We've had a busy summer- no preschool + lots of buying and selling furniture makes for not a lot of extra time for blogging. I hope to get back in a more regular blogging routine this Fall, and I apologize for not responding to emails as quickly as in the past.
I am glad to be busy, but sometimes being so busy allows things to fall through the cracks. For example, I sold this brass equestrian tray a few weeks ago.
The tray was brass with a painted ceramic center showing a Kentucky Derby winner from the 1960's. Interesting but not inherently valuable.
Before I mailed it, I decided to polish the brass, so it would be nice and shiny for the buyer. As I started polishing, the brass finish immediately came off.
First I panicked, seeing that I had accidentally polished it with silver polish instead of brass polish. I had sold it as brass, and after polishing it, it no longer looked like brass at all.
Then, I realized that the "brass" wasn't really brass at all. It was just tarnish that looked more gold than black. Silverplate tarnishes just as much as sterling, so I assumed it was silverplate and was already starting to pray that my buyer wouldn't be disappointed with a silverplate tray instead of the brass one she purchased.
Then I decided to go ahead and polish the back, so it would be shiny and pretty. Lo and behold, after I removed the tarnish on the back, I saw, for the first time, "Sterling" imprinted in the tray.
So I had to pack and ship a sterling silver tray that I sold for about 1/5 of its actual worth. Because I hadn't polished and cleaned the tray before I sold it, I didn't know it was silver. So now I am trying to take a little more time with items and know what I have.
On the flip side, I did find this surprise piece of sterling silver in a box of silverplate I purchased recently. It's such a good catch-all size that I might polish it and keep it for myself!
You win some, and you lose some!