This is the continuation of The Silver Experiment, where I go to 3 thrift stores in my local area and search for sterling silver (see part one here).
“Our Thrift Store” is near downtown Franklin, TN. It’s not one I come to often, but as part of The Silver Experiment I thought I’d give it a shot.
I waded through a lot of fakes today. I won’t get into all the details of how to see if something is real silver, as I’m still a newbie at it myself. I owe a great deal to Kendall Todd TheSilverGuy’s YouTube channel, as well as many other bloggers and YouTubers who spent time and energy putting a wealth of information out there.
Let’s get started!
A frustrating issue came up part way through my hunt. I couldn’t reach the internet in much of the store, which meant I couldn’t look up some of the maker’s marks in store. I was able to text Husbandman to ask him to look up “Wallace 350”, but I wasn’t going to do that with every item in the store.
I was resigning myself to the fact that I wasn’t going to find anything, when I came across the cutlery. Could there be anything hidden in here?
There was! Two forks stamped Sterling, and a souvenir spoon marked as silver. There were other items that I wasn’t sure about. Because I had the issue of not being able to look up manufacturers, I had to rely on testing with a magnet, guessing at makers’ marks, and studying the tarnish.
When I got home, I was able to find out which ones are real and which are just silver plate. For 10 cents each, I’m ok with the outcome.
My kids are asking if they can keep the silver plate items, because they’re so unusual. When’s the last time you saw an oyster fork? But they’re really not that practical to keep. I’m going to see if I can get anything for them.
Wait, where’s the jewelry?
I’m sure you noticed that I didn’t look at the jewelry. The reason is, I couldn’t find the jewelry section! I found out after I’d left that it was near the front of the store. Oh well. Next time. I’m still happy with my results.
On to store number 3!