Finds of the Week #70

Happy Thrifty Tuesday friends!

We had some lovely snow yesterday, and it’s beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas.

Vintage gold satin ball ornaments

This was a good week for Christmas finds, but I also found a few other treasures.


Canada Clock with provincial coats of arms

This clock is dated 1992 so it’s not that old, but it’s very cool.

The Canadian in me really wants to keep it. I’ve never seen another one like it, but I might have to paint it because I’m so not a faux wood grain loving kinda gal.

Would you paint it? If so, what colour?

Painting around all those coats of arms would be quite the job, but I think it would be worth the effort. It’s not so vintage that I’d be hurting the value.


copper plates and trays

These copper plates or trays will look great as the back of garden plate flowers. I’ve always used silver ones so I think these will be nice for a change.


ceramic Santa and Mrs Claus shelf sitters

This Santa and Mrs Claus pair of ceramic shelf sitters was obviously someone’s project. They’re marked 1988 on their bottoms and whoever made these did a fabulous job.


Vintage Satin Bell Christmas Tree Ornaments

Do you remember these satin bell ornaments from the 60s? I sure do.


silk yellow ball ornaments

And these satin ball ornaments too! I remember having solid coloured red and green ones.


vintage fruit picks

This lot of vintage faux-beaded plastic fruit picks are probably from the 80s.

I’m keeping some and will be selling the rest as a lot.


vintage plastic candy garland

And a favourite find of the week are two 8 foot long vintage plastic blow mold fruit garlands in a bag for $1. Yahoo! I love them! They seem to be lightly sprinkled with some clear glitter. All the better! 🙂

They’re so fun and colourful, and remind me of a simpler time when Christmas was magical.


vintage plastic candy garland

Life savers and candy canes, but I don’t know what the third candy is supposed to be. Do you know?

I’ll be hanging onto these for a while I think… maybe a long while.

They’ll be a fabulous addition to my vintage decorated living room tree. I hope to get some good pics so I can share it with you. Our family room Christmas memory tree is already up, so one down and one to go.

We aren’t doing a lot of decorating this year because we’re keeping things simple, but I always love to decorate trees. They’re so pretty, and I could sit and just look at them for hours and hours.

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. I’d call that third candy a ‘jaw breaker’. Popular when my kids were kids….or a gum ball. Love the copper plates!!! Can’t wait to see them as whatever you make! Paint the clock? Why, pink of course! For you, that is. I’d have purple. Great finds! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! Jawbreakers… I do remember those now that you mention it. I’m quite torn about the clock so I’ll have to think about it before doing anything to it.

  2. If you plan to keep the clock, then paint it to your preference. If you plan to sell it, I think I’d leave it ‘as is’ and see what response you get from interested parties. The picture doesn’t look ‘faux’ but probably in reality it may be more than visible in a picture.

    I had those satin covered ornaments in royal blue & loved them. I think they began to unravel over time and children-helpers with tree decoration. Your picture brought back some great memories of times-past for me.

    I enjoy reading your blog, although I think this is my first-ever comment.

    1. Thanks so much Jan! That’s good advice about the clock. It’s definitely a faux wood grain so I wouldn’t feel bad about painting it, but I just have to decide if I really want to do that or not. Yes the satin ornaments do bring back memories that’s for sure. These are still in very good shape.

  3. Those satin ornaments….remember those well. In fact, I have a whole bunch of supplies to make “pearl dandies,” for which that type of ornament is required. Have you ever heard of pearl dandies? They are usually oversized ornaments & very gaudy looking in my opinion. Found the supplies at an estate sale. Trying to sell them now, but they aren’t going.

    Also remember those colorful life savers…they look so edible!

    Hmm, that clock…what color are you thinking of painting it? You know that would be one tedious job…I wouldn’t want to tackle it!

    1. I hear you on the cloak Florence. I’m wondering if the coats of arms will pop off so I can paint it. We’ll see. I have heard of pearl dandies and think they would look lovely on my living room tree, but have never gotten around to making any.Maybe some day. The life savers look even more edible in person. lol.

  4. How is everything attached to the clock? dimensional or decoupaged on? If dimensional, maybe you could mask off the centers and give the rest a coat of whitewash, wiping some off the metal? frames. Then you could add a little color of your choice.

    Love those copper plates….you really pick up some cool “stuff”

    1. Thanks Linda! They are all 3 dimensional. I think the coats of arms and the metal number thingy are glued on. I’m going to try to figure out if I can pop them off before painting, if I decided to paint that is. Still have to think about that.

  5. If the clock was mine, I’d remove all the coats of arms and use them individually for so many other ideas. Then I’d paint the rest of the clock – adding some of those wonderful Iron Orchid molds prior to painting. Those coats of arms really are wasted on the clock. So many goodies that could find so many other purposes.

    1. Thanks for the great suggestion Ruth! I never even thought about removing the coats of arms permanently and repurposing them. Considering how much I love to repurpose things that’s a natural. Shame on me for not thinking of that myself. lol. But thanks so much to you. If I decide not to keep the clock that’s probably what I’ll do. So many possibilities!

  6. If you’re going to paint the clock I think it would look very handsome in a glossy black. It would really make the medallions pop. Plus it looks like the edges of the medallions are already black so that would make your paint job a little easier.

    1. That’s a great idea Lori. The edges of the coats of arms are black, and so is the side of the clock. It would definitely make it easier to paint. I’ll have to really think about that.

  7. My mom had those silk ball ornaments. Can’t say that I kept any of them though. Not sure about that clock. Perhaps you can remove the hands before painting. I know you can buy clock pieces at the craft store in case you hurt the hands by removing them. I need to look into it for a project of mine. If I find out anything I’ll let you know. Xo kathleen

    1. Thanks Kathleen! The hands on this clock aren’t really a problem because they are quite easy to remove. The coats of arms? Now that’s another story. We’ll see what happens with those. Looking forward to seeing your clock project.

  8. I remember the satin ornaments and see them often at the thrift store. The candy garland is very cool snd I haven’t seen any in a long time. The clock is so unique I would have bought it too.

    1. Thanks Sharon! I just love thrifting this time of year. I never know what I’m going to find.