Finds of the Week #57

Happy Thursday friends!

I hope your week is going well.

We’re in the middle of a mini heatwave right now, hot and oh so very very humid, but thankfully it promises to be more normal by the weekend so I’m so looking forward to being able to work in my air conditioner-less craft studio without melting.

I did find a few cool things this week at my regular thrifting haunts.

miniature brass bells

Like this sweet lot of miniature brass bells.

They all have their ringers and are available here.


vintage stencil books

I found these two stencilling books for $1 a piece, and I’ll be keeping them for reference and for possible future projects.

The Border book is from 1982, and the Early American book is from 1975.

I did a lot of stenciling in my decor way back in the 80s and 90s. I had a thing for hearts back then.  I still love hearts, but just not all over my kitchen cupboards. lol.


vintage early American stencils

I especially love the Early American book.

The designs in both books are printed on durable stencil manila paper. Back in the day you’d wipe the stencil paper on both sides with a rag soaked with a 50% boiled linseed oil/50% turpentine combo, which was supposed to make it extremely durable and waterproof after it was hung to dry.

Yikes! I never did that and I’m so not doing that now. I’ll just trace any designs I use onto plastic and cut that out like I used to. No muss, no fuss.


Wilton Care Bear Cake pan

Isn’t this large Wilton Care Bear cake pan a cutie? It’s available here.


accordion coat rack, rolling pin, flat metal grater

I’m always happy to find another wooden rolling pin for my collection , and I’ll pick up flat metal graters for repurposing whenever I seen them for a good price.

I haven’t yet decided if the vintage wooden accordion coat rack is a keep or a sell.


black and white log cabin framed drawing

These two 8″ x 6″ black and white vintage log cabin drawings aren’t really a set because the wooden frames are slightly different, but they’re about the same size and done by the same artist, J. Sinnige, who I’ve been unable to find anything about in my research.

These two are keepers for now, but we never know what the future holds.


black and white log cabin framed drawing

While this log cabin looks pretty perfect…


black and white log cabin framed drawing

…I have a real soft spot for old places like this one that just need a little love.

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. I have both those stencil books from the 80’s when I stenciled my whole house! I actually used the leaf design you have the page open to, in my dining room. I used to trace them onto mylar and then hand cut them out. The accordion peg racks are a good seller in my shop so I always grab one when I see them. Those log cabin pictures are precious! I can see them hanging in my future dream log cabin home!

    1. Me too AnnMarie! I’d love to have a little log cabin in the woods. I’ve never listed a peg rack in my shop so I think I’ll see if this one sells. If it doesn’t I’ll just keep it. There are so many uses for them. I used mylar for my stencils too. It was very easy to cut through and lasted. I had stenciling everywhere and I loved it then. I would like to try my hand at it again, but with a little more subtlety… if that’s even possible for me. lol.

  2. I have to say the pictures are my fave this week. I could live in either of those places! Nice haul again this week, girl! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona. I think I could live in the perfect one while I fixed up the old one. Sounds like a good plan to me.

  3. Love when Thursday rolls around and I find “your finds” in my inbox! Our tastes are so similar, but we are miles apart…. I live in S Florida where it’s always hot….or hotter! I don’t have a website or blog, but I’d love to send you a picture of how I repurposed a vintage rolling pin. Also, I’ve been painting and decorating hubcaps as fence art….they always put a smile on my face when I look out and see them!

    1. Hi Linda. I’d love to see your repurposed rolling pin project. You can email me at
      I have a bunch of ideas that I’m working on for my growing collection of 15 wooden rolling pins, some vintage.
      Hub cap art sounds like such fun! 🙂

  4. Diane Omolino says:

    what type of thrifty shop places to you go to that you find things like those adorable little bells? Do you
    mainly shop the little thrift stores in your area or the Salvation Army/Rescue Mission/Goodwill larger
    stores? I never seem to find the really unique things you do.

    1. Hi Diane. I live in the country boonies with 6 or 7 small towns within a 20 minute drive. I find the small independent thrift shops in my area are the best because they price things low to keep things moving. I frequent one thrift shop every day on my lunch hour because it’s in the town where I work, and there is always new stuff… every single day. Whenever I travel to a larger town or city I’m always shocked and disappointed by the prices. I think I’m a little spoiled here.

  5. Tulla those bells are adorable. It is still hot here in Chicago area but they are saying it will be dropping to the 70’s and feel more like September here. I am a summer girl but am looking forward to the cooler temps.
    Have a great week.

    1. Aren’t they sweet? I won’t be disappointed too much if they don’t sell. They might just find themselves in a future project. I hope you have a lovely cool weekend Kris. 🙂

  6. I have an identical metal graterI have used for over 35 years. Ive bought newer fancier graters but this is the one I use everyday!

    1. Hi Julie, Isn’t that just the way? I think many of the things they made back then are still the best. I find that new and improved isn’t really always new and improved at all.

    1. Thanks Sharon. I love them too.

  7. Nice finds, Tuula–I especially enjoyed the cabin drawings. Hope you’re able to find out some more info 🙂 Thanks for linking up your finds with us at Vintage Charm!