Salvation Army Silver

Well, I have found a LOT of beautiful silver pieces at Salvation Army. Last week I found these two Bormioli coffee mugs with silver banding and handles. They were .75 cents each.

I thought for this week's post for

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Tuesday Trivia Tie-in

ABC Wednesday

I would show you these pretty mugs and give you a little background on Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army began in 1865 when William Booth, a London minister, gave up the comfort of his pulpit and decided to take his message into the streets where it would reach the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute.

His original aim was to send converts to established churches of the day, but soon he realized that the poor did not feel comfortable or welcome in the pews of most of the churches and chapels of Victorian England. Regular churchgoers were appalled when these shabbily dressed, unwashed people came to join them in worship.

Booth decided to found a church especially for them — the East London Christian Mission. The mission grew slowly, but Booth's faith in God remained undiminished.

In May of 1878, Booth summoned his son, Bramwell, and his good friend George Railton to read a proof of the Christian Mission's annual report. At the top it read: THE CHRISTIAN MISSION is A VOLUNTEER ARMY. Bramwell strongly objected to this wording. He was not a volunteer: he was compelled to do God's work. So, in a flash of inspiration, Booth crossed out "Volunteer" and wrote "Salvation". The Salvation Army was born.

By the 1900s, the Army had spread around the world. The Salvation Army soon had officers and soldiers in 36 countries, including the United States of America. This well-organized yet flexible structure inspired a great many much-needed services: women's social work, the first food depot, the first day nursery and the first Salvation Army missionary hospital. During World War II, The Salvation Army operated 3,000 service units for the armed forces, which led to the formation of the USO.
Today, The Salvation Army is stronger and more powerful than ever. Now, in over 106 nations around the world, The Salvation Army continues to work where the need is greatest, guided by faith in God and love for all people.

Source: Salvation Army

And now the pretty silver all polished up!


  1. it's amazing what you can find at the salvation army. thanks for some history. rose

  2. Darn! We don't have one of those here either! Love the cups!
    xoxo Pattie

  3. Those cups are so pretty - and not even a lot of silver to have to polish. You have the best shopping luck. laurie

  4. Diann I love those cups! So funny I almost did my trivia about Salvation Army also but changed my mind... we are so on the same wave length sometimes!

  5. Great coffee always find so many great THRIFTY treasures and thanks for sharing them at NTT!


  6. What cute little mugs! I love the silver handles.

  7. Hi!
    Thanks for all the info and those cups really cleaned up good! Have a great day!

    A View of My Life

  8. Beautiful cups...very lovely! Awesome! and great post!

  9. Beautiful cups!! I do all of my shopping these days at the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Save a bundle of money and get great stuff, too! Super post for the day! Hope your week is going well!


  10. We love shopping at the Salvation Army. Sometimes we find a real treasure among the selections. I think you found a terrific bargin and its all for a worthy cause.

  11. I do love to shop at Salvation army too.

    ABC Wednesday~S

  12. Great job incorporating both memes together :)

    Hood Photo Blog

  13. I contribute to the Salvation Army, stuff, and money at Christmas.
    Good history!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  14. What a great find ... to go along with a great post!

  15. I think I did a school paper on the SA when I was in High School (ie a long time ago). Thank you for the information and I love your find!

  16. Spectacular mugs, spectacular price!

  17. These are great cups and what a bargain! I shop at Salvation Army but I find that with the economy the way it is, the prices are much higher than they once were. Oh well, still find some great stuff! Thanks for the history!

  18. My dear father had an opportunity to visit Britain when he was an American solder during World War II. The work of the Salvation Army there made a lasting impression on him.
    Thanks for sharing their history!
    Best wishes,
    Anna's S-words


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