Finds of the Week #71

Happy Thrifty Tuesday friends!

Have you ever found something that you thought might really be something only to find out that it’s not the something that you thought it might be?

It happens to every thrifter from time to time I’m sure, and it happened to me this past week.

pewtarex kitchen utensils


I found this set of large and heavy pewter kitchen utensils and I loved the look of them.

They were bound together with elastics in the 25 cent gadget bin, and for that almost free price it would have been crazy not to bring them home.

Am I right or am I right?


pewtarex kitchen utensil set

When I got home I saw that they were marked Pewtarex, and on one of them you can also see the mark York, PA.

Research online was quite easy and even though these are very nice pieces… they are reproductions made by a company in, you guessed it, York, Pennsylvania.

The only piece I could find on the company web site was the middle ladle thingy, and it was priced at $14 U.S. I imagine the other 2 pieces would retail around there too. So even though they weren’t what I was hoping for I did do quite well for my 25 cent investment.


vintage brass cat trivet

This $1 brass cat trivet is quite heavy, and will be a keeper for a while.


twig box

I really loved the look of this twig wooden box.

It’s quite tall at about 14″ and looks quite aged, but I suspect it’s not quite as old as it looks.

But I do love it anyway.


man and woman Christmas carollers

The thrift stores in my area seem to be winding down their Christmas stuff, but I did manage to find a few cool things.

Like this pair of 10″ tall Christmas carollers.


vintage miniature glass Christmas ornaments

I have a stash of small and miniature glass Christmas tree ornaments to use in projects like tart tin ornaments and jello mold ornaments… and whatever I might think of in the future.

I love the long necks on the tiny ones.


vintage miniature glass Christmas bell ornaments

Love these miniature glass bell ornaments. They’re only about an inch tall including the plastic caps.

I think I’m going to be on the look out for a vintage feather tree for all my mini ornaments. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find one for next year.

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. SARAH PORTER says:

    I think the 14″ tall twig box might be for a bottle of wine. Just guessing.

    1. Thanks Sarah. That makes sense. It is the perfect size for a bottle.

  2. Great finds again!! Those small ornaments with the long necks are adorable……the long necks are so interesting. Wonder what they looked like when they had the top on to hang them from? Looks like I`ll be doing some thrifting after Christmas! Our friends from England are here and we always have a day of thrift shops! In case I don`t get to be on here again this week, let me wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! You bring a lot of joy to this ol` gal! Dona

    1. Thanks so much Dona! The long necked mini ornaments were made without caps I believe. I think they may be mercury glass. I’ve seen some for sale on etsy. I wish you a wonderful Christmas Dona. Your comments bring a lot of joy to this ol’ gal. 🙂

  3. Good finds, but the kitty trivet wins for me! Even if I didn’t use as a trivet, it would sit on a shelf or hang in my kitchen. Might look real good with the aqua/turquoise in your new kitchen!

    Have a wonderful, simple Christmas with those you love including those furry kids!
    And a healthy, happy New Year full of great thrifting!

    1. Thanks Linda! The kitty trivet is a favourite find. It has some lovely patina to it. I wish you a very Merry Christmas too, and all the best in the new year. 🙂

  4. Rowena Fengel says:

    Yep. Commenter above is correct… have a wine box from the late 80″s but it is nice nonetheless. Love the carolers!!!

    1. Thanks Rowena! The carolers are quite nice. I’ve seen a few at the thrift stores this year. The twig wine box is quite nice even thought it’s not old.

  5. Well, I still think those are cool looking and even if I had known that they were newer I still would have bought them!


    1. Thanks Tania! I agree they are still pretty cool.

    1. Thanks Kris! Merry Christmas to you. 🙂

    1. Thanks Florence! I haven’t see one like that either. I find the coolest stuff in the 25 cent bin.

  6. Oh, I have that happen to me more often than I care to admit! I have lots of “these will be great to sell!” items in my back room, not listed, waiting for me to do something with them. I know you will find something great to do with your reproduction utensils! Love the kitty, carolers and bulbs. The twig box looks 80ish to me and it is unique.

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I’m so glad it’s not just me. They are still pretty cool though. I’m behind with getting things listed too. I hope to catch up after the holidays when things slow down. The twig box is kinda neat looking and will be around for a little while.