Finds of the Week #75

Happy Thrifty Thursday friends!

The fact that it’s February must be the explanation for why I keep finding things that sparkle. They just seem to jump out at me in the thrift stores these days.

metal flower and rhinestone necklace /

Like this colourful metal rose necklace with sparkly rhinestone leaves and buds. I suspect it’s not very old, but it was so pretty that I had to bring it home for $1.

I’m a real sucker for anything floral, especially in the middle of a cold and snowy winter.

This just warms me right up, and is a keeper.


pink and purple rhinestone brooch /

I found two sparkly unmarked $5 brooches, including this gold tone metal pink and purple rhinestone brooch…



purple floral rhinestone brooch /

…and this purple and pink rhinestone brooch, which reminds me a bit of the Bachelor’s Button flowers that I have in my gardens.

Both brooches are so bright and fun.

I’ll be hanging onto them for a little while until I can figure out their value.


vintage sherman pink and aurora borealis rhinestone brooch /

And this hot pink rhinestone brooch and earring set in silver tone metal also has a few gorgeous aurora borealis rhinestones as well.

This set cost me $10, but was well worth it. It has some major sparkle!!


pink sherman rhinestone brooch /

The back of the brooch is marked Sherman, which was the foremost costume jewelry maker in Canada from the late 1940s until it closed in 1981. The business was started by Gustave Sherman in Montreal, Canada, and he used only the best Swarovski stones in a myriad of designs.

I didn’t even notice the mark until I took a closer look at home, so that was quite the bonus.

This set could be worth anywhere from $100 to $400, depending on when it was made. I’ll have to do a lot more research before I decide to keep or sell.


vintage jewelry box /

Since I’m hanigng on to these sparkly things I need a place to keep them.

My current jewelry box is way too small, so when I saw this vintage one for $2 I snapped it up. It was just begging me for a makeover.

How could I refuse?


vintage jewelry box /

This is why I loved it. Look at all that room!

And it’s so light. It hardly weighs anything at all.


vintage silver cream and sugar /

As usual, I’m always finding silver pieces with their own lovely aged sparkle.

Perfect for wind chime making.


Vintage hammered aluminum ice bucket Made in Italy /

And my love of pretty-much-anything aluminum continues with this vintage $2 large hammered ice bucket. It’s marked Made in Italy, and the hammered finish really makes it sparkle against the light.

It’ll most definitely be repurposed in some way.

Having sparkly things around really helps make winter more fun. Do you love sparkly things too?

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Sparkly, bling, call it what you will, I love it! You made a wonder haul on jewelry! All those purples!!! Just gorgeous. I love the pie server will all the design on it. Lovely. Ah, winter….been in the 70’s lately, supposed to hit 80 today. Yep, winter. Still say you should come for a visit! Dona

    1. Oh my gosh, I’ll be happy when it hits the 50s here. That will feel balmy! I just might make it out there one day Dona, you never know. 🙂

  2. I just love your brooches…..gorgeous! I have that jewelry box in my shop right now, with a red interior. Lots of great finds this week!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! Even though I’m not really a beige girl the interior is in great shape, and I think it’ll let the jewelry shine. The outside definitely needs a makeover and will be getting one soon.

  3. Love all your sparkly finds, the brooches are beautiful! I know you’re keeping the jewelry box… I would have bought it too… to resell, they do very well on Etsy and in my booth at the antique mall!


    1. Thanks Tania! The outside of this box is a little rough so not sure how well it would sell. I’m mulling over a few ideas for its new look.

  4. Hi Tuula, lovely finds as usual!?The sparkling pretties should do well in your Etsy shop. I couldn’t see that Sherman thing very well. What is it? I have an aluminum ice bucket exactly like that…interesting to see your repurpose! What I really want to see, in addition, is the jewelry box makeover. I have a large one that has cosmetic issues on the outside…trying to decide how to approach it. Have you ever painted the outside of one of these? Spill the beans, girl!

    1. Thanks Florence! The Sherman marking is on the back of the pink brooch. It’s a highly coveted vintage name here in Canada. Not sure about the U.S. That seems to be quite the popular jewelry box. I’m so glad I picked it up. I’ve never painted one and won’t be this time either, but it will be getting a makeover. You’ll have to wait and see. 🙂

  5. Mother Deer says:

    Count me in on the jewelry box makeover too. I have the same one and would like to give it some color. Can’t wait to see what you do with yours 🙂

    1. Wow, this must have really been the jewelry box back in the day as it seems to be pretty popular here in the comments. I’ll be sharing my makeover some time this month. Stay tuned. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Kris! I couldn’t resist those pretty pinks and purples. So sparkly and fun!

  6. I love checking my email for your finds what a treat it was some of those pieces reminded me of my grandmother.

    1. Aww… that’s so sweet! I’m so glad my finds brought back some lovely memories. 🙂

  7. I love me some bling. Love finding junk jewelry to put on my mosaics. I have to be careful per my sister that I don’t use a valuable piece on something. She would stroke out if I did.

    1. I know exactly what you mean Ramona. I always do some research before repurposing something just in case I’m using something really valuable. I’d hate to find out afterwards.