Friday, August 12, 2011

Shine On

via erinjaneshop on Etsy

I liked her right away.

Sure, someone tried
to make her blend in
with the others.....

But she had a 
style all her own.  

Tiny feet
Elegant lines

She shone.

Crouching, I dug her
out from underneath
plain metal trays,
cookie sheets and
banana bread pans.

Her complexion
wasn't perfect, but 
to me that meant that
her previous lives had
not taken place upon
shelves or in the deep
recesses of dark cupboards.

She'd seen the light
of day and carried
her share of burdens.

She had stories 
to tell.

Yes, my friends, this
is why I love vintage things.
  Their memories.

After I brought my
tray-chic friend home
from the Goodwill Store,
 I set about polishing
her up.

The tatoo on her backside
 John Seymour, LTD.
Silver on Copper
Made in England


Alas, what looked like
just tarnish was actually
corrosion that went deep
down to her copper core.

Pretty details

My researcher {aka, Mom}
 read that this can happen
 when citrus comes in 
contact with silver.

As I polished ~
and polished
and polished
and polished ~
I began day dreaming
about my shiny new friend.

How did a beauty from
England end up under the
banana bread pans at a
thrift store in 
Vancouver, Washington?

Her cute feet : )

Was she passed down from
generation to generation,
lovingly serving tea and perhaps
cold pitchers of lemonade
to family and friends?

Did she possibly accompany
her last owner to a rest home,
only to be tossed as junk
due to the imperfections
caused by the lemonade?

She can't tell me.
And it doesn't matter.
She will go home with me 
to Minnesota and like those
that owned her before, I
will not let her languish, but
will press her into service.

Love the scalloped edge

I might even have her 
re-dipped, so she can shine
like she did in the old days.

Or I may just love her as 
she is.....perfectly imperfect.

Now, I just need a name.
{Yeah, I'm weird that way.}

Any ideas?

There is a kind of 
in imperfection.

~ Conrad Hall


PS:  I did an internet search
and found the exact same
gallery tray selling for $285.

Linking up with:

Visit Kathleen
for more GW finds.

Vist Alison for inspiration.

Visit Courtney for nest
 fluffing ideas.

Visit Debra for more vintage.


Maxabella said...

Ah, she's beautiful. I loved reading about her - makes me realise that 'new' has got nothing on the patina of 'old'. x

kerrie of sea cottage said...

It's always wonderful to find a treasure. I believe God had that hidden there, just waiting for you to find it. ox

Susan T said...

You just knew I would gaze at your new friend with wonder. I would call her Lavinia, for that is the name that popped into my mind when I pondered for a while. I think she acquired her little blemishes from a spritz of lemon that came with a gin and tonic. She likes parties and afternoon tea, Earl Grey for preference.

HA! Sorry I got a bit carried away there. She is truly lovely - such a lucky find.

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, Suzanne! What a precious favorite kind! I love finding things when they aren't appreciated or understood...then taking them home and making them "shine" as you just did...what a happy English tray you have, my friend!

As always, your writing leaves me with a smile on my face...I should already be in bed, but I'm glad that I read this lovely.

Hope your weekend is wonderful!



What a lovely find to bring home from your sweet time away.

How about Fiona?


Naturally Carol said...

Hi Suzanne, what a lovely tray. Her history is her point of interest. I would call her Nancy!

traci said...

she is a beauty. what a great treasure you found.

Maria said...

Beautiful tray! What a find. I think the name Abigal fits her since it means Source of Joy. And I foresee her bringing you much joy indeed.

Maria @ Linen & Verbena

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

What a GREAT FIND, INDEED!!!! Well, you can use her to set vintage bottles on or just a display of a tea set! OR...get a piece of glass cut for the top and actually use it for serving....however you use it, it is a GREAT DEAL!!!

The countdown is on, isn't it friend? SCHOOL!!!

Enjoy, Anita

Farmgirl Paints said...

wow girlie do you have an eye or what??!! i knew that was YOU when i saw it. i think beatrice is a fitting name for a english tray. love your way with words.

Low Tide High Style said...

What a lovely find and I think re-dipping her would be a great idea, or leaving her alone works too! I would have to name her Victoria!

Kat :)

Rozmeen said...

Beautifully done!

Wishing you a lovely weekend.
xoxo Rozmeen

Biz said...

I love your perspective.
Your patience.
Your words.
I hope you have a BLESSED Friday!

Snappy Di said...

Give her a good English name.. She's deserving! Lucky you for looking in the right place at the right time and finding her. :-)

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Hello Friend, what a GREAT story, as only you could tell it! Can't say that I've ever found a tray quite so nice at any of my local G.W. haunts. What a great score! And thanks so much for linking up over at Club G.W. Hope to see you again soon!

Have a great weekend!


Whosyergurl said...

Suzanne, Your posts are so lovely. You write so well. Don't you just love hunting for finds and treasures at Goodwill? I know I do. A name? Beatrice. Beatrice B. Server.
That's all I've got.
xo, Cheryl

michele said...

very TRAY chic! you're out of your mind. in the best of ways. i like the name LONDON if she's a girl. London with the booty tattoo.

i find polishing old silver an excellent excuse to get quiet and contemplative and even spiritual.

love this find, suzanne.


