Cartons of Crystal: Friday Fictioneers

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photo prompt © Rochelle Wisof-Fields

Sarah stood looking at the packing cartons. Two held kitchen ware, one a dinner service, eight were books, three office, one clothes whilst the remaining eighteen boxes were marked crystal. Why had she kept all this crystal? They never used it. Damian wouldn’t drink out of the wine glasses and they no longer entertained to use the parfait glasses and dessert bowls. She hadn’t had a dressing table in years so why did she lug around the dressing table set.

“I’ll sell the crystal,” Sarah said.

“Who’ll buy it? The only thing people don’t want more than crystal is ebola.”

In response to our hosts Rochelle Wisoff-Fields  prompt and with thanks to her also for this weeks photo

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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36 Responses to Cartons of Crystal: Friday Fictioneers

  1. lisarey1990 says:

    Brilliantly written. The ending is great. The changing of popular pieces in different times. Great piece.

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  2. Charli Mills says:

    Ah! The demise of fine dining! But this is true. Last summer I went to these estate sales on the Keweenaw and saw beautiful crystal for so few dollars, but no one wanted it.

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  3. I’ve discovered that no one wants the tchotchkes I think are charming. Like in the wonderful book, Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos, they may be destined for some kind of recyling project I don’t want to know about. Your story ending is absolutely right on.

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  4. Hang on to it – it may become fashionable again one day. But then again…

    Click to read my FriFic tale

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  5. Cracking last line!

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  6. Dear Irene,

    It’s sad that elegance has gone out of style, isn’t it? It makes me want to throw a dinner party and use the crystal. 😉 Well done.



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  7. granonine says:

    Oy! Crystal and ebola? I’ll take the crystal, thanks 🙂

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  8. subroto says:

    Bwahaha! That’s a great last line. A ripper!

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  9. pennygadd51 says:

    You build nicely to the last line, which made me smile.
    I must be very out of date because I like crystal. I use the wine glasses twice a week, and the cheese plate three or four days a week; the other pieces are used, but less often.

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  10. Iain Kelly says:

    Such a shame these objects have lost their appeal, but perhaps one day they will be treasured again.

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  11. Indeed.. crystal is something that people don’t use any more… Note to self: drink you wine in crystal glass tonight


  12. Dale says:

    Fashion touches everything, doesn’t it? I was never a fan of cut crystal wine glasses (too thick for my taste), but bowls sure are pretty… and vases 😉

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  13. A sad reminder how times have changed. I agree that you should hang on to that piece, it might come back around like everything else. I love the last line! =)

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  14. James McEwan says:

    Was, is crystal that bad. I think people are given so much for presents that it’s almost old hat. You are right who buys it these days, our charity shops are full of it.

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  15. Liz Young says:

    Yet I bet she still can’t bring herself to get rid of it.

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