Spoils of Thrift: Yes, I’m Buying My Flatware by the Bucketful Now

So even though I do have mountains of flatware I’m wading through…the flatware bins are still one of my go-to sections at the thrift store. Yes, its a sickness, lol.
But I found some good stuff and could not leave it.

Plus, selling flatware really is one of my solid niches. I know that if I gave it the time it deserves it could easily help us knock out some of our debt and build up our savings. I just have to organize myself a bit more and work on all of this OTHER stuff that has accumulated over time.

One of the main patterns I found this time was one that looked like this:

It’s by MSI (Merchandise Service Inc) and it’s vintage.
I know MSI is not one of the brands I’ve mentioned in Part 1 of my Flippin’ Flatware series, but I know from experience that this pattern is fairly sought after by the Etsy/Vintage crowd. It’s not high dollar stuff but I found 45 pieces and it’ll add up.
And why not? Look at it! It’s awesome.
Now, the nice thing about MSI is they like to print their pattern name right on the pieces. Sweet!
This one is called “Danika”. Another popular one by them is “Versailles”.

So this was an easy pattern ID.
As a reminder, here’s how I identify my flatware when it’s NOT printed right on it: Flippin’ Flatware Part 2  I really need to re-do that post…the Replacements website has revamped and my screenshots are outdated.  Oops. Same concept though.
I’ve listed this pattern in my Etsy shop and am hopeful for some quick sales. As of right now, no other Danika is listed on Etsy!
I will keep you posted.
Oh and by the way, I’ve been playing around with backgrounds for my flatware listings. Most of the time I use this dark one. (it’s a leftover piece of countertop laminate, lol)

I got tired of that though and it’s kind of getting dirty.
For these Danika listings I’m trying out a grey posterboard. I like it…especially for when the listing is open and you’re looking at it up close. I’m just afraid the overall effect is too BLAH. Especially when buyers are scrolling through search results on Etsy or Ebay.
What do you think?

 Maybe I should look for a nice soft blue….

9 thoughts on “Spoils of Thrift: Yes, I’m Buying My Flatware by the Bucketful Now”

  1. I agree the gray is kind of blah. Too close in color to the flatware itself. I like the black better or white. Pale blue would probably be nice.

  2. OMG – what a coincidence. I bought a "bucketful" of flatware tonight while thrifting. I looked all over for something to put them all in and found a perfect container – a Williams Sonoma asparagus pot (no lid, no steamer basket) for $1.50! I haven't had time to see if any of the patterns are terribly valuable but I was just excited to find several pieces of the same pattern. I found one lone Dansk dinner knife. These vintage pieces will probably turn into antiques before I list them ha!

    Your Etsy shop pics are great! I agree some shade of blue might make them pop a bit more but yours still look very nice. There is one seller on eBay that uses a royal blue.

  3. I really love hearing about your flatware adventures! I peek through just about every section at the thrift stores, but not usually the flatware – I have to admit I've been taking a quick peek since reading some of your posts! No great finds to report yet… but some day! 😉 Also… I love the gray close-up, but I feel like you might be right regarding it getting lost in the search pages. I vote soft blue!

  4. Yes..its tricky…the grey doesn't wreak havoc with the white balance on the camera…so the color is accurate. But then it blends too much. The right tone blue should be okay too.

  5. Yes i know that seller (from online). He lives a few hours north of me. Which is great since our flatware picking spots don't overlap, lol.

    I love finding something to put flatware in at the store that I can use myself or resell.

  6. Another vote for soft blue! When I first started with flatware i had scrapbook paper that was blue with clouds. Very subtle. I liked that. Must work on that.
    Glad the posts help you widen out a bit…i will admit that all parts of the country are not created equal as far as flatware in the thrifts. So YMMV 🙂

  7. Hi Shannon! I like the gray – it's simple and sets off the pattern in the silver nicely. I also like the pictures with the pattern highlighted over the other pieces. I remember reading once that you should photograph silver on blue and gold on red. I have a blue cloud poster board (Staples?) that I use sometimes – bigger than scrapbook paper and can bend to form background. Have a good weekend!

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