmother’s cherished pieces of Havilland China, Wallace silverware, Waterford crystal, silver candelabras, carnival glass, teacup and saucer collection, or being lured to her favorite crystal candy dish harboring mouth-watering sweets when it was OK to give sugar to children? Do you wish to see, hold or own them again?
There is a vast collection of cast off memories in a museum/warehouse of great renown called Replacements, Ltd. Simply take a trip to Greensboro, NC or if that isn’t possible visit www.replacements.com for a trip into nostalgia. It is all there and for sale; all of your favored household memories and much more in over 400,000 square feet of space. Thousands of items are displayed throughout the showroom in specially designed or re-purposed glass and wooden cases that in themselves are worth eyeballing. Plan your time, don’t be in a hurry. You will go from case exclaiming delight and discovery on every glance.
If that isn’t enough, trek through the museum area in the back of the showroom. These pieces are not for sale. They will serve as guides through the long history of collectibles and the companies, inventers and designers who produced them.
You may order replacements for crystal, flatware and dinnerware to enhance your own patterns or send photos to the company for ID and appraisal or arrange to send items for restoration or for sale.
Now, if we could only garner replacements for the world situation, a "warehouse" full of Noah’s Dove and olive branch, handshakes and peace treaties, peace pipes, good manners, courtesy, law-abiding citizens, good driving habits, common sense, tools of diplomacy obliterating rifles, guns, suicide bombers and human killing machines.
Can we restore good work ethics, regard for authority, political acumen, belief in democratic ideals, throwing away our prejudices, make lasting peace agreements and stay diligent in working toward saving our environment, planet and future world for our children? It is so easy to get carried away.
Ann Carol Goldberg