Tuesday, 14 June 2011

And It Was Half Price

On Friday I was visiting a friend in the bayside suburb of Wynnum, so I decided to have a quick look through all the op shops (charity shops) while I was there.  Wynnum has the highest concentration of thrift shops in the whole of Brisbane.  I don't know why?  In the end I made two purchases.

The tray is a reproduction but it is A1 silver plate and nice and heavy.  I liked the leaf scroll pattern around the edges and figured if I wasn't able to remove the tarnish I could always paint it.  It was $10 but when I went to the counter the lady said "It's 50% off bric-a-brac so that will be $5".  Bargain!

Armed with my trusty Autosol car polish, I did a test patch on the back to see how it would turn out.  This car polish is amazing.  It does a much better job that silver or brass polish.  I used it to restore my antique brass bed, and the result was almost too new and shiny.

Yes I think it will come up beautifully, and it did.

I also bought 3 lovely old tourist pictures of Rome for $1 each.

There's the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and The Piazza Navona.

This is stamped onto the back of each framed picture.  I figure if somebody went to the trouble of packing these in their suitcase and bringing them half way around the world back to Australia, then they are special.  I wonder who owned them and when they bought them?  I am going to hang them in the guest bedroom.


  1. Your silver tray is beautiful and what a bargain. Love the Italian prints too. Clearly a good day's shopping. x Sharon

  2. Wow what a great find/bargain! I bet the lady who sold it to you in the thrift shop would fall over. Thanks for the Metal Polish tip too!....B:)

  3. Your tray is gorgeous! It really cleaned up beautifully. Double woohoo on getting it half-price!

    I wonder if we have Autosol around here? i'm going to have to check on that.

  4. Great find Kylie...I love bits of old silver and am finding lots here in England. There's a bloke at Portobello market that has lots of bits for £2 each...I just love having a rummage through. Robx

  5. Lovely bargains! Love the silver and the framed pics. Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  6. Wow , That tray looks a million dollars !! I'm off to get some autosol ! Xx Ava


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