Sep 10, 2010

The Search for Silver...

One of the things I looked for over the summer
at garage sales...
was silver flatware...

Not the heirloom quality kind with it's dazzling shine,
but the mix and match kind
with the soft glow...


I kept my budget to a dollar or less per piece
and it made for a fun hunt:-)


The variety of handles
insures there is a piece for any mood...


soft glow....


This set of four spoons
was a favorite find...
sure to spark a collection of it's own...


Since the monogrammed R's are perfect for my family table...


A variety of spoon handles...


A variety of spoon bowls
(is there a better term for that?)

Doesn't the first one beg to be used to eat a melon?


This one stands alone..
for it is my favorite...

A complete thrill for one dollar!


For this "B" is just for me,
it is sure to be my favorite spoon at tea time!

I hope everyone is having an amazing weekend

and I hope everyone,
 somewhere in the bottom of the pile
finds the spoon with their perfect letter :-)

Today I am joining

Thanks for visiting me today!

30 comments:

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

What pretty, vintage silver, Bella. :)

Sarah said...

Bella, your silver finds are lovely. It's fun to hunt for something special when you are out and about at garage and estate sales. Vintage silver has a wonderful patina. ~ Sarah

Lavender Cottage said...

They're all so pretty Bella and I like the ones with the 'R' too. Of course your own special spoon will be perfect with your tea.
Judith

stefanie said...

they are all gorgeous!!!

Mariette said...

Dearest Bella,

Indeed the spoon with the initial 'B' and the rose worked in, that's my favorite too!

Greetings from Georgia,

MariettesBacktoBasics

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Love your finds! And YES YOUR spoon is extra special! I LOVE mix and match also... It is a TRUE TREASURE hunt, isn't it!!! Hugs to you, Donna

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Hi Bella,
What beautiful old silver pieces! They do really glow...I love how you photographed them with the little stephanotis buds too. So pretty!
Thanks for the kind note about my Tia. I didn't make a post about her passing on August 28 because it's been just too painful to write about yet.

NanaDiana said...

Bella- I love your little engraved B spoon...It should be a Double B though- for Beautiful Bella. I'd say you found some real treasures there. xxoo Diana

Luna said...

Now, this is why I love the blogger world - discovering new blogs that gives me true inspiration! Thanks for sharing these beautiful posts!

Susis gelbes Haus said...

Only wonderful ;O))) I love your pictures... ohhhhhhhh a dream.. a very nice weekend Susi

Hélène GLEHEN said...

You know here in France garage sales do not exist.
Where I am living, we have once a year a flea market "Brocante" that's all.
Brocante are organised in many french towns and villages particularly in September.

Thank you for your kind comments :o)

Hélène Glehen- a French artist being fond of roses and romantic stuff.

Regina said...

hi bella,
what a loveley silver collection you have.
loveley photos.
have a wonderful weekend,
regina

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your pretty collection of silverware.
Enjoy your weekend.

High Heeled Life said...

Oh La La...fantastic pictures .. I love the goal you set for yourself and look at all the beautiful treasures .. I am so happy that you found one with the B ... truely will make tea time a little extra special.... XO HHL

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh what a fun collection! I can't believe you found the appropriate monograms on some. (I could really use those "R" spoons, so if you ever tire of them, let me know!) I love having mismatched flatware, and it is always so much fun to find a piece to add to a collection like this. I'm also thinking that friends and family members will have a great time adding to your collection for birthdays, etc. I may have to start a collection like this. Thank you for linking this to Favorite Things Sat. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and find some new additions for your collection. laurie

Lisa @ On Cloud Pink said...

Bella,

Great finds! Can't wait to see your completed (when is it ever completed??) collection of mix and matches.

Toodlepeeps.

Carol said...

Bella, What a delightful search! I have picked up a few mismatched spoons to pack in my lunches, and I really enjoy them since they are so different than my usual set.
I have a spoon with a lovely B on it too!

Cabin and Cottage said...

Here I am by the river looking at your beautifully styled silver! Only problem-- I have such a P a i n f u l l y S l o w connection!! But you're worth the wait! Beautiful, beautiful post! I have a foolish amount of silverware that I always think is for the shop, but then I never let it go! Your "R's" are wonderful! Your "B" is still loading! Ha! "B" is one of my collected monograms too.So pretty! Happy weekend! JQ

Mari said...

HELLO BELLA...
WHAT A WONDERFUL COLLECTION OF SILVER SPOONS YOU HAVE...HUMMM ILL HAVE TO START LOOKING FOR SOME TOO....LOL

XOX~MARI

Bohemian said...

I have an extensive mismatched collection of old Silver and Silver Plate Flatware and my Guests and Grandkids love choosing their fav handle patterns... each really is a tiny work of Art aren't they!? Your sets are lovely.

Dawn... The Bohemian

Diann said...

Oh, lots of pretty pieces here! And such lovely photos!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I think mix and match anything is so fun!

-Danielle

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Bella.. I'm a lover of silver flatware too.. and the well worn kind!! yours are just lovely and look wonderful with the flower sprigs!! Hope you have a wonderful day... xxx Julie

Jane said...

Such pretty pieces!! I have a small collection of flatware but haven't found one yet with my initial. It does keep the hunt for that perfect piece fun.
Jane

Johanna said...

Hi Bella,
what beautiful finds. I collect also flatware but only special ones with roses. Yes, yu are right, to find beautiful things is not necessarily expensive. Thank you for sharing your treasures.
Greetings, Johanna

The Lazy Peacock said...

what a beautiful collection! silver flatware is my favorite thing to look for too, you found some stunning pieces.
i'm having a giveaway (including a few silver flatware pieces) - stop by if you get a chance!

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh, you are so sweet! The little flowers in spoons are just wonderful!
Thank you for sharing!
Leticia

Sailing Simply said...

Wonderful finds Bella! I love the fork with the very curvy handle and the spoon that has a web pattern in the middle. They are all so unique and how wonderful you found initials of your own too!

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

I DO LOVE silver flatware. Two years ago I won an auction on e bay and got a really wonderful set of vintage silver flatware, so lovely carved and decorated. I LOVE them.
Fra

Gypsy Fish said...

of course I'm loving anything with a "B" on it but to be silver WOW how lucky are you!
thanks for playing along
hugs
Beth