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Goodwill Finds

The conversation usually goes something like this:
Me: ” I have a bag to drop by Goodwill while we’re out.”
Hubby:  “Anything to get another bag out of my garage.”
Me: “While we’re there, you guys can drop off the bag in the back and I’ll just run in really quickly.”
Hubby:  “We don’t need other people’s crap that they didn’t want.”
Me: ” It’s not crap.  It’s treasures, waiting to be discovered!”
Here are today’s treasures.
You can find silver trays at thrift stores for about $1.99.  They are often passed by because they look filthy and disgusting.

The trays and plates I bought today were only $1.99.  What a steal!
This big bowl/tray was my splurge at $4.99.
I couldn’t wait to get home and polish them up.  I like the Tarn-X.  It really smells horrible, but the results are amazing.

They just sparkle now! 

You might be wondering why I would need four silver plates.  Well, what do you do when you need to take a dessert or appetizer to a party and you don’t want to lose your good platter, or you know you’ll need to leave it there?  If you’re like me, you run to the party store and buy something lame, plastic, and cheap.  Oh, $1.99 seems like a good price for a plastic platter.  So there you have it.  Instead of paying $1.99 and showing up with your lame plastic, you’ll show up with beautiful silver!

I do use silver around the house in my decor.  This was a platter that my hubby and I received for our wedding.  It has a few scratches, but I still love it.  It sits a little table in the kitchen.

This tiny bowl was a .99 Goodwill find.  It holds antique spools of thread in the living room.

This bowl was only .79, at Goodwill, because it had personalized engraving.  No one knows, once you put a few old pocket watches inside.

Hit your local thrift store and see what you can find.  There are treasures just waiting to be discovered.  Just don’t go to my Goodwill, because there aren’t any silver trays left!
Happy thrifting!


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  • Pam - diy Design Fanatic
    February 14, 2011

    Great Goodwill finds! Thrift stores a great place to find vintage silver!

  • Gail @ Faithfulness Farm
    February 14, 2011

    Fabulous thirfty finds 🙂


  • marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    February 14, 2011

    Love your silver trays. I have been picking up quite a few silver pieces at my GW also. It is so fun to decorate with. You did really good. Hugs, Marty

  • Matrix Reimprinting
    February 14, 2011

    What a very lovely tray!

  • Stella
    February 15, 2011

    You did great buying those silver trays, and what a great tip. Thank you !!

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  • Jeffrey Herman
    October 31, 2013

    As a silver restoration, conservation, and preservationst, I can say with certainty that Tarn-X will absolutely ruin your silver. Read all about its destructive qualities here: http://www.hermansilver.com/tarn-x.htm.