Finds of the Week #33, Love, Need, or Sell

I’ve decided that from now on whenever I see anything cool at the thrift stores I’m going to ask myself the three questions that I used when purging my craft room.

Do I love it? Do I need it? Can I sell it?

To buy an item at least one of these questions has to be a yes, and two is even better. This seems to be working for me because I’m bringing home the best stuff.. for me anyway.

Vintage Wooden Accordion Sewing Box

This mid-century sewing box is an easy yes to love and need.

Funny, but I didn’t even notice that one of the accordion hinges needs a screw replaced until I saw this pic. I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep the wood as is. It’s a little worn on the outside but other than that it’s in great shape, and I think it’s best to keep the original finish in case I decide to sell it some day down the road.


vintage accordion wooden sewing box

It stretches about 54″ wide when fully opened. Leo was quite impressed.

Since I’m not much of a sewer, except the odd project here and there (and I do mean odd, lol), I’ll be repurposing it in my craft room for other things.


tealight tree

This tealight tree is a love for what I think it can be… and a need, as in I need to take it apart as soon as possible and do that project.

I knew what this could be as soon as I saw it, and that’s why I bought it for $1.

I’m really trying to stay away from the “I’m sure I can do something with that someday” conversation that I used to have with myself before I’d buy something that I didn’t really need, and the simple truth is I have more than enough someday treasures already.

From now on Someday treasures are going to have to be really super fabulous for me to bring them home.


silver gravy boat

This 3-footed medieval looking silver plated gravy boat is a love and a sell . It’s marked EPM with a castle motif. My research tells me that it’s a vintage reproduction by Corbell & Company from the 60s or 70s of a 19th century design. It’s very ornate and heavy

The handle looks like a dragon to me, but I suppose it could be a bird of prey. Whichever it is, it’s kinda scary looking.


ceramic steins 1

These two ceramic steins are a sell. They’re quite detailed and the car one is marked on the bottom To Papa, from Andi, Dec. 84.


ceramic steins 2

I don’t love them because they’re not really my thing, but I do think they’re pretty cool. I think I can sell these in my etsy shop.


antique Dickens books

And lastly, I can’t leave any antique books of literature behind. They have to come home with me, and lately my local thrift store has been having more than usual. These two by Charles Dickens were $1 each.

The bottom book published in 1875 is called Drawn from Life Sketches, Young Ladies, Young Gentleman, Young Couples. There are several stories in each ‘Young’ section such as The Romantic Young Lady, The Stupid Young Lady (I kid you not), The Military Young Gentleman, The Bashful Young Gentleman, The Egotistical Couple, and The Cool Couple… just to name a few. I think this will make for some interesting reading.

The Martin Chuzzlewit volume is signed inside the cover by Lorene Jackson, Sept. 1934, but I’m sure it’s even older than that.

For me antique books like these are always a definite love and a definite need… and never ever a sell.

Well that’s it for this week. Did you find any  love, need, or sell items this week?

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


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  1. CINNY KOLESAR says:


    1. Hey Cinny. I haven’t seen any, but I’m still keeping my eyes open for you. If I ever find something I’ll be sure to let you know.

  2. Love your new mantra and love your finds! I’ve missed you over at “Let’s Talk Vintage!” I also found a sewing stand like yours and I have it filled with sewing things… but I hardly ever sew! Maybe I should repurpose for all my little crafty doo dads. 🙂 Great post and your blog looks great!

    1. Thanks Jill! It’s taken a little while to get used to WP, but I’m loving it now. I’m not a sewer myself either but it does make for great storage, and I need all that I can get.

  3. I just recently found your blog–must say I love it. I love different things as you do. I’ve never really done thrift shopping, but come spring I see myself doing alot of it. I’m the type if I like it I get it. I’m so glad I found your site.
    Thanks for the smiles

    1. Thank you so much Kathy! I’m so glad you found my site too. Thrifting is very addictive… so be prepared. There’s nothing like finding a treasure and saving money at the same time. Plus keeping things out of the landfills is always a good thing. 🙂

  4. Great idea to take those questions with you while picking. I have to remember that too! Love those vintage books!! The other things are really interesting. Looking forward to what you’ll do with the tea light tree.

    1. I just hope I can stick to those questions. Some things can be so tempting. lol. The tea light tree project will be coming soon.

  5. distresseddonna says:

    Hey, I agree with each of your decisions. Love those books!

    1. Thanks Donna! All the old books I’ve been getting lately have come from the same thrift shop. I think they keep putting them out because I keep buying them. It works for me.

  6. Love, need, sell……I’m going to adopt these words, too! Those books are the pick of the day, though! Nice finds, all of it! Dona

    1. Thanks so much Dona! I can never resist an old book especially if their signed and dated. I just think that’s so cool.

  7. I try to ask myself those same questions, but sometimes they don’t get answered and I buy anyway. Love your new treasures and I’m sure you’ll do something amazing with them. Thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town.

    1. haha. I can relate to the Betsy although I’m trying to not let that happen to me anymore. We’ll see how long it lasts. lol.

  8. Those questions need to be answered by me every time I go into a thrift store. I’m a littler better than now than I used to be but …….. still buy too much.

    1. I’m getting better too. I have no choice because I only have so much room. We do have an unfinished empty old house attic but I’m so not going there. The more space I have the more treasures I’ll bring home. lol. I know myself. I need to force myself to work with the space that I have.

  9. More great finds. That is a cupcake stand, not a tea light stand. I’m intrigued what your plans are for that. I LOVE the gravy boat! That’s very cool.

    1. Thanks Sheila! Those must be very cute and tiny cupcakes. lol. But I have seen some small ones that are quite adorable. I’m working on that project now. Hope to post it soon.

  10. Good morning! I wonder if that item you call a tea light tree is actually that. It looks very similar to an Easter egg try I used to own. Mine only had space for a dozen eggs but it looked identical.

    1. Thanks very interesting Debbie! Another reader thought it was a mini cupcake tree. There are 24 spots on this one and tealights do fit in it quite nicely, but I can see how it would fit Easter eggs too.