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  1. #1

    Apr 2017
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    Sterling Flatware Bonanza

    Was leaving a local thrift store when I spotted an interesting looking flatware set that looked fairly complete for $100. It was on the shelf behind where they have all the jewelry so I asked to see one of the forks so I could see the manufacturer and take a picture to research the pattern name, thinking Iíd consider getting it in a few weeks when it was discounted 25% or 50% when the color of the price tag was the color of the week.

    I was shocked when I turned the piece over and saw it was International Sterling. I asked as calmly as I could to buy the set which I have since identified as the Wedgwood pattern. Itís pretty much a complete set of 12 place settings (one salad fork is missing) plus an extra 12 teaspoons and some serving forks, meat forks, ladle etc. It also included some other sterling and sterling-filled handle pieces from other manufacturers/patterns. Total weight of the solid sterling pieces was 105.4 troy ounces and 35.75 ounces of sterling handled items (maybe another 8 troy ounces or so assuming 25% of the weight is silver for these items).

    Easily my best thrift shop find. Now I just need to figure out if I can do best selling the Wedgwood pieces as one set or sell individual place settings and the other pieces on their own.

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  2. #2
    Grant Brandenburg

    Jan 2013
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    Super score. You'll definitely get more than scrap price out of that. I would think selling individually would bring the most profit.
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  3. #3
    Mar 2017
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    Wow. That's amazing. Well done.

  4. #4
    Feb 2006
    New York, NY
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    Awesome! Agree w Tamrock. Take the time and sell individually. I usually check what replacements.com is asking and then undershoot them by as much as I can while still cleaning up
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  5. #5
    May 2018
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    Well done. Sometimes the asking price is already a great bargain.

    Always do right; this will gratify some and astonish the rest.
    - Mark Twain

  6. #6
    May 2009
    NC USA
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    What a score! Great pattern too! I would sell by place setting but sell the serving pieces first. They bring the most money. Congratulations!

  7. #7

    Apr 2017
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    After going through all the pieces the most valuable ended up being one of the serving pieces not part of the Wedgwood set. It’s a Gorham Chantilly Waffle Server. Unfortunately it has a bit of a crease across the blade but I still hope to get $150 for it

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  8. #8
    Charter Member
    Oct 2014
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    Killer find, congrats!

  9. #9
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    Nice score
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