Do you know how sometimes you walk into a store and find something you weren’t looking for
but that you have to have because it fits perfectly with you,
your decor, your home, your style
And it happened again recently.
I walked into HomeGoods
and something jumped into my cart.
Just like a cat hops up on the counter.
It was a shiny treasure- that instantly caught my eye.
A perfect mix of favorite brass and copper details.
And you guessed it- it had personality galore.
After it landed in my cart- I stared at it for a few seconds and listened to it
as it whispered sweet nothings…
and I saw that it was a copper fish poacher with a brass fish on top
that was batting it’s pretty little eyes at me.
I shook my head
as I explained that I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years
and I don’t NEED a copper fish pan.
I don’t eat fish.
And I don’t need more copper.
And it laughed at me.
Like the falling over and landing on the floor kind of
Of course, I knew it was laughing because even as I said
I don’t need any more copper and definitely not a fish poacher….
I was flipping it over to see the price.
I made a bit of a face as that copper laughed at me as I saw the price.
It was like
‘What did I tell you? And you thought you didn’t need me… HA.’
So, I smiled and said whatever under my breath
and brought that little chatty fish & copper pan home with me.
I knew the copper was on clearance because it looked a bit tarnished and had a
few scratches on the bottom.
The inside was clean – so it likely wasn’t used-
maybe just displayed.
And so, when I went to polish it up- I peeled back the clearance tag just to see what it said…
Compare to $357.
Original price at HomeGoods $249.
Clearance price $69.
Seriously. A STEAL of a price.
I polished it up with CopperBrill and it looks good as new.
And did you know that HomeGoods and TJMaxx
are both some of my favorite sources for copper?
This is another example from TJMaxx.
Another slightly tarnished & scratched piece- marked at a discount.
This was before polishing was done- but it polished with just a little work.
My best tips for finding copper while shopping there:
Of course scour the housewares/cookware aisle-
there are often clearance pieces mixed in with the everyday priced pieces.
Check the clearance aisle too- because sometimes the stores like to corral all the clearance in once place.
This fish poacher was actually stacked up with a bunch of aluminum pots and pans
in the clearance section
And don’t forget the .com- TJMAXX .com has a TON of great finds- as does Marshalls.com.
I have picked up several pieces of French and Italian copper there at incredible prices- including an entire pots and pans set of Mauviel at probably 1/3 the regular price.
And even if something is tarnished- bring it home!
Tarnished copper is just as beautiful as polished and if you want polished- polish it up.
That discounted price because the copper isn’t gleaming or perfect
is like a voice convincing you to bring yet another piece home.
And as you can see, I know that voice well.
You can read my post about the Easiest way to Polish Copper HERE
What do you think of this cute new addition to my copper collection?
Would you have brought it home too?
Since a lot of us are not out perusing stores all.the.time like before- and doing more shopping online right now- I thought I would update this post to reflect that and add a few more sources where I have found some great pieces.
Of course- vintage- try Ebay and Etsy. They have some wonderful pieces.
I have also found great prices on copper at stores like Macy’s and Amazon. If you have a set in mind- such as a hammered copper pots and pans set or a French Mauviel set- keep an eye on those places and search often when they have sales. And remember that something with more than one piece means you have an ‘instant’ collection. Which is kind of like a green light to add other pieces as you find them.
Some of these are a bit of a chunk in price- others are super affordable.
One of the best things about collecting copper is that if you take care of it- it develops that delicious patina and lasts and lasts-
so it is a good investment. Happy collecting!!
Engraved Copper pan (under $70)