Awhile back, one of my
readers let me know that she had been dabbling in selling flatware
and wondered if I had any tips for what brands to look for and
organizing. I promised to do a more in-depth coverage of the subject
on my blog...so here we go! I'm such a procrastinator, partly
because I'm not sure I have much to share that would actually help
anyone, and partly because I want to make sure I do a good job and so
I wait for a good block of time to work on it. Well, since that never
happens...Hubby finally told me my 'assignment' today is to write the
Plus, I get to go
thrifting when I'm done. :)
Okay, so a little
backstory. I got into selling flatware awhile back. About 10+ years
ago, I was new to ReSelling and was only dabbling in it on the side.
I was at a Value Village and happened across some silverplated
flatware with daffodils on the handle. I knew NOTHING about flatware,
but thought silverplated must be worth something.
I came home, did some
research and auctioned it off. (the only way to do it back then!!).
And it worked! Sold it all at really good prices. Especially
considering the low purchase price (like .25 each, I think).
So I went crazy.
Bought all the
silverplated flatware at thrift stores I could find. Discovered it's
not all created equal and sold some and didn't sell a bunch.
Then the thrift stores
dried up and I didn't find any for a long time and I kind of got out
In the meantime, my thrift
stores had been FULL of stainless flatware but I didn't even consider
it. I mean, it's only stainless, right? Who would want it??
Well fast forward a bit
and Hubby was getting impatient not finding silverplated flatware and
decided to research stainless flatware on Ebay. It was startling some
of the prices stainless flatware was selling for!
So that's the main story.
We've kind of dabbled in it off and on and then recently started
focusing on it a bit more. Of course, I can always find it faster
than I can list it...so I always have plenty to work on.
Ever since we've moved
over to selling at Fixed Price with a store on Ebay and having stores
on Etsy, I've come to the realization that most flatware will sell.
Eventually. (Not something that a thrifting addict needs to know.)
But there definitely are brands that perform better than others and
move more quickly.
Here's my main top
(easy to find) Includes various backstamps: Northland, Deluxe, Wm A
Heirloom (has a cube mark on the back)
& Barton (includes Rebacraft, Select)
(LOVE, LOVE, LOVE) (owned by Towle)
Cromargan (serious money here)
(check out the $$ on the Fjord pattern!)
Jensen (I can dream)
(found one piece, ever. Would love to find more)
can be okay. Includes: Stegor, Stegorcraft
Roberts (tricky one because they are usually marked “Rogers Co”
There are other brands I
will pick up depending on condition, pattern, and how many pieces are
Interpur INR2 Oval Soup Spoons
Interpur. Some good,
some so-so. The wood handled INR2 pattern is fairly popular,
especially on Etsy. If there's enough of any other Interpur pattern
to make a service for four or so and and its a groovy, retro design,
I'll pick it up for Etsy.
Cambridge (Aztec is a
pretty good one)
Some brands, it really
just depends on what's available. For example, if I come across a bunch of Hampton
Silversmiths flatware and its in good shape and it looks like there's
enough to make a complete set, I probably will pick it up.
just one or two pieces, I don't usually bother.
How I List
Here's another question
that comes up sometimes.
And the answer is...it
It usually depends on
which way makes the most money.