1.11.2016

Super Easy Way to Polish Your Silverware and French Flea Market Style


Everyone sticking to their New Years resolutions??  My goal is to wake up every morning with a grateful heart and to take a moment to thank God.  So far, so good.

  I also want to lose some weight...that's harder.  Howard and I are on a healthy eating kick and no wine :(  for a few weeks.  He has already lost twice as much as I have.  Naturally. At least we don't have fattening food in the house to tempt me.

BUT...I have a new temptation when I visit the East Bay.  My client, had been telling me that I would like Elsie Green House and Home...and she was right!
It's a warehouse filled with French flea market finds!  Like a cheap trip to France and you don't have to figure out how to get your treasures home.
Wouldn't this little trailer be sweet in a garden as a studio?  And why do string lights make everything more fun?
Inside you could enjoy a pain au chocolat and café au lait.
Or some  red wine and fromage...and a warm baguette.  I think I need a carrot stick or two.

They have a lot of polished flatware...so pretty.  They instructed me how they keep it shiny ...coming up.



Look what I bought...
The pottery is here for now...


I polished all our flatware and my Mom's this way!  So then I went on to small pieces of silver.

 It's easier if it's completely submerged...but I just rotated that little sterling silver pitcher in the water.  Try this method and tell me what you think!

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33 comments:

  1. This is my favorite way to polish my silver jewelry as well! We are trying to eat healthier too and are a week into a food & drink detox. It's been a cranky 7 days so far! Maybe I need some shopping therapy at this place you shared! :)

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    1. I think the first week is the hardest! Good luck!

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  2. Oh how I wish I could go there!! It look fantastic and yes I am trying to shed some pounds too and it doesnt get easier with age! xo K

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  3. That store looks like such fun! wish I could go there....
    I used this method to clean silver.....once...it pitted the silver! If it's an heirloom I wouldn't use this method again....old fashioned cream and elbow grease for me....
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh that is terrible...I've used this method three times with no problem. Mostly all on sterling, too. That little pitcher is very old.

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  4. This is how I polish silver except that I always use baking soda instead of salt.

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    1. I think I will try that and see the difference.

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  5. I don't have any silver, but that's a great tip. Love the little trailer, but I live in an apartment and though it would fit on my big fenced patio, doubt they would let me have it! Love you recent acquisitions!
    Brenda

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  6. I have used this method before too. It worked okay but nothing better than good ole cream and elbow grease.

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  7. I too love the flea markets and brocantes in the South of France. Thanks for the tip re: the silver.

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  8. Mary Ann, you always find the best spots to shop!!
    I have used this silver cleaning method as well, in fact need to right now...ha!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Life Lessons: So Honored!

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  9. Thanks for this tip MaryAnn I can use it. And this looks like another very cool place to browse and shop. Love seeing the photos. The hubs and I are trying to lose some weight too, what is it about guys? They seem to lose it easier than us. :) But we're doing the walks together which is so nice.
    xo
    Leslie

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  10. Wow thanks for the tip on the silver....lordy knows I have plenty of silver to polish up! And what a fun shop, I would have a field day in there! Hope your 2016 is off to a great start and let me know if you discover any magic solutions on the weight loss battle:)

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    1. I have no magic for the weight loss, Tina. No fun either!

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  11. Okay, I have never heard of this silver polishing method and BOY am I trying it! I just spent about 4 hours last week polishing up only some of my collection - this would be so much faster and easier!

    And that store! It is so wonderful - going to look it up and try to stop there the next time I'm up north!

    thanks Mary Ann!

    Sheila
    xo

    www.maisondecinq.blogspot.com

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  12. Great tip about the silver...my husband does all the polishing (and loves doing it!) so that's one chore I don't worry about! But I'll ask if he has ever used this method.
    As for that store:oh wow, what a find. And to not have to carry back in luggage. Nice find!

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  13. What a FANTASTIC post. I am so thrilled to learn of this terrific store. I'm headed up to San Francisco at the end of this month and I'm going to make a beeline for it. Also loved the silver cleaning tip!

    Celia Becker @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

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  14. Hi Mary Ann, I've been polishing my silver this way for years, very successfully, but I use baking soda instead of salt.

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  15. Wow, gorgeous store! I have never heard of this method but I am SO doing it.

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  16. Mary Ann,
    What a fun store that would be.
    The method for cleaning silver is great but I would like to warn your readers that it will remove the dark detailing that is natural on flatware such as Grand Baroque...once the dark detailing in the pattern is gone it will not come back.
    Good luck on the weight loss. I worked hard on the process last year and honestly felt like I was hungry most of the time! 😀
    Karen

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  17. I use Arm and Hammer washing soda with the foil and hot water. As for the dark detailing being removed, that is tarnish and the brand new silverware does not come with dark detailing.

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  18. I loved being introduced to Elsie Green Mary Ann! Thank you! For inspiration on diet try the book 'French Women Don't Get Fat." The author is great!

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    1. I have that book...I will put it out again.

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  19. Add me to the list who has used that polishing method for a long time, although I use baking soda like some others mentioned. And that shop looks amazing! If only I were closer. Fun looking at the pics.

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    1. I'm definitely going to try baking soda the next time just to see the difference.

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  20. What a great tip! I pinned this to try on my silver flatware and jewelry!! I am also trying to shed a few lbs but without giving up my wine....the good thing is that since I'm eating light, I can really only drink one glass in the evening now anyway!! :) Saves on calories AND money!!

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  21. Elsie's Green House and Home looks like someplace I could get into lots of trouble!!! Too many great things to tempt me with!

    Growing up, my parents had a 15' little trailer very similar to the one in the store. We traveled everywhere in that little, tiny thing with only an ice box, butane stove, a not quite double bed and a not quite twin that was made from the seats at the table. My brother had to sleep in the back of our station wagon! The farthest we ever went was cross country to Washington DC, NYC and Niagara Falls, but every summer, we went someplace for at least 3 weeks. I have so many wonderful memories of those times, but I don't know how we did it in such a tiny space!!! My dad couldn't even stand up straight in it!!! Those were the good ol' days!

    I've heard of polishing silver with that method, but have never tried it. I'm going to give it a try though, but some things have nice patina in the details that I think might disappear! I'll let you know!

    Tootles....Gail

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    1. wow, Gail...that beats my mom and dad and six kids in a station wagon driving to visit my grandmother in Canada every summer.

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  22. I want to go to Elsie Green Home!! I have used that method for cleaning silverware but haven't tried it in a long time. My silver is looking kind of grungy..must give it a try!!

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  23. I just read on INSTAGRAM this method of silver polishing now I questioned the SALT as that will eat away at the silver over time........The woman came back with OPPS maybe it is BICARBONATE and FOIL.
    Perhaps, the short time it sits is key too and the fact the tarnish comes off is KEY...............
    Should WE google and check!Who would know for sure?
    The STAFF on DOWNTOWN ABBEY??Did they have foil back then?I am fascinated will give it AGO!
    Met your DEAR FRIEND!
    YOU are NEXT!!!!!!

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  24. I mostly used it on sterling and it worked great! It's not like it soaks for very long. YES. Would love to meet!
    Perhaps at my house?

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  25. That store is so adorable! I want one of everything! Thanks for the silver cleaning tip. I've got a bunch of silver flatware and silver jewelry I've been procrastinating about cleaning. I'm going to try your method.

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  26. OK....I would have loved that place....so many wonderful things to drool over:) Love your purchase!

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