Monday, January 18, 2010

My Silver Collection is Growing

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My silver collection is growing.  And it isn’t intentional.  But, when I see silver at Goodwill and lately I have been seeing a lot of it I can’t seem to leave it there! 

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I picked this piece up for just $2.99.  I believe it is a potpourri vase but I think I will also use it as a votive candle holder. 

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I washed both pieces and then used some silver tarnish polish. 

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Here it is in my powder room.  The same powder room that this past summer I committed on my blog to re-do.  Still hasn’t happened.  It’s going to be a big job when I do get to it.  I mean look at that wallpaper I have to peel. 

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I found the little coaster in this photo for .49 cents at Goodwill too. 

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And I also found this sugar bowl there and I paid $1.99 for it.  It did not have a lid but that's okay with me.  I think I might try and make one of those pincushions that I have seen on Etsy with it.  I was very happy to find the silver tray at Goodwill on another visit.  I paid $2.99 for it and love it.   There are two spots on it that I think are permanent.  Hard to see but I know they are there.  I guess one of the tricks to finding and buying tarnished silver is to look the piece over very carefully and where you see excessively dark spots, run your finger over the spot to see if you can feel “pitting”.  If so, you can decide if you can live with it and if you still want the piece.  I knew when I bought the tray that I might have a couple of spots that would be permanent.  Are there any seasoned silver hunters out there?  I could use some tips!

18 comments:

Melanie said...

Honey, you are the queen of Goodwill. You make me want to go there but I never find anything! Can't help you on the silver. Sorry.

Jane said...

Gorgeous silver finds!! I made pincushions out of old silver cream and sugar bowls for a craft show last fall. They're simple to make and are a great use for the solo pieces you find at the thrift stores.
I love the potpourri vase...it's a really pretty piece.
Jane

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I got two silver trays at Goodwill this weekend, Lisa! I was so happy! At least one is going to get some chalkboard paint. I'm also going to try the pincushion project with these small sized teacups and saucers I also got at Goodwill. {I'll be showing off those finds later this week}.

For your wallpaper, I've got a really easy solution for you to get it off. Fabric softener. Fabric softener {from the dollar store is fine} in a paint roller tray. Roll it on with a paint roller. If you want more detailed instructions, email me and I'll be glad to give them to you. I used this for my powder room and it worked like a charm!

Allyson said...

You have the best freakin good luck at Goodwill of anyone I've ever met. Your Goodwill must ROCK! I'm so useless to you on the silver, but I have used Kathy's method for peeling wallpaper. Works like a charm! Although maybe I'm nuts but I kind of like that wallpaper...maybe that picture doesn't do its tackiness total justice in your eyes? I just kind of dig it...in that shabby chic kinda way...

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Thanks to Kathy for the wallpaper removal tip using fabric softener! And Allyson likes my wall paper! I still like it too but it is almost 10 years old now and I feel pressure to make a change from all the wall paper haters in the world. :) But I am taking my time because I still don't know how I do want it to look.

Cathy said...

You make me want to go shopping!!! I love all of your beautiful silver pieces...the new piece is gorgeous!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

scrappydee said...

I just love how beautiful this little gem turned out to be. Thanks for stopping by and I wanted to let you know that I linked back to your Laundry Room Redo today - I Love what you did!

Erin said...

Wow, gorgeous finds.

Anny said...

You always find the coolest pieces for the lowest prices!

Fifi Flowers said...

Pretty silver items!

Four O'Clock Quilt Company said...

I think your first piece might be a rose bowl. when it is filled with roses, just the flower sticking out, the stems just touching the bottom of the bowl, it makes the roses create a dome effect that is beautiful..

karen@fitnessjourney said...

I love the little stand for the potpourri vase, it's almost contemporary. You are still the Goodwill Queen in my book!

sissie said...

I love silver pieces too and lately I've been collecting them.
I love all of your pieces especially the tray.
Sometimes I buy a badly tarnished piece just because I like its shape. If it is badly discolored and will not shine up, I simply paint it a creamy white. It always comes out beautiful.

Good job.

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

love your silver! I think you are the luckiest EVER! I don't ever find such great pieces. Yes, I'm whining now. \

For the wallpaper removal- Scrubbing Buddies spray- the cleaner works great!

CosmoGirl Carla said...

So pretty! I'm jealous again! hehe I think I may own 3 pieces of silver - sad, huh? I'm going to hit my GW today and see if there's anything good - I doubt it :o(

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Wow! great finds!

Photography by Shelley Chamberlin said...

I love it when I make a good find like these you have found. Congratulations, I love the silver stand with the crystal bowl. Makes me want to make a trip to Goodwill tomorrow...what town and state is your Goodwill store in? ;}

L said...

OK, I'm in NC also and the silver you found at your Goodwill would have been priced at $18.00-$25.00 at my Goodwill! Lucky you-there are many times I literally laugh out loud when I see some of the prices!!!
I love finding a treasure though!