Finds Friday & What the Heck Is It?

Recently Thrifted Finds

It’s been so much fun getting out to the thrift stores again. Looking for treasures is something I really love to do, and I think I found some cool things.

When I’m at the thrift stores I’m always looking for things that catch my eye, and often that means color.

Russian Nesting Dolls

These were sitting just like this at one of my local thrift stores. I knew what three of them were, but I had no idea that the bear was the same thing because I’d never seen one like this before.

Russian Nesting Dolls lot

When I opened them up, this is what I found.

The large Russian doll set was $3, and the two small 3 pcs sets were just 50 cents each. The bear set was just a dollar. It’s so cute!

I have an idea on how to repurpose some of these, so I’m going to do some experimenting. If my idea doesn’t work, I’ll probably sell them.

In addition to color, I’m always looking for things that are unusual as well.

Vintage colorful embroidered elephants totebag

Like this vintage hand embroidered elephant tote bag. It’s both colorful and unusual.

It’s 15 1/2″ high and 14″ wide, making it a nice size.

back of vintage colorful embroidered elephants tote bag

The back is plain and it has a ten inch strap, which would make it a nice shoulder bag if someone wanted a shoulder bag.

But I do not.

When I bought it for $3 I had no intention of using it for a bag. To me it’s a work of art, and I was thinking of framing it in some way.

green, pink, and purple beaded ribbon lot

I have a thing for ribbons of all kinds, and when I can find them cheap I pick them up.

These three beaded ribbons were in a large ziplock bag for just $3.

green, pink, and purple beaded ribbons

In the bag was over 6 yards of the purple ribbon, 2 yards of the pink, and 4 yards of the green.

I have no idea what new ribbons like this sell for, so I’ll have to check it out to see how much of a deal I got.

These ribbons just might show up in projects some day.

2 handmade blue and white floral doilies

Someone put a lot of work into these hand crocheted potholders, and I bought them for just 25 cents each.

It seems that a lot of the wool/fabric arts aren’t considered monetarily valuable these days, but I have a great respect for the talent and time that goes into creating things like these and I value them for that.

red and green fringe ribbon

This vintage Christmassy red, green, and white fringed trim cost me just $4, and it was worth every penny. I unwound it and measured it, and it comes up to about 14 yards.

And then I had fun winding it around the cardboard again. Not! lol.

What the Heck Is It?

I also found something this week that I need your help with.

What the Heck Is It 1

It measures about 8 1/2″ long and has a lovely greenish wooden handle.

It was in a kitchen gadget box that I always rummage through because everything in it is 25 cents a piece. The box is usually pretty full, so you really have to look carefully.

When I first took it out of the box I thought it was going to be a veggie peeler, but I don’t see how that could work.

What the Heck Is It 3

The handle has a lovely time-worn feel in my hand. I just love patina like this on handles of vintage kitchen gadgets.

It makes me think about how many times this has done whatever it was made to do.

What the Heck Is It 2

The blade, for lack of a better word, has some ridges on it and two very small half circles.

And it’s marked with a very small Stainless Steel.

I googled kitchen gadgets, but I wasn’t able to find anything that looked like this.

What the heck is it? Any ideas?

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Maybe your gadget is a cheese slicer.Love the color…l am a“green”person.

    1. Thanks Janina! I’m not sure, but thanks for the suggestion. It is a pretty green.

  2. Purple? Did someone say purple? I’d say all that ribbon would be worth a whole lot more than you paid for it!! As for the ‘what the heck is it’…….I’m asking the same thing!!! Great collection of goodies!

  3. Wow, you found so many great things Tuula! I love the little Russian Doll set. The potholders are beautiful, I like the colors! I would agree that people don’t value these hand-crafted things so much anymore… I recently found a whole set of embroidered tea towels with cute little anthropomorphic kitchen items on them… like teapots, cups, etc. in the FREE box! I have no idea what your mystery item is but will be interested to find out!

    Happy Thrifting! Tania

    1. Thanks Tania! Wow, I would love to have found those tea towels. Quite the score to find them in a free box. I love anthropomorphic things. I have a vintage anthropomorphic radish salt & pepper set that is so cute.

  4. Tula,you hit the jackpot!!Back in the day when I worked at wal mart those ribbons were around3 dollars. U.s. a yard. It seems decorative ribbon and trims just keep going thru the roof price wise. Love the little green tool,would it be a slicer of some kind? Old kitchen utensils are fascinating. Great pick. Oh, that tote bag is glam. Wonder how long it took to do all of the front?probably couldn’t face going the back. Lol have a blessed day.

    1. Thanks Charleen! That’s what I always think about when I see any hand-crafted items. how much time and care someone put into creating the item. Hand crafted things need to be appreciated again.

  5. Karen Karsseboom says:

    I was thinking your gadget may be a cheese slicer of some sort.

    1. Thanks Karen! Thanks for the suggestion, but I can’t figure out how that would work. Maybe it’s just me. lol.

  6. I saw your gadget on ebay. She was selling three vintage kitchen things. She described two of the items but had no idea what the thing you own is used for. I had fun looking at a lot of kitchen gadgets. Hope someone figures out what you have.

    1. lol. That’s so funny, that a seller on ebay didn’t know what it was either. Thanks for trying. 🙂

  7. Hello,

    I asked my mother if she knew what your gadget may be. She said she wasn’t sure the true use but her mother used it to break up tomatoes. She would stick it in a jar of canned tomatoes and break them up instead of using her hands.

    1. Thanks Vickie! Even though I’m not sure that’s what it’s meant for, I can see how that would be a good use for it. 🙂

  8. Hi Tuula!
    I am so happy to see finds-Friday back! I love seeing what other people find! I am prone to agree with the other comments and think it is some sort of cheese slicer but we may all be wrong. I too love the ribbons with the beads and stones attached. I had purchased quite a few of them at the Dollarama about 10 years ago and I think they used to be a buck for a yard. I also like to “rescue” all of the time consuming linens, potholders and doilies that I find. I have found some real beauties over the years and I love to incorporate them into my everyday displays and I use them all the time!

    1. Thanks Pam! I’m happy to be thrifting again. I’m not sure that’s what the gadget is but thanks for the suggestion. It’s always nice to hear there are others who appreciate those handmade items. I try to use them too. 🙂

  9. Debra Hubbs says:

    Oh man I’d say huge score! Those nesting dolls are not cheap and they look like nice quality. That ribbon is so pretty! Looks like it would be a bit pricey. Great Christmas fringe. Potholders too. So the only thing i thought of was maybe like a an antique zester for citrus peels but then I was curious so googled and didn’t see anything like that that matched. I have no idea! Enjoy your finds!

  10. I always love your posts and from your thrift finds I see we have the same taste in treasures! My guess on the peeler item is that it could be horse related.We used to use a similar item when we bathed our horses.It was a gentle curry comb that removed loose hair and excess water.Just a guess!

  11. I tend to think it’s some sort of a wisk … maybe for eggs?