Okay, so I had a hope chest before I got married. I bought so much for when I set up house: dishes, platters, pitchers, wall hangings, and a host of other odds and ends.
Well, we are having a HUGE garage/yard sale this weekend and you know what I am selling? Many of those items.
Why, you ask?
Well, it's not my taste any more. I had phases: Coke Cola phase, Chili pepper phase, collecting pitchers phase, collecting platter phase, Toy Store 2 phase...and other varies phases during those single years.
We moved into our house two years ago and we brought all that with us. When we decided to have a garage sale I told John, "Anything we've not used in 2 years we're selling!"
Well, I have a front porch FULL of stuff and more in my garage (and this doesn't include the big items in the basement and upstairs).
It sure feels good to be lightening our load!
I am not saying: have or don't have a hope chest...just be warned to not collect stuff during those phases ;-)