Recent Vintage (Thrifty) Finds

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I've had really great fortune when thrift shopping lately. Wonderful vintage finds that will go into tablescapes very soon!

First up is a set of National Silverplate (with the name King Edward on it). The pattern is CALVALCADE (love that name) and it is from 1946. No serving pieces but I have 6 each of the knives, forks, spoons & soup spoons. A good set for my uses.

The second set I was not able to get as much information. The set is marked Wm. Rogers & Sons and it is my understanding that name was actually used by International in the early 1900's...the styling would suggest it is that old. Sadly there is not an even *set* of these, but there are enough for 5 place settings.

Click to enlarge a close-up of the spoon.

Both partial sets came in this box that seems to be the original box for the Wm. Rogers & Sons set.

The box is worn and scratched but I am glad to have it. The box and both partial sets were $10.00 at Goodwill.

Same trip to the GW netted these pink damask napkins. I've picked up a lot of pink lately so these will come in handy, Only 7 napkins for $4.00.

A few weeks back I visited GW, and found 4 of these boxes lurking under a table.

My heart about skipped a beat at the thought that the original dishes could possibly be in the boxes......not only were they, but 3 of the boxes had NEVER been opened!

Inside was the sweetest little 5 piece place settings.....A plate, soup/salad bowl, dessert bowl and cup & saucer. I paid $3.00 per place setting!

The green tablecloth underneath is a lovely vintage green linen....and it has a stain right in the middle. Too bad but most of the fabric is still wonderful, so I will cut it up for napkins. I actually have a set of placemats I recently got at TJMaxx that are exactly the same color.

Stayed tune for tablescapes but in the meantime, visit all Suzanne's Vintage Thingie Thursday participants for lots more vintage fun!


  1. Cindy said...:

    Girl you hit the mother lode.I bet someone passed away..and the family didn't want any of that old stuff..and gave it to GW..isn't it sad!! It breaks my heart sometimes to see vintage stuff..I mean good vintage things that were loved once..chunked on the shelves..I do my duty and always try to rescue

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  1. I love those great finds! it is so fun to come home with great vintage items. Oh Heck I come home with junk sometimes and I am just as happy.

  1. Joyce said...:

    I love the silverware and the vintage napkins. GW by your home is amazing. Lucky you to find such wonderful items for a pretty penny. Isn't it fun when you find some item you just Love at GW because it feels like you won the lottery?

  1. Jackpot!
    You did great at GW. I had a fine time at two of our GW stores this past weekend, when everything was 50 percent off. heaven. :-)

    LOVE the silverplated flatware... the Cavalcade would look so lovely with dishes with a basketweave border, like the ones I picked up at Dollar Tree last year!

    And the others -- they are quite old. You can tell by the knife blades. They are silver plate, probably over carbon steel. This style of blunt (or Old French) knife blade fell out of fashion after stainless steel became the norm, after World War One.

    I LOVE knives with those old blunt silver blades -- and they are usually sharp so be careful!

    Enjoy your happy finds!

  1. What a steal for the dishes. And the silverware. You did great!

  1. Julie Harward said...:

    Hey, these are great...good for you, you know what is of value! Come say hi :D

  1. Roslyn said...:

    Oh my how lucky are you, I never see such treasures but then I rarely have time for thrift shopping!

  1. Miri said...:

    Great finds...lovely silverware and the glass dishes are very sweet!

  1. i love silverware/flatwares and slowly am collecting them.. a vintage rusty old ones.. but yours are just lovely.. and to have them all in that sturdy looking box just great! happy VTT

  1. Vonlipi said...:

    OMG! The Thrifting Gods are sure smiling down on you!

    I would love to find some vintage dishes in unopened boxes, especially cute milkglass like that!

    Happy VTT!

  1. Ulla said...:

    The box with the silverware is nice, and the milkglass sets are very pretty.

