By Walt Kolenda

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What to do with chipped and broken china?

Kristi asks:
Will you please talk to me about broken, chipped, crazed china?  I know that “it decreases the value significantly”, but what does that mean, exactly?
I’m in a situation where I have inherited about 250 pieces of china and glass, none of which has any sentimental value to anyone in my family.  I have no space for this stuff in my house—I’m literally climbing over boxes of it to get to things I need.  I am trying to get all of these pieces photographed & cataloged so I can attempt to sell them, and several pieces have chips, cracks, or have been broken and glued back together (poorly).
  For example, I have an RS Prussia cracker jar that is beautifully hand-painted & appears to be worth about $100; but, one of the handles was broken off and was glued together.  The glue has turned yellow & looks terrible but is otherwise in pretty good shape.
My question to you is, under these circumstances, is it worth it to hang on to these pieces & try to sell them, or am I better off tossing these items to gain some space.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this.
AW says: In my opinion, it’s better of to rid yourself of the. I’ve never had any luck w/ broken porcelain. When I have boxes of it that accumulate, I look for crafts people or jewelry makers to give it to. It just doesn’t seem to ever sell for me.
The exception to the rule may be  if you had a high end item that has damage, such as a Roseville jarinere etc. you can get a small fraction of it’s original value.
Thanks for your question,