what is this? + a DIY antique globe redo

Did I ever tell you I have a Goodwill just 5 minutes away from my house? Dangerous, I know, for a serial thrifter like me.... ;)

Of course, you know the truth: that's why we purchased our home where we did. I googled GW's address and found all homes for sale within a 3.45 mile radius.

Naturally, we had some fierce competition to get this close to one. I mean, doesn't everyone want to live by a GW? It's always been my dream, anyway. ;)

Just this week at our neighborhood store, I scored these two fun silver pieces- the candle holder on the left for $2.49 and the heavy dish on the right for $1.99:


I thought I would put pencils in the candleholder, and use the serving dish for parties... but I would really love to know what the serving dish is made out of before I do- it's heavy and thick, but not as heavy as you'd expect it to be? {clearly, I am an expert on vintage metal decor...}

Here's what it looks like on the bottom- very porous and old:


Do you know what it is? Is it aluminum? Or stainless steel? Or did I buy $500 worth of silver for $2? I have no clue, but either way, it's cute for hosting a shower. ;)

And I have quite a thing for globes- I only have one little one, but this big school one for $5 called my name:



I've never tried to buy one at the store before- or even looked for one- so I had no idea that the antique style ones are $50??? Even at Walmart? What? How is that possible? I figured they would run $25- $30?

Amazon, 12 inch globe, $50
And I thought $5 was reasonable. :)

Especially after I painted her coral:


Globes = cute and all.... but a coral globe? I'm in love. {And it should totally be worth like $75 now, right?!} 

I haven't decided where to put it just yet, but I do have a nice collection of GW finds going on in this corner of the buffet! :D

lamp- $5 GW, shade $2 GW, candlesticks- $4 GW, DIY art tutorial coming someday!
It's a good thing I'm never far from an old GW. If I were, I might have tried to go to Walmart and pay $50 for an antique-style globe. ;)


Did you know globes were so expensive??

Most unexpected painting project that you loved how it turned out? {any links? :)}
I'm still in love with this week's coral globe! It's my favorite right now!

Ever accidentally bought a real silver piece thrifting? 
If I did I wouldn't know it... ha!


54 comments

Anonymous said...

I would error on the side that it might contain lead or cadmium, and not handle it much. I am always leery about older metal dishes like that and wouldn't necessarily want to serve food in them. Just a thought, especially with you being pregnant. It IS really cute though!

Talysa said...

Is that coral a spray paint? If so what color?

Britani Franklin said...

I love the color!! Do you find yourself struggling with your husband to add color to your home? I am married to the most plain man ever, not to say plain is bad, but I struggle with him to be able to add color to any room because he is neutral, and I am neon and bright! It has to be very subtle or he doesn't like it! Do you go through this in your marriage? Hehe. I would love to have some advice. And again, LOVE THE COLORS!

MariLynn said...

I love the bright color with the globe. So very pretty. I would be cautious about using the metal dish for food.

Mandy said...

I wish! :D it was just regular paint, and I didn't even take the globe off- I just used a paintbrush! :)

Mandy said...

oh- good thinking! I didn't consider that at all! I'm hoping someone can id it for me, but for now it's just on the buffet! :D

Suzie said...

I think is is pewter. Is it marked with a brand name?

Dianna Auton said...

I had no idea the antique looking globes were so expensive. I love how the coral turned out on the stand. It looks amazing.

Anonymous said...

Love the globe! Very cute I love your style. I have looked at Globes several times, because all of my boys are map crazy. I eventually settled for a map of the world I picked up at a school supply store. I framed it and it is hanging in my 2 middle boys room. All for a grand total of $15. You have inspired me to start thrifting again. Thank you for all of your articles. I enjoy reading everything you post.

Mandy said...

It only has a hand written 8 inscribed in it? It looks like it had an old antique store label for sale, but I can't see anything else. It seems very old! :)

Jo Ferguson said...

That globe is amazing!!! The coral looks fantastic. From the photos I would guess the dish is probably not silver, especially if there isn't a .925 or 'sterling' mark on it. Silver is almost always marked. That said, it is a really cool piece! Instead of food, would it work for holding cards or napkins at a shower/party?

Anonymous said...

Might be pewter. I have a similar dish that is solid pewter. It's nice looking! Great deal!!

mwimp said...

i was going to say pewter too but all of them (the two the first lady id'd and pewter) all are porous and can leach poisin. i would ues as a jewelry holder for your
'everyday' wear or a catchall for pockets too. i luv that coral and no idea that they were that expensive!

Amy Grace said...

Im guessing pewter. Pewter in heavy, dull, pourous and the shape ans look to.it are in line with the pewter pieces i have/have seen. Pewter is also a very soft metal, you can test on the bottom by trting to scratxh is with a harder metal ... like a stainless steel knife. It will.takw some pressure because of its thuckness but pewter will be the firat to give/scratch/dent... etc. Love the dish either way

thechattymommy said...

