Save Your Metals!
Despite the best intentions, antique serving pieces, whether handed down from family or found at a flea market, deteriorate with time. Silver and copper can dull and their surfaces can pit, often leaving heirloom-quality pieces bound for scrap. Sometimes all they need is a good cleaning to revive their luster, but sometimes they may have more extensive damage. Don't throw out these treasures or overlook their potential at flea markets. Take them to skilled craftspeople, trained in the art of restoration, who can bring them back to heirloom-status at a fraction of the cost for new serving pieces.