Old dishes, hand-me-down clothes, vintage furniture; when I was younger I used to love rummaging through boxes and tables people had set out on their driveways, keeping my eyes peeled for something new. I would decorate my room with small toys, old perfume, and hunt down old books to read. The dollar store price stickers, haggling with people to get the most out of the five dollars in my pocket, wondering if mom could really stuff that old coffee table in the car...it was all apart of the experience.
Now that I've grown a little older, I've learned to appreciate the dusty valuables, marvel in the "trash" people tossed out, and shake my head at the sellers who would ask unreasonable prices for silly objects. Everybody is in it for different reasons. And as for myself, 2 weeks ago I was hunting for cooking supplies for the blog.
I ventured out to a small section of Columbus called German Village. It's a quaint, quiet little borough with brick roads, old homes, an enormous bookstore and great coffee. Each year they host a community wide garage sale day, that my aunt told me about upon moving here. "You have to go. You never know what you might find!" She kept saying.
So at 7am, I was off. Took too long to find a parking spot, grabbed an ice coffee from our local Staufs, and started to scale up and down the winding streets to see what I could find.
I had a pretty successful day overall; managing to convince a man that his vintage silverware was only worth a few dollars, and a few stacks of tile was definitely another 5...oh and James Beard's American Cookery was a whopping $4.50. Seriously proud of my negotiating skills.
I had been lugging the tile around the village in a questionable box that was bound to collapse at any given moment; so I decided that I was victorious, and decided to trek back to home base.
I'm really regretting not taking a picture of the silverware before cleaning them so you all could understand how well this worked. Rest assured, they were grimy. Really grimy. I wanted to be able to use them for blog props, so they needed a good clean before being set in front of any camera, so I hunted down a few different ways to get all of that dirt off.
The one I found the easiest, was to use toothpaste. Take a scrub sponge, dab a bit of your everyday toothpaste on the utensil and really work it into the cracks so you can be sure you're cleaning everything. Once you start to pick up some of the dirt, rinse, and repeat until the silver starts to shine!
And there you have it; bright and polished silverware.
So if you ever come across some while you're at a thrift store, or at a garage sale, and buy it up; give it a good scrub. Vintage silverware is hard to come by because so many people snatch it up quickly (or at least around here they do), so if you see it, jump on it, and make sure to treat it with care!
Keep a look out for these pieces in the blog posts to come! Have you guys discovered any great finds for your blogs (or to decorate your homes, or tools for the kitchen) at garage sales? How do you clean up your new additions? I'd love to know some different ways!
Until next time,