After many months of going to my favorite thrift store and coming home with many treasures, my husband wanted to see what was so great about the place. Yesterday, he finished work early and we headed over. I have to say, he wasn’t really impressed at first. But then I dragged him around and showed him all the places to find the best stuff. Since we were only there to look, we didn’t buy any of the big cabinets we found, or the end tables that I liked (but have no place for) or the adorable chairs that were screaming out for me to save them. We did however, find this silver plated tray.
It had definitely seen better days, but it wasn’t dented or damaged other than the almost black tarnish in many spots. Since I’ve picked up many of these pieces before, I knew my $2 investment would be a solid one.
Besides, I’m a sucker for detail, and this one had lots of it. And today, I set about trying to clean it.
A few months back, I bought one of those tarnish removing plates that you put in hot water with some “activator”, and the tarnish is supposed to fall off. At the craft fair, where I
fell for itpicked it up, it worked like magic! Little did I know that every night, they put the pieces they “magically” clean of tarnish right in front of your eyes, into a tarnishing solution to make them black and ugly. So, imagine my surprise when I used it at home and NOTHING happened. What? No magic? No. But, like a glutton for punishment, I always try it first, hoping that it will work as promised. And if nothing else, it’s some place to start. So, into the water it went. Nothing really happened except a few dark orange/yellow spots appeared. I took it out and tried Tarn-X. I’ve been told Tarn-X is no good for the silver by some people, but other people rave about it.
Let’s just say, I’m not impressed. I tried it, per the directions, two or three times. Nothing. And it stinks to high heaven!
And finally, I used my tried and true, Weiman Silver Cream. This has been the only product to effectively take the tarnish off every piece I’ve tried it on.
I love, love, love this stuff! I would recommend it to anyone. It’s gentle, it doesn’t smell, and most importantly, it works.
And now, my little silver-plated beauty looks like this!
And this is a picture of the exact spot above, after I got done with it.
Not bad for twenty five minutes of labor. I plan on using it by my bathroom sink to corral the things I use everyday, like my toothbrush/toothpaste/cup, etc. It makes it a whole lot prettier than just having them laying about all willy-nilly. The one I have there currently is headed to the husband’s side of the bathroom for his few things, since it’s smaller and everything he uses would fit nicely inside. Guys have it so easy 😛
Also on this trip, we picked up this lamp.
It even has it’s original finial, which is a pretty rare occurrence when I find them there. This is the third Stiffel I’ve picked up there; the other two I picked up for $2 a piece. We paid $17 for this one. I can’t complain though, it’s my favorite one so far. It really needs to be cleaned up, but both times I cleaned the tarnish off the others, I think I over-cleaned them and now they are very brassy looking.
As I sit here adding photos to this post, I am realizing that I really need to create a space in the house to take pictures of my treasures, so that they look terrific, not trashy. But, know me well enough to know that even if I had that space, I probably wouldn’t use it because that would require planning and not just using my iPhone for all my pics!
All in all, my husband wasn’t overly impressed. I think he should come with me on a Saturday morning as they are unloading a truck to really get a sense of what goes on there, because the craziness and chaos is half the fun!
Have you found anything great lately while thrifting? Tell me about it!