Finds of the Week #72

Happy Thrifty Tuesday friends!

The thrift stores in my wintry neck of the thrifting woods were closed between Christmas and New Year’s so I’m suffering from a bit of thrifting withdrawal, bit I did find a few cool things the week before Christmas

Vintage Hedman check protector

Like this vintage Hedman check protector. It has a lot number on the side which leads me to believe that it was sold at an auction at some point.

I found it at my local thrift store and there was a ‘Does Not Work” sign on it, but for $5 I didn’t care.


Vintage Hedman check protector

The lovely coloured numbers spoke to me and I had to bring it home.

I can think of many ways to repurpose them, but for now this very heavy conversation piece is being used as a very effective door stop.


vintage Mirro cookie press set

I made some vintage cookie press disk ornaments recently, and then I found another whole set including the original recipe booklet.


vintage red handle rolling pins

These two rolling pins with lovely red handles were just $1 each.


vintage universal juicer

This vintage Universal juicer sold shortly after I listed it in my Etsy shop. This is a much larger version than the ones I usually find and sell, but they all sell quickly for me.


vintage miniature glass Christmas ornaments

This sweet little ornament box caught my eye, and truth be told I would have bought the box because of the lovely colours and graphics even if it was empty.


vintage miniature glass Christmas ornaments

But it wasn’t.  πŸ™‚

I don’t often see sets of vintage ornaments in their original box that are all the same, so this was a lucky find… especially for 50 cents.

I’ve been collecting mini ornaments for a while now, and I just know that one day I’ll find the perfect vintage feather tree for them.


vintage plastic Cahristmas candles

The vintage plastic Christmas candles sure do bring back memories. Way back in the 80s I had one in every window of our first house. I  sold mine years ago because I started doing lights instead, but I still see these being used in windows today. These are available here and here.


vintage Santa and Mrs Claus Candle Huggers

And last but not least this pair of $1 ceramic Christmas candle huggers had to come home with me.

Aren’t they sweet?

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Mother Deer says:

    I can’t wait to see what you do with the check printer. I’m stumped on that one πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Mother Deer! The numbers will definitely be repurposed at some point. Right now it’s quite a cool door stop.

  2. Jess Gregg says:

    Haha spit my coffee out! You: would have bought the box of vintage ornaments even if it were empty… I so understand that! I have a love /hate:hoarding issue with vintage empty anything but bonus when you find a vintage so and so filled with this and that! Great finds!

    1. haha. Sorry about the coffee. πŸ™‚ That box is just so adorable.

  3. Love love love your Hedman machine! The pretty colors with the pop of red… that where you are headed with the colors in your kitchen? I’m really looking forward to seeing what you do!

    Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks Linda! Kinda sorta but not exactly. lol. Happy New Year to you!

  4. Interesting and fun finds Tuula! Love that Hedman thing…will be interested to see what you do with that. Love the rolling pins & the electric candle lights. I sold one set of those in my Etsy shop this year. They can be slow sellers, but eventually they go. Most of the time, it’s an international sale. This year I used the single ones in my windows and enjoyed the effect.

    1. Thanks Florence! The electric candles are very cool and do bring back some fond memories. The Hedman machine numbers will be repurposed some day, but for now it looks cool as a doorstop. It’s so heavy!

  5. Love the check printer and can never pass up office equipment. The vintage Christmas decorations are fun finds too. sb

    1. Thanks Sharon! I don’t see vintage office equipment here very often so I was happy to find it.

  6. Some great finds again. I would have jumped on the ornament box even if there was nothing in it. Have been looking for some but no luck. Have several of the candle lights myself and used to put them in the windows.
    Candle holders are so cute, I love the colored #’s too but don’t have a clue what you are going to do with them–can’t wait to see what their new life will be.

    1. Thanks Ronny! I guess the colours got me, and lately I’ve been attracted to things that have red as an accent. I didn’t really notice until now, but it seems to be a trend in my thrifting lately.

  7. Great finds Tuula. Love the Mrs. Claus and Santa candle holders. Too cute. Happy New Year. Have a great start to the new week.

    1. Thanks Kris! That are quite adorable. Happy New Year to you!

  8. Great and fun finds. HaHa, I had to laugh at your line about buying the Christmas ornament box even if it had been empty because of the cute graphics! You’re so funny and so many people can relate to that kind of buying. Like me! Sometimes the item is just too cute, empty or not! Have a great week and a Happy New Year. Judy

    1. So true Judy! Happy New Year to you. πŸ™‚

  9. How does that great machine protect checks?! It is cool, no matter what it does. Lots of cool stuff. Every time I find a cookie press for my shop, it sells quickly. I have never found a juicer though. It would be great dΓ©cor for a kitchen. Thrifting is so limited around here now but I did find some cool stuff at Goodwill recently.

    1. From what I’ve read this particular machine stamped the dollar amount onto a cheque with teeny tiny holes so it could not be changed. It was to help prevent against fraud. I list the juicers for top dollar so I won’t feel bad if they sell. So far they all have. It’s hard for me to keep something if it’s a good seller, but one day I just might. Thanks for the tip on the cookie press. I’ve never listed one and I have several that I could sell.

  10. I’m home now! So I won’t be so late for the party! OK, I was on the phone when I brought your blog up, so I couldn’t start reading it yet, but at my first look at the numbers, I thought “oooooh, those numbers!” I’m starting to think like you! The Mr and Mrs Santa take my prize for favorite!!

    1. Now you’re in trouble Dona, if you’re starting to think like me. lol. The Claus couple are quite adorable!

  11. Nice finds, Tuula–great idea to buy the check machine for it’s numbers. I’ve had one stored under my desk for, oh, about three years now. I pulled it out immediately to see if it had keys I could “rescue.” No such luck! It’s an entirely different design and the numbers are on the inside–bummer. Thanks for linking up your vintage finds and other posts with us at Vintage Charm πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Diana! Too bad about your check machine. I’m looking forward to some day using the numbers on mine, but right now it looks pretty cool as a door stop.