A Few Vintage Finds
I have had a love for all things vintage for years. My aunt has quite an eye for finding hidden gems and she has been gifting them to me over the years. I have lots of milk glass, cake stands, silverware, silver platters, tea sets and more. I love mixing old with new throughout the house, so I have started vintage hunting as well. Our local thrift store here has been closed for the past few months due to COVID and I’ve missed wandering through the isles to see all the little treasures. They finally just opened their doors again so I masked up and went exploring. I walked away with a few vintage finds so I thought I would share them with you! Check out my Instagram stories for more.
A Jonroth creamer from Longfellow’s Wayside Inn which was established in 1716 which makes it the oldest inn operating in the US!
More Milk Glass because you can never have enough!
A silver footed mini cake stand that I’ll probably use on a cheese platter or dessert tray. It’s the perfect size for little truffles or my mom’s famous Mexican wedding cookies…is it Christmas yet?
The sweetest embroidered linen that I can use to dress up my bar cart or add a pop of color to my food photos.
And last but not least, a Montagnani Silver hostess set from Florence, Italy. I love the idea of giving a vintage hostess set as a hostess gift.
All of these vintage finds are in great condition, the hostess set just needed a little love.
How to polish silver
Using silver polish is perfect for getting your silver to shine. I polish mine twice a year using a soft cloth and a bottle of champagne. The champagne is for drinking, of course! That’s how my mom and I polish silver together, we have a polish party! It’s actually quite fun and soothing, we gather all of our silver pieces, cover the table with a cloth, (it gets a little messy) pop some bubbly and polish the day away.
Another method uses baking soda, salt and boiling water. That’s the method I used to clean these specific pieces because they’re so ornate that the polish gets stuck in all the little grooves.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1-2 tbsp baking soda
- 1-2 tbsp salt
- Enough boiling water to cover the pieces
Put all ingredients into an aluminum pan or a baking dish lined with foil, place the silver pieces in the boiling water mixture and let sit for 5-10 minutes. The tarnish will start to loosen, use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean the pieces, (don’t tell Scott I used his toothbrush) rinse with clean water and dry with a soft cloth.