Fabulous Finds Friday

Vintage Christmas & More

Thrift stores here have had Christmas stuff out since Halloween, but most of what I’ve seen has been newer stuff.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that, except I’m a girl who loves finding vintage Christmas treasures.

They just remind me of a time when everything was simpler, including Christmas.

But I’m happy to say that this week I lucked out and found a few fabulous Christmas things.

Actually more than a few.

vintage wooden ornaments

I’ve always loved these sweet little vintage wooden Christmas ornaments. I have a bunch of them already.

But when the price is just two dollars for a sandwich bag full who can resist?

Certainly not me.

I don’t have that much will power. They’re going to jump into my thrift store basket every time.

handmade beaded ornament trees, candles holders, and wreaths

And another thing that I have a weakness for is handmade beaded ornaments.

They’re so pretty and sparkly., and it really doesn’t matter than they’re made of plastic.

It’s just all about the bling.

I’ve always wanted to try this craft, but just have never gotten around to it… so I’m enjoying the fruits of someone else’s craftiness for just 25 cents a piece.

vintage bottle brush start and wreath

I don’t find vintage bottle brush items around here very often, and this star and wreath were a great find for 50 cents each.

That pinky kind of strawberry red is a really awesome color.

The 8″ star is missing whatever decorative stuff there once was in the center area, but I think that’s an easy fix.

handmade crochet Christmas pothlders

Something I do see often at this time of the year is hand crocheted Christmas potholders, like this $1 set of four.

For someone who knows what they’re doing these can probably be made rather quickly.

But for someone like me who has no clue how to crochet, these are always a great find,

They really don’t have to be used as potholders, they’re so fun and colorful that they also make great decorative accessories for the season.

And now for something completely different

metal leaf-shaped candle holder

This rather fern-like $3 metal candle holder was a fun and rather unexpected find for this time of the year.

Check out those leaves!

This piece is just begging to be in my garden next summer, just like this candle holder garden art flower.

My Favorite Find of the Week

vintage acorn baking pan

Whenever I find a really great vintage baking piece of any kind I jump for joy, like this vintage beauty.

It’s about 6 1/2″ across and 3 1/2″ tall, and boy does it has patina.

My research tells me that it’s a vintage acorn baking pan or jello mold.

I guess it’s kind of shaped like an acorn.

vintage acorn baking pan 2

Especially when you see it with the lid on.

Isn’t it amazing?

vintage acorn baking pan jello mold inside view

And it only cost me $2.

The lady at the thrift store told me that I got a great deal, and she was definitely right.

So baking pan or jello mold? Or Both?

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Wow! That baking pan is amazing! When was Jello invented? Would they have made it in metal like that? Copper mold, yes, but I don’t think I’d want to eat it out of that. Am I a snob? Or just terribly misinformed? All the rest…..absolutely perfect! Those wooden ornaments are my faves! Hope one of your followers will clear my mind about the baking pan! Dona

    1. I’m not sure when jello was invented, but this baking pan probably didn’t look like this when it was new. Hopefully not. lol. It has a lot of mileage on it, but that’s what makes me love it. I’m going to have to find a repurpose for it.

  2. Debra Hubbs says:

    Such great finds! I love vintage Christmas items. How cool would an acorn looking cake be! Love the wooden ornaments. I would so paint that candle stand fern green. My Christmas is always done vintage. I do my tree as it was done when I was a little girl with some of the same Swedish and German ornaments that ‘wowed’ me when I was little. I have a huge collection which I’ll be letting go soon because I have to start downsizing here and feeling like it’s time for change. My weakness was for the mica ornaments; snowmen, elves, etc. I just love those.
    Enjoy your finds!

    1. You found some treasures! Love those wooden ornaments! What a great price! Thanks for sharing!

      1. Thanks Susan! Yes, I go lucky with these ornaments. It seems to me that I’m the only one who wants them around here.

    2. Thanks Debra! Yes, it’s so much fun to have ornaments on the tree that remind us of childhood Christmasses. I’m the exact same way. I see to gravitate to things that bring back memories. I have a weakness for the vintage wooden ornaments, that’s for sure.

  3. Wonderful finds, Tuula! The baking pan is really unique. I’ve never seen anything like it. And the little wooden ornaments are so cute. What a bargain!

    Thanks for a fun post!

    1. Thanks Naomi! It’s the first baking pan I’ve seen like this too, and I can’t resist the sweet wooden ornaments.

  4. Fabulous finds Tuula! I am the same way with vintage Christmas items and I particularily love the vintage plastic decor from the 60’s. Most people find it ugly and tacky but it just brings back memories of Christmas past for me. I also love vintage wooden ornaments and you found a great bunch for an even better price! Bottlebrush decor is wonderful too and I have never seen a star, super find! I’m so happy to see FFF back up and running!

    1. Thanks Pam! I love the vintage plastic decor items too, but I don’t see them in thrift stores here too often. Rarely actually. But it’s something I’m always looking for.

  5. Jerri Venables says:

    About your finds…you’re so lucky to find the ‘goodies’ you finds. I’m so happy to see FFF back every Friday!

  6. Judy Bittner says:

    Oh Tuula, don’t you just LOVE a jackpot day! I get so happy when I have those big days and I bring home a big haul of stuff. I like the fern you found, so cute. The mold (cake or jello) is amazing. But the potholders stole my heart. As soon as I saw them I had an avalanche of ideas rush through my brain. Congratulations on your great finds, and thank you for brightening my Fridays once again with your quest for the unique.

    1. Thanks very much Judy! Sometimes thrifting makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. lol. So much fun!

  7. Your baking pan may be an old-fashioned pudding mold for making a steamed pudding. Not a thing in the USA these days. I think it’s more traditionally British.

  8. Wow, your Christmas wooden ornaments are a find. Thrift shops here would have $2 as well except that would be one ornament. Your thrift store prices are amazing.
    Your mold is special.
    Happy thrifting,

    1. Thanks so much Bonnie! I’m very lucky to be within easy driving distance of 5 small town thrift stores, all with very good prices. It makes thrifting a lot of fun.