One of my clients is going to be hosting a charity event in her home and she mentioned that she wished she had more silver serving pieces because the event is around Valentine's Day and she wanted to do a big table full of candy on silver trays and bowls. I told her I'd be thrilled to loan her my silver.
This is good because it forced me to polish it all at the same time and assess what I realistically wanted to keep. I'm trying to comb through my collections and objectively (as possible for me) decide whether I want to keep things or not. I never pay much for silver and often think it's worth gambling a few bucks on a very tarnished piece and trying to revive it. I don't know why but I find polishing silver to be incredibly satisfying. Any of you who are therapists-please chime in.
Anyway I can't help but feel sad when I see neglected silver in antique stores. What I need to stop doing is buying it. I have enough. My silver collecting days are over. Or at least numbered. Or at least I'm going to try.
Looks like a million bucks. There are only three pieces that cost more than $35. The dome, the champagne bucket and the little ice bucket to the right of the dome. The dome was a gift from my parents this Christmas.
Goodwill does not accept very badly tarnished silver with chipping or pitting so I just had to get rid of some.
I only have a few New Year's resolutions this year. One of them is very broad scope: be realistic. So as the year goes on I will be combing through my collections weeding out the stuff that might land me on Hoarders. Sometimes stuff is just stuff.