Thrifty Weekend

 Every once in awhile you find something that you just love. You never knew it existed, it was never on a list but you couldn't possibly leave it behind. I found two such items this weekend.

 I've never been a fan of silver plate anything, but I was drawn to this bowl
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 It's very heavy, very ornate and I love the rings on both sides.  It was a $1.79 and all I could think was I must have it.  I picture it with a turquoise wash using very thin oil paint and holding soap in my bathroom.  I'm a bit nervous about ruining it so I'm going to try the wash on some old silverware first to test it.

Currently it's holding some old skeleton keys that didn't have a home.


Update:


I bought a silver plated butter knife for twenty cents and tried it.  I used oil paint and I polished it first, but it was too far gone.  I'm still undecided after doing it.  I like it close up, but not at a distance.  I also had to do it several times to get the amount on I liked, and it's not all that ornate.  I could try with acrylic but it may be a real struggle to get every bit out if I don't like it.  I'm going to sit on this a few more days. Honest opinions? 

Well back to my other little treasure....

This little 50's art dish couldn't be left on the shelf either.  It has a shimmery copper paint that is unexpected and the picture is slightly embossed.  I love it. 


It's signed, but I can't find anything about it. Maybe one of you does?  Interestingly the oriental mark below the signature probably  identifies it as an Asian piece but it feels like Beatnik to me.  Do I remember it from the 50's?  My  parents had friends that were very Bohemian.   I didn't notice at first but it actually has a hole in the ceramic to hang it.  I thought it was a tray and feared it spent it's life as a lowly ash tray perhaps.  I know I'll find the perfect spot to hang it.

It was all of $.79


Linking to
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Apron Thrift Girl 
Tell It To Me Tuesday
Wow us on Wednesday 
Share the Love Wednesday 
Ivy and Elephants
The Painted Pear 
The French Cupboard

Please follow me at Linky and let me know via a comment...what a flurry of activity this has had this week!  I'm hoping Google Friends does not go away so follow there as well, just in case.

And what did you find last weekend?

Comments

jeanne, the oriental mark looks like the chinese character "wang" which is a common chinese surname and could also mean king, prince, grand or great. u got a keeper right there :)
Erika Price said…
Wow - you certainly got a bargain with the silver plated bowl! Called by from the Linky Follower hop, and I'd love it if you followed me back Erika x
Cheapchick said…
Those are two fabulous finds! I see what you see in the silver plated bowl! and the ceramic! great weekend of thrifting for you!
Lori said…
So glad I found your lovely blog. I'm following you with the new Linky tool, straight from the Linky blog hop. I look forward to getting to know you better, Lori
love the piece you found, great deal. Now following you on link, hope you will stop by, Laura
Betsy said…
I love that silver bowl and would have bought it in an instant. So very pretty and what a great deal. The ceramic piece is really unusual, perfect for holding little treasures.
I love trying to find out where my thrift store finds came from! I'm always googling it! lol

Great finds! I love the ornate dish!

Thanks for linking it up at Creatively Living!

--Katie
Peggy said…
Hi Jeanne,
Following you back - thank you for stopping by my blog!
Peggy (@the Painted Pear)
Wendy said…
Jeanne, both finds are incredible! I am smitten with that dish!!!
Leslie said…
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I will enjoy following you--my favorite store is a thrift store as well. Love your recent find!
Evelyn said…
I love your finds! The bowl is awesome and I can't wait to see what you do with it. I found your blog on the linky followers blog hop and I am glad I did. I have been blog hopping for two days and I am loving meeting so many talented and amazing people. I am following you and hope that you take the time to hop over and maybe follow back.

My Turn (for us)

http://myturn-evelyn.blogspot.com

Thanks, I enjoyed the visit.
Great finds. Thanks for linking up to the Share the Love Wednesday link party at Very Merry Vintage Style!
Mary