Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Silver Lining of Thrifting

It's no secret.

There is definitely a silver lining

to shopping the thrift stores.

This tall, slender beauty was a recent

thrifty find at a small local shop of vintage goods.

It inspired me to gather my group of silver teapots.

~ Each A Thrifty Find Gathered Over Time ~

With their hinged lids kicked back . . .

I added fresh greens and

red berries for the holidays.

A nice compliment to . . .

The details of each teapot.

For the New Year they each

hold winter white Baby's Breath.

The delicate bouquets don't distract from

the graceful lines and wonderful details.

But rather offer a contrast to

elements such as ebony handles . . .

Or those wrapped with rattan.

Rings of Petite Bead Work

Simple Bands

Long Elegant Spouts

Stouter Ones Layered With Detail

Simple Lines

Or Elaborate Detail

Each offers its own charm . . .

Sitting atop a tray with charm all its own.

~ Do Tell ~

Have you found any "silver lining" in your local thrifts?



The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. How beautiful. I've been looking at silver in the thrift stores because I'd like to make a little silver teapot lamp. I haven't found the perfect shape yet.

  2. Hi Sarah,
    oh my, this is just the kind of thrifting goods, I adore. I didn't find something like this. Depending on the high silver prices, peoples earn here more when they give their silver heritages for parting the silver. This is really a pitty. Thank you for shwoing this shiny collection.
    Have a great day, Johanna

  3. Sarah~ What a gorgeous collection of silver teapots! I'm afraid I don't have much success thrifting. I do NOT need to collect anything else but it would be hard to pass these beauties up! I love all their unique & gorgeous details :)

  4. Vilka underbart vackra kannor! Jag har också mycket kannor och nysilver. Men jag är så tokig att jag gillar när det har mörknat och är oputsat. Fotograferade faktiskt några av kannorna igår, och skall göra ett inlägg de närmsta dagarna, så du dör väl när du ser deras mörka patina...
    Ha en fin dag!
    Kram Pia

  5. Such a pretty collection Sarah! They look very elegant with the greens and berries-enjoy:@)

  6. Sarah,
    What a lovely collection. We are going "antiquing" this weekend and I wish I could a lovely silver piece!

    Beautiful photography.


  7. Beautiful teapots.
    I don't do thrifting... I work for an auctioneer instead. You can well imagine the goodies I come across.

  8. Sarah,
    YES! My recent silver tray...but it took hours to bring it back to the rare beauty that it once was and is again. The detailing on each of these pots is truly a work of art! I do adore how you "dress" them up and yet allow their true beauty to shine, as well! Thank you for sharing this marvelous collection. Also, for reminding us that our homes can be filled with lovely items for less!

  9. You have some beauties. I wish we had nice thrift stores around here with nice stuff. All I find is junk.

  10. I love those! Not only are your individual pieces just lovely, but I love the way you did the ever green and the baby's breath in them. I want to do something like that here.

  11. How beautiful Sarah! I love the vignette you created with the greens. You scored, and found some unique ones!

  12. Oh Sarah,
    Wow I want to go thrifting with you!! Gorgeous arrangement and each one is beautiful! Some day I'll have to meet you in Austin!! Hope you are having a great week!!

    Miss Bloomers

  13. Sarah, you have a gorgeous collections of silver tea pots!

    I am actually heading out thrift shopping today! Hope I find a treasure like you did.

  14. Our thrift shops are never so rich(

    I love my mom's are right the of art..

    What do you use to clean yours?
    I always feel good after I have polished it all..As my mom did.

    Lovely collection and beautifully presented.

  15. Very pretty, Sarah! I never find things this nice when I am out thrifting.

  16. I love your collection, Sarah! Especially that pot with the long slender spout. I've never seen anything like it. All the details are wonderful!

  17. I love the way you have re-purposed your silver coffee servers, pitchers, and teapots. I've noticed that there is much less silver in the local thrift shops, here. In fact there have been less and less good things being donated to all the shops I visit.
    Isn't Baby's Breath wonderful to decorate with?

  18. Your collection of thrifted silver teapots is amazing. I love the details and the display is perfect. I love thrifting and sometimes find some silver.

  19. What a wonderful collection...and thrifted, too! The few pieces of silver that I have, I keept wrapped...our gas here in West Texas turns it black thirty minutes after polishing it to a shinny silver.

    You're photography is gorgeous...silver is hard to photography and capture the details. Great job...wonderful post!

  20. You have some beauties here, Sarah! So shiny and pretty! They all look terrific with the festive greenery in them! What a fabulous collection...I wish I were as lucky to find them!

    Have a great day! :-)


  21. What a wonderful post! I have never shopped in thrift stores, but I have a friend who is a pro. Your silver coffee pots are fabulous, and I really love the way you styled them for the holidays. Gonna remember that! Hmm. Maybe I'll pin it!

