We love buying pretty vintage silver trays and serving wear from thrift stores. Most of the pieces we find are pretty beat up though. With a few household staples & rags these treasures are good as new (almost). This dish was just $2.00 at Goodwill. It is real silver, as marked on the bottom & I (Katie) keep it in my bathroom for all things girly (read: bobbies, earrings, lash curlers). Now that it is polished up it will look even prettier.
Above is before the cleaning, filled with all my treasures (aka-stuff I don’t feel like putting away). To get this piece, or any other piece sparkling, all you need is some baking soda & vinegar – this will be just like the science experiment with the exploding volcano when you were a kid.
Sprinkle the baking soda heavily on to the silver (or in a separate bowl), then pour on the vinegar and watch as it bubbles up. You want to just put enough on so that it forms a paste. If it gets too thin, just sprinkle on some more baking soda. Rub the paste into the silver with a rag. I’ve found that working in a circular “buffing” motion works the best. If your paste is becoming grey, you know it’s working. Keep adding more soda & vinegar as needed, and after it’s all clean wipe clean with a damp towel and dry thoroughly. See – just like new!
We love using old glasses & dishes for pretty storage. Do you buy old thing from the thrift stores and give them a new life like we do? We’d love to hear some of your tricks!