Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Real Deal - Gold Flatware

You're seeing it everywhere these days.

It always kind of bothered me when setting my table, to see that gold band on the china and then to put silver flatware next to it. But we all know that gold was a four letter word for a little while there. It's back now and going stronger than ever.

Eddie Ross

 Every time I see one of Eddie's tables I think to myself, if ever see gold flatware I'm buying it!

Eddie Ross

Last weekend I got lucky!  I found it.

It's extensive, including all the serving pieces you could ever want and place settings for 12. But there are so many other pieces, like luncheon forks in addition to salad, seafood, and main course forks that I could easily mix up the sizes and set a table for 24. It has demitasse spoons, ice tea spoons, ladles, carving knives, butter knives and much, much more. There was even a salt and pepper shaker included!

I love it because it looks modern which is the perfect contrast to my old china.

The way I found it kind of unfolded like a like a love story. I told Matt I needed a little break and I would be back in an hour or so. I stole away to my favorite little thrift store for some thrifting therapy and did a quick lap. Nothing was jumping out at me. Then as I neared the door I noticed a mysterious closed box on the jewelry counter. Feeling a little naughty, I opened it. There she was, the flatware I'd been looking for. The helpful woman working there struck up a conversation.

I told her that gold flatware was the latest great thing. She laughed as if she doubted me. When I told her "I have to have this" she laughed again. I think she thought I was kidding.

Once I got home from the thrift store I googled "gold flatware Italy" to see what a set like this would go for. I found a very similar set that is described at stainless steel brushed gold made in Italy selling at Barney's. It sells for $115 per 5-piece place setting.

 Alaina Kaczmarski of Live Creating Yourself did a post about gold flatware in December. Her search turned up the same set from Italy that I found in addition to these other options.
1. Bamboo Flatware from Neiman Marcus | 2. Oneida gold flatware |
3. Mepra Ice Oro flatware from Barney's | 4. Sun-tipped silverware from Anthropologie

I paid $40. I think without question I got a real deal on gold flatware. Now I'm dreaming up a reason to use it.

I'd love to hear from you if you know anything about what I have. What is the metal? How do I take care of it, and whether you're jumping on the gold flatware train?

Don't forget to enter my jewelry giveaway by leaving a comment, becoming a follower, visiting my jewelry website or mentioning MGH on your blog. The winner will be selected TOMORROW!


carla said...

SCORE!!!!! Love it, your table is beautiful. You certainly do have the eye, and luck of being in the right place at the right time. Congratulations.

Stacie@hometownperch said...

Is it really a big thing right now? I have an entire set in the attic that my mother-in-law gave me. My deceased father-in-law had sent it to her when he was overseas in the military. I've always thought it was the ugliest stuff I've ever seen. :) I thought she was crazy for hauling it around all these years.

I'll have to get it down this weekend and take a photo. I think it's similar to the Anthropologie set you show. It's been a long time since I've looked at it.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I have my original wedding set which is stainless with a gold band around the handle. That will have to do for now. BTW, your table setting is beautiful!!

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

you paid $40 for all of that?!?!!??

ahh i'm now on a mission. great purchase! Love this look!

Leslie said...

Gold flatware? Can't say I would have ever thought twice about it, but you certainly know how to seek out and put to good use.
I will have to bring something more than cheese next time so we can put some of those pieces to good use.
Nice find!!!

the gardener's cottage said...

hi julie,

i love stories such as this. i couldn't wait to hear what you paid for it. it is gorgeous and i know you'll come up with a reason or 10 to use it. i too was always in a quandry re flatware, back in the day when i entertained more. i solved the problem by ordering my china with a sterling band instead of gold. i still have it and love it.



ps ~ my friend had been wanting to buy a pb comforter for her son but it was like $250 and yesterday she found the same one barely used at the thrift store for $10. i love it all.

Karena said...

Julie, what an absolutely fabulous deal!! I mean really. Use it all the time!

I want to enter your jewelry giveaway, adore your designs!!

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Karena said...

Oh and I love the Charlotte necklace, peridot is my birth stone!

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Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Lovely find- and great blog and nice to 'meet' you!

Lucy said...

beautiful goldware! you must have good shopping karma :)

Anonymous said...

You have got to be one of the best thrifters I know. I think it is your great eye for style. Please take me along one day...if only it weren't so hard to steal some time away.

lemondropdreams said...

I just read this over at Live and had to read your full post! So jealous, what a score! I'm hoping to find some china for a steal, mines way too 90's...

Emilie's daughter said...

I just discovered your blog! Fantastic! Such beautiful ideas and photographs. I registered as a follower! Have a look on my blog - I am having a giveaway too!
Congratulations and all the best!

Emilie's daughter

Stitchfork said...

Score! Great find and a very good deal!
xo Cathy

Anonymous said...

OMG we want to shop where you're shopping. Jealous with a capital J! Love what you did with it too!

Eddie + Jaithan

Phil Holland said...

Whatever you do, don't put it in the dishwasher!!!

It's to great a find to risk it.

What a bargain. It must be in your genes.

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

WOW! That was meant to be! It was waiting for you to walk in the door. This could be a very good year for you.

Oh, and yes, don't even wait for a reason to use it...get it out and enjoy it everyday I say!

pve design said...

You should give Eddie a percentage. He does inspire us to make our life more "golden!" When is the next dinner party?

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