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Posted 7 months ago


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Apparently this thrift store does not check their items very well, as all three pieces very clearly say STERLING on them. The price of each was between a dollar and two dollars. So I don't think that they read them.

The lighter is the most interesting. Not sure how it works, as the thumb wheel strikes only the wick.

I wanted to know the melt value of an average silver napkin ring (I don't have a scale to determine ounces), so I went looking to see how many ounces was average for a small Sterling napkin ring, just out of curiosity.

After doing simple calculations, I came to the realisation that the value of the silver in the napkin rings, is much lower than the Sold Listings for most on e-Bay. They, even for more plain pieces, seem to sell for $5 or more, more than the silver value.

Individual rings, not in sets and hard to match up-- yet they sell for what is, proportionally, a lot higher than silver melt value. I was quite confused.

I didn't know people actually collected napkin rings. I'm not even interested in them. But, I'll put them on e-Bay and expect to get $15 out of them, not including shipping. Strange world.


  1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 7 months ago
    That was a super find! The thrift stores I go to also don't check their items very well, even though they make a big to-do about checking them. I've bought numerous silver and gold pieces right under their noses. :-))))
  2. SpiritBear SpiritBear, 7 months ago
    How different are they there, than here?
    I'm still looking for the gold.
  3. elanski elanski, 7 months ago
    Good finds.

    All the thrift stores I know here in the UK check everything. Anything with a hallmark or stamped sterling is immediately priced up above my budget. You have to be lucky and find something that most people still don't recognise as having any value. Lower grade Silver with European or Asian marks sometimes slips through the net, but not often.
  4. SpiritBear SpiritBear, 7 months ago
    Thank you for commenting, elanski. I'd likely not understand the Asian hallmarks. Some of the European, yes, but not non-Latin characters outside of Cyrillic.
  5. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 7 months ago
    Very nice find!!
  6. SpiritBear SpiritBear, 7 months ago
    Thank you.

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