Back in the late 90's I bought all new living room furniture. The end tables & coffee table were made of pine. I didn't know that pine was a very soft wood that knicks & gouges & scrapes if you just look at it wrong, lol. Lesson learned! I will never, ever buy anything pine again & I tell everyone "don't buy pine!"
funny story (not really) about plates ~ when I got married 18 years ago, I wanted these clear glass plates. I wanted them because I figured, "hey they're clear, they'll always go with my decor!" I still have & use those plates. I've only broken 2 of them (1 dinner plate & one salad plate. Not bad! Sometimes I do get tired of them though & get the urge to buy something more fun & interesting.