Thrifty & Pretty

One of my favorite thrifty finds last year.

I don't know why it's taken me so long to share it.

I've always been drawn to vintage hammered aluminum pieces, but I never appreciated their beauty or origins till I met Susan.

She has the most mind blowing collection I've ever seen and she is very knowledgeable about her passion.

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We have the most incredible Goodwill store here in town and last fall I found this tray.

So clean and organized and I find good stuff there all the time.

This tray is so intricate in it's detail.  I didn't even realize until I was cleaning it up how detailed it is.

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At first glance it just looks like, ah yeah, fruits and flowers.

But when I started really looking closely I saw cherries and pears and strawberries and apples.  Then I see dogwoods and thistles and daffodils and morning glories and lenten roses and daisies.

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And then, up in one corner, a butterfly.  Just one.

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7 thoughts on “Thrifty & Pretty

  1. I loved the hammered aluminum pieces. This one is a beauty! I have several but none as nice as this. Wow, I find a lot of them terribly abused or should I say well used! I have a round tray is use almost daily. Love this one the detail is astounding. Now what GW is this your talking about?? smile!
    Linda @ A La Carte

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  2. I have the exact same tray. And what’s really weird is that just TODAY I found a new place for it in my dining room re-do.

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  3. What a gorgeous tray! I love going to the thrift shops too, but haven’t found any really good finds lately. I forgot to mention in my OWOH comment that I used to live in Hampton myself when I was a kid. Now I’m in Upstate NY.

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  4. I love these aluminum trays. This is a great example of the serving trays that were so popular when I was growing up. The best thing is that they are usually very reasonable.

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  5. Cool that you noticed the butterfly! I like hammered aluminum–thought I might start collecting it after reading a feature in Martha Stewart Living some years back–but the few pieces I now have (thrifted for cheap) don’t exactly make a collection. I really should pull them out more often.

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