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Chipped plates

(42 Posts)
tanith Fri 17-Jan-20 18:21:39

Noticed I have several in my cupboard including bowls, I do discard chipped mugs/cups but carry on using plates and bowls with small chips.
What do you do.

Witzend Sat 18-Jan-20 09:27:03

I will use them for family if the others are all dirty/in the dishwasher, and replace now and then when there are more than one or two, and if I happen to see my Portmeiron (sp?) on sale anywhere. (Which is never in my local John Lewis, they don’t stock it any more, too un-trendy.)

The TB thing is surely an old wives’ tale? Which makes me wonder why it’s always old wives’, and not old husbands’ , or just old men’s.

curvygran950 Sat 18-Jan-20 14:20:41

Witzend, there are several websites for finding discontinued china , just google ‘ discontinued china uk’ and several pop up . I’ve used one to find Denby patterns , with good results .

ladymuck Sat 18-Jan-20 17:11:00

I take a hammer to them and use the fragments for drainage in plant pots.

annep1 Sat 18-Jan-20 17:20:45

A very tiny not very noticable chip is ok by me. Cracks go in the bin immediately. Apart from germs if the item suddenly split you could be scalded or have a messy spill.

Fernbergien Sun 19-Jan-20 11:40:27

Mugs go.
Plates stay.
But no cracks - they go.

Daisymae Sun 19-Jan-20 12:18:19

I would bin them. In fact I sometimes replace things without chips.

timetogo2016 Sun 19-Jan-20 12:24:38

Straight in the bin.
My mom said they harbour germs which does actually make sense .
I did once nip my finger on a chipped saucer so that's another reason to bin them.

travelsafar Sun 19-Jan-20 12:26:10

It is relatively cheap to replace crockery sets nowadays for everyday use, so yes i would put in the recycling bin. Obviously if you have a treasured set then it would be more upsetting to dispose of.

Ngaio1 Sun 19-Jan-20 20:57:38

HettyMaud. No matter - it is a good idea.

Hetty58 Sun 19-Jan-20 21:29:12

My friend collects vintage plates from charity shops. She has to hand wash them (not dishwasher proof) - so I wouldn't bother as I'm lazy. Any 'rejects' with chips she uses in the garden for plant saucers and overlapped as (unusual but pretty) lawn edging.

Maggiemaybe Sun 19-Jan-20 21:54:51

Nothing much goes in the bin here. If we can’t use them as containers for flowers, paintbrushes etc, badly chipped crockery goes to the local Scouts for the china smash stall at their local fundraiser.

lemongrove Mon 20-Jan-20 00:04:51

I don’t like waste either, so try and find a use for chipped crockery if possible.Large plates are useful for under plant pots and smaller ones I give to friends who have cats and I used to pass them to an animal shelter where we used to live.

newnanny Mon 20-Jan-20 01:40:10

In use plain white plates for everyday so any chips and they go in bin and easy to replace from Tesco.

welbeck Mon 20-Jan-20 01:55:27

my mother, whom I looked up to v much, said cracked plates must be smashed as the cracks keep dirt which harbours germs. she worked in hospitals during the war. nothing was carelessly wasted then. so I would use the same principle re cracked crockery. the glaze is broken, so can they really be effectively cleaned, even in a machine I don't know. anyway I am a one item person, so its not a problem. I always point out in a café if I see a cup/glass with a crack/chipped and tell them it must be thrown away.
if I get a piece of cutlery that is not clean enough, I loudly throw it on the floor in café, and say I dropped it and ask for another. perhaps I should do that with cups, but it a bit tricky if they contain liquid.
my mother was a strong person. would have been good as a warrant officer in the army. clear, authoritative, intelligent, self-assured. wish I'd been more like that. or something

Greyduster Mon 20-Jan-20 08:43:24

Anything cracked goes straight in the bin, but a small chip on a bowl or plate will still render it useful for something in the kitchen. Bizarrely, I have a mug with a chip and no handle that I have kept for some years as, when full, it holds just the right amount of rice to cook for two of us.

M0nica Tue 21-Jan-20 17:21:38

I am currently drinking tea from a very pretty mug with a chip on the base. I will continue to use it until, at sometime I drop it or knock it off the table and it shatters.