This week I discovered that I really could open a candle shop to rival Yankee, Ikea or Prices. I guess this would be ok if I was an avid candle burner, but my husband really doesn't like the flickering light they give out. So whilst I would love to sit by candle light on an evening, I usually manage about 30 mins before I'm asked if we can put the light on so I simply don't bother any more. This means that my pre-husband candle stash is still sitting around unburnt and unloved.
... and it's taking up valuable cupboard space
This morning I pulled all the candles I could find into the dining room, I emptied one cupboard shelf and a dresser draw (also found some chocolate truffles behind the candles which will be enjoyed this evening!)
From top left to right
8 - used tea lights
18 - new / unused tea lights
3 - large 3 wick table candles
11 - various used candles
4 - new / unused cathedral candles
5 - table centre candles from our wedding (been married 5 years today!)
12 - new / unused standard candles
8 - new / unused hand finished silver candles in box
Total 69 candles - not including the ones I have on the mantle piece 'cos they look nice!
Yes that is a lot of candles for a household which doesn't use them!
But what to do with my candle stash???? I don't use them, I don't love them
they have to go
But, they are really heavy so don't really want to post them, I guess eBay is out of the question then. I suppose a charity shop would accept the new ones but what to do with the used ones? There is still plenty of life in them and it seems such a shame to throw them in the bin.
I don't use the candles so making new ones out of the old ones seems pointless, I don't skateboard or know anyone else who does so don't think skateboard wax block is an option. These are the only solutions I seem to be able to find online, have you any ideas?
All ideas gratefully received, or if you want them - I'm in Basingstoke - drop me a note and happy for them to go to a good home.
Unfortunately this probably means that the used ones will migrate from a cupboard and draw to a box in the garage - doesn't seem right... I will come back to you in a couple of weeks to report back that these have been ejected from the house one way or another.