When Joe's mother passed away,
we inherited the old cruet set that she'd always proudly displayed in their dining room.
There's not much need these days
for having cruets of vinegar and jars of mustard
placed on the table in a formal silver plate spinner.
I doubt that it had been used in many, many years;
Joe was certain that his mother had never done anything with it besides polish and dust it!
I took it away from her home in NY,
assuming that I'd list it on ebay.
Then I learned that IF anyone bid on it at all,
It might go for $10 max.
So I packed it away for a few years
and then schlepped it up here from LA.
It stood a pretty good chance of staying wrapped up in the drawer
until one of my crew inherited it from me
and had to deal with it!
Then Hallelulia, I was walking through an antique store and saw a use for it!!!
We hosted a cocktail party for Joes Rotary group
and the old cruet set was the star attraction on the food table....
But not for sauces.....
With only a bare minimum of flowers
It looked positively grand!
I'll never use it for its intended purpose
but as a vase it's making me very happy.
And now just maybe it won't be such a white elephant
when the next family member inherits it!