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July 1, 2010

Our New – Old – Thrift Store Mirror!

By Sara In AZ


Mom and I were out last week hitting up all the thrift stores and we came across this old mirror.

At first I was unsure if I wanted to get it because I am such a cheap-o sometimes and the mirror was $35 bucks. But, Mom and I decided it was pretty darn cool, so we brought it home. Let me tell you this mirror is HEAVY – it is solid wood and it weighs at least 30 pounds (though I have absolutely no idea what kind of wood it is) and it is BIG at over 3 feet tall.  You can probably tell the planter on the bottom was used, and it definitely is copper. All of the rods surrounding the mirror are also copper. My guess on the year of manufacture for this mirror would be early to mid 60’s.

Here is a close up of the planter.

Here is a close up of the rods and a top corner.

And here is a picture of the manufacturer sticker on the back.

I tried looking Margrieve Mirrors up on the web with no luck. Has anyone out there ever heard of Margrieve Mirrors?

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15 Responses to Our New – Old – Thrift Store Mirror!

  1. Psl Reply

    July 1, 2010 at 11:27 am

  2. Annie B. Reply

    July 1, 2010 at 11:36 am


    What a mirror!! All that glorious copper; a super score at the old thrift store! Seriously, that is a really fine, architectural piece of decor. Congrats on snagging that beauty!

  3. Kelly Reply

    July 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Really cool! I love the lines on the frame and you can’t beat a built-in planter. And heavy! That one is going to need to be placed on a wall stud or sturdy anchor for sure.

  4. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Annie B. – Thanks girl! I was really surprised at all the copper this mirror has, and you are right – it is very architectural.

    Kelly – Thank you so much! I have been trying to figure out the best way to hang this. I would hate to hear a big *crash* in the middle of the night! A stud or anchor – for sure!

  5. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Psl – Thanks, yes, I did see that link. The only thing I saw was that Margrieve made the frame for the pic, but nothing else on them in the article. Was there something I missed?

  6. RetroRuth Reply

    July 1, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Whoa. That is an amazing find! And here I was preening over the fact that I scored two silk scarves and a Danish Modern bowl for under a buck. You always put me to shame, Saaaaaaaaara!! 🙂

  7. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm


    No shame here girl! Hey, you spent waaaaaay less than I did, so I would say you did get a total score. Your stuff sounds totally cool too. Pictures please!!!!

  8. Janice Reply

    July 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Maybe these would help you track down more information on your mirror.
    This book of Margrieve frame styles showed up in an auction:

    This 1955 announcement of the auction of the company’s stock. You would have to buy the full article.

  9. Janice Reply

    July 2, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Forgot to say, “WOW! Great mirror. Love the copper.

  10. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Janice – Thanks for your help! I wish I could read the full article! Maybe my mirror is earlier than the 60s???

  11. Marsi @ The Cottage Cheese Reply

    July 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    This mirror was an amazing find!

  12. sablemable Reply

    July 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Saraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!! Luv, luv, L-U-V that mirror!

  13. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 6, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks Sable and Marsi!!!! I really appreciate it!

  14. Cynthia Reply

    February 24, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I think the wood is rosewood. It has that ‘glow’.

  15. Sara in AZ Reply

    February 24, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Cynthia – Rosewood is defnitely a possibility! 🙂

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