  22. You have some lovely pieces - I also put greens in a few silver pieces for the holidays, but nothing like your beautiful display!

  23. Love the fresh greens and red berries tucked into the silver tea pots for the holidays.

    My FAVE is that one with the embossed bow - - - love that one!

  24. Very beautiful! Silver and greens look so lovely together.

  25. Okay, now I have to wipe off my keyboard due to excessive drooling! These are all gorgeous! I love to collect old silver while thriting. And you have found some stunning pieces and used them so beautifully! Thank you for joining TTF and have a wonderful weekend!

  26. What a gorgeous vignette! I need to find a better thrift shop cause the ones here where I live never have anything as pretty as these teapots!

  27. Sarah, Your silver collection is gorgeous and such a great variety of styles. They all have so much detail. I'm afraid the 'silver lining' at our local thrift stores, has become 'thin'. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pieces. I like the Baby's Breath for Winter.

  28. I love this post...your silver is gorgeous and I love the baby's breath. I saw bunches of it at my grocery store the last time I was there and passed it by. I think I may pick some up the next time!

  29. Sarah, I never have much luck at thrift stores but I see you certainly have. What beautiful teapots you've collected. The new one is so elegant with its details. Grouped together with greenery and berries on the tray makes such a beautiful vignette. I love the details, the wreath and bow are my favorites. I really love white Baby's Breath and silver. So lovely.

    Hope you have a nice restful weekend.
    The French Hutch

  30. They are beautiful, so graceful. I do like them polished, but then again I didnt run to spray paint quality brass with ORB spray paint! :)
    Thanks for sharing your collection.
    The only silver I got at a thrift was a pair of heavy candlesticks, 5.00!
    I have my mom's silver punch bowl and cups as my sister's didn't want to clean it! It took me days!

  31. These are just beautiful! I never seem to find anything at the thrift shop!

  32. Lovely collection of coffee pots. The details on some are amazing.

  33. Hi lovely lady.
    Your collection is so Gorgeous sweet lady. and this is from the thrift shop Wow.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescape and my Kitchen. I hope you have a wonderful weekend coming up with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  34. Beautiful!! I have been on the look for a few pieces myself!! Happy VTT

  35. I'd like to hear the "rest of the story" you skipped and jumped all the way home each time you found one of these beauties!! OMG. I've found some good things at thrift stores, but never anything like these!! Love them, and love what you did with them. Thanks for sharing; it's true inspiration! ~Zuni
    PS I'm going to follow you!

  36. Such a beautiful collection of silver tea and coffee pots. I love how you display them. Your little touches, just bring them to life!

    - The Tablescaper

  37. Hello Sarah, I do find gorgeous pieces - but, I think you take the silver cake! These are exquisite! Love the pictures - you've captured their beauty perfectly! Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday!
    God Bless,

  38. Oh my goodness, Sarah, they are all beautiful! Your most recent find reminds me of a gorgeous woman. The lines are so elegant and gorgeous. I hate polishing silver, but I think I might enjoy polishing these beauties! laurie

  39. You have some truly beautiful pieces. I love the variety of patterns you have and yet they all work together beautifully in your vignette.

  40. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. That is a lovely collection. Hope to see you at the next Swan gathering.

  41. Sarah, these are so beautiful.Its the polishing that scares me away, but I do have some.
    I often think that is why they end up at the thrift shops. I am looking for a rectangle silver tray
    to put candles on. How nice that somebodies give-a-way is sombody elses treasure.
    Sending you warm hugs, Evi

  42. Hi Sarah,

    what a wonderful collection...the one with the rattan wrapped handle really steals my heart! hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend.


  43. Your silver is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!

  44. I love old silver and and have found some great finds at thrift shops. Your collection is amazing!

  45. Your silver is gorgeous!! I love it all.

  46. You have some beautiful silver pieces and I appreciate you sharing these at the Open House Party! Hugs, Sherry

  47. Your silver is absolutely beautiful and whatever you add to it whether Christmas or just gleams. So very lovely.

    Thankyou Sarah for coming to my blog and making a comment. I appreciate it so much. I see we join alot of the same blog know they say that great minds think alike. (smile)



  48. I'm in love with your silver pieces! They are soooo beautiful. I'm inspired to get out to the thrift stores more often. So much treasure to be discovered out there.


  49. Oh, these are gorgeous! Love how you have them displayed! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  50. Ohmygoodness,Sarah...these are so beautiful...I never have found the silver tea pots but I surely will be looking closer. :)
    hugs, bj

  51. Sarah, they are gorgeous!! I love when silverware gets a bit of patina too! :) Lovely collection

  52. Ooohhhh, AAAAHHHHHH, the silver is so gorgeous Sarah!! I bet tea and coffee taste twice as good poured from these beauties!

    bee blessed

  53. Wow I really love all the silverwares you have posted in here. I really enjoyed looking! :)

    condo Philippines


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