Thursday, June 12, 2014

Using Thrifted Silver Trays

Here's what I had in mind when I found 
several round silver plated trays at the 
thrift store last week. See my finds HERE.
They were only 50¢ each! I tested them for
 size with a dinner plate from a nearby stack
 to make sure they would fit for me to use 
as plate chargers. 
I picked out an assortment of designs.
 Each place setting will have a different charger.
Here they are used on the dining table. 
A scrolled edge.
Round silver plated tray.
Just enough of the detail shows.
 Another pattern.
These were very tarnished, but
polished up nicely.
 Here they are on the breakfast table. 
I can use them for any of my dishes, 
casual to more fancy.
 More of the table.
 This old butter dish was my Mother's. 
It was the one she used all the time
when I was growing up.
I used another thirfted find, a
water pitcher to hold a bottle of wine.
Add a little ice to keep it chilled.
My Mother's Day orchid is still blomming.
I found 5 silver trays last week and I'll be on 
the lookout for 3 more, because I think...
Eight Is Enough!



  1. I really love this idea and will have to be on the lookout for silver trays the next time I am thrifting. Love all of the blue in your home also!

  2. Rita,
    I love the idea of the silver trays for plate chargers....oh my! Thanks for sharing the great idea - I see them all the time at the thrift stores..... They look wonderful with the blue, too! I loved both of your tables. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Beautiful! Love the silver chargers and my fave is when things are not too matchy. All your silver is awesome, and the dishes are lovely you did a wonderful creation, Rita May!

  4. Oh, Rita, I wish I had seen this post before my husband and I took a little "vacation" to get away from things for a couple of days, and spent lots of time in thrift stores! I saw numerous silver trays, but never thought of them as chargers! What a great idea! Well----guess it's time for a couple of days out of town!! Thanks for sharing! Rosie @ The Magic Huch
    P.S. Do you have a favorite silver cleaner?

  5. What a clever idea, and for 50¢ is a steal.


  6. Rita, this is a wonderful idea. I love it!


  7. I have many stored accumulated through the years and now I know exactly how to use them...beautiful. You really think outside the box! Betty

  8. What a great idea and your tablescape is beautiful. I love your quote "Eight is Enough" lol
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

  9. These trays look great, and are perfect with that lovely table. What a super idea!

  10. What a clever idea!!! I'm NOT surprised YOU came up with it! Now we'll ALL be doing this!!

  11. Your silver chargers look great, Rita! Very it.

  12. Beautiful! I love the dinnerware too!

  13. What a lovely touch they add to your table. I may have to resurrect the few I got as wedding gifts.

  14. What silver polish do you use, please?

    1. I use Wright's Silver Cream in the jar. I couldn't reply to your email because you have replies blocked in your settings.

  15. I love your beautiful blue and white dishes.