Thrift Shop Find Makeover: Silver Plated Flatware
Has anyone else dealt with the case of the mysterious disappearing spoons? In a busy household like mine, they have been oh so gradually disappearing until one day you open the cutlery drawer and there’s only about five left – and, they’re all mismatched!
On one of my recent thrift shop trips, I purchased a box of old – very tarnished – silver plated flatware for $6.00. Interestingly, the box had just spoons and knives, with the same delicate floral pattern, so obviously part of a set. Which made me wonder: what happened to the forks? Did that home have the same vanishing cutlery problem, except they were losing all the forks?
This is a low maintenance home…no polishing of flatware allowed in this kitchen. Especially since I was planning to use these spoons for everyday use.
A quick google search later, I came across these directions from Ebay. The part that got my attention was the mention of an “easy way to remove tarnish.” And, as a bonus I had most of the items needed for this project:
I picked up the aluminum pans at the dollar store for $1.00. I already had the Washing Soda (from my homemade laundry detergent adventure) purchased from my local Sobeys for about $5.00. The instructions also caution that rubber gloves are very important.
As instructed, I laid out the flatware in the pan and poured enough hot water to cover. You can see how tarnished this flatware was:
I added some washing soda into the pan, the instructions say “pour liberally,” waited one minute and used a magic eraser on the carved areas. After rinsing the flatware, I was quite impressed. It sure looked shiny and pretty.
After the flatware was tarnish free, I could read the back stamp and found out my pretty spoons were “Tudor Plate Oneida Community” made in 1948. Not bad for six bucks!
Here is a before and after of the spoons and knives:
Not sure how long before the spoons re-tarnish, but I’m impressed with how fast and easy this method of removing tarnish is – it took about ten minutes from start to finish – and, I love the look and feel of these pretty spoons!