Hey Mandy! Question for you and I am too lazy to email- lol- You know how sometimes you tell us about awesome cheap stuff on amazon? How do you find those things?

Amy Grace said...

Wow at the typos above... sent from a phone text.... :)

Our Little Charmed Life said...

I have made some great finds at our local GW but never anything really valuable. I do love your idea of painting the globe coral. We have a globe similar to yours and I will have to try this with. I may go teal instead.

Anonymous said...

I thought pewter as well. Looks like candlesticks I have.

Anonymous said...

I agree on the pewter. My parents have one like that, and it is so sturdy! Cute!!

Shannon said...

I think it is pewter and although it does not have the value of silver it is likely to be a $40 or more piece if purchased new. I also do not think it would be harmful to use for food, but my first thought is to take it to someone who would know like a jeweler. Also, research it a bit online. Try typing "oval pewter dish" and see where a few links take you. Maybe you could email someone through one of the links and see what they have to say. Try asking and antiquer blogger.

Vanessa said...

Love that globe!

I would have never thought to paint it... It looks great =)

Shawn, Kellie, Arielle and Anna said...

I'm thinking it's pewter, which is a lot lighter than silver. I prob wouldn't use it for food if it was me, but it seems perfect for decorating : ) And great job with the globe! I recently found one just like that at my local GW but never thought of adding a bright color. It looks amazing. So creative!

Brittini said...

I am LOVING your Thrift Shop posts! Our closest GW is 40 Mins away :(. I don't have the eye for this kind of stuff. So, I am always THRILLED to see your posts. They give me inspiration and ideas I would have never thought of on my own!

Mandy said...

I'd say my hubs definitely prefers practical over colorful- he was a big fan of the red rug, but doesn't love the new cotton one because it has white in it... so sometimes we disagree, but he always lets me decide. :) If I were in your spot- I might try a splash here and there of decor but keep the big stuff- walls and furniture- neutral/light? Like go with lots of whites and make the little bits of colors pop on the pillows? the nice thing about paint is that you can always change it if he really doesn't like it! :)

Mandy said...

thanks!! I will!

Mandy said...

so crazy, huh! Thanks, Dianna!! :D

Mandy said...

Oh thank you! now that's a deal! $15 for large art is awesome!

Britani Franklin said...

Thanks!! I have been doing the neutral wall colors, and have been pushing my bright pops of color around the house! He complains sometimes, but I think he is getting used to it, because he sees me giving him the neutrals!

Love your blog btw. I just found it, and have been wondering where you have been all my life!! HEHE :)

Shannon said...

Check this sight... http://www.laterrinedirect.com/pewter-bowls-oval-soap-dish-match Turns out it could be on the pricey side. I am sure that depends on the brand, but if you look at the pics at the bottom you will see this stuff is quite similar to yours.

bonniegetchell said...

I love the pop of color you added! I actually knew that globes were expensive because I've tried to buy one before. $5 is a score! :)

-Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
www.revolutionariesblog.com

Anonymous said...

A comment about your "candle holder". It looks to me like a holder for a Russian tea cup. A glass tumbler (heat resistant) would fit inside that "cage". However you choose to use it , it is sure to look lovely!

Dominique Burleson said...

Love the old globe, I have one but never thought of painting it! This might be a project for me tomorrow!

My unexpected painting project was one on a large canvas we got from our Realtor when we bought our house. She was gonna throw it away because it had a rip in it, and even bought an identical one to replace it! Here's the post- http://purplekale25.blogspot.com/2012/01/in-vain-i-have-struggled.html

Mandy said...

oh, that's so fun!!! what a DEAL! oh my goodness- that canvas would still cost a fortune from gw! :D yay!!

Mandy said...

thank you!! :D

Mandy said...

Hey girlie! thanks! hope you're having a great week!!

Mandy said...

oh WOW! that would be so awesome if it were!! thanks for sending me the link!!

Mandy said...

YAY!! :D I can't wait to see what you come up with! wohoo!

Mandy said...

thank you!! :D I think it will be cute for decor too!!

Mandy said...

thanks girlie!! :D

Mandy said...

I need to try that! thanks for telling me!!

Mandy said...

I just looked around- and clicked through things like this... :)

Mandy said...

what's even funnier is that I read it on my phone and didn't notice at all actually! :D

Mandy said...

I want to see it if you do!! :D

Mandy said...

oh, good to know! I think I might use it for trinkets or jewelry now! thanks for sharing!

