Fabulous Finds Friday

Sometimes things speak to you in ways you don’t even understand.

They call to you from across the thrift store, saying… “Take me home. Take me home.”

Now, someone much stronger than myself might be able to resist that call.

But what can I say?

Sometimes the beauty of things I don’t need weakens my resolve to buy less.

handmade paper photo album with red paper roses on cover

That’s exactly what happened when I saw this, propped up on a table against a wall.

I was waaaay on the other side of the store, but the flowers stood out like the beauties that they are.

And I quickly made my way to find out what the heck it was.


inside pages of handmade paper photo album

What a surprise it was to find that it was a very beautiful photo album, created using what looks and feels like handmade paper.

Does anyone even use photo albums anymore?


handmade paper photo album box

It came in this lovely textured box. 

For just $2.

Now can you blame me for bringing it home? lol.


handmade paper photo album with jute twine clasps

I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

The front and back covers feel like handmade paper too, and the rope and twig closures are super sweet.

I love little details like that.

I’m pretty sure I won’t be using it as a photo album, but all of the parts could be repurposed in many different ways.


collection of vintage silver plate butter knives

If you’ve been around awhile you know that I used to create and sell wind chimes, mainly ones using silver plated cutlery as the chimes.

I really enjoyed making them, and when I retire from my day job I plan to start again… so I pick up supplies when I see them at crazy prices.

Rarely do I find pretty butter knives at all, let alone in a bunch.

These were displayed in a rather plain looking mug and priced at 25 cents a piece.

I took all they had.


thrifted craft supplies including lace, beading, ribbons

In my neck of the woods the closest craft store is about an hour away, which is probably a blessing to my bank account.

That leaves me to find most of my supplies at thrift stores.

So whenever I see bags of things for a buck or two they have to come home with me.

Laces, ribbons, and bead garlands are things you don’t know you need until you actually need them.

And it’s nice to have as assortment to choose from.


2 enamel plates outlined in red and vintage French bundt pan

I’ve always had a thing for vintage kitchenware and bakeware, and I find both hard to pass up.

These two red-rimmed enamel plates were just $1 each, and the very vintage fluted bundt pan was an amazing $2.

I actually couldn’t believe that crazy price.

Sometimes thrift stores have no idea what they have.


exterior of vintage French bundt pan with etched design

Check out the fabulous embossed pattern. When I saw that I knew it was something special.

My research tells me that it’s probably French, and from around the 1930s.

There’s a lot of history in this amazing piece of bakeware.

How many treats were baked in this beauty over the years?

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Jean Miller says:

    Tuula – Please keep going with your great ideas. I just love your site and yes I have copied some of your projects !!

    1. That’s so wonderful to hear Jean! I’m so happy that some of my projects have inspired you. 🙂

  2. Great finds as usual Tuula! I have 4 craft stores in close proximity to me but I still prefer to get my supplies at the thrift stores! It’s cheaper and you can find such unique stuff!


    1. Thanks Tania! Thrift stores are so much better because I often find things in bulk, which makes it so much cheaper.

  3. You were really able to load up this week! Whoever got rid of the photo album really lost a treasure. Nice that someone who appreciates it got it! And lots of crafty supplies! Was surprised to read in your description of the butter knives that you don’t make chimes any more! I truly love mine! That bundt pan is amazing! Didn’t look like much sitting in front of the plates, but when you turned it over! Wow! I’ve never seen anything like it! So for me, the photo album and the bundt pan tie for first place this week! Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks Dona! I’m happy to hear that you still love your wind chime, and I hope Owlivia is doing well too. There’s just not enough time to do everything I want to do so I gave it up, temporarily. One day I will definitely be creating them again and reopen my etsy shop. Probably not for a few years, but it’s something to look forward to.

  4. mary bernard says:

    So happy to see you in my inbox today!

  5. Tuula,

    Ditto what Jean Miller said…..keep up the good work!

  6. Debra Hubbs says:

    Great finds! That bundt pan is amazing!