Downsizing and your kids don't want your silver tea set.

Last year, when my mom passed away, my siblings and I patiently and generously divided up her belongings. What we noticed was that no one really wanted any of the silver ware, especially the fancy coffee and tea set. For most people, it is the big job of keeping it sparkling clean that determines whether they keep it or not.

When my sister investigated where to sell it or donate it, she found that there was not much demand for it. Apparently much of the silver ware is silver plated, not solid sterling silver, and not worth much. You can find a lot of it at second hand shops in Vancouver. If you think it is worth something, VancouverGold, a local company can analyze its content and collectability. Below are some other shops to help you out as well.

Panache Antiques & Objets D’Art inc. 2212 Granville St. Vancouver Ph: 604 732 1206

Uno Langmann Limited-Fine Art 2117 Granville St. Vancouver Ph: 604 736 8825

Echo’s Discontinued China and Silver 121-1433 Lonsdale Ave. North Vancouver Ph: 604 980 8011

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Michael Geller, a contributor to the Vancouver Courier re: real estate/housing issues, always has a clear and calm view of the situation.

Six False Creek affordable housing lots still empty after three decades: Vancouver Sun front page story March 10, 2018

While I didn't write this story, I feel partially responsible for it.
     During the recent debate about the forthcoming North-east False Creek development, much was made of the city's promise to include significant affordable housing. This prompted me to comment that this was a noble goal, but before getting too excited about these units, what about the 6 empty social housing parcels lying fallow along the North Shore of False Creek?
     I knew about these parcels because I was given a tour of them by Concord Pacific during the 2008 municipal election. Furthermore, I was involved as an expert witness in a lawsuit over them a few years ago. Following my comments, Lori Cuthbert contacted me. I happily put her in touch with Cameron Gray, who was the City's Housing Director, and while not directly involved in the acquisition of these sites, knew why they remained undeveloped.
     I told Lori that I thought it was outrageous that these sites remained undeveloped, not as a criticism of Concord Pacific, but rather of the city, province and feds who could have come up with a strategy to see these parcels developed with affordable housing, even in the absence of deep government subsidies. Enough said.