The cold winter weather this past weekend put me in a bit of a project funk, so the only thing to do was leave my craft room alone for awhile, get out of the house with John, enjoy a nice breakfast at our favourite local restaurant, and do a little thrifting.
After breakfast we went to the local Salvation Army store, where they were having a silent auction.
I bid on this 4 piece vintage silver plate tea set before I realized that the auction was over in just 15 minutes and I paid $3 more than I had to, but it’s for a good cause and was still a great deal… so I wasn’t upset about that.
The pieces have a lovely etched design. They’re marked Civic, Made in Sheffield, England.
It was hard to take pictures because they’re very shiny with almost no patina. You can see my craft room’s pink ceiling in the reflection.
The lady at the thrift store told me the set was polished for the auction. I almost cried when she said that.. and she laughed in that are you crazy? kinda way when I told her I would have loved it unpolished even more.
Patina is not a big thing in my neck of the thrifting woods, but that’s OK. More for me. 🙂
Every tea set ages differently… with it own special beauty to share. I’ll probably keep this set to see how long it takes for the patina to show itself again. I’m patient. I can wait.
The large silver plate tray is marked Empress Plate and definitely not a match for the tea set, but it was included.
While we were waiting for the silent auction to end I found this vintage ‘Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread’ pewter tray. It’s marked Wilton, Mount Joy, PA, USA… and besides needing a little cleaning it’s in very good shape.
These wooden handled spoons with stainless steel bowls were just 10 cents each so I had to get them. I think they have great repurposing potential… as do the cheese slicer and tin grater.
This set of vintage 3D fruit copper wall plates caught my eye. One is pears and the other is strawberries. They’re quite large at just under 12″ across, and they both still have their Made in Italy tags on their backs.
I’m not sure why I love copper so much, but I really do.
It doesn’t seem to go with anything in my decor, but I can’t seem to resist it anyway.
After I enjoy them for a while these will probably be put in my etsy shop.
While I was wandering around the thrift shop John checked out one of our favourite booths in the flea market that’s in the same building and found this fabulous steel and aluminum angel sculpture for me.
He knows me well.
She’s about 13″ tall and is definitely going to find a new life as a wind chime. She might just be a keeper. 🙂
I also saw a brass wall planter, but brass is not a fave metal of mine… unless it’s really tarnished. But I think I covered all my metal loves this week… silver plate, pewter, copper, tin, and aluminum. If I had to pick a fave it would be silver plate, with aluminum as a very very close second.
Do you have a favourite metal?
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.