Cheap thrills.

While browsing several Goodwill¬†stores over the past couple of days, I picked up some fun little gems to add to my never-ending collection of thrifted decor…

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When I came across these brass swans, I knew they had to be mine. Very Mid-century. I posted them on my Instagram, and someone commented asking if they were for sale! That made me feel kinda good. I replied, “Not at the moment, but I’ll let you know if that changes!”

To be honest, at one point I had considered going the thrifting-and-flipping route with a friend. I follow a lot of Instagrammers who do that on eBay. It has always struck me as a fun hobby. Plus, the extra cash wouldn’t be so bad. I guess I ultimately figured it would take up too much time and energy. But, now that it’s summer, I have time and energy.

So… should I sell these, or keep them? I mean, I like them, and they were a great find, but I’m not wedded to them. Out of curiosity, I looked them up on eBay and people are selling them for anywhere between $20 and $100. I only paid five dollars for the pair.

Next…

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Gotta love pretty little white vases. The one on the right I found at Goodwill for a buck or two, and the one on the right was a gift from my friend and colleague Melyssa (also thrifted). All they need now are some pretty buds.

Lastly…

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I know, I know — I’m obsessed with brass, especially brass pots/planters (see here..and here…and here…). This one is fairly small but does the job. Fun fact: the plant inside belongs to my friend Karly…I’m just babysitting it for a while. ūüėČ

I also scored a couple of cool items from a local Salvation Army store, but I’m saving those for a future post.

Enjoy your weekend!

Beth ‚̧

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More brass love.

In an older post, I mentioned that I had picked up a pair of brass candlesticks at yard sale for $5.¬†I polished them as best I could with some Brasso‚ĄĘ. So, here they are.

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I’ve never owned taper candles, much less candlesticks in my life, so this is a fun new addition to my home.

Additionally, I had previously mentioned scoring a small brass decor item from Lancaster Creative Reuse.¬†Honestly, I’m not quite sure what it’s purpose is or what I should do with it. But I like it, so I thought I’d share it.

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What am I?

It’s fairly small–maybe 20 inches long. Got it for a mere¬†$1.50. Any ideas about what this is, or what I could use it for? Comment and let me know!¬†

Brass bells.

Today’s guest post¬†is courtesy of my pal¬†Katie!

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Isn’t she lovely?

Last summer, Katie and I were roaming around the Fells Point Antique Market when she spotted a set of four antique brass bells that she absolutely adored.

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Katie really likes how each bell is unique (different lady, different dress). They can sit together as a heterogenous set (as I’ve placed them in this photograph), or be individually situated in¬†different places around the apartment, as Katie has done.

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The price? $20 for the set! A great bargain. I just love brass accents.

It’s hard to place the time period‚Ķperhaps 18th¬†century? Comment if you have any ideas about the origin of these bells!

Friday afternoon antiquing.

Happy Friday! I just got home from a successful visit to The Parisian Flea, a tiny yet tantalizing antique shop in the heart of Hampden. I had been craving a thrifting adventure all week, and since I had heard they were having a 20% off sale this weekend, I drove straight on over after work.

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I walked out with two great finds, which added up to just under¬†$20¬†after the 20% discount. Both are brass decor items with beautiful detailing. The first is a small catch-all dish (it has three tiny “feet”), and the second is a larger tray, which¬†has that hammered gold look to it.

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Above is is the small dish, which I’ve placed atop a vintage tray on my entry table.¬†It’ll make a great home for my keys and sunglasses.

Here is the larger tray. I guess it’s around 12 inches in diameter. I’ve decided it’ll hang out on top of my coffee table, ostensibly complimenting a gold and glass table sitting nearby. The¬†richness of the cherry wood coupled with bold area rug colors creates¬†a vivid¬†backdrop for this gold accent.

I’m so happy with these finds, and can’t wait for more thrifting tomorrow (yard sales!). ūüôā