August 21, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday: Brass Bonanza

I'm participating in an upcoming thrift store challenge so I did a little thrifting for it last week. I was supposed to only be shopping for my challenge partner but I kind of shopped for myself too!

I found this great brass planter:

I loved the ribbed edge:

And the price!

The planter (which is solid brass) was only $1 which shocked both me and the checkout girl!

I washed it in some soap and water and applied some Brasso to it before planting a Mexican fence post cactus in it:

I placed a crystal on top for fun and to complete the rule of three:

I also found a set of 7 brass tulip candleholders:

They still have candle remains in them but hopefully they're easy to remove!

Some of them have a great patina! Actually, I'm not sure if it's a patina or just dirt haha

Anyway, some of the candleholders don't have any markings on them but others say "Made in Taiwan":

When I first saw them, I thought some of them were broken because they were really wobbly. Turns out, they come apart and just needed to be tighted!

The candleholders ranged in price from $1 to $2 and I paid $10 for the whole set!

I plan on using them in my fall tablescape!

Have you found any great finds lately?

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  1. great finds! i love me some brass- love the cacti planter!

  2. Love the planter! Jealous of the prices at your Saver's are's at least three times what yours is! Grr... :-)

  3. Rule of 3?!! Never heard of that until now. Thanks for the tidbit! Your planter looks amazing! Great job!

  4. Mmmm, love those brass finds! And that crystal + the cactus is soooo beautiful!

    P.S. Have you heard the tip to put objects in the freezer to help remove candle wax?

    1. Thanks Brynne! I have heard of the freezer trick for removing candle wax. I haven't tried it yet but I'm hoping it will help remove most of the gunk! Good ol' soapy water is my backup if not haha

  5. Nice! My rule is anything that's wrong with your brass you just call patina and pretend it's awesome ;)

  6. Beautiful finds, Caitlin. Brass is definitely back! Looking forward to seeing your fall tablescape.

  7. Love it! I wish I had a Savers near me. I keep hearing wonderful things about it! And I also love the addition of the crystal to the plant. Do you sell those in your Etsy shop? You are the gem queen!

  8. great finds! Boiling water will pop leftover candle wax right out of those holders-- I use that trick on votives and yankee candle jars too.

  9. I'm jealous about this!!! I've been loving brass especially against darker things, like my front door.

  10. Lots of beautiful brass! Great finds! I'm excited to see those candlesticks on your tablescape!

  11. I love brass, too, but it's way more expensive over here (Germany). I got a little bowl that looks like a turtle shell and I love it!!! I put my jewelry in it. I love all your finds and would have bought them, too. ;)


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