Thrifty Things Friday #97

Hi Friends!
Brass has been used in cookware, musical instruments and home décor for many, many years. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s it was a huge home décor metal. But, then, as all things, it went out of style.
Now brass is making a big comeback. It is a beautiful metal to warm up your home.
I found these brass napkin rings at a thrift store. I didn’t have any brass napkin rings so, I was pretty excited to find them.
They were at $2.99 for the set of six. And then they were half off that price. So, for $1.49, they came home with me.
I love the hammered design on them.

Never use silver polish to clean brass! They are two very different metals. Cleaning silver is actually really easy. I have been using the same brass cleaning product since I bought my first brass item.
Here it is…..
Yes, that is correct…Taco Bell taco sauce. I actually keep these little extra leftover packets in my cleaning supplies.
Ketchup works as well. They both have the acidity needed to clean brass. And you don’t need to worry about toxic chemicals.
So don’t throw out those leftover packets! Keep them for cleaning your brass things.
Now, let’s see your thriftiness!


  1. Diann,
    I am so glad that brass is making a come back as i never got rid of mine!! I do love the warm glow from brass...Thanks so much for the cleaning tip too!!

    Thanks for hosting!!


  2. I love brass and yes, it's making a come back into decoration...I have some in brass too and I always liked them. You got s great bargain too! Thank you for hosting. Big hugs,

  3. Thanks for the tutorial on safely cleaning brass- good to know this!

    Thank you, also for hosting your wonderful weekly linky party!!

  4. Hi lovely lady.
    Thanks so much for hosting your linky party. I have a lot of Brass and Im Always cleaning it. It's good being back doing my Tablescapes.
    I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  5. Thanks for hosting, Diann. I have seen so much brass lately, it is much warmer than chrome or stainless. Love the napkin rings...and I didn't know about using taco sauce/ketchup on brass...thanks!

  6. Ketchup and taco sauce? Well, you learn something new everyday!

  7. What a great tip for cleaning. I think we have some of those packets in the fridge...well aged, I'm sure! heehee! Sweet hugs!

  8. Oh my GOSH, Diann. I didn't know that about the hot sauce and ketchup. And I LOVE brass. Have a lot of it around here, even though it fell out of style there for awhile.

    Thanks for hosting! Susan

  9. Those brass napkin rings are so great! I wish I could find napkin rings at my local thrift stores....they just never seem to have any. maybe I'm looking in the wrong places, though. Great find! Thanks for the brass cleaning tip too. That is very cool! =D Thanks for hosting this great link party! =D

  10. wow... who would have thought. :) Thanks for sharing.

  11. I collected Brass when I first was married. I still have a few pieces. But I do like to pick them up when I see them at the thrift stores. Glad to know how to clean them up.

    Jocelyn @

  12. Well my word, I may have to go buy some tacos tomorrow and ask for extra sauce. Great tip! Cherry Kay

  13. Lovely finds and tips! :) Thanks for hosting ! :)

  14. What a very AWESOME tip...thanks so much!

    Thanks for the party. I'm hosting my Homemaking Linkup Weekend and would love to have you join, if you haven't already!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  15. Diann, They say you learn something new everyday...I sure did here! Going to try your cleaning methods myself! Thanks for hosting TTF, & happy to be joining in.

  16. Looks nice! Never thought of using taco sauce on silver..great idea. Thanks for the tip :)

  17. Had NO idea! Thanks for such an interesting tip.

  18. Very interesting! I didn't know that, and I have lots of brass from my mom. I should definitely stop throwing those packets out now. :)

  19. I guess no one told the people who live in the mansions here in Southampton that brass went out, their homes are loaded with beautiful brass!
    I think it was just those silly people who were addicted to cans of ORB! Lol!
    I love your new brass rings. I use Brasso, but I will give the ketchup a try.
    Thanks so much for your kind words on the loss of my sister's 8 y o gson.

  20. I don't have much brass now (oh yes back in they day I had a collection of brass candlesticks) but what a great tip on cleaning them!! Love the napkin rings and I think I might have a set of them in my stash somewhere! Thanks for hosting one of my favorite parties each week!
    hugs, Linda

  21. Diann~

    Thanks so much for hosting~ it's always nice to see your thrift store finds and it's exciting! This week I went to the thrift store and bought a pair of shutters that I plan on decorating with and I hope to post it on my blog soon! I'm excited! I want to try a DIY chalk paint recipe and use them on my wall. And I'm nervous too!

    And thanks for visiting my blog and commenting too! It's appreciated!

  22. I had no idea ketchup could clean brass. I'll definitely try it!

  23. Hello from Spain: I visit your blog thanks to Susan's blog I like meeting new people. Thanks for your advice cleaning. If you want to keep in touch from blog to blog (

  24. I had no idea about the taco sauce! I'll have to give that a try. I always keep the ketchup packets so I'm ready for some brass polishing! Love your napkin rings! I'm adding myself to your list of followers :)

  25. I love those brass napkin rings and I did not know that about taco sauce either. I remember when copper was big around the 80's also and then seemed to go out of style as well.

  26. Love love love the hammered look of those napkin rings! It makes them look so rustic.

    Thanks for the tips!


  27. These brass napkin rings are just lovely, I have a whimsical little birdcage that could use some sprucing up!!-what a great tip!

  28. Those leftover packets- got loads of them and I was just about to throw them away. It's great to learn and find use for them. Thanks.

    Hi Diann, I have linked up with Thrifty Things. I have your site link and badge on the sidebar of my blog and have followed you on GFC. Thanks for hosting.


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