Friday, January 29, 2016

Treasure Hunting Thursdays: There's A Secret In These Spoons

I've decided to devote Thursday blog posts to treasure hunting. If you're familiar with my blog you probably figured out right away that treasure hunting for me means thrift store shopping, flea markets, used book sales, the occasional auction or estate sale, and even eBay finds. Yay! 

So from now on I am going to try to make it a point to reserve Thursday blog posts for sharing my most awesome finds and treasure hunting tips and adventures. Of course, not all treasure hunting days are a win, but there's always something good in every day; interesting and funny things I find along the way, so I will share those things here. And I want to hear about your own treasure hunting travels too! So please be sure to leave comments after the post, and do share with us your best and most interesting treasure hunting finds. More about the spoons pictured above in a little bit...but first...

This past weekend we had our first snow storm of winter (finally!) We got over 30 inches of snow!  

This was the view looking into my front yard during the storm. It looks like powdered sugar!

I had my daughters for the weekend and we planned to cook and bake lots of great things. These were what everyone wanted: Elephant Ear Cookies! I hadn't make them for a long time and I think they disappeared instantly! I'll post the recipe in the next day or two. If you've never had them you're missing out, because they are an amazing combination of cinnamon and sugar mixed with a yeast dough pastry, and the texture is just out of this world! So get a pack of yeast and some parchment paper for baking and check back in a day or two for the recipe. (find it here)

During the storm I found Sam asleep on top of a tall bookcase in my workshop. My cats follow me around all day and love to hang out with me when I'm working in my workshop. I just love how he covers his face with his paw when he sleeps :)

Now back to those spoons...

Here they are. Five of them. Ornate handles. Perfect for making into jewelry. Or are they? 

I bought these spoons in an eBay auction that was a box lot of maybe 15-20 pieces of various patterned silverplated spoons and forks for about $10.00. I bought them a long time ago and stashed them away. Then later pulled them out to maybe make them into some jewelry. But on closer inspection...

I found they were solid sterling silver! Wow! I had no idea, and apparently neither did the person who sold them to me. I'm guessing they didn't bother to check the marks on the backs of the spoons.

They are marked "International Sterling". "International" is the manufacturer name, and "Sterling" is well, sterling silver. Flatware cannot be marked "sterling" unless it is solid sterling silver. Any other flatware is silver plated, coin silver, or if its modern, is most likely stainless steel. Also, just for a bit of trivia, there is no such thing as "sterling silver plated" because something cannot be marked sterling unless it is sold sterling silver through and through. 

The value of these five spoons? Around $200.00!

Lesson for the day: if you're selling something, always check first to make sure it not a valuable antique. Same goes for if you are going to use something that is old as a craft material!  

Do you have a treasure story to tell? 
Please share it with us by leaving a comment below! 

Enjoy the rest of your week! 

Love, Laura


My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at


  1. Those spoons are certainly a treasure, Laura!
    I love it when cats cover their faces with their cute little paws :) Elephant Ear cookies are my nieces favourite too :)

  2. That's Great - lucky you. I come from a long line of pickers - I'm 3rd generation for resell. I've had many lucky finds. This past week, I bought a box of old magazines and paper. I found a cute poultry information book from 1940's cute pictures and such. Not worth much to anyone else, but to me priceless. I paid $25 for box. I estimate over $250 in paper ranging from $1 - $5 each. I can't wait to get the recipe for those cookies.

    1. I love that kind of stuff! I have a small collection of antique & vintage baking pamphlets. Maybe one day I will show them off here. :)

  3. Those spoons are gorgeous! What a surprise that must have been :) Will check back for the recipe of those yummy looking cookies!

    1. I was thrilled :) ...working on the cookie blog post right now!

  4. Great find on the spoons! And a set of 5, even better!
    We're supposed to get hit with about a foot of snow early next week. I don't even leave the house most days, but I'm not looking forward to the mess. It's pretty for the first hour...then the mess hits!
    I have a furry little guy camped out below my chair right now too :) Until his daddy gets home, he's such a daddy's boy!

    1. Yes it sure is pretty before it gets messy, I agree!

  5. What? $200? Now that's a find.

  6. They're the International Silver Company's Wedgewood pattern, first produced in 1924 (still making them; a fork directly from the factory would cost about $429!).

    1. Whoa! They're worth more than I thought! Thanks for letting me know!


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