Happy Thrifty Thursday friends!
I hit the mother lode this week. Woo hoo!
Now Marilyn may have sung that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’m a simple girl and I’ll take patina over karats any day of the week.
Silver is a most definitely this girl’s best friend… real or plated, doesn’t matter to me. It’s all good. 🙂
Sometimes I’ll shine it up like my silver tray clock, but most of the time I’ll keep a patina just the way I find it. There’s no real rhyme or reason to that. It’s just a piece by piece, project by project, decision that I make with my gut.
Check out my recent haul from a few of my regular thrifting haunts.
and maybe even a few new repurposing ideas. The middle one is my favourite of all of them… the patina is just incredible.
I got all of the trays and platters at the same thrift store for 50 cents to $1 each.
I’ve been collecting pot lids of all kinds for some future projects. This silver plated one has a lovely soft patina.
If you’re a regular reader you know that I have a rather unexplained fascination with goblets of any kind, but especially silver, and I have quite a collection... which apparently is still growing.
A few years ago I used some in this silver goblet wind chime, and I have to admit I’ve been itching to give that another go.
But probably not with these two because they have engraving on them. I love that, and there might be someone out there who will want these as a keepsake.
In my research I found out that U.A. stands for United Association. It’s a North American union for journeyman and pipe fitters, and the Local 527 is the Kitchener/Waterloo branch, which is an hour and a bit from here.
I can never have enough silverware for making my wind chimes. Sometimes I can go for months without seeing any so I have to pick it up whenever I see it.
Altogether I paid $6 for the above, there are some matching pieces and some odds and sods.
Here’s some I found at the local flea market. The two vintage butter knives and the makeup brush were $1 each. That’s a little pricey for me, but I thought they were interesting.
I don’t see butter knives with pretty decorative handles too often around here and I like to use them in some of my wind chimes.
This vintage lot of Ontario 4-H Homemaking Club teaspoons was $2. I found 2 more of the spoons on the left, which are marked Community, in my stash so I now have 8. The two on the right are marked Heritage.
The 4-H club is a youth development program run by adult volunteers. They have a wonderful pledge that is said at the beginning of every 4-H meeting and event: “I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, my Health to better living for my club, my community and my country.”
Isn’t that a fabulous pledge?
If these polish up nice I’ll probably see if they sell in my etsy shop. There might be a fellow Ontarion out there who collects 4-H stuff.
If they don’t polish up pretty I’ll use them in a wind chime project. Surprise, surprise. 🙂
Or because they’re a little smaller than the average teaspoon they might make lovely spoon flowers. I’ll have to wait and see what their fate will be.
And last and certainly not least I found this sweet little sugar bowl at a garage sale for 25 cents. It was the only thing I bought. I’m not sure if it’s silver or silver plate.
It was its teeniness that got me. It’s only 1 3/4″ tall.
My research tells me that the Made in Occupied Japan mark dates it to between 1945 and 1952. I’m not sure what the bird with the T means. Anyone know?
I haven’t decided yet if I’ll try to polish it or not. It’s in pretty rough shape patina-wise, but I thought somebody should love it… so I guess it’s going to be me. 🙂
Have any of you hit a mother lode lately?
Thanks so much for reading and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!