A Letter to the Person Who Donated a Pot with a Hole in the Bottom

Dear Sir or Madam,

Firstly, let me commend you on your donation to charity. Giving away things you no longer use, or which have cluttered your side table for too long, or which you bought because - well, they seemed perfect at the time - is not only good for charity, but good for you and good for the environment, too.

(And you thought you were just helping out an organisation with a good heart.)

Most of us have more things than we need - things that clutter and collect dust and make our lives more difficult and worrisome. Paring back to what we truly need or love makes our houses tidier and our lives simpler. But, you knew that.

And, donating usable or interesting things means less goes into the landfill. Plus, someone like me with a healthy appetite for thrifting walks in, finds your discarded treasure, and goes home a very happy girl indeed.


Please check your items before you donate them. Because it appears as though you mistakenly donated a beautiful stainless steel pot with a minute - microscopic, nearly - hole in the bottom. You would have noticed it, because it slowly-but-surely spouts water out. Water you might (hypothetically) be trying to boil pasta in. Now, I'm not averse to giving $8 straight to the Salvation Army; but if I pay that for a secondhand pot and (this is an important detail) am so excited about my new item that I get rid of my old large-pot with the burnt bottom, I am not going to be happy to find that hole.

So next time, please don't donate stuff that doesn't work. It makes me sad.

and without pasta,


  1. Oh no!! :-( What a disappointment!! Best of luck with finding a new pot minus the hole!

    Jem xXx

  2. @Jem I take it as justification to shop at the Le Crueset outlet next time I see one ... ;)

  3. oh darn! I bought a plastic 8 cup measuring bowl thing that had a hole in it. ARGH!

  4. @Cathy I believe ARGH is Canadian for sh*t, right?

  5. What a shame? Perhaps it has a new destiny to be plant pot? Would that work? Or a holder of garden tools? Lovely blog. It's been great to go back through some of your older posts. And respect to you for your openness about your cancer battle and win.

  6. Such a polite request, how could anyone refuse to heed?! I'm a magnet for kids clothing with press-studs that don't work. As they say in Canada, and in sympathy, argghhh!

  7. @Lucent Imagery LI - Thanks for having a browse! I had a look at your lovely blog, too ... and I see now why you can associate with my openness about cancer. Your photography is inspiring!

    PS. Love the plant pot idea!!

  8. @Max You should've seen the first draft. It was called 'why the f**k did you donate a f**king useless pot?' hee hee

  9. Ouch. That stinks.

    I did thoroughly enjoy reading your post, though.

  10. Pardon my crudeness but having thrown out your old burnt pot and being left with this useless one with a hole in it, I venture to say that not only are out $8.00 but left with (as my Mom used to say) not even a pot to pee in :(

    Hope you do a post on what you did make for dinner instead of pasta ;)

  11. Aw, thanks everyone for the sympathy! And Paula, I love your take on the situation :)

  12. that is awful, but made me laugh. so I feel bad for you but good for laughing at the same time. it is a confusing feeling.

    I hope your pasta needs are met very soon.
    Pepper x

  13. That's annoying, but a small price to pay for such post material!

  14. I just bought a stainless steel pot with a strainer (with no hole) but it needs a lid - do you still have the lid - I'll send you the pot and strainer! It looks about the same. I picked it up for a steal at $2 and thought my friend needed one - but didn't.


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