I’m joining this week’s “Show and Tell Friday” blog party at Cindy’s My Romantic Home. Stop over for a visit so you can see the everyone’s interesting items and treasures and read their stories.
So when I went to an estate sale last week, I was surprised that I was the only one making a dash for the silver table. I’ve been looking for a silver tray for some time now, so when I saw this beauty, I grabbed it up immediately. I could only wonder who its owner was and how she used this piece. Did she use it during the holidays to serve her Easter ham or the Thanksgiving turkey? One can only speculate….
I have plans to serve my own Christmas dinner on it this year. I know it will look beautiful on my holiday table.
This tray is pretty big! Not including the handles, it measures 15.5 “ x 21”. It’s heavy, too. I placed it on the bathroom scale and it weighed out at 12.5 pounds! But at a cost of less than 80 cents a pound, I think it was certainly worth it lugging it around for an hour while I shopped for more treasures.
There is a lot of tarnish on the tray and I know that I’ll have to use some elbow grease and an old toothbrush to get into the grooves of all these decorative features. But until I find the Hagerty brand of silver cleaner locally, the tray will remain unpolished.
I just don’t have good luck with the brands of silver cleaner that are readily available in the grocery and discount stores. And unlike some people, I certainly don’t find silver cleaning to be therapeutic therapy! I just want to get it over as soon as possible.
Some of you may recall seeing this favorite of mine. It’s an unusually shaped soup tureen that I found for a mere $4.99 at a local thrift store. It’s a perfect complement to all of the white dinnerware and accessory Pieces that I started collecting last year. I usually keep it on my black hutch in the kitchen, but my autumn decor is occupying that space now. For the time being, its new home will be on the the dining room server.
I found this $8.99 stool at my favorite vintage/consignment store. It reminds me of the southwest mission style that I grew up with in New Mexico. I love that it has its original leather upholstery and nail heads. I think it is a nice complement to the leather chair in the great room.
I use the stool for extra seating when I need it, but this fall it is holding a basket that I painted and filled with bright green hedge apples. I recently discovered that some bloggers call them “Monkey Balls.” What do YOU call them?
I want to thank Cindy for hosting this party. It’s always fun to have a place to show off our treasures. Make sure to visit!