A Thrifty Thursday Full of Shiny Things

I love shiny things, don’t you?

Duh, who doesn’t, right?

Well I have a slew of shiny for you today, my friends.

This week I got busy looking for shiny, though I didn’t actually mean to. I just thought I’d hit up some of my favourite thrift shops, and I happened to get quite lucky! Here are some of my best finds this week:

Thrifted itemsThe glass candlesticks are hand blown and were $1.99 each. I know… Crazy. There was no way they were going to stay on the shelf very long at that price and I am so happy I snatched them up!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe set of three brass candlesticks ranged from $1.99-$3.99 each, so all three cost a whopping $9! I can tell you this: I DID let out a little squeal of joy when I saw them and almost spilled my tea. True story, folks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe fact that there was a fourth brass candlestick, and that it was $1.99 was really just a happy incident, and though I didn’t need that fourth one, I got it anyway. I also bought a bag full of candles, so all candlesticks have candles and are ready to be put to use all over the house. I mean business!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe brass needs a bit of love – as in cleaning love! I have sadly not been successful with a cleaner that keeps my brass shiny. Any ideas out there? Also, what are your thoughts on leaving the patina as is? Is it gross, or charming? I can’t decide.

Don’t let this be an indicator that my excitement for the candlesticks wasn’t real, but the real “Oh my gosh I can’t believe this is here” moment came just yesterday when I found this little mirrored tray that was literally jumping out and asking me to take her home. Yes, her. She’s totes classy and brassy with a touch of lucite and I am in L.O.V.E.

mirror tray and milk glassThe milk glass vase was $0.99. No brainer. I obviously had to get it. The tray? $4.99. Ridiculous! I added some fresh roses to the vase, and these glasses I bought at Target back in January for a whole $3 (yes, for both), and I swear I heard angels sing. 

Now let’s be honest, these photos were staged just to show you the goods, but I did actually put them to use around the house!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI decided mason jars had to go from the little rustic bar we’ve had set up for a few months, and needed a dash of chic in there. This was the perfect addition. I mean Thelma, our little frog which you can see way in the back of the picture above, could clearly use some chic in her life.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe brass candlesticks are too awesome to be hidden, and I love the extra bit of shine they bring to this otherwise matte console, plus I love brass and rustic wood near one another. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt feels right having brass here now too since this console is between our entrance and living room, and the living room has a lot of gold and brass detailing (like on the gallery wall and now on the table lamp) as you can see on the floor lamp. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABrass is easily my favourite metal, in case you couldn’t tell. HAHA!

Now I don’t have a home for the glass candlesticks or the extra brass one as of yet, but I’m sure it’s coming.

Any cool thrifted finds in your neck of the woods lately? Do share! You know I love a good thrifting story!

xo

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Comments

  1. Totally jealous of your thrift store finds. They are ahhhmazing!

  2. Stop it with that tray!! Super jealous of your awesome finds. I’m actively avoiding thrifting right now because I’m going to be in serious purge and pack mode over the next month before we move, so no sense bringing more stuff in. After we’re in though? It’s on!

    • I know, right? I have a feeling this tray will have many homes… bathroom, bedroom, living room… It’s totally going to get moved around. I get the purge/pack thing, but the nice thing is soon you’ll be able to strap your babe to you and go scour some thrift shops. Sounds pretty great, right?

  3. Jordana at White Cabana tipped me onto Universal Stone. I used it to polish my antique silver, and the pieces came up really, really well. The easiest polish I’ve ever used.The container says it will do most materials (it’s the only thing that’s worked on my badly stained “stainless” steel laundry sink). I think it’s a bit abrasive, even though the store said it wasn’t, so I would just use with caution..

    • That is great info! Thanks so much Julia! It probably wouldn’t be a big deal on these items if it abrasive because they are full brass, not brass-plated, so I imagine it would be safe! I also have a silver piece I need to salvage, so this will be very helpful. Thanks again!

  4. Melissa says:

    Love those clear candle holders. Nice score!

  5. Love them all!!!! So jealous of your amazing finds!

  6. Oooh, shiny things indeed! I am smitten with the glass candlesticks! Lovely! And the brass is pretty fab, too. Brass has been growing on my lately! Also, you have a frog named Thelma!? Love it!

    • I am a sucker for all things brass, but the glass candlesticks… love at first sight!
      I do have a frog named Thelma! She used to have a partner (named Louise), but sadly Louise had a much shorter life.

  7. I’m getting ready to move (again! ugh), so I am currently regretting my flea market purchase of a fully, massively brass menora. Am I Jewish? Nope! Is it friggin gorgeous and have I wanted one for ages? YES!. haha so yeah, I’ll have to deal with a bit of extra weight, I suppose. I’ve also been purging, so I don’t feel toooo bad about it ;)
    Adore your candlesticks, especially the brass ones of course!

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