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Born with a silver spoon…

Here is another of my favourite vintage homeware purchases that I got for next to nothing from a local hospice charity shop.  It is a set of six, shell shaped, silver plated fruit / dessert spoons.   They cost a mere 10p each!  This particular shop always has a tray of cutlery & everything is 10p each whether it is plastic or real silver.  I always have a good rummage & have picked up some treasures in there from time to time.  My last bargain was a set of six vintage, silver plated, cake forks.

60p the lot!

These are good quality when it comes to the world of spoons.  They are hallmarked ‘EPNS Sheffield England’ on the back.  We all know Sheffield was the king of cutlery making in years gone by.  A quick Google search taught me that EPNS stands for ‘Electro Plated Nickel Silver’ so I learned something new as well.  The spoons were a bit lacklustre when I bought them but, after a few minutes dipped in my trusty jar of ‘Silver Dip’, they came out gleaming.

My mum had a set of these when I was little & I remember eating tinned Fruit Cocktail with them!  You only used to get one or two cherries in a full tin – the rest was cubed peaches and pears with the odd flabby grape thrown in.  Nothing has changed…my 5 year old daughter has taken over my Fruit Cocktail eating and I can confirm that there were only two HALF cherries in a whole tin the last time she indulged.  What a swizz!  

On another occasion, and in another shop, I managed to find the ‘mother’ to these little spoons. Yes, I got my hands on a large silver serving spoon in the same shape!  It is not from the same set as it is ever so slightly different but I felt very lucky to find it, nonetheless.  Bring on the next tin of Fruit Cocktail!  But spare the Carnation Milk….that is one throwback to the seventies that I can do without.  Hey, anyone remember Dream Topping?!

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Feeling Fruity?

Here is the second item of vintage clothing to feature on my blog.  I got it as cheap as chips in a local charity shop. In fact, it was just £2.00 from a local animal shelter shop.

Feeling fruity?

It is by C&A and, from the style and labelling, I would say it was from the seventies.  It is black with the funkiest apple design all over it and hippy style ties to the neckline.  This is the second ‘apple’ piece to appear on my blog this week!  I have also become a bit obsessed with cherries at the moment.  I got a super cute cherry print cardigan off ebay last week for £3.00.  There certainly seems to be a fruit theme going on at the moment!

 
Anyway, the above C&A apple top has the most amazing double-batwing flared sleeves, which hang beautifully.  Look at the v-shaped hemline too.  Such lovely retro detailing.  The top looks great with jeans for day or night out.  I was delighted to have found it amongst a depressing rail of dreary old tops.  To get the good stuff, you’ve gotta root!