Finds of the Week #28 – More Christmas

Last Saturday John covered a Christmas Parade in the small town of Markdale, Ontario.

I haven’t been to Markdale in a long time so I went along for some Christmas fun, and to see what treasures I could find after we enjoyed the parade.

santa in Markdale parade

Instead of reindeer Santa’s sleigh was pulled by two horses. Aren’t they gorgeous?

I wasn’t disappointed, by the parade or by the thrifting.


red glass birds 1

I found this fabulous set of 6 vintage red mercury clip-on glass birds with gold glitter wings and real feather tails.


red glass birds 2

They also have gold eyes and beaks.

My research tells me that the double footed (springed) birds are more difficult to come by, and I found a set of six.

Woo hoo!

They have a kind of burgundyish look to them so I think they’ll work on my pink themed living room tree.

We’ll see.


cat in slipper ornament 1

At the same little shop I found this sweet little glass ornament with a kitten sitting in a shoe.

It’s so adorable that I couldn’t resist, and all cat ornaments are keepers.


east germany glass 1

And these fabulous vintage indented ornaments are marked East Germany on their caps. The colours are amazing! The orange one is kinda cool because I don’t think you see that colour very often.

I’ll be definitely keeping the pink ones and the others will probably end up in my etsy shop.

That’s it for parade day, but I did find a few other things at my regular thrifting haunts for my etsy shop.


Glass Santa Lot

Like this set of vintage blown glass Santas or Father Christmasses. Their caps are marked Colombia.


glass teardrop lot 1

And these glass teardrop ornaments didn’t make it into my shop before posting time, but will be going there.


blue delft houses

And I found this fabulous set of 3 Blue Delft townhouses.

This is a set of 3 Blue Delft KLM miniature townhouse bottles. These houses, containing Dutch young jenever ( a type of gin), were presented to KLM flight travelers in business class. Two of them have unbroken seals and I can hear that there’s still some liquid inside them.

Each house in numbered and the latest is #96, introduced this year, celebrating KLM’s 96th anniversary. This lot includes #’s 74, 66, and 53.


blue delft houses 5

They’re all marked on their bottoms.


Scooby Doo ornaments

And who doesn’t remember Scooby Doo?

I just put this 7 ornament lot into my etsy shop and it already sold within hours.

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


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  1. Oh wow, I want to thrift where you thrift! All of those ornaments are so special and real keepers. As soon as I saw the Scooby Doo ornaments I was gonna go to your shop and get them for my husband, until I read that they are sold! Not surprised! Very nice treasure hunting day!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! Sorry about the The Scooby Doo ornaments. They sold within hours. I had no idea they would go that quickly. If I ever find more I’ll be sure to let you know. I couldn’t believe my luck this past week. I did have to look through a lot of crappy Christmas stuff to find the good stuff though, but it was worth it.

  2. Gail @Purple Hues and Me says:

    Wow! It’s almost unbelievable that you’re finding these wonderful vintage ornaments. Your thrift shop carries some amazing pieces!

    1. Thanks Gail! I have a few regular places where I go. They always have loads of Christmas stuff, but you really have to look to find the good vintage stuff.

  3. Everything is so special! But I’m really taken with the blue Delft houses! Another blog I follow was just showing how she decorated this year and she had those same homes! They really caught my eye! It was fun to hear more about them. Oh, and funny coincidence….I think she’s in Canada too! You guys must have fertile grounds for thrifting, cuz you always find such good stuff! Thanks again for a delightful post! Dona

    1. When I picked up the houses I had no idea what they were. I just thought they were cool. I did the research and that make them even more interesting. I think you’ve mentioned that you follow another Canadian blogger before. What blog is that? I think I’d like to check it out.

      1. This one is called Woods of Bell Trees.

        1. Thanks Dona. I’ll check it out when I get a chance.

  4. Vintage ornament LOVE!! Thanks, Tuula, for sharing your beautiful ornaments at VIParty.

    1. Thanks Betsy! I was very lucky with my ornament finds this week.

  5. Great finds Tuula! Those little birds are so sweet! The kitten is too. You found some nice ornaments. I rarely see any around here. Hope your week has been a good one! Tomorrow is Friday….Yippeee!

    1. Thanks Vicky! I love finding vintage ornaments, some to keep and others to pass on to new owners through my etsy shop. They deserve to find homes on future Christmas trees.

  6. All those older ornaments remind me so much of decorations we had on our tree in Cleveland when I was very young. We left Cleveland, OH when I was 10 yrs. old to move to Tucson, AZ. I can see those ornaments on our tree like it was yesterday. It’s funny how as have grown older those memories are even more vivid. I was born in 1940 and we left Cleveland in 1950 as my brother had asthma really bad.He’s exactly 5 yrs. older than I am but we were same size, looked like twins then. Not too long after we arrived in Tucson he shot up to size appropriate for 15 yr. old boy.
    How I’d love to have some of your vintage find ornaments, they are spectacular. Lucky girl.
    Enjoy it all,.Happy Christmas season

    1. Yes, vintage ornaments do bring back memories for me too. I remember having clip on birds on my childhood tree, and glass Santas too, but not exactly the same as the ones I found. If you’re interested you can always check out my etsy shop. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

  7. What a fun day, Tuula 🙂 So many Christmas ornaments! Love those blue delft bottles–a really interesting find–

    1. Thanks Diana! The delft bottles just sold in my etsy shop. I didn’t even know what they were when I bought them. I just thought they were cool. Google is awesome for research.

    2. PS Thanks for linking your post at Vintage Charm 🙂

      1. It’s always a pleasure to join the party Diana!

  8. distresseddonna says:

    The kitty in a shoe is my favorite. Love the delft bottles. What a great bunch of finds. Around here we are overwhelmed by fake furniture!

    1. Kitty ornaments re keepers here, and this one is pretty sweet. Fake furniture? I’ll have to wait and see what you mean.

  9. Tuula, old ornaments are just the BEST! It’s so fun to treasure hunt in quaint small towns–I happen to live in one 😉 Thank you for sharing @A Very Thrifty Christmas!

    1. Me too Cecilia! Well near anyway because I live in the countryside, but I have all the small towns around me to thrift in.