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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,