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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17 comments

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

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    1. Thanks Cassie! I still can't believe it was only $1!

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

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    1. Thanks Julia! 3 times as much?! That stinks! :(

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

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  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?

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    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

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

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

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  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!

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  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.

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

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

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  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. ;)
    Jule

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