When I was 12, my mom started saving things for me when I got married. My mom would use points she got from her purchases at the local grocery store, to buy a set of plates for a discount. And she did the same for silverware. Then I got a set of Tupperware added in there. This cedar hope chest was handed down from my aunt and we collected things in it. Other things were added through the years and it was a good start on what I would need.