(Closed) Throwing Away Ornaments

posted 4 months ago in Beehive
Post # 16
10012 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

That’s really wasteful. I absolutely do not do that. 

Post # 17
7042 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I’ve been collecting my ornaments over a lifetime. I do know people who change up their theme every year and I hope they donate what they aren’t going to use–I can’t imagine just throwing them in the trash. What a waste and the opposite of the spirit of the season. 

Post # 18
2244 posts
Buzzing bee

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anonymousanonymous0102 :  Expensive and wasteful!  I can’t believe people do that – it disgusts me. At the very least, the ornaments should be donated to a retirement home, women’s shelter, or Goodwill.


Post # 19
794 posts
Busy bee

Frankly, I find this kind of appalling. I agree with the other posters who mentioned the tremendous waste this creates. Why not donate them?! In this day and age there is just no good excuse for such disregard for the environment. 

Post # 20
6878 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

Wow, I’ve never heard of anyone doing this. I’ve had themed trees where I later decided against the theme, but then the ornaments were donated, not thrown away. That’s atrocious and wasteful (and potentially pricey).

Post # 21
4033 posts
Honey bee

My ornaments have sentimental value. The waste also disgusts me. If every person just took a min to think through some decisions, our planet wouldn’t be in such dire shape.

Post # 22
4241 posts
Honey bee

For Gods sake, that’s ridiculous! How can people be so wasteful? I feel guilty every time I use a straw! 

Post # 23
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

Absolutely not. I don’t have money to waste like that. The only ornaments that get tossed are ones that are broken! I picked a scheme I knew I would love for a long time and I stick with it.

Post # 24
32 posts

No my ornaments are collectibles, vintage, or were made by my myself or siblings when they were children.

Post # 25
3422 posts
Sugar bee

I cannot believe this is a thing.  

Post # 26
6793 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

OP – tell your mother that the least she (and her friend) could do is take their ornaments and donate them. When money was tight and I was determined to have a tree for my son, I used to go trolling at thrift stores, hunting for ornaments we could use. I would have been thrilled to find an entire, almost new, set of ornaments. It would have been such a lucky find.

Between us, your mother and her friend are doing something horrible and embarrassingly ignorant, but maybe if they are encouraged to think of a young family who could benefit from those ornaments, they might make different choices in coming years.

Post # 27
7897 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Most of our ornaments have a lot of sentimental value. Thins me or my husband made when we were kids, ornaments our children have made. I can’t imagine getting rid of them. Seems so wasteful- not to mention expensive to have to buy new ones each year.

Post # 28
47289 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I like to change my color scheme on a regular basis, but I would never just throw the old ones out. I have been a single parent in the position of not being able to afford to decorate for my kids.I know there will always be someone who would appreciate any donations.

I keep a core set of ornaments in cream and off- white, along with several metallics and change out the other colors.

Post # 29
3454 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

What the actual fuck? 

Why on earth would anyone do that?!

Post # 30
1090 posts
Bumble bee

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anonymousanonymous0102 :  I gave away my old tree and ornaments this year to a coworker, and purchased new. I don’t throw anything I can give away or donate. See if you can talk your mom and friend into donating their ornaments this year. 

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