We have a lot of breakable items in the store. A lot. Of breakable. Items. I tell people all of the time, I never worry about breaking things, first of all, we hardly ever do, and second of all, everything can be replaced. I’m a mom, this is a fact of life.
We like to move things around in the store. We like to give displays a fresh new look every now and again. I think you can see where I’m headed with this.
One day we decided to move our Le Creuset line to a wall cabinet. We figured (and rightly so) that a more vertical display would be good for the range of colors that we carry. Well, glass shelves and cast iron pots don’t necessarily mix well. As the final pieces were being added to the shelves, they gave way, crashing down, and scaring a whole bunch of customers and employees in the process. No one was hurt. I did not get upset about the broken items. I asked that the stock person start to clean it up, and that was when it hit me. Don’t throw anything away. Let’s save it. For what? I’m sure she wondered. I was not sure of why at the time, but I figured that we could do something with it.
Fast forward to my birthday, and to the cart that my husband was building for my smoker grill dome (yes, I own my own smoker grill dome, tha
t is fodder for another blog). He remembered my box of broken dishes, and asked my daughter to come up with something artistic. She painstakingly went through each and every broken plate, mug and bowl, choosing her color scheme, and cutting each piece to size. The result: A mural on my cart, which serves as a hotplate (practical), yet also serves as a reminder to repurposing, and more importantly, showcases my daughter’s talent and her understanding of what makes her mother tick.
So go ahead, break something. Don’t be scared. You never know what good can come from it!