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Cordelia~because someone as elegant as her once served raspberry cordial. :)

Love the Eri Jane print.

Frizzy said...

Hartley or Adelle sound like good English names.

I tried to look for an English name that meant treasure but didn't have much luck.

Bonnie said...

Lovely new treasure and great story.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Gorgeous~ love your tray and your little story about her! Would love for you to come share her at Feathered Nest Friday sometime! Have a great weekend! :)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

That is too funny that we were both at each others blogs at the same time! lol! Thanks so much for linking your pretty treasure up! Following you along too! Have a great weekend! :)

Jemsmom said...

She looks elegant like a Genevieve to me! What a lovely find! I always wonder about the stories of antiques and things. Where they came from, who used them, why were they given away. Sentimal girl that I am!!!

Stuff and Nonsense said...

i love to imagine the history of pretty bits and bobbles...the tray you unearthed in the unlikeliest place is lovely...thanks for sharing it with us on fridays unfolded!


Joanna said...

Sweet post, and well done for finding this little gem hidden amongst the junk.

A name? She's a pretty (English) Rose.


Debi@7Gates said...

She is a treasure from the south, I think. Darlin', her name is Miss Mitzi. She loves mint juleps served in a silver or pewter cup with a sprig of spearmint ever so lightly lying on the top. She just finished checking on her German Oldenberg and will have friends over later for Cherries Jubilee. She loves the way you have spoken so highly of her.

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

She is really beautiful...and aren't you even more in love now that you know the price? I love nothing more than the thrill of the hunt and a really good find...but like you, I often wonder how something so wonderful ended up in the heap?? Have a great weekend. Mona

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Wow! Aren't you the treasure-finder??? The tray is lovely and still has lots of service days left in "her." Happy weekend!

Olive Cooper said...

She is splendid and that she hales from England all the better. I use a footed silver tray in my bathroom and it's getting tarnished every day as I set wet things on it but I do polish it now and again and it makes me happy to see it in use.

Karena said...

Leave it to you Suzanne to see the beauty in this languishing gem waiting to be rescued. I know you will love her and put her to good use!


Art by Karena

bicocacolors said...

really nice post!!!
I like a lot this song!!

have a happy weekend,

ImSoVintage said...

She's a definite beauty. I love her just the way she is. I would call her Tilly after the maid who carried her into the parlor, laden with all the makings of an afternoon tea.

Happy to be a new follower from Vintage Inspiration Friday.

Jane said...

Oh, Suzanne! What a precious find. You lucky, lucky girl. J x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


Always good to see your comments! Yes, I made some good connections last week at The Loft in Minneapolis. The facilitator of the group actually is becoming a close friend and we share new-found poetry and she has been very instrumental in helping Ruben and me to write. The photos...ah yes. Hmmmm. My art has interested someone lately and something that I have been fighting for so long (to use my art) seems to be chasing me....people like my own art. With more and more focus on poetry, my blog will probably start looking different in the future. Even Ruben said that my words are no longer in need of much support from visuals. I have to let go of thinking that it is the images that speak for rather, it is my words. Not only do I have a cheap camera, but my eye for photography is not as good as my eye for let's say, drawing.....but thank you anyway for the suggestion! We are all on different trajectories and it is exciting to see where we all end up!!!!

THANK YOU DEAREST FOR YOUR VISITS!!! AND.....the next time I have a writer's group soirée at my home, you are more than welcomed to come!!!!

Fondly Anita

Lisa said...

I love that you appreciate the untold history that comes with this new treasure. I am a sentimental kind of girl, and once upon a time I rescued a few silver-plated dishes from a yardsale my in-laws were having. Turns out they were my husband's grandmothers, and used at all their holidays as long as he could remember! I enjoy having them so much, even if they require a little attention now and then. Enjoy your tray in all it's imperfect glory!

Tiffini said...

seems she has much in common with us gals that are ... older;)
Isn't it a treasure to imagine where she's been? I love beauty hunting in thrift stores. I haven't done much of that this summer but last fall and winter I was in one at least once a week...can't wait to hear what you name her..

Linda said...

What a find, Suzanne! I love wondering about the history of found items...and especially love pieces that are "perfectly imperfect"(great term, by the way!) I often name items, too, so you're not alone that way! I'm sure she will have years of wonderful use in your home!

Martha said...

What a beautiful tray -- I NEVER find anything like that at our GW --but I keep looking! What a find! She's lovely and I love those kind of trays!

quintessence said...

What a lovely find Suzanne! And that's what's so special about pieces like this - imagining their history and prior ownerships. I think she deserves a proper yet old fashioned and elegant name like Genevieve or Beatrice.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Beautiful piece and I just loved your little story! I think you should call her Mrs. Washington and no doubt she'll be of great service for years to come, polished or not!:)


Quite the score from GW.......and I love the patina of her :)

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful! It is so fun to wonder about the lives of these little treasures! I love thrifting! Have a great trip.

paige said...

look what a talented writer you are.... (excuse my incorrect grammar)'ve made us fall in love with her!
what a beauty

Lili said...

Reading this post I couldn't help but fall in love with her too. I am so in awe of you Suzanne. Miss tres chic is simply a charmer! xoxo ~Lili

Jeanie said...

I can't go to an antique store or find something like this without creating the most wonderful stories of them! This was truly a perfect find!