November 19, 2013

Vintage Brass Trunk + Wooden Cattails

One of the items I got while shopping in Phoenix with Kim was this vintage brass trunk:

It was $59 which is a total steal for the piece. A similar but smaller sized trunk is currently selling on Etsy for $325.

Mine measures 18" wide x 18" deep x 22.5" high. It has a very polished, almost mirror-like finish that I love. It also has a few dents and scratches but I think they give the piece more character!

I love all of the rivets and corner pieces:

I was surprised to find that the paper lining on the inside is in great condition!

I plan on using the trunk as an end table in our living room. I think it'll look great next to our new navy couch! :)

I also got a set of vintage wooden cattails for $10:

There's actually 4 sets in the vase. Each set has 3 of the metal stemmed cattails welded together towards the middle of the stem.

According to this Etsy listing, they're from the 1960's and are a wall hanging. I liked them when I bought them but now I'm wondering what to do with them haha

What do you think of my vintage finds?

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  1. Oh Caitlin I love the trunk so much and have been looking for one for ever. I once wasn't able to get a brass dresser at an auction because I was outbid and it's still haunting me.
    Love it!

  2. oh i want to be in the brass trunk club! and the red envelope club but that's a different story....

  3. Great finds! I can't wait to see how you style the brass trunk.

  4. yay, I guessed right! And those vintage cattails are awesome--I've never seen anything like them!

  5. I was wondering if you snagged that trunk. I'm so glad you's a great piece!

  6. I like the cattails in the vase just like how you had it! And oh that trunk! Swoon worthy indeed-- cant wait to see it with the couch :)

  7. THAT TRUNK! mmmm girl! That is so wonderful. I was hoping that's what you got :)

  8. I luuuurve that trunk! And you're right---it's such great quality!

  9. What an awesome deal! What a great idea to use it as an end table, it will look amazing! I agree just put the cattails in the vase, simple and easy!

  10. That trunk is amazing!! It's in such great shape or from what I can tell over the internet anyway. Maybe you need to ship that over here, so I can get a better look.

  11. Love a brass trunk! Great find! xo Kristin

  12. I love yours finds. And I know you'll rock those cattails in one of your shelves or tablescapes.

    So happy we could get together, friend. We'll do it again for sure!

    (PS My mom and I are going to the dream houses today. Sure you can't call in sick to work? ;))

  13. That trunk is gorg!! I want it!! I wish I would find stuff like that around me!

  14. I love both of these finds!!!! Those cattails are awesome!

  15. Oh I guessed wrong :) I love your finds though :)

  16. Is that chest real life? And $59!!...JEALOUS!


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