When is stuff not “just stuff”? When it is YOURS! I actively try and live by the art of detachment but when you downsize and then move you have already decided what you can live without and what you want to take with you. Especially when you move across the country!
I bought this popcorn bowl with my friend Colleen at Home Sense on a dark rainy night on Vancouver Island. It was a spontaneous “let’s go shopping!” night and I fell in love with the bowl immediately. I ended up using it as a kitchen utility bowl and it sat dutifully beside my stove holding all my kitchen tools in one place for years. Every time I looked at it, it reminded me of my friend, my love of popcorn and how helpful it had been in my kitchen.
When the movers started to unpack my kitchen (which was beyond stressful) one of them opened a box and there was my bowl, barely holding together. The more he unpacked, the more it started to disintegrate before my eyes. Soon after that they uncovered my vintage kiwi/chartreuse Le Creuset Dutch oven and one of the handles had broken off. That is when I snapped and tried not to cry.
Reg, knowing how important the popcorn bowl was to me in the kitchen, took me shopping and we started at Home Sense of course. Nope. We then went to all sorts of other stores and nope. Nothing was right. Too short, too tall, too fragile…
Then he took me to Value Village and discovered this piece of pottery. It was tall enough but not wide enough but I brought it home. I needed my tools by my side in the kitchen and this would do for now.
I ended up dividing the stainless steel and everything else between a pitcher and the new wavy utility bowl. As much as I miss my popcorn bowl, this is actually way more organized than throwing everything into one bowl. I am not convinced this is going to be the replacement (we keep looking every time we go out) but it is good enough for the moment.
So thank you Reg and Value Village for coming to my foodie rescue. Maybe I needed a new start with new memories or maybe I needed something that works even better? Or maybe accidents just happen and we need to move on.
Regardless, I am grateful that I have such an awesome husband who worked so hard to find to make me happy and that we have a Value Village that has helped us numerous times since our move.