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Poll Results: Does your everyday silverware match

 
  • 30% (23)
    Always! Down to the sugar spoon
  • 10% (8)
    Mostly but I've had to fill in
  • 19% (15)
    They used to, but then life took over
  • 39% (30)
    Match? What's that?
76 Total Votes  
post #21 of 61

Matching here.  I actually have three sets:  the set we currently use which is nice (my mother got them for me years back); a cheap set that I got around the time DH and I got married and moved into together; a set of mismatched that I had since I moved out of my parents' house.  Funny, but I just can't get rid of the old stuff because there are times when I need to pry something open or use them for clay or playdoh projects.  Sounds sick, but I really pride myself on my kitchen and dining items.  I feel it is the one aspect of home that I can exert complete control.

post #22 of 61

I think most of mine matches but I do have one single fancy place setting that I use just myself.  orngbiggrin.gif  

 

When I was a kid, we used to have a handful of really fancy silverware (real silver) mixed in with the boring stuff.  My siblings and I would get all excited if we got the "decoration spoon", etc.

So, I decided to buy myself a fancy (not real silver) set of my own a couple of years ago.  I suppose that one day I'll have all matching stuff but it's not a priority at this point.  

post #23 of 61

My cutlery all matches, but no serving pieces match.  And, I specifically didn't say "silverware" because I don't think that the set I have from Ikea counts as "silverware". lol.  It was an inexpensive way to get a big matching set (because mismatched does bug me) and they are heavy-duty which I like and were "modern" which was a must for DH.

post #24 of 61

I love my flatware, love that it matches.  I have some of the matching serving ware. My aunt gave me a set of 8 when I got married. I'm so glad I bothered to get another set of 4 later.  It's Beaded Antique by Towle, and the pattern isn't manufactured anymore. 

 

It's one of the few things that make me feel like a grown up.  I kind of thought I'd have matching furniture by now, too.  lol.gif
 

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Originally Posted by 34me View Post

um, you tell me.  I have 4 place settings of this http://www.fiestafactorydirect.com/p-819-fiesta-masquerade-mediterranean-20-piece-flatware-set.aspx   and 10 of this http://www.fiestafactorydirect.com/p-330-5-piece-flatware-set.aspx , all in different colors.


Love it!  I think yours ascends into a different category, that's even more special than all-matching. They're artfully complementary.  orngbiggrin.gif



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Originally Posted by CatsCradle View Post

Sounds sick, but I really pride myself on my kitchen and dining items.  I feel it is the one aspect of home that I can exert complete control.


Oh boy, I get this.



My mom had real silverware, to match her fine china.  And it is definitely hers, not 'my parents'.  Before she passed away my mom regularly used the silverware and china. 

post #25 of 61

If there were a contest for which American family loses the most flatware in a year, my family would win hands down.  My kids have been out of the house for 2 years now, and I just the other day had to buy teaspoons.  We don't lose as many butter knives as we used to.  In my drawer right now, I have the last of the flatware we bought when we were married 25 years ago, a large part of the set we bought to supplement it about 10 years ago, and numerous teaspoons that come "4 for $3" from the discount store.  I can't get jazzed to spend big money all the time to have matching flatware when we only use the spoons to stir coffee or eat cereal.

post #26 of 61

I have to admit I'm surprised that we've made it this far (youngest is 12 y.o., married 19 years) without having lost any of the nice matching pieces. 

post #27 of 61

This is not an area of life that I put a high priority on.  All my flatware is from the thrift store, though I'm kicking myself for not scooping up my mom's set after my dad died and we had to clear out the house in 5 days.  I'm not disappointed because it all matched, just that it's so hard these days to find anything but bendable crap at the Goodwill.  Ten years ago I regularly found Oneida in the bins, now, nothing doing.  People just do not seem to be letting go of decent, usable forks!  The same thought goes into all my dishes.  Goodwill, Value Village, always.

 

But I don't think you are "nutters".  

 

My main housekeeping client has Baccarat vases that each cost more than I make in one year.  Her wine glasses are a hundred bucks a glass for the cheap ones.  I nearly quit my job in fear because no way could I replace this stuff if it broke, and I couldn't afford the insurance to cover breakages, but luckily she told me her home owner's insurance covers everything.  She spends thousands on dishes every year.  It's fun to help her set the table for dinner parties, but *she* is nutters!  Then again, she has enough money, it just doesn't matter.

 

Perspective, my dears.

post #28 of 61

I am a down to the suger spoon-er

 

It is a direct result of both DH's and my upbringing.  Neither of us came from a house that had "nice" flatware, dishes, etc. and that is ok, it certainly didn't hurt us that we ate of odds and end.  It was the overwhelming quantity of stuff that we are rebelling against!  I remember our drawers overflowing with enough mismatched flatware to feed an army.  Not only was it beat and crappy, there was so much of it!   Goodness forbid mom would throw out a mangled fork, we only have another 35 in the drawer.

 

When we moved a year after our wedding, we got grown up stuff that matched and was decent quality.  We are still using the same flatware and probably will forever.  Thankfully, we don't have a problem with wandering flatwear.  I can't stand odds and ends because it causes clutter issues in my cupboards.  I don't have enough room to keep things that don't stack neatly.

post #29 of 61
There's no way on earth I'd pay $24 for a spoon. I just can't get that attached to something to be willing to pay that much money to keep it intact.

