Would it surprise you to find out that my DH and I love old things? Probably not.
We enjoy spending quality time together on our Friday "Date Day," looking for all kinds of overlooked treasures at local yard sales, thrift stores, and estate sales. Sometimes we find a piece, such as this 1949 Homer Laughlin china creamer, that is in good physical condition, with no crazing, chips, or cracks, but it is discolored, because we live in the heart of Alabama, in iron ore country.
I'm hoping some of you can give us some suggestions on how to lighten this discoloration, without ruining the vintage look of the piece. I'm a big fan of patina, so I'd rather enjoy it the way it is, rather than end up with something that looks more like a cheap reproduction. Also, it is a piece of dinnerware, and is meant to be used with food, so that needs to be taken into account in terms of suitable chemicals used in cleaning it.
We'll be putting this lovely little creamer up for sale tonight, as is, leaving any decision to try to get rid of the iron deposit to the buyer. (Clicking on the picture will take you to the auction on eBay, if you're interested.) But I would love to be able to pass along to our customers a list of suggestions from you, dear readers, as to some cleaning methods they could try, if they so choose. We find beautiful pieces in similar condition all the time around here, and I'd like to write up a sheet of all your ideas to include in with the packing slip.
So put on your thinking caps, ask the local grannies, and see what you can come up with, OK? We really would appreciate it.
Homer Laughlin, yard sales, vintage collectibles, stains, patina