24 Whimsical Ways to Use Vintage China and Silver

As I frequent Goodwill, yard and estate sales, I see a lot of the same types of items.
Two of these are old silver (silverplate or sterling) and china or ironstone.

Sometimes when I am standing in someone's garage sorting through their former belongings 
and I spot an ironstone plate stand, soup tureen, or silver tray that I like, 
it's hard to think of where I am going to use it, at that moment.

But, I buy it anyway, knowing that I'll find a spot for it.
Half the fun in the finding, is inventing ways to render it useful, doncha think?

After last week's trip to a thrift store that was over-loaded with china and silver, 
I remembered the idea file I have had on my hard drive (for years!) and found a plethora 
(word of the day) of ideas for how to add charm to your home with these finds.
Maybe you can use some of these ideas?

(I do not know, rather, I can't remember, where most of these photos came from, sorry.)

I {heart} this bathroom vanity tray.

Silverware Garden Markers. See HERE.

This is Christmasy, but simply darling.

Got birdcage? 
This is quirky and sweet, isn't it?

Domes, cloches, cake plate covers at the buffet. Yum!

One of my faves.

I believe this bathroom was on Rate My Space.

Group pieces for more interest and impact.

A baby shower buffet, pink and vintage!

Keep those utensils handy!

Cute and clever cart storage.

Cake Pedestal #1

Cake Pedestal #2 (Coffee Station I created for a client).

Isn't this gorgeousness?

Makeup brushes in a pedestal dish.

Corral the cups.

So, the next time you spy something (cute and budget-friendly) you like and are unsure what to do with it,
buy it anyway and have fun inventing and creating ways to add it to your home.

What are some uncommon or unusual ways YOU use china or silver pieces?


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  1. Love this post! Very creative ideas!

  2. Such great ideas Leslie~seems I am always finding potential in pieces I am not sure where I will put too! :) Hope you are having a great week! Hugs, Courtney

  3. My this is (WAS) snatching up milk glass whenever I came across it. I thought this was a cute idea for trying to use up all that I have.


  4. you just gave me a solution...thanks! I hit a estate sale a week or so ago, last day and the guy said take bag and fill it up for $1, so needless to say I came home with silver among many other things. I know now just what to do with the platter that has feet on it, it will go in the bathroom!

  5. I just saw two white urns like the one you have pictured at the yard sale I went to on Sunday, Leslie! Both the same size, but a bit different in their white. I did pick one up thinking what I could use it for, but put it back down. Now I know!

    1. Your post had offered me with another point of view on this subject. I had limited knowledge that things can work in this manner as well. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  6. I haven't been out treasure hunting for a while...(I've been really good), but lots of inspiration for things I already have!!! Hmmm, what can I get in to today!!!!

  7. I absolutely love your coffee station. I'm about to head out to an enormous garage sale...think a coffee/tea station for my house is in order. ('Course mine will have to be decaf so I don't have a bouncing baby boy inside me!)

  8. This is a great post! :) I'm still in love with your coffee station. So many neat inspiration pics. :)

  9. What great ideas! Right now I have a small pile of tarnished silver items I'm planning on using somewhere! Waiting for the time and inspiration to find them a home. Thanks for great ideas!

  10. Such awesome ideas! Love the cake plate coffee station and the hanging coffee cups in frames. I thought about something like that (cup in frame) for my coffee bar but didn't do it.

    I finally finished my coffee bar, just haven't had any time to post pics. Someday I will. I will.

    Have a great weekend, and HUGGGGSSSS to you too!

  11. I have an old silver pitcher that I use for flower arrangements in the dining room. I also keep my cooking utensils in an old "silver" pitcher. It's probably more metal than silver, but it works.

  12. Leslie,

    Love all the creative ideas and inspiring images you've supplied us with! I am always attracted to old silver and ironstone but then put it down because I feel like I don't have a space or use for it in mind. I hope I find some this weekend!

    Your Friend,

  13. Wow- what a fun and inspirational post! Thanks for sharing :) By the way, it's SO encouraging to see other Christian home decor bloggers sharing the love of Christ! Do you know of any others?
    Thanks! ~Sarah (from Modern Ranch; www.modernranch.blogspot.com)

  14. Leslie... I was just enjoying a few moments exploring one of my favorite blogs... YOURS.... and came across this post. I guess I missed it when you posted it but glad I found it. I just love this collection of ideas. I've decided to liquidate some of my staging inventory and I have tons of dishes and other items. Now I have some fun ideas!!!

    Praying for you and yours this morning. God knows our needs and has a purpose and plan in everything and it's all for good. Praying for LOTS of good in your life.

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