Fabulous Finds Friday

Thrifting on my lunch hour

Doing a little thrifting on my lunch hour is one of my favorite things to do.

The thrift store in the town where I work is a great place to wile away a little it of time to break up the work day.

Some days I come out with nothing, and some days I get lucky.

This week I found something every day that I went in, and that doesn’t happen often.

3 beaded pears

This trio of plastic beaded pears was just a dollar.

They’ll look pretty in a basket with some other beaded fruit that I thrifted a while back.

wood slice coasters with painted roosters

This set of five hand-painted rooster wood slice coasters was $2.

It’s easy to tell they’re hand painted because even though the roosters are similar they are all a little it different.

I love the colors, and even though my style is not country I think these are retro too… which is right up my barnyard.

blank bottom of wood slice coasters

I could always do something completely different on the other side, which is blank.

That’s a fun idea. I’ll have to think about that.

What would you do?

blue plastic handled fork and knife set

I have a thing for cutlery, and the gorgeous blue of the translucent plastic handles of this set of 8 knives and forks quite frankly too my breath away.

When I saw the $2 price on the bag I was sold, and so were they.

blue plastic handled fork and knife set with with metal filigree detail

I’ve never seen anything like the metal filigree detail on plastic handled cutlery before.

Have you?

The handles and the filigree detailing are kind of polar opposites, but I guess that’s what I love about this set.

Modern and traditional, and somehow it totally works!

vintage Syroco pair of floral wall hangings

This pair of pretty copper-colored plastic resin floral wall hangings are perfect for a project that I have in mind.

They’re about 9 inches tall, and were 25 cents each.

vintage Syroco pair of floral wall hangings 2

They’re vintage Syroco from 1976.

I don’t see this kind of stuff around here too often, but because of the amazing details in these resin pieces they look awesome painted.

ceramic skates Christmas ornaments

I loved skating when I was a girl, but haven’t done it in years.

This lot of ceramic skate ornaments was a no-brainer at $5. They were originally $2 each, but the store was having a one day 50% off sale.

These ornaments almost put me in the mood to get on skates again.


Favorite Find of the Week

decorative minuture tricycles

As much as I loved all my other finds my favorite this week is this pair of miniature metal tricyles.

Aren’t they adorable?

They’re about 5 inches long and they actually have real black rubber tires and handles.

pair of decorative miniature tricycles

The pink one had me at first sight, and I just couldn’t leave the gold one behind. Could I?

Especially at just 50 cents each.

They’re so small so I’m not sure what they would have been used for originally.

Any thoughts?

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Dayna from Wisconsin says:

    wish I had those Knives and forks! Beautiful!

  2. I love the cutlery! Have never seen anything like it!

    1. Me either Linda! I love finding unusual things that I’ve never seen before.

  3. I would make a pin cushion out of one ofthe little bicycles!

  4. OMG! Loving that blue! Those skates and trikes are adorable! All around great finds. You have to be the luckiest person!! 🙂

  5. Such a beautiful Forks and knives! I’m so jealous! I love blue anything and the filigree wow!

  6. Debra Hubbs says:

    Wow, seriously SCORE! Great finds and those prices! I love them all. Those resin flowers would look so cute painted. Could that utensil set be a blue bakelite material? I have never seen anything like that. I have cobalt in my kitchen so I just love those. I’m not a big fan of beaded fruit but I just love the pears! Enjoy your finds!

    1. Thanks Debra! I’m not sure if it’s bakelite, but I don’t think so. I thought bakeline was more opaque, but I could be wrong.

  7. Wow, the prices at your thrift store are amazing. All the thrifts around here are sky high, which is why I don’t go to them too often.

    I love those rooster coasters you got & so is the cutlery. I couldn’t imagine what that main picture was you used to introduce this post. They looked sort of like curtain rods up close, LOL.

    1. Thanks Florence! There are a few thrift stores here with great prices, but whenever I go the city the prices are too high for me. Small town thrift stores are the best.

  8. What a great haul, Tuula! Those little tricycles are so precious. I could see them adorned with little wreaths on the handlebars and little candies or mini toys in the backs. The cutlery is gorgeous and so unusual. I also like the rooster coasters because in a women’s group I used to be in we used to sing a song in Spanish called De Colores which means something like, “Oh, the colors!”

    All in all you did fabulous on your thrift search!

    1. Thanks Naomi! Those are great ideas for those sweet tricycles. Maybe I could find some little elves to sit on them. I wondered what De Colores meant and now I know. And I am a girl who loves color, so it’s perfect. Thanks for the insight. 🙂

  9. Don’t know if you got my email yesterday, but I got all my pics up on my computer now! You really made out like a bandit this week! Those tricycles are adorable, so you, I thought. The blue cutlery was gorgeous and I don’t even care for the colored handles, usually! Loved everything, but, and you can call me crazy (many people do) my favorite are the pears! Like Debra, I’ve never been a fan of beaded fruit, but those pears have such rich colors. Beautiful! Thanks for your inspiration, as always. Dona

    1. Thanks Dona, and you’re so right about the pears. They are a beautiful color.

  10. I agree with you Tuula, the little trikes are my favourite too but the blue flatware runs a close 2nd. I have never seen anything like them either but they are definitely cool! Do you have any idea what you are going to do with them? I am still so jealous of the prices in your second hand stores. The same items would be triple in my neck of the woods.

    Good luck with next week’s hunting!


    1. Thanks Pam! I have no idea what I’m going to do with the flatware, but it’s fun to think about. And I’ll definitely share if I repurpose them in some way.

  11. Lyn Allan says:

    I like all your finds! I’d love to see those two resin flower plaques after you’ve painted them.