How to save a treasure?
I have boxes (and boxes and boxes) of old linens from both my side of the family and my husband's, as well. My beloved mom-in-law gave me items from her wedding bed linen trousseau, beautifully embroidered. I have tiny doilies that look as though they had been crocheted from spider's silk. Heavy linen tablecloths with dozens of matching napkins; beautifully embroidered hand towels and dish towels and cocktail napkins and sheets with tatting on the borders and single-bed duvet cover sets (about six, I think) with European pillow covers. None of the newlyweds in the family want any of these things because they have to be cleaned and ironed differently--people used to send linens such as these to the local laundry, but that custom has gone--now it can cost a fortune to have them cleaned and it literally takes HOURS of loving, dedicated ironing if you do it yourself (which I have). These beautiful artifacts from 125+ years ago deserve a future--any ideas? I have dogs with muddy feet and king-sized beds; also, I would not want to cut them up.