Garage Sales on a Summer Day

I didn’t plan to go out searching for garage sales, but I saw a few signs as I went about my day. Well of course, if I see a sign, I have to turn! I visited maybe five or six sales and I bought only one thing. But it’s something I am very pleased with:
Six place settings (knife, fork, spoon) of this Wm. A. Rogers silverplate flatware. By pairing it with three other small sets already at home, I plan to get rid of my very old (but not old enough to be vintage or interesting in any way) set of stainless steel flatware.


My old stuff wasn’t high quality to begin with. It was some of that stuff used as a grocery store promotional many years ago. “Spend $20 in groceries, get the teaspoon for $2 each”. That sort of thing. Most of the pieces are turning blue because the outer layer has worn away. And I see many little rust speckles on most of the pieces. So out it goes!

Some months back I read on a blog (I’m guessing it was The Nester?) that she collects silverplate and uses it for every day. She even puts it in the dishwasher and it’s been perfectly fine for years. So I’ve had that thought in mind for some time now, especially since I discovered that the stainless flatware I like would run me $600 for 12 place settings plus serving pieces. Uh, no. Not going to happen.

Already at home were these three silverplate patterns, collected from various sources. Left to right, I have: 1) six place settings consisting of knife, fork, teaspoon and soup spoon inherited from The Professor’s uncle (we never figured out what “R” is for), 2) six teaspoons also inherited from the uncle, 3) six forks and 12 teaspoons purchased at an antique mall several years ago.

With my new purchase I have 12 full settings, six extra forks, and 18 extra teaspoons. That should be enough to get us through the day.

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2 responses to “Garage Sales on a Summer Day

  1. Love this purchase and the deliberate checking everything out first. Have been doing garage sales, Salvation Army, etc. for years. Will have to try those G A R G A E sales (title of post). Maybe I TOO can find some silverplate there. I have a lot of second hand silverplate serving pieces because I couldn't afford to buy them in my sterling. Anyway, who can afford sterling anymore!!! I thought I had to have it because my grandmother got me my first piece at age five!

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    Thanks, New Kid. It's been corrected.

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