But yes, my silverware matches, there are a few mismatched pieces we've somehow acquired but I only use those to pack in lunch bags. We haven't lost any pieces & we've had the set for 6 years. If some pieces went missing & I couldn't replace them cheaply, I'd just find another nice but inexpensive set, and pass on the old set to a college student or something.
post #30 of 61
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by crunchy_mommy View Post

There's no way on earth I'd pay $24 for a spoon. I just can't get that attached to something to be willing to pay that much money to keep it intact.
But yes, my silverware matches, there are a few mismatched pieces we've somehow acquired but I only use those to pack in lunch bags. We haven't lost any pieces & we've had the set for 6 years. If some pieces went missing & I couldn't replace them cheaply, I'd just find another nice but inexpensive set, and pass on the old set to a college student or something.


Well, to be honest, I haven't been able to bring myself to do it yet either! I've got a running search on it on Ebay, and I check thrift stores every time I go.

 

Dh wants to sell our pattern and buy all new ones. We'd probably not lose much money. (OK, he'd be OK with mismatched too, but he knows I care.)

 

I knew that those of us who match were in the minority. It's one of the few things I'm really picky about. I hate cheap silverware.

post #31 of 61

Have you checked Replacements Ltd?  They're not far from me, and I think they have just about everything, but I'm not sure about their prices.  

post #32 of 61
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Originally Posted by LynnS6 View Post



Well, to be honest, I haven't been able to bring myself to do it yet either! I've got a running search on it on Ebay, and I check thrift stores every time I go.

Dh wants to sell our pattern and buy all new ones. We'd probably not lose much money. (OK, he'd be OK with mismatched too, but he knows I care.)

I knew that those of us who match were in the minority. It's one of the few things I'm really picky about. I hate cheap silverware.

Hope you find it! Now you have me curious as to what set it is. I love searching for random things.

My mom bought extra silverware when she got a new set. That way when some inevitably went missing, she'd still have enough to make a full set. smile.gif

I don't care if my silverware is cheap or expensive, but I don't like it to be flat! Funny pet peeve to have I guess.
post #33 of 61
Mine used to match, but thanks to kids they no longer do, and it really bugs me. I had to buy non matching replacements as I can't justify $24 a spoon (OP, maybe we have the same pattern, we should talk lol). But this year I'm planning on getting all matching again. Maybe 2 dozen place settings, for four of us! That should cover me until the kids move out.
post #34 of 61

The ones we use no longer match, I've replaced forks and spoons so many times.  The ones that match are put away.  Because a family member thought I would absolutely love a set of Silver with gold plating.  Right... I don't love them.  I'm afraid to ruin them.  And so they sit in the currio... just waiting...

post #35 of 61

 

Haven't read responses. Our everyday cutlery place settings all match but the service pieces (large spoons, meat forks etc.) don't match each other or the place settings. They are mostly pieces with clean lines, so I'm not sure how noticeable it is. And you have just made me realize that I can't recall the pattern or the company. I bought it in another country and probably will never be able to replace it if I lose a piece. Yikes. 

 

Likewise, our plates and bowls are all from the same pattern (Wedgewood Jasper Conran "White", if anyone cares), but I use assorted serving pieces. They are all white, so again, I don't think it's too obvious. 

 

I think mismatched plates and cutlery can be done in a charming, shabby chic way, but I'm not sure I'm capable of pulling it off. 

post #36 of 61

oh my i am clearly not a woman i never would have thought of them matching as important.  Just glad I have some clean.

post #37 of 61

Everything matches here.

 

I don't understand how people lose a lot of flatware. We eat, wash, put away, repeat. No flat wear is allowed to the leave the house EVER. The kids have special fork and spoon for the lunches, and we keep of box of plastic for emergencies, but "I want to yogurt in the car or I will die" moments etc.

 

A few things went missing when they kids were smaller, but that passed by the time they were school aged.

 

Because flatware last for decades for us, I would pay $24 for a spoon. It would drive me crazy and I would whine, but if you are going to enjoy the spoon for 10 years, how many pennies is that per day?

 

 

OK, I just figured it out -- its $0.0065 cents per day if you keep the spoon for 10 years. 

 

If you don't spend the money and instead switch to lower quality, you'll notice it. Every single time you touch a piece of flatware.  May be not right at first, but within a few months. 

post #38 of 61
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Originally Posted by LynnS6 View Post

I hate cheap silverware.

i highly agree with you here.

 

while i dont have matching silverware, and many are from the thrift stores (should we eat with the shell pattern forks mom or the flower pattern?) they are all high quality stuff - not light pressed stuff. 

 

and i am with linda. buy the replacements. 

 

however let me also say i have my best set put away for when we have guests. when i am having a 'formal' kinda dining, i have all matching sets - of table ware and dishes. sometimes we bring it out just for our family when we feel like having a special occasion. 
 

 

post #39 of 61

If I knew how we lost so much flatware we would quit losing it.  Mystery solved.  I don't know where it goes, but one day there will be no spoon to stir the coffee - we check the dishwasher and there is only one spoon in it.  Maybe we throw them away, I don't know.  I know we never take them out of the house, and we don't have guests who take it home.  I know of 2 that we mangled in the garbage disposer, but that doesn't explain where the rest of them went.

post #40 of 61

      Quote:

Originally Posted by enkmom View Post

If I knew how we lost so much flatware we would quit losing it.  Mystery solved.  I don't know where it goes, but one day there will be no spoon to stir the coffee - we check the dishwasher and there is only one spoon in it.  Maybe we throw them away, I don't know.  I know we never take them out of the house, and we don't have guests who take it home.  I know of 2 that we mangled in the garbage disposer, but that doesn't explain where the rest of them went.


My sister and I, okay probably mostly me because I was the youngest, used to accidentally throw them away when we were clearing our plates into the trash. Sometimes we would see them before it was too late but sometimes not. It drove my mother absolutely nuts. She ended up buying some kid utensils to solve the problem.  

 

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