Finds of the Week #26


This week’s finds are pretty much everything this girl needs to have a very happy week of thrifting.

Irish Flowers Tea Towel

I love flowers so this vintage linen Wild Irish Flower tea towel was a no doubter. I’d love to frame it someday, when I find the perfect frame for it.


Floral Coasters

And these vintage Pimpernel floral coasters are so pretty. They came in the original box.


Music Books

And this girl can never have enough vintage music for projects.


The Life and Works of Robert Burns

And I’m always in the mood to rescue an antique book, even if it’s old and tattered.

Especially if it’s having a bad repair day, and it’s only $1.


The Life and Works of Robert Burns

These books need me, and I’m afraid no one else will take them home.

They deserve to still exist in this world… tape or no tape.


The Life and Works of Robert Burns

I love it when old books are signed. Too bad there’s no date though.

Newton Grange is a former mining town in Midlothian, Scotland. It’s now home to the National Mining Museum.


The Life and Works of Robert Burns

This book has no publishing date but my online research tells me that the author Allan Cunningham lived from 1784 to 1842, but this book also shows up with a date of 1859.

Either way it’s very, very old, and most definitely a keeper.


Vintage pliers and wrenches

Like these vintage tools, which this girl can never have enough of… pliers and wrenches and…



Vintage Drill Bits

drill bits… oh my!

They all make this girl’s heart happy. The drill bits are so sculptural!

It’s hard to tell in the pic but the bits range from about 8 to 10 inches in length. I actually have 12 but one was camera shy.


Vintage Drill Press

And doesn’t every girl need a vintage hand drill?

Well you definitely do if you have a collection of vintage drill bits.


3 iron thingies 2

Not sure if this girl needs these or not, but I can’t resist rusty iron thingies.

These look like some kind of yoke or carrying device, or maybe part of some kind of harness. Honestly, I’m really not sure what they are.

Any ideas? What would you use them for?

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.


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  1. You had a fantastic week of finds, didn’t you? Those coasters! And that towel! I have a similar one, that has an Irish song on it. Also want to frame it. The book is priceless. The music? I actually had one of those myself…the “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” one. I sang and played the flute (uh, not at the same time) and had a dad who would encourage me with any sheet music I wanted. But, in saving the best for last….those drills!!! They scream REPURPOSE ME!!! I know you can hear them, too. Way to go, girl!! Dona

    1. Some week are like that Dona, a lot of finds one week and just a couple the next. The book is really special to me. I have a thing for antique books. The drill bits are a favourite find, and I have a couple of ideas for them. We’ll see what happens.

  2. Kris@Junkchiccottage says:

    Great finds Tuula. Those iron thingy’s wow what will you with those? Can’t wait to see.

    1. Thanks Kris! Right now I have absolutely no idea. lol.

  3. The tools and drill bits and iron thingys are my favorite and I am sure you are going to do something fabulous with them!! Great finds this week!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I hope you’re right. The iron thingys have me a little stumped, but I’m thinkin on it.

  4. Prairie Kari says:

    I like your hand drill – I have one too and plan to teach my young nephew some wood working using this manual drill- much safer in my books. Speaking of what a find with that old book! The irony thingies in the last picture are horse bits from a harness or bridle. The straight part goes in the horses mouth and leather attaches to both rings for the headstall and reins. Other than rusty relics hanging from the wall, I have not seen the straight bit style repurposed into anything other than a hand towel, scarf or belt holder. My house is horse themed so I can’t wait to see what you do with these!

    1. Thanks for the info on the iron thingies. I really wasn’t sure, but thought they were really cool. I’ve never seen them repurposed at all. I thought of a towel holder, but not the belt thing. I’ll have to think on these for a while. A hand drill is a great tool for teaching your nephew. I like to get back to the old fashioned way of doing things sometimes too. It can be fun.

  5. The book! The handwriting is really, really old! The iron thingies! They scream equestrian to me, although I know that’s not your vibe. YOu’ll come up with some crazy clever idea, I know it. πŸ˜‰ xo, T.

    1. I thought the writing was old too Tina, and I’m a sucker for antique literature. You’re right, I’m so not the equestrian type, but I love these iron thingies. My brain is workin on it.

    1. Thanks Annie! It’s good to know what they are. Now I just have to figure out how to repurpose them. πŸ™‚

  6. You sure had another great junking adventure. Love those big bits and the other cool old rusty stuff. Tattered old books really do deserve to exist in this world. Thanks, Tuula, for sharing at VIParty.

    1. Thanks Betsy! Some weeks are a junkin feast, and others are famine. lol. That’s just the way it goes. I always love me an antique book.

  7. Great finds this week, Tuula. I’ve fallen in love with the inscription on the Robert Burns book! Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm πŸ™‚

    1. Me too Diana! It’s always kinda special when a book is signed in some way. Makes it mean more that someone treasured it long before me.

  8. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    The “thingies” are horse bits. Our oldest daughter collected them when she was in 4-H and showed horsed as a project. I have a box of various sizes & styles. Intended to make a collage of them on a wall, but never got it done…yet. Not sure just where to hang them…yet. I have seen them used as towel holders. Will let you know how I decided to use mine. Am looking fwd. to learning ideas from you & sharing some of mine with you. Linda Lu

    1. Thanks Linda! I’m still trying to decide what to do with mine. I think they’re very cool and I hope to come up with a unique way to repurpose them.