Thrifting 101: How to Tell Sterling Silver from Silver Plate

Treasure can exist in the most obvious places, and it takes only a keen eye and a little knowledge to unearth it instead of silver plating. During our thrift store forays, my daughters and I will keep watch for sterling silver pieces that have slipped by the sorters out back. These sterling silver pieces can be picked up for short money, often between .99 and $4.99, and it's important to be able to tell the difference between it and silver plated... MORE