Finds of the Week #30

Finds of the Week is a little early this week because I didn’t quite get my project done on the weekend. John and I were busy having fun fal-la-la-ing with Christmas music while decorating two Christmas trees… and of course going out for breakfast like we love to do.

I should actually say brunch because we’re never there before 11, and this weekend we went out both days. John joked with the waitress that we do actually know how to cook. She replied, “That’s good to know, but we’re so glad you don’t want to.” lol

The thrift stores are already replacing their Christmas stuff with regular items so this week I found a bit of both, including a few things I’ve never seen in my neck of the thrifting woods before.

merry go round horese

I love these wooden merry-go-round horses because they’re so fun and colourful.

They remind me of the merry-go rounds that we saw in several neighbourhoods in Paris.


vintage resin ice bucket

This vintage faux woodgrain fibreglass resin ice bucket is mid-century. When I did some online research I came up with examples with a floral pattern on the side that were obviously from the same company, which is Owens Corning.

These resin pieces are awesome makeover candidates, especially when they have raised designs on them. The resin takes spray paint really nicely and the befores and afters are amazing.


snowflake coasters

This is a set of 16 heavy metal snowflakes. At first I didn’t know what they were, but they have little plastic beads on the bottom that makes me think they’re coasters.

art glass purse

This art glass purse is so lovely. I’ve never seen one before.

If it was pink I’d be keeping it, but since it’s not it’s in  my etsy shop.

It’s either actual Murano glass or done in the Murano glass style, and because I’m not a glass expert there’s no way for me to know for sure.

Either way it’s a beauty.


vintage ceramic girl bells

This pair of porcelain bisuqe girls are bells. One has a sweet dog at her feet and the other a cutie pie cat.

The girl with the book has her Merri-Bell tag and is Jasco from 1978. I assume the other is Jasco as well. These cuties are in my etsy shop as well.


vintage decoupaged Christmas ornaments

This vintage 10 piece decoupaged ornament set has 5 different Santa scenes.

It’s unmarked and came in its original box.


Christmas Carol ribbon

I have no idea what I’m going to do with this very wide Christmas Carol ribbon, but I’ve never seen ribbon like this before. It’s wired and has the full sheet music lyrics for Jingle bells and Silent Night.

Hopefully by next Christmas I’ll come up with an idea. lol.


vintage light reflectors

I always pick up vintage light foil reflectors when I see them. They’re great to be either sold or used in Christmas projects.

I also found a bag of the plastic bird reflectors that are usually seen on ceramic trees. I have a large version of one of these trees so now I have extras if any of the birds ever decide to fly away.


vintage rubens pony planter

This vintage ceramic Rubens rocking horse planter is so sweet, and would be adorable in a baby nursery.

It will be moseying into my etsy shop.


vintage angel cards

I found these vintage angel cards at a stall at our local flea market. They were a little more than I’d usually pay, but I fell in love with them.

I’m toying with some framing ideas because I’d love to have them up year round.


vintage jewelry jewelry case

And my favourite find of the week because it was such a pleasant surprise.. to me anyway.

Can you guess what this is?

I was attracted by the pretty embroidered embellishment on the suede, and I had no idea what it was until I picked it up… and…


suede jewelry holder 2

Voila! It’s a jewelry case! I never would have guessed that in a million years.

Is that cool or what? I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m trying to talk myself out of keeping it because I don’t really need it… but I do love it.

Depending on how this argument with myself goes it may or may not find it’s way into my etsy shop.

What cool things have you found lately?

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


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  1. You did find some different, cool stuff! Love the silver snowflakes. Maybe for a winter wind chime?! They’d really make some noise in the wind! I found a bunch of vintage bottle brush hedges of all things. They are for villages. I have to research to see if they are worth anything!

    1. Those hedges sound fabulous AnnMarie! I see a lot of bottle brush trees here, and I have a bunch, but I’ve never seen hedges. A winter wind chime is a great idea for the snowflake coasters. I might have to give that a try just to see what they sound like.

    1. I know… right? I think I’ll have to keep it until there’s no doubt that I want to sell it so I don’t regret it later. I really do love it, but if I keep it something else will have to go. I have an in and out rule for stuff.

  2. Kris@Junkchiccottage says:

    Great finds Tuula. Love the Belle Girls. Super cute. Have a great week.

    1. Thanks Kris! They are cuties. Wishing you a great week too.

  3. the ribbon I would use as a banner over a fireplace or strung from one corner of the top of a china hutch to the other! The rocking horse looks like one of the vases used in the 60’s and 70’s for flowers to give a Mom that had a new baby. I have a wood jewelry box that accords out but yours is really nice. I have 3 Christmas mice nick-nacks ; One is holding a huge walnut with red ribbon bow tied around the walnut, one has a crown and by it’s feet is a small acorn wrapped with a red bow and the other mouse has a holly berry crown and holding a gold pine cone. Then I have the snow mouse she has a beautiful light blue coat ,scarf, matching hat in blue that looks like a santa hat. mittens holding pine cone in one hand and the other hand the twig end of holly that looks like she is carrying it somewhere. They are my favorite ( child like) part of Christmas I enjoy on my mantel. Thanks for all the pictures of your finds.

    1. Wow, it sounds like you have a lot of wonderful treasures Linda, and thanks for the great ideas for the ribbon. I may just use one of them for next Christmas. Some of my vintage childhood-remembering treasures are my favourite part of Christmas too.

  4. Wonderful finds Tuula! The metal snowflakes are my favorite I think. Hope you’re having a lovely week!

    Hugs, Vicky

    1. Thanks so much Vicky! I hope your are too!

  5. Great finds Tuula–love the snow flakes and that jewelry box is really something–I’ve never seen anything like it! Merry Christmas 🙂

    1. Me either Diana! It’s really unusual. I’ve tried to research it with no luck. I think I’ll be hanging on to it for awhile. Merry Christmas to you too.

  6. Great finds Tuula, you really have a knack for finding things that are different! Hope you and John have a lovely Xmas!!!

    1. Thanks Pam! Merry Christmas to you too!