Finds of the Week #64: A Buck or Two

Happy Thrifty Thursday friends!

So this was a pretty cheap thrifty week for me. Everything I found was just a buck or two, and mostly a buck.

These 3 copper wall hangings were a buck a piece. I’ve seen the rooster and duck before but have never found a seashell. They’re worth between $10-$15  each.

I’m not really sure why I have a thing for copper because I’m not a huge fan of the colour orange. But I do love rusty stuff too so it’s a bit of a mystery, even to me. These will go to my etsy shop.



This $1 box of vintage dominoes will be saved for some future and as yet unknown repurposing project. Something that hasn’t already been done is bound to come to me someday. Famous last words. 🙂

The two sets of vintage brass spoons were a buck for the lot, and they have real polished stones in their handles. I’ve never seen anything quite like them, and I’m thinking they might be dessert spoons. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll be selling them or wind chiming them.



While these heavy iron curtain tiebacks are probably not vintage they were a great deal at a buck for the pair.

I’m always looking for cool odd and ends to use in repurposing projects, and you never know where the curlicue parts might end up.



This little silver tray and the rosaries will probably be repurposed into wind chime projects. They were a buck, a buck, and a buck.



This lot of miniature shoes was $2. I think they’re a resin and are probably from the 80s era. So not that old, but very pretty. Value $10-$12.

They’ll be going into my etsy shop eventually, but right now I’m enjoying them.



These 3 shoe ornaments were also in the lot. They have little hanger thingies and are marked QCOK on their bottoms. These are keepers and they’ll be hanging on my living room Christmas tree soon.

John calls it the girly tree. lol. That’s totally fine with me because I’m thrilled to have my very own girly tree.



Do you ever buy something while not knowing why?

That’s just what happened with this $1 chipmunk painted on a tree slice. Maybe I have firewood on the brain, but don’t worry… I won’t be tossing him into the wood stove any time soon.



He’s too cute!

I’m calling him Chester the Chippie, our firewood stacking mascot, and once you have a name you cannot become firewood. That’s the rule.

Doesn’t he look like a Chester?

I think I can totally relate to the chippies because we’ve all been busy getting ready for another long, snowy winter. The only difference is while they store up nuts and seeds we store up firewood, stacking the huge pile from our driveway into our portable garage. We’re almost done, thank goodness, and then we’ll be ready for whatever winter has to throw at us. But we’ll quite happily wait a while before seeing any of the white stuff.

Oh yes… and I just might be storing up a teensy weensy mother lode of silver treasures. What can I say? That helps me get through the winter too. 🙂

How do you get ready for winter?

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Those little shoes are adorable and would go perfect on my Victorian Christmas tree! I have my own girly tree too. Chester is pretty cute too! We woke up to snow this morning and I am not ready….all my garden décor and succulents are still out there! I have done nothing to get ready for winter 🙁

    1. It’s so fun to have a girly tree that to decorate just for us, isn’t it? We have another one in the family room that hubby and I do together. Somehow whenever the snow comes it always seems too early to me. 🙂

  2. This was an amazing haul! I’ve never seen any of those particular copper molds before! Those spoons are to die for….as are the shoes!! But the pick of the week is Chester. He is truly adorable. We never find such good stuff as you have!! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! Although at first I wasn’t sure why I brought Chester home I do love him. I feel pretty lucky to have such great thrift stores to shop at. I never know what I’m going to find.

  3. I’d clean those long spoons and use in ice tea for a fancy touch

    1. That’s a great idea Sherry! They are quite lovely.

  4. Mother Deer says:

    I have the same affinity for copper and love your three molds. I’ve never seen the duck or the seashell before. I have a few sets of the spoons; watch for the matching forks. Most of the ones I’ve found are solid sterling, so be sure to check yours carefully. However, what I’m most excited about is waiting to see what you’re going to do with the curtain tie-backs. I have two sets that I couldn’t pass up either, and they’re waiting for some creative inspiration…

    1. I’ve never seen spoons like this before. Mine are definitely brass. Thanks for the tip on the forks. I’ll keep an eye out for them. I have a few ideas for the curtain tiebacks. We’ll see if they work out.

  5. I Love your finds. Especially the spoons! But, please!!
    Tell me where you shop! That stuff would never go for so little in the Chicago area! Lucky you!

    1. Hi Jessie! You’re right I am lucky. I live in rural southern Ontario and the thrift stores in my area are much less expensive than in the cities. I’m always shocked by the prices when I go to even a small city. Our stores are small and they need to keep the inventory moving because they get so many donations. That keeps the prices of most stuff very reasonable and sometimes very cheap.

    1. Thanks Kris! You too. 🙂

  6. Oh Lawd…I love copper, too. And I have no idea why!

    1. Thanks Kirby! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one. 🙂

  7. You can make jewelry from the Dominos. Google it.

    1. Thanks so much Nancy! That’s a great suggestion.

  8. I love Chester and wouldn’t have left him behind either. Lots of great finds this week with tons of repurposing potential.

    1. Thanks Sharon! Chester has quickly become a favourite thing around here. We do love our wildlife.

    1. Thanks Tania! He is a sweetie.

  9. I love Chester and am so happy that he won’t be going up in flames! ☺️
    I won’t have a long winter to get thru….I’ll be lucky if I even get to wear my heavy coat.
    Last year, sweater weather was all we got. I’m envious of a snowy winter, just maybe not as long or as cold as yours, Tuula!
    Xo, T.

    1. We Canadians always complain about winter, but I’m starting to wonder if I could manage all the outside chores all year long. I’m actually looking forward to winter this year to get a break from the work. Chester and I are both pooped and need a long rest. lol.

  10. Those spoons could go either way. I’ll be watching to see what the dominoes become! Nice find on the shoes! Gee whiz, it’s so hard to think Christmas when it’s still 90 degrees here in the South & we’re in a serious drought.

    1. I hear you Florence, but Christmas is all over the thrift store right now because our Thanksgiving was last month. It tends to put me in the spirit early. I hope to get my tree up soon so I can display ornaments and projects on it. The shoes are pretty sweet!

  11. Some great finds this week, Tuula–those spoons are so fascinating. I think they’d look terrific in one of your projects, but they’d be fun to use, too. Thanks for linking up your finds with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

    1. Thanks Diana! Those spoons just might make it into a project some day.


    1. Those little shoes are sweet. I haven’t sold mine yet, but someday I probably will.