The Recyle-ista has a great three post series about "Flippin' Flatware" - I read her post and thought that flatware really fit the bill for what I need. Doesn't break, easy to store, and easy to ship! Not to mention, I really like bringing sets of things back together. Searching through those bins and pulling a set together can be very satisfying!
So far what I am finding is that people don't need/want what I call butter knives but what are technically the "modern hollow knife" - this knife is fairly useless and I can't say I blame people for getting rid of them. The forks and spoons bins at the thrift stores are usually bare, and the knife bin is always overflowing.
A few weeks ago I picked up this set at new to me Thrift Store City. I have avoided this thrift store because honestly it looks totally sketchy from the outside. But I decided to go for it one day, and I was rewarded. I found the below flatware and paid about $4.50 for the set. I didn't recognize the maker, but it had a quality feel to it. Also, I could make a service for four. So I went for it without even looking it up.
Amboss Super Austria
Sold this week $85.00
(I was very happy for this sale because of the summer slowness)
I picked up these stainless and Bakelite pieces at a yard sale a couple weeks ago.
These are actually the pieces that set me towards exploring flatware more. It also had me researching how to fix the red Bakelite I thought I ruined by testing it in hot water. I found the Dish Sisters blog and they saved the day and one red Bakelite fork!
Goodell Co Stainless and Red Bakelite Flatware
Listed very high - I'm waiting these out.
Have you had any flatware successes?