Stainless Flatware Brands to Flip ~ Flippin’ Flatware Part One

 
Awhile back, one of my readers let me know that she had been dabbling in selling flatware and wondered if I had any tips for what brands to look for and organizing. I promised to do a more in-depth coverage of the subject on my blog…so here we go!
I’m such a procrastinator, partly because I’m not sure I have much to share that would actually help anyone, and partly because I want to make sure I do a good job and so I wait for a good block of time to work on it. Well, since that never happens…Hubby finally told me my ‘assignment’ today is to write the blog post!!
Plus, I get to go thrifting when I’m done. 🙂
Okay, so a little backstory. I got into selling flatware awhile back. About 10+ years ago, I was new to ReSelling and was only dabbling in it on the side. I was at a Value Village and happened across some silverplated flatware with daffodils on the handle. I knew NOTHING about flatware, but thought silverplated must be worth something.
I came home, did some research and auctioned it off. (the only way to do it back then!!). 
 
And it worked! Sold it all at really good prices. Especially considering the low purchase price (like .25 each, I think).
So I went crazy.
Bought all the silverplated flatware at thrift stores I could find. Discovered it’s not all created equal and sold some and didn’t sell a bunch.
Then the thrift stores dried up and I didn’t find any for a long time and I kind of got out of it.
In the meantime, my thrift stores had been FULL of stainless flatware but I didn’t even consider it. I mean, it’s only stainless, right? Who would want it??
Well fast forward a bit and Hubby was getting impatient not finding silverplated flatware and decided to research stainless flatware on Ebay. It was startling some of the prices stainless flatware was selling for!
So that’s the main story. We’ve kind of dabbled in it off and on and then recently started focusing on it a bit more. Of course, I can always find it faster than I can list it…so I always have plenty to work on.
Brands
Ever since we’ve moved over to selling at Fixed Price with a store on Ebay and having stores on Etsy, I’ve come to the realization that most flatware will sell. Eventually. (Not something that a thrifting addict needs to know.) But there definitely are brands that perform better than others and move more quickly.
Here’s my main top selling list:
  • Oneida (easy to find) Includes various backstamps: Northland, Deluxe, Wm A Rogers, Community
  • Oneida Heirloom (has a cube mark on the back)
  • Reed & Barton (includes Rebacraft, Select)
  • Towle 
  • Lauffer (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE) (owned by Towle)
  • WMF Cromargan (serious money here)
  • Dansk (check out the $$ on the Fjord pattern!)
  • Georg Jensen (I can dream)
  • Christofle (found one piece, ever. Would love to find more)
  • Gorham can be okay. Includes: Stegor, Stegorcraft
  • Stanley Roberts (tricky one because they are usually marked “Rogers Co”

There are other brands I will pick up depending on condition, pattern, and how many pieces are available.

Interpur INR2 Oval Soup Spoons
For example:
  • Interpur. Some good, some so-so. The wood handled INR2 pattern is fairly popular, especially on Etsy. If there’s enough of any other Interpur pattern to make a service for four or so and and its a groovy, retro design, I’ll pick it up for Etsy.
  • International
  • Hampton
  • Cambridge (Aztec is a pretty good one)
  • Hanford Forge
Some brands, it really just depends on what’s available. For example, if I come across a bunch of Hampton Silversmiths flatware and its in good shape and it looks like there’s enough to make a complete set, I probably will pick it up. 
 
 
 If there’s just one or two pieces, I don’t usually bother.
How I List
Here’s another question that comes up sometimes.
And the answer is…it depends.
It usually depends on which way makes the most money.
Generally, I tend to list in groups of 4.
Four dinner forks, 4 salad forks, 4 teaspoons, 4 dinner knives, 4 oval soup spoons, etc…
If the pattern is popular, you can get away with listing 2 or 3 if you don’t have 4.
If the pattern is really expensive, I may list in singles.
If I have a complete set, I have a hard time breaking it up. I like to at least try to sell it as a whole. If that doesn’t work, I break it down later.
A complete service for four would include 20 pieces: 4 dinner forks, 4 salad forks, 4 teaspoons, 4 dinner knives 4 soup spoons. A service for 8 would have 8 each of those pieces.
I generally list serving pieces separately.
This is getting much longer than I expected and I still want to touch on how to identify your pattern and a bit on organizing. If there’s any other questions you have, feel free to leave a comment.

19 thoughts on “Stainless Flatware Brands to Flip ~ Flippin’ Flatware Part One”

  1. That's actually the nice thing about flatware! The maker is usually right on the back. The exception are dinner knives…they are not always marked. It helps if you find matching forks or spoons to help ID the pattern. But knives are pretty slow sellers anyway, so I don't usually buy them unless there are other pieces to the set.

  2. Great post! Thank you. I've sold a little bit of silverplate. The fun part (well, sort of), is when you buy it black and then clean it to reveal the true beauty of the pieces.

  3. Sure appreciate your generosity in sharing info. I had a bunch of flatware and just didn't have the time/info to list it (on top of all the other stuff that needs photo-ed andlisted!) so I it to a friend who makes jewelry with it…kind of don't want to know what I let go of! Now I'm intrigued and want to go hunt for more!

  4. I have sold some flatware and you are right a lot of it is very saleable, which is made easier by having the brand name printed right on it. I've struggled with silver pieces that are not so easily identified. Great post. I'm sharing your post on my Pinterest board, How to eBay.

  5. I bought several pieces of Interpur (the wood handle design) at an estate sale. It was cheap and I could tell there were at least 30 pieces so I took a gamble. I remembered you did these posts so that made me confident enough to buy them… Just knowing that I could start my research by your guidelines. And, I knew I liked it enough to use it if there wasn't a market for it. 😉

    Thanks! -Lana

    1. True! Although I do fine with forks. For me, it’s soup spoons and knives that sit longer. But they pretty much all eventually sell. And some patterns will surprise you…the salad forks fetch more money and the soup spoons sell right away! Just maybe for not as much.

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