Happy Thrifty Thursday friends!
So I’m not sure what I did to deserve this, but another mother lode? Who would’ve thought it? Certainly not me.
There seems to be some serious pre-winter silver purging going on in these parts and I’m reaping in the treasures.
The best time to collect something you love is when nobody else seems to want it, which means that it’s cheap, cheap, cheap.
Works for me! 🙂
My first haul is from a silent auction that I won at a local flea market.
I got all this for $15, and the tray too.
That includes twelve Primrose Plate silver plate goblets with lovely golden interiors. Aren’t they pretty?
These are regular wine glass size.
And eight House of Silver small liqueur size goblets. So sparkly!
These sound absolutely heavenly when they hit each other, and if they’re not too valuable they’ may be used in a goblet wind chime.
The round tray is marked Chase USA.
It’s quite heavy and is pretty scratched up… so it’s a good candidate for a tray makeover.
Here’s part of my recent haul of thrift store silver goodies.
This pair of silver plate candlesticks are marked Wm Rogers, and at $1 a piece I couldn’t resist. They’re quite ornate and have a good weight to them.
If I ever need some hand-sized exercize weights these will fit the bill in a pinch.
This lovely little heart-shaped $1 silver plate basket is quite small at only 4″ across. I’m not sure what it’s meant to hold because any trinkets would fall out the sides.
This small silver plate $1 salt and pepper set is marked Made in England, Regis Plate, EPNS.
It has such a lovely patina and will be added to my personal salt and pepper collection… if only because I can’t get the tops off. They are really stuck!
You can see on the right one that there’s some verdegris around the cap. I think they might be patina-ed shut!
But that’s perfectly ok. I’ll quite happily keep them. 🙂
Because I love flowers it wasn’t too much of a stretch for me to fall in love with this silver plate flower-shaped candle holder. I found it at a Salvation Army store up in Midland, Ontario.
It was $3, which was a little pricey for me, but I was willing to fork out the big bucks because I loved it. Well, lucky me… when I went up to the counter to pay it was 50% off day. It’s so awesome when that happens!
I really should get some of my silver tong collection into my etsy shop because I have so many, and here’s another one to add. The thing is I find them so cheap around here that I can’t resist. This one was just $1.
The large serving spoon was $2 and will be probably find its way into a wind chime some day.
Now for the surprise haul that I found at my local Salvation Army store, along with a few of the other items above. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of my two mother lodes came from the same person… an estate maybe.
When I saw this wrapped up thingy I was pretty sure it was a silverware holder. The price tag said $10. Yikes!
Even though the price had this thrifty girl feeling a little hesitant I opened it up anyway. How could I not?
Someone made this silverware holder with a lot of love, probably many years ago.
I’m assuming that this much silverware is not supposed to be crammed in. It has 12 pockets, so I’m thinking it was meant to hold four knives, four forks, and four spoons.
It was packed full with eight knives, fourteen forks, three large tablespoons, eight regular-sized teaspoons, one serving spoon, and thriteen smaller teaspoons. There are some matching pieces and some odds and sods.
For 47 pieces that’s about 21 cents a piece with a lovely freebie silverware holder thrown in. So the $10 turned out to be a pretty good deal.
And the bonus of all bonuses… 11 of the smaller teaspoons, which are 4H Ontario Homemaking Club spoons, are marked sterling.
Seven are marked International Sterling…
…and four are marked Wallace Sterling.
In my first mother lode I found two of these 4H spoons, but they were silver plate and marked Heritage.
Here are three spoons in the condition that I found them. The one on the left is Wallace Sterling, the one in the centre is International Sterling, and the one on the right is Heritage silver plate.
It’s so interesting to me that these are all the exact same design with three different marks on them.
I found some Wallace and International Sterling spoons just like these on ebay from anywhere from $20 to $45 a piece. That’s just crazy to me! Since I never use sterling pieces in my wind chimes I’m hoping these polish up nice so I can sell them.
The forks and spoons will be used for wind chimes, and what I’ll do with the knives is anybody’s guess. lol. I have a growing collection and one of these days I’ll get around to fulfilling some of my ideas for them, but until then they’ll stay in my stash.
I’m feeling a bit like a chipmunk storing up my silver treasures for the winter… so I can dream of summer while making wind chimes in my craft studio when it’s snowing outside. The only problem is I have no room in my craft studio to store this stuff and I refuse to let it invade the rest of the house, which I like to keep clutter free, without an organized display plan.
Maybe I’m going to have to dig me a hole in the back yard and keep it there until spring. lol.
But before I go to that extreme I think it’s time to do some outside-of-the-hole thinking so I don’t risk having some squatter chippies taking up residence with my silver stash.
Not sure what I’ll do if I hit a third silver mother lode, but I’ll worry about that if and when the time comes. I couldn’t possibly be that lucky… could I? 🙂
Thanks so much for reading and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!