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the handle of a 1912 spoon, regularly phone Worobets now to sell their
silverware to her. Spoon prices range from $6 for a demitasse, a spoon
smaller than a teaspoon used for coffee, to $50 for a highly collectable
1910 Orange Blossom pattern. The patterns in older spoons are more
detailed and highly collectable, so people hang on to them, driving up
the prices. With about 500 spoons on hand at all times, Worobets esti-
mates she has spent about $10,000 getting her business started.
Regardless of how old the spoon is, Worobets sells each ring for $30
at craft shows. Putting a price on a ring is like putting a price on some-
one’s sentiments, she says. How do you put a value on a birthday or
anniversary? That’s not for her to judge. She does allow retail outlets,
that have overhead and staff to pay to mark up the rings to $50. This
year, stores in Sherwood Park, Pigeon Lake and Millet started carrying
the spoon rings.
Participating in the Alberta craft-show circuit allows Worobets to
speak to her customers and find out why they are buying or not buying.
Then she can make any necessary adjustments to the product. After her
first craft show, she realized that fingers aren’t sized small, medium or
large. Now, the rings range from size three to all the way to size 14.
Worobets is quick to point out that the rings aren’t just for women. Men
like the strength and durability of the rings. “If they’ve been around for
40 years, they’ll be around for another 40 years,” she says, tapping her
spoon ring on the kitchen table.
Spooning up the past
A husband and wife team turn discarded family
heirlooms into sought after art
RANDMA IS GONE and you’ve just inherited her antique silver-
ware collection. Instead of spending the rest of your natural life
polishing knives and forks, you pack them up and sell them off
to the highest bidder.
“People don’t like to polish silverware anymore. They put them in
their drawers and they