I’ve been looking for a new chest for my silverware for quite a long time now. The one I have is nice, but it’s broken inside. That little piece of wood (or in this case, plastic) that goes across the lid to hold the knives in detached from the lid many years ago.
I don’t like just throwing things away. I usually try to fix them first, then if that doesn’t work, I have no problem throwing it out and replacing it, but I have to have given it the old college try first. With my old silverware chest, I have tried to reglue that piece of plastic back, and to nail it back, but nothing has worked. So it was time to replace it, but that proved to be harder than I thought.
Silverware chests aren’t exactly falling from the skies these days. Most people don’t even own good silverware any more (or even silverplate, which is what mine actually is) so they have no need for chests in which to store the stuff. And even when I could find one, I just didn’t like the design or it looked cheap.
I finally found one I liked, for a reasonable price, online. Even then I was a bit hesitant, because a series of photos doesn’t always do justice to a product. Sometimes the colour doesn’t show up well, and you certainly can’t check out the workmanship properly. They usually do give you the weight, but that means nothing to me: I want to pick it up and feel it for real. But, three weeks ago I bit the bullet and ordered the one I had been looking at.
It arrived two days ago. It arrived in three – yes, count ’em! – THREE boxes, each one inside of another larger one. There was two kinds of bubble wrap, brown paper wrap, styrofoam corners. Nothing was going to touch that chest, no possible way! Here’s the boxes after the unwrapping:
All the bubble wrap, paper and styrofoam are stuffed into the bottom box. It was a LOT of wrapping. It was almost more wrapping than I’ve ever seen in my house even on Christmas morning. And it bears repeating yet again: THREE separate boxes!
Can you say overkill?
I’m not sure now what to do with the old, broken chest and all the crap that that the new one was wrapped in. I just don’t think my recycling box is big enough.