Sometimes comments to an article can make your day

Timothy Kincaid

May 25th, 2012

If I had heard of Mr. Page's company a few years ago, I might not have sold my 22 pieces for $20.

The New York Times has an article about Bob Page and Replacements Limited, the sole North Carolina corporation of any size to oppose Amendment One. The good Christian North Carolinians loved the sinner and hated the sin by sending Page vile messages and canceling their business.

Mr. Page doesn’t care. He loves what he does, his husband, and his kids and doesn’t do it for the money (which, as it turns out, is substantial).

It’s a nice article and you should read it. But what really touched me and set the perfect start of a holiday weekend were the comments to the article. I saw nary a “God said” or a “defending the family”, but there were some truly lovely sentiments. Here is a tiny sample:

My mother was brought up, and remains, a fervent Christian. In her formative years, homosexuality was a crime and even worse, a sin. When she was middle aged, we would argue about it. By then, her stance has evolved to yes, God created some people this way… but they didn’t have to “practice it.” In her 80s, she and the other (largely white-haired) members of her congregation were forced to choose between their openly gay and much beloved minister, and their church. After a lifetime of funding the church and finally paying off its mortgage, they woud lose the building, as well as any connection to Presbyterianism. These wonderful, elderly, very traditional, women searched their souls and chose to remain with the minister, following him to another, non-Presbyterian church. Now in her 90s, my mother recently mentioned how proud she was of Obama for taking a stand in favour of marriage equality. You can imagine how proud that made me!

and

Dear Mr. Page,
Thank you. My wife, Jane Lynch, and I have many pieces from your shop. We love Russell Wright Iroquois- and your web site has provided us with many hard to find pieces. Now I know more about the life you have lived and what your store represents. I am sorry that so many people are being so awful in response to your stance in support of equality for all. I want you to know how much we appreciate it, and you. And should you see any luncheon size plates in Oyster, well…please keep sending the updates.
Warm regards and great appreciation,
Lara

I’m pretty sure that considering how much Barnes and Noble pay Jane Lynch for their Nook commercials, this free endorsement of Mr. Page and his company by Lara Embry is much appreciated.

Update: Here is the link to Replacements, Ltd., for all of your dish queeny needs.

— from Jim B., BTB’s resident dish queen (Homer-Laughlin Fiesta [vintage only], Royal Worcester Valentine, Picard Whisper, MacBeth-Evans Pedalware/Cremax, and I use them all as everyday dishes!)

andrewdb

May 25th, 2012

Is there a link to the NYT article?

Timothy Kincaid

May 25th, 2012

Thanks, Andrew. It’s there now.

Palmer

May 26th, 2012

Replacements Limited is the only company I know which has the pattern to my mother’s dishes which are now in my possession. I’ve never had the funds to get the pieces to replace some of the damaged ones until now. I will definitely be buying them now from this company. I’ll have to look through their stemware to find a good match to the service.

PJB863

May 26th, 2012

I needed to replace a sugar dish to my mom’s china set, which I did, using Mr. Page’s business. Turns out the replacement value of the entire set would have been $1,700!

jpeckjr

May 26th, 2012

You know, Mr. Page is one of the “job creators” the Republicans like so much.

So, yeah, let’s drive him out of business because he’s gay. We can’t have people like THAT creating jobs!

Just makes me want to smash some old dishes . . . if they weren’t so damn valuable.

jerry

May 26th, 2012

jpeckjr. You have given me an idea. I have some cheap china that I won’t smash, but I will give serious consideration to giving it to someone who could use it and find some nice stuff for myself.

jpeckjr

May 26th, 2012

@Jerry. As long as you buy the nice stuff from Mr. Page, of course.

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