I've been fairly successful in my thrifting adventures lately. First, I found this English silver sugar and creamer set. It was fairly tarnished but well-priced ($24 for the two pieces), and I liked the very simple design.
After getting polished a bit, it's looking much better. I think the sugar bowl would be ideal for sugar cubes, so now I just need to find a set of silver tongs to coordinate with the set.
I also ran across this flower brick in a local consignment shop:
It was mislabeled as an incense burner, which might explain why it hadn't sold and was marked down to 25% off, but I was very happy to take it home for under $10! This particular brick is only about twenty years old, handpainted by Deborah Sears of Isis Ceramics in Oxford, England, but based on a 18th-century original housed in the Ashmolean Museum.
Apparently, flower bricks were fairly common items in many 18th-century homes and were perhaps used for holding dried lavender. I like the multi-functionality of this piece: it could be filled with potpourri, small flower buds, and/or a candle. Sears' website suggests lining up several bricks along the center of a dining table and filling them with an assortment of flowers and candles.
It's made me want to research flower bricks more and perhaps even start keeping an eye out for older versions. To me, the discovery of novel and unique pieces is one of the best things about thrifting!