Monday, September 21, 2009

Trophy Wife

Silver plated items can be found in abundance in thrift stores and at markets. There are the good, the bad and the ugly. I like to think I stick to the good :-)

I was beyond thrilled recently to find these gorgeous large urns at Vinnie's for $5 each, they have a trophy style to them that made me feel quite the winner when I found them. They're big so I may use them as planters. At the moment they are tarnished but would polish up beautifully, I don't know whether to make them all gorgeous and shiny or leave them with their vintage tarnished charm - any thoughts?

They have such beautiful detailing, I can't believe one of these could cost as little as a cheeseburger meal at McDonald's!

I found these lovely candlesticks at a flea market and paid $12, they are in pristine condition and will look fab with my vintage silver tableware, napkin rings and goblets.

I love this wire bowl, I have seen these several times on Etsy but always postage in US only so I was really pleased to get this for $3! Again I'm not sure whether to polish or leave tarnished?

This tray is a beauty - a $3 find! It's big, gorgeous and heavy and bringing my hubbie the occasional breakfast in bed will be a much more elegant affair than the plastic tray off the high-chair I've been using up until now :-)

13 comments:

Super Sarah said...

ooh, once again I am filled with envy for your treasure trove of delights! My granny has allowed me to choose a piece of the family silver each time I went to visit and at first I polished them all up manically but now I like the slight tarnish and patina. I say leave them be but then again, I am monumentally lazy when it comes to housework lately!

The Vintage Modern Girl said...

ok, so tell me again why you were jealous of my finds??? yours are amazing!!! i love those silver trophy urns!! loved your title, too :-)

littlebyrd said...

Leave them tarnished! I love that look. You found amazing things!! The trophies? Definite winner :)

The Queen of Clearance said...

Those are awesome! That tray for 3 dollars was a steal!

6p00d834524f6f69e2 said...

I love the title of this post, too cute. I *heart* the monogram on the buckets, that just makes them! And, the tray is to die for. You could do such a fabulous display of vintage goodies on top of it, for your coffee table or sideboard.

Franny said...

Silver is so beautiful when it's shiny, but there's something about the tarnish that makes it even more loveable to me. Great stuff for a party!

Vintage Hunter said...

Great finds! I really like the tray. I tend to like the silver tarnished too.

Toronto Yardsaler said...

I just heard about the horrible dust storm in Australia. I hope you and your family are safe and well.
Erin

Thrifted Treasure said...

Thanks everyone, tarnished it is so!! I love a decision that requires me doing no work :-) Thanks for thinking of us Erin, we're all fine, it was so spooky to wake up to all that red, just lots of dust to clean up!

Leigh said...

These are all such great finds! I love finding silver at the goodwill. Wish I had room for more stuff at home.

Knittin 'n Stitchin said...

Love the wire basket. This is what I did with the one I found (maybe I'll post a picture of it on my blog)...I lined it with dry moss, then put moss and trailing plants in it. It looks beautiful! Yes, I will post what I did with mine on my blog.

vintagelaundress said...

Marvelous finds!! I love the title of the post, too! I'm so happy to have found your blog - thanks for stopping by mine earlier!

Sarah said...

The urns are fabulous. I have a big one like that is an old trophy. And though this is an old post I vote for tarnish.