Fabulous Finds Friday

Half Price Christmas Treasures

The thrift stores here start putting Christmas stuff out pretty early.

I’m talking early November.

So by the time half price time comes along it can be pretty slim pickins, but I did still manage to find a few cool things recently.


set of straw Christmas tree ornaments

At half price this lot of handmade straw ornaments was just a dollar.

Not sure if they’re vintage or not. I don’t really know how to tell.

Are these something that crafters still make?


handmade plastic canvas Christmas tree ornaments

This lot of plastic canvas bell ornaments was just 50 cents.

I love the different red, green, and white combos.


Car with Christmas tree on hood coasters and milk botle Christmas ornaments

This set of 4 coasters was a dollar. I love the colors of the cars, and it counted as Christmas so it was half price at a dollar.

I thought these milk bottle ornaments were so cute, and they were only 50 cents.

They’re made out of some kind of ceramic material. 

I tend to switch out the living room tree theme from year to year.

This year I did the whole tree in vintage wooden handmade ornaments, but some years I do a red and green Santa-themed tree, which all these ornaments would look great on.


Now for my favorite find of the week

Vintage Made in Japan wooden snowman scene

This very vintage wooden snowman scene is definitely showing its age, but I simply couldn’t resist it!

I found it in a box of Christmas odd and ends, and it was the only thing worthy of rescuing.

It’s quite small, at only 3 inches across,


Vintage small expandable wooden snowman scene with pink house and trees

And I never would have thought when I picked it up that the base expands to almost 7 inches.

How cool is that?

The pink house definitely means it was meant for me. lol.


Vintage wooden miniature snowman scene

It’s marked Made in Japan on the bottom, and I just noticed that the blue-hatted snowman is missing an arm.

But I still love it… age and all.

I think it’s pretty amazing that this piece still exists.

I’m not sure if the candle thingy is original. It’s a little loose on what seems like a little nail.

I think it’s just as old, but it seems a little out of place.

Maybe another adorable little snowman is supposed to be in that spot.

That’s definitely it for Christmas thrifting until garage sale time comes back in May.


And now for something completely different

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I found these wooden thingies, and I have no idea what they are.

The set of three at the back was found taped together at $2 for all three, and the vintage looking one was a dollar all on its own.

I can’t resist inexpensive things, especially when I don’t know what they are, and I already have a few repurposing ideas brewing for these.

Unless they’re really worth something.

I tried to research on google and etsy, but haven’ t had any luck.


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Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Would those ‘thingies’ be something used when weaving on a loom? I really have no idea.
    Let us know when you find out. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Penny! Not sure if that’s what they are, but thanks for the suggestion.

  2. Wacky clothespins? One handed salad tongs? A set of conversation pieces? I’m out of ideas. If I ever really had one. Great finds this week! Vintage or not, the straw ornaments intrigue me. Can you imagine the work involved to make one of those? But I have to agree with you, the snowman scene takes the prize this week!

    1. Thanks Dona! Those are fun suggestions. πŸ™‚ Someone put a lot of work into those straw ornaments. They’re very cool. But yes, I love the snowman scene.

  3. Mother Deer says:

    Hair curling? Ribbon curling? Can’t wait to hear the REAL purpose πŸ˜‰

  4. Amy Davis says:

    I’m gonna say clothes pins too. lol very big odd looking clothes pin but I would like to know too when you find out! have you checked ebay or amazon? would craigslist have something like this too on it? maybe even facebook someone might can tell you what it is or twitter…. cant wait to hear what it is!

    1. Thanks Amy! I tried to research, but it’s hard to pick the right words to use when you don’t know what something is. Facebook is a good idea. πŸ™‚ I’ll be sure to share when I find out.

      1. Sharon Cross says:

        Those are glove stretchers!…You use one, to individually stretch a glove finger, before wearing the gloves!

        1. Wow! I never would have thought that. Never seen these before. Thanks Sharon!

  5. My brain went in a totally different direction. Cheater chopsticks ? I’ve seen hinged ones for those of us that aren’t coordinated enough to handle the real things…but it’s just a wild guess.
    Merry Christmas to all !!!!

    1. Diane D. Milla says:

      You’ve hit the jackpot! They are vintage glove stretchers.
      From this website: https://www.objectlessons.org/clothes-and-accessories-20th-century-to-present/gloves–stretchers-edwardian-original/s54/a1047/
      Gloves were made in a variety of fabrics but ‘kid’ was very common. Kid is very fine leather, which fits over the hands like a second skin if the gloves are well made. Glove stretchers were used to open up the fingers of gloves before they were put on. The stretchers are two strips of wood with rounded ends. They are hinged in the middle so that when the stretcher has been put into the glove-finger it can be opened up, stretching the finger out.
      Google “vintage glove stretcher”.

      1. That’s awesome Diane! Thanks for the info. I honestly learn something new every day. πŸ™‚

  6. Lyn Allan says:

    They could possibly be glove stretchers.

  7. Hi Tuula! Great finds! I found a bunch of those on eBay by searching antique wooden glove stretcher!! Woot Woot!! Do I win a prize!!?? :o)


    1. lol. Thanks Tania! I guess there is something created for almost every purpose. Never thought glove stretching would be a thing. πŸ™‚

  8. Kaye Mangin says:

    Hey Tuula, just wanted to say Merry Christmas. Hope you have a wonderful time.

  9. I agree with you, the little snowman scene is the most adorable thing I have seen in a long time! I also like the images on the coasters. It’s always nice to find homemade ornaments to add to your own. A nice xmas haul!!!

    1. Thanks Pam! There’s just something about cars with Christmas trees on them. It’s just so timeless. I think I many start to collect all kinds of things with that image. So fun!

  10. I got a set of the straw ornaments from Ikea, probably about 20 years ago. They were so light that I was able to use them to decorate my Norfolk Island Pine at Christmas. Still have some that survived my cats. What great finds,

  11. Tuula,
    Tania guessed it! Wooden glove stretchers. Found them online. I would never have guessed that! You have been busy shopping and can’t wait to see what you come up with on the glove stretchers. Happy Holidays!

  12. I also do themed trees. This year is Christmas Tree Farm! And I live on a Christmas Tree Farm.
    Last year was an arctic theme.

  13. Billie Crossman says:

    The :find of the week” Look like the clips that my Great Aunt used to keep rollers in her hair while it dried. Some were made of wood, some of bone and some of shell or Plastic .

    1. That’s very interesting Billie, but I think these might be too large for that. I appreciate the suggestion though. πŸ™‚