Monday, August 16, 2010

Who knew?!?

So, me and my hubby had a great day of finding bargains this past Saturday. Hit a couple yard sales, a flea market, one of our favorite bookstores, and a discount store near us. It was a great day of LOTS of deals.

The hubs' favorite was a book that is probably worth $100+, that he got for $4!!! My best deal? Well, check this out...I got this piece for $1.

I know, it looks pretty bad, right? But, it's all about seeing the potential. I remembered reading in my "Real Simple" magazine about more uses for an ordinary household item...TOOTHPASTE, which is supposed to be able to remove tarnish from fine metals. Me and the hubby were both a bit skeptical but, since I only paid $1, it was definitely worth a shot.

So, with a little toothpaste and a rag...

And some elbow grease, here is the final product...

Definitely worth the work that went into it. This is a great alternative to using harsh chemicals to clear up tarnish and, hey, the final product is minty fresh! But, if you don't want to get dirty, or just don't want to use some elbow grease, this solution is not for you.

So after about an hour that ugly serving dish (which I'll use for rolls at Thanksgiving, btw) was transformed. All thanks to my "Real Simple" magazine and to my aunt for getting me the subscription to such a useful magazine!!!