Mandy said...

oooh great idea!! :) I need to email you about the rug- the buyer fell through and I wanted to give you the chance before I go to someone I don't know! :D

Lesley said...

that coral looks so awesome :) :) ! I love the globe. my husband and I bought a map on amazon for a few dollars that we have on the wall...still have to pick up some nice backing for it, we're thinking about using cork and labeling where we've been (he's from the Philippines, so we've had a few trips together--asia being one!)

Anyway, sorry to get off topic. That large dish looks nice. I agree with people that I'd err on the side of caution when cooking with it...but serving might be okay if you line it with something! (depending on what you serve on it, of course). I have some "serving" dishes that aren't very high quality, but depending on what it is, you can put some wax/parchment paper inside, or a nice cloth, or a fancy, colored foil :)

Mandy said...

that's what I was thinking- maybe cute tissue paper... :) I love the idea of labeling your travels- how much fun is that!!

Rachel said...

I'm guessing that the dish in question is Armetale. The kind of metal looks just like some Armetale serving pieces my mother in law has. It has the same heavy, porous characteristic and matte finish. One of the Armetale pieces I have is new and shiny but hers have that matte appearance. You can look up info about it here: http://www.armetale.com. Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

Pewter has lead in it. It's no longer considered safe to have food in/on pewter. Each time it's used for food, a small amount of the lead will leach out into the food. That small amount in and of itself wouldn't be harmful, but it would be if it was used constantly and the same person/people were eating from that dish. Eventually the lead content would accumulate, as the human body has no way to dispose of it, and you'd end up with lead poisoning.

However - it's hard to tell from the pic - *if* the surface of the dish seems to have sort of an orange-peel texture, it *could* be an old silver-plated piece, in which case it would be OK for serving.

Also, that's not a candle holder. It's a cup holder. That's why it has a handle on one side. People would use it to drink a warm beverage - tea, coffee, mulled cider, hot cocoa, what have you - and wouldn't have to fret over possibly burning their fingers while doing so. Consider it a more civilized version of one of those foam beer can holders.

Anonymous said...

The higher the number, the higher the silver content of the piece. For example, a piece marked with *925* means it contains 92.5% silver, which is the definition of sterling silver. Perhaps this dish had other numbers that have worn off over time, as *8* is very low and an odd number.
I'd bet it's American - European pieces generally have more identifying information than just silver content - and it looks rather Edwardian period, so maybe 100 years old.

It might actually be worth more than what you paid for it at Goodwill. I'd find a shop that deals in antiques and inquire just for the heck of it. They'd probably also be able to tell you if it was pewter or not.

Anonymous said...

I'm of the *don't paint wood unless it's a mess or has already been painted* club. I have a globe collection - 2 of which are glass and light up - and I would never be able to bring myself to paint them, even the smaller ones and the bookends I picked up at thrift stores.

It's been years since I added a new one, and I was shocked at the prices when my then-4 yo nephew announced he wanted a globe from Santa last Xmas! Even the biggest one I have cost only $20 brand-new - 18 years ago. Best I could do - on a great big one, like a classroom type globe - was $30, off Amazon. They wanted $20-ish for globes half the size of the one I finally found, so I figured for an extra $10, get the kid the largest one because my biggest one is his favorite.

Another good way to get inexpensive map art is to buy a calendar. I picked mine up when the calendars were marked 50% off after New Year's, so I paid $5 for it. Now's the time of year to start stalking nice calendars and planning out some art to do in January! I've got a gallery wall of antique maps from trimming the pages to fit on my trusty paper cutter and sticking them into 8" x 10" frames I got on closeout for $2 each (regular price was $10). So about $30 for 12 pieces of art. They're mixed in with my huge, matted 24" x 36" Mercator projection and a few other maps; I got a great already framed 15" x 15" antique world map out of clearance for $9 at Office Depot, of all places. I do have an another odd-sized 5" x 8" that was $2 and one someone had decoupaged onto a 10" x 12" piece of walnut-stained wood for $3, at the Amvets thrift store. I also framed a 4" x 6" notecard of a different sort of Mercator projection as well. If only I had more wall space.....

Anonymous said...

There's a blog called "For the love of a house" that is by a woman in New Hampshire named Joan who is an antiques dealer; I clicked her link when reading comments at YHL just last week and discovered her awesome farmhouse restoration and her plethora of fabulous antiques. She has cabinets full of different types of old silver in her home. I bet she would know right off what that is, if you took some clearer pix from different angles and emailed them to her. She seems quite nice and helpful, and like some antique sleuthing would be right up her alley. Just FYI.

Anonymous said...

Ooops. I clicked *publish* rather than *preview* and it didn't ask me to prove I wasn't a robot, so I hope my comment went through - and wasn't riddled with typos! - as I said I know of a blogger who's an antiques dealer and collects silver, who might be able to help you ID that dish.

~ Shannon said...

Love the globe re-do! What a fabulous find!

Blessings,
Shannon