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Friday, August 12, 2011

White Orchid - are you sentimental?

photo credit: http://orchidspictures.net/White-Orchids.html
I went out with my husband on February 10, 1974. On February 14th, 1974 I received white orchids (smart fellow) and he asked me to marry him. (I didn't say yes for another 10 months!)

White orchid flatware: introduced 1953. I was born in 1953 (did I just tell my age?). 

My father-in-law was the largest inland orchid dealer in the United States. Hence the free orchids on valentine's in 1974, yes I still married Mr. Tightwad. He's now watching over us from heaven.

not a photo of my set, but one I found on the web
And then there was a listing for an estate sale. I went and they did have the Oneida Community Plate White Orchid flatware - a setting for 8 and iced tea spoons and serving pieces. It was still full price and they weren't budging. Even their full price was less than the prices I've seen on my favorite shopping mall and research facility - the world wide web.

So Saturday morning, I had to go back.. it was half price day. I know unheard of on a Saturday. I got there at 7:30am, insane huh? They opened at 8. It was still there. What's a girl to do with the all those background influences tugging at her insides? What do you think I did? huh? huh? huh?

I bought it.. all of it, the whole wooden box full. It's in such wonderful condition. And it's really pretty.. 
And it has orchids on it. and It looks marvelous with floral dishes. And I wish my father in law were still around to see this.. He would love it. He would be smiling. 

Garden Party Tablescape
Do you make sentimental purchases
What was your last one?
Do you love it or regret it?

I am linking up with Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home, and to the Tablescaper's Seasonal Sunday. cya there!


Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Dear Marlis,
I am in LOVE with your orchid flatware and I am sure your FIL is watching with great pleasure! I do make sentimental purchases, but usually very inexpensive ones. I have recently picked up a few "souvenir" type items with the touristy label of Nova Scotia, as that is where my honey and I honeymooned 31 years ago! I don't have anything from that trip except a huge piece of quartz which we picked up on a hike near a lighthouse. At that time any purchase was a major one for us! Enjoy your beautiful pieces! Linda

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I believe he IS smiling Marlis-enjoy:@)

Tricia said...

Oh, what a sweet story, Marlis! 1953 was a good year (ahem - I knew we had a lot in common!) I know you will enjoy your wonderful purchase every time you use it!

Maria said...

I had left you a comment on your last tablescape but somehow it didn't take. I love that table and all the sentimental touches! I'm a sucker for that. It makes life so much richer! Your comment (crossed out) about your husband's orchids made me laugh out loud! My husband would have done the same. But I, like you, would have love it just the same. This flatware is spectacular! I love it!

Kuby said...

I just love the silver and the setting. What a wonderful story!

Snap said...

You sweet YOUNG thing! Yes, I make sentimental purchases .. not so many right now .. watching the bank balance! I love your orchid story and finding the flatware ... good for you!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

The Orchid flatware is gorgeous. What a wonderful investment. And such a sweet remembrance of your proposal :-) Looks like we are about the same age, and MY sweet hubby proposed on Feb 10, 1973!! Only I said YES, and we were marred that summer ;-D Great find. I hope you will enjoy using the beautiful flatware.

Jocelyn @

Dianne said...

What a great purchase. The silver is beautiful. I know when I look at something if it's going to be one of those things I will regret forever if I don't buy it. Does that qualify as a sentimental purchase? If so, I do it alot! Dianne

The Tablescaper said...

Marlis, I am a sentimentalist and am totally in love with your post. A purchase made with sentimentality has so much more meaning that one without. Your flatware is gorgeous and certainly meant to be yours.

Thanks so much forbeing a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper


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