I love decorating with vintage. Luckily, I live in an area where the thrift stores are plentiful. I have also done well finding things at Estate Sales. If the thrift stores in your area are not so great, try to hit some Estate Sales, Garage Sales and Flea Markets.
I luuuuvvvvv a good flea market and the one and only thing on my bucket list is to attend the worlds largest yard sale. One of my favorite Bloggers is Donna from Funky Junk Interiors, and she just got back from the longest yard sale and blogged about it here.
One of my favorite things to collect and use in my home is silver plate. These are some of the Vintage Silver(plate) items I have found (and sold in my Etsy store) with a few ideas about using them to update your decor:
I found this lovely Silver plate Tea Set for a reasonable price at a local Thrift Shop that benefits animals:
This set was polished to perfection when I found it. Some people like their silver(plate) polished and some people like to display it unpolished. The following picture shows a vintage tea set with the natural patina - Beautiful isn't it? This is a lovely display of natural and polished silver:
I found this lovely silver plate oval covered vegetable dish, polished it, used it and let it sit for about 6 or 8 weeks. This is the patina after letting it sit:
If anybody collects silver or silver plate, I'd love to hear if you like to buy it polished or in its more natural state (with patina or tarnished). When I buy for resale, I always wonder if I should polish or not. I've read that not polishing your silver could damage it . . . . can anyone confirm? Here's another great way to decorate with silver(plate).
I love the way the traditional silver is mixed with the vintage cottage look in the above picture, don't you? Luv Luv Luv it! Do you love? Yeahhhhh, cause here's another great example from Beneath the Magnolia:
Angie at Beneath the Magnolia used another one of my passions on the above shelf - know what it is? I know you do . . . . . your right, it's Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint (ASCP). What could be better than chalk paint and silver? ok, maybe chocolate and ummmmm chocolate, but other than that, it's hard to beat, right?
I noticed that Angie used the Tree of Life Platter and a silver plate Coffee/Tea pitcher on her shelf. I sold both of those on Etsy - wonder if Angie could be a customer of mine. That would be sooo cool!
I love the way the vintage silver plate candlesticks, a silver plate tray and a simple narcissist bulb in a small adobe pot are used to create the beautiful centerpiece in the picture above.
Another great idea for your silver platters that you've been collecting:
This photo was published in Better Homes and Gardens - do you love it, or do you think it's too much? Inquiring minds want to know.
I found this one on Pinterest and like it a little better:
There will probably be lots more photos and posts on decorating with Silver as Christmas approaches. I know I fill all of my silver bowls with ornaments and it's a simple yet elegant display.
Think you can't find silver or silver plated items at a reasonable price? I found most all of these items at Thrift Shops - a couple of the items came from Estate Sales. I'll bet you could find some of these same items near you - but you know what? The very best part of the whole thing is the looking and hunting and finding that "hidden treasure", right?
Thanks so Much for Reading Today!
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