PUTTING MY STAMP ON THINGS

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Cheesy pun aside, I wanted to take the time to share some pieces that are on their way out the door as well as a super amazing Friday Find!

Last Friday my oldest son and I took a drive some 45 minutes north in order to pick up a copy of his high school transcripts. Not only was it a great opportunity for us to spend the day together, but we also had the chance to hit up a couple of the local thrift shops in the unending search for spoons….. spoons which will eventually be heated, beaten flat with a hammer and stamped with a lovely message. Not just any old spoon will do. It must be a silver or silver plated spoon and sadly these are not quite as easy to come by as many would suspect.

After we picked up his transcript, we ventured to the local Goodwill in North Canton. It’s a pretty small place and it didn’t take long to discover that the stop was a bust. As we were walking out, I decided to look in the display window we had passed by on our way in and…. jackpot!!!!!!! Before my eyes was a beautiful wooden case, propped open to reveal all of the silver plated gorgeousness inside! Complete service for 12….complete with a price tag of $175. Eeek. So far outside of my budget it made me want to cry. This all seemed like a big mean trick.

And then I had this crazy thought.

I would offer the store manager a ridiculously low price. Certainly said manager would laughingly respond with a no….and yet I had to try.

So my son and I walked back in, spoke with the manager who unbelievably said yes and then we walked back out with a super heavy wooden box, which upon further inspection contained 74 spoons. Needless to say, I have been a very busy bee since last Friday.

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I suppose there are a few lessons to be learned from this situation.

  1. YES, you can haggle with the people at the Goodwill. All of the furniture and higher ticketed items have a date on them. The silverware had been there for 3 weeks and they wanted it gone.
  2. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know. The worst thing that can happen is they say no. Leave your name and number and let them know you would still be interested if it doesn’t sell.
  3. I need to figure out what the heck to do with the remaining forks and butter knives!!!!

So back to the spoons! We built a big fire, put the spoons in to heat them up to make them more pliable and got to work.

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After the spoons are heated, carefully remove them from the fire with pliers….pliers with REALLY long handles…be careful while doing all of this, or you will get badly burnt. Nothing is worse than going to the emergency room with third degree burns explaining to a nurse that you were heating spoons in a fire and, well…you get the point. This is my official legal disclaimer kids. Play with fire at your own risk. I am not liable or responsible for any injury incurred as a result of this post.

Anyways, carefully remove them from the fire then place them on a flat metal surface (an anvil would be nice, Santa. Just sayin’) and start pounding them flat with a hammer of some sort. Different hammers leave different tooling marks so you’ll need to experiment with this a bit.

After the spoons have cooled, stamp your message on to the spoon. Quotes, your kids’ name, anniversary date…pretty much whatever you want. Your only limitation is fitting it on the available space.  The process is quite labor intensive and a bit primitive.  But to be honest, I enjoy every single detail 🙂

Voila!!! Beautiful, upcycled, silver awesomeness.

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