Finds of the Week #74

Happy Thrifty Tuesday friends!

On Saturday I took a break from the kitchen makeover and John and I went out to brunch and, of course, that meant a little thrifting afterwards.

Antique Oliver Twist book

I collect, or should I say rescue, old books and I found this very old undated Oliver Twist for 50 cents. I’ve heard that some thrift stores throw out old books if they don’t sell after a certain time frame so I can’t leave any classic literature behind.

The Music Lessons in Your Own Home book was also 50 cents and it’s dated 1922. It’s just what is says… a guide to teaching music in your own home. I love the graphic on the front!


silver cream and sugar sets

I’m always on the look out for silver creamers and sugar bowls for making wind chimes. Sometimes trays just come along with them as a bonus. These cream and sugar sets were $2 a piece, and the small round trays were 50 cents each.

Silver plate pieces are not highly sought after in my neck of the thrifting woods. That just means more for me!


silver cream and sugar set and mini crystal salt and pepper

This 3 piece set cost me $5, but I loved the scalloped edge. They’ll make very pretty chimes.

The crystal mini salt and pepper set with silver tops will be added to my collection.


set of Corelle dishes

I’ve been looking for new everyday dishes for ages and I finally found this set, which will go perfectly in my aqua and red kitchen makeover. It’s Corelle and cost me $8. It was originaly 30 pieces, but someone had already bought the 8 soup bowls separately.

I have to admit I was a little bummed about that, but at least the price was down from $10. I’ll just look for some white bowls until I find some to match, which may never happen but that’s OK. I was fine with there being no tea cups because we never use them anyway. The small plates can easily be used for desserts.


set of 4 blue and white wall plaques

I found this set of four wooden wall plaques for $2. They’re unmarked and definitely vintage, probably from the 60 or 70s. I think they’ll look awesome in my new kitchen.

They remind me a bit of transferware china. I wish they were red instead of blue, but thrifters can’t be choosers. 🙂

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. maybe you could find some red or blue bowls. Maybe Fiestaware. That would add a spark to the set.

    1. I love Fiestaware, but I haven’t seen too much of it around here. Then again I haven’t specifically been looking for it either. I think I’ll start and see what I can find. Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    My thought as Dayna mentioned; Get solid red bowls or red bowls with white polka dots. The red would really give it a pop of color.
    You got some wonderful finds and at great bargains.

    1. Thanks Colleen. Both solid red or polka dot bowls would be such a fun addition. Great suggestions!

  3. Oh! I was thinking the same as Dayna! A solid color that matches…..and Fiestaware is a wonderful choice! Love all your finds….the books are probably my favorite. Love that the plaques are ‘vintage from the 60’s’….I graduated high school in 64, so I think that definitely makes me vintage!! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! I do love Fiestaware and think it’s a good choice. Hubby and I are both big readers, and there’s just something about old books. I graduated in 79 so I guess that makes me retro. lol.

  4. Love the silver plate pieces! Isn’t it funny…someone probably paid big bucks for that in the past & now it’s in the thrift store! Love it when they’re ornate too. I’m doing a post tomorrow on repurposing them another way.
    I’m like you…love the old books…can’t resist them either, but I try since they don’t sell very often.
    The little plaques will look great in your kitchen.

    1. Thanks Florence! I’ve never tried to sell old books, but I can see why they wouldn’t be big sellers. Not everyone is into reading actual books anymore, but for me it’s still the only way.

  5. Those wooden plaques look like that Homestead series. Currierand Ives put one out. I have a couple of those and then 3 that are unsigned like yours. They remind me of Johnson Brothers Friendly Village china. Homey.

    1. Thanks for the info Ann. I’ll do some research and see what I can find out. They do have a warm homey feeling to them that I really like.

  6. I love the ideas for solid color bowls or polka dot!


    1. Me too! I’ll be on the hunt to see what I can find.

  7. marjeanne says:

    the plaques look like the ones I made from a kit back in the 70″s didn’t know where to put them when finished so I ended up giving them to Good Will years later

    1. Hey Marjeanne, maybe your plaques made their way all the way up here to Midwestern Ontario for me to find. 🙂 Good junk can travel far.

  8. Love all your thrifts! I love old books too, picked up a 1977 Collector’s edition of “Grey’s Anatomy” the other day for $1.99 illustrations are so detailed. I never knew there was an anatomy book titled “Grey’s Anatomy” so guess that is where the name came from for the hit TV series. Learn something new everyday!
    The silver piece are in great shape, they will make pretty wind chimes!
    The everyday dishes are great too, just enough color, I am sure you will find some bowls to go along with them, I like the polka dot idea!
    The scenes on the plaques look to be partial scenes of “Currier and Ives” prints. I have the set of colored prints available in my ETSY shop.

    1. Thanks Candice! That’s so interesting about that book you found. Who knew? Thanks for the info on the plaques. I used to have a 4 season set of plates by Currier & Ives. Even though these are all blue and white they kinda have the same vibe.

  9. Fun finds and bonus that you found a couple of things for the kitchen redo. It is coming along great. Love the color of the cabinets.

    1. Thanks Sharon. My goal is for make my kitchen a cheerful place to be. Fun colour always does that for me.

  10. Great finds Tuula. I think you will find some pretty colored bowls to match your new set. Your kitchen is going to be sooooo pretty with all the new up do’s and new pieces.

    1. Thanks Kris! I’m really enjoying the fun of redecorating. It’s been awhile. I just love to paint stuff! I know you can relate. 🙂

  11. Don’t you love when you find just the right thing for the very project you are working on?! The dishes and pictures are perfect for your new kitchen!

    1. I know! What are the odds right? The dishes were just there waiting for me. It’ll be fun to try to find some bowls to go with them. I’m enjoying thrifting for myself for a change rather than the etsy shop.

  12. All that silver is a great score for your pretty chimes! I love the music book graphic 😉

    1. Thanks Cecilia! That graphic is really just so 20s. It’s a keeper.

    1. Thanks very much Kathleen! I love it when I find something that just works. I wish that happened more often. 🙂

    1. Thanks very much Carole! It’s so much fun because you never know what you’ll find. 🙂

  13. Fun finds this week, Tuula. You were so fortunate to find items that match your new kitchen! You sure do have good luck finding silver plate for your beautiful chimes 🙂 Thanks for linking up your posts with us at Vintage Charm–

    1. Thanks Diana! For whatever reason silver pieces aren’t very sought after around here. That’s why they’re so cheap. I must be the only one buying them. One day when silver comes back in fashion I’ll be ready. 🙂