  1. Wow what a great find! The silverware and dishes are beautiful.


  1. CC said...:

    Oooooooo,I do so love everything. You did better than well with your finds. I would still be happy dancing. Specially love those gorgeous,
    Have a lovely weekend and a great VTT. I've become a follower..and I'll be back later to see more of your great finds on your other shopping trips.

  1. You did hit the jackpot! You really got some wonderful pieces and beautiful too. Here lately I've just about stopped going in Goodwills around here, but I still pop in the ones out of town when I can. My local ones have raised prices higher than some retail and are very mismanaged. It's a shame because GW is such a great donation/cherity business. Happy decorating with your new pretties!

  1. Lynnie said...:

    WOW! This makes me want to head out to our GW's today! Sweet deals!

  1. P. said...:

    Fantastic finds! I love that first set with the basketweave detail on the handles! You really lucked out with the dish sets in the original boxes. Hey, before you cut up that green linen tablecloth, you should try Suzanne's stain removal process. I used it on some stained old linens and it really worked great. That is, if you don't have your heart set on making napkins from it already (which would be pretty too!).

  1. Hi Gail, I know you are happy with your great finds.....I would be! Can't wait to see them on future tables.

    Have a blessed day,
    Barb ♥

  1. Jacqueline said...:

    What great finds! How lucky are you. The flatware is just beautiful.

  1. Sherrie said...:

    From one Goodwill Shopper to another, Good Goodwill score. Thanks for sharing.

  1. You lucky! What treasures!


    Happy VTT,

  1. Anna Matthews said...:

    What a score - you really hit it that day!!

  1. Wow! What finds! Thank you for sharing with us.

    I too have been on the lookout for Fabulous Finds and have so called a new weekly post on my blog. I hope you'll come and visit every Friday, for Fabulous Friday Finds. In connection, I am having a GIVEAWAY, Yeah!, for anyone who would like to enter. There are several different ways, but it closes Friday! So hurry on over.

  1. Stacey said...:

    What great finds! The basket weave pattern on the silver ware is lovely. And what a treasure the new dishes are:) Perhaps some of your thrifting mojo will rub off on me!

  1. Barbara said...:

    Gail I love it, such a vintage display, hugs and blessings, Barbara

  1. Tara Beaulieu said...:

    Oh my gosh, $3 for those place settings?! That's wonderful- they are just precious! And I can't wait to see what a pretty table you set with all this pink, green and silver- it's going to be adorable. Happy VTT!

  1. nannykim said...:

    Old silverware is such fun!! But I gotta say--love that darling set of dishes!! Can't believe it was in the orignal boxes!!! Great finds! Thanks for the stopby at Spindle Cottage!

  1. Sandra said...:

    Wonderful GW finds! Love all of it. I was at GW today...tons of people and really picked over...must be summer and people are bored already and out shopping everyday.

  1. LV said...:

    I guess I am not a good thrift shopper. I never seem to find nice things like this. You really made a haul.

  1. Susan said...:

    You scored big time at Goodwill. I use to shop GW alot but lately I have not made many good finds. When I do find something it is way over priced. I guess I will just stick to yard sale, but lately they haven't panned out either.

  1. Coloradolady said...:

    Oh, I never find forks and spoons, always knives! I love your dishes and can not believe you found them in the original boxes! That is super cool!! Have a great VTT!

  1. Mimi said...:

    Gail, you found lots of great things...lucky you getting all that silverplate for such a good price...and those dishes were the best find! Are you going to do a tablescape with them?

  1. Sarah said...:

    Lots of thrifty finds! My stop at GW today yielded nothing. :-)
    Thanks for stopping by HFTS and leaving a thoughtful comment. I appreciate it.
    Have a great weekend! ~ Sarah

  1. La Bella Vie said...:

    OK I love these finds! I would love all these, they're adorable!
    I'm now following you and would like to extend the invitation to become a FOLLOWER on my blog as well.
    Hope to see you tere,

  1. Diann said...:

    Oh my Gail you seriously scored!! The silverware is just an amazing find at that price! and the linens, oh I am swooning over those! And the cute set of dishes are just wonderful!!

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