Funtabulous Finds #77

Don’t you just love freebies?

Every once in a while I get a little extra lucky when a friend or family member has some fabulous freebies for me.

So was the case last week, when I was asked if I had any interest in a couple of items that were headed for unknown pastures.

Ummmm…… YES!!!!!

Check it out!

large vintage wrought iron decorative planter

What’s not to love? ๐Ÿ™‚

This fabulous large curlicue basket is quite heavy and quite amazing, and the handle is removable.

It’s hard to tell from the picture how large it is. It’s over 2 feet across at the top.

Some of the curlicues are a little bent out of shape, but that’s an easy fix.

I’m not sure what its original purpose was but it would make a fabulous planter…. don’t you think?


vintage cupcake holder

And check out this fun cupcake holder. Isn’t it sweet?

It has a lazy suzan base and holds 18 cupcakes.

Since I’m not a cupcake maker or eater I have a repurposing project in mind for this, but the weather has to warm up first so I can spray paint outside.

It’s coming… I can feel it. ๐Ÿ™‚

So what can match those two fabulous freebies?


old and antique books

Old and antique books. I have a weakness for them.

The 5 in the pic about were $1 each and the top 4 are all dated from the 1940s.

The Life of Dwight L. Moody, which was written by his son William Moody, is dated 1900.

The top book, The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse, has a lovely inscription that literally made me bring this book home.


Danny Meadowmouse book

The inscription is dated 1957, but the book pub date is 1943. I find it interesting that Nancy gave this book to Patty Sue 14 years after it was published. She dated it January 22nd so it must have been Patty Sue’s birthday.

So Miss Nancy was either a thrifter or a regifter.

Either way, it’s a sweet book and I love it!

I’ve decided my Finds of the Week, which haven’t been weekly for a while now, needed a new name so from now on it will be called Funtabulous Finds.

Funtabulous is a combo of fun, fantastic, and fabulous… and that describes perfectly the treasures I hope to find this coming garage sale season. I’ll be rotating FF on Thursdays with What the Heck Is It?

I can’t wait until garage sale season starts, but here it’s still about a month away… although we do see a few in April. I’m on a quest to find some cool things for What the Heck posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Can’t wait to see what you find! I have a weakness for old books too. They just call out to you don’t they?!

    1. They certainly do Deb. They’re hard to resist. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi Tuula!
    I love books too, but I buy them mainly for resale, and they are a slow seller. I did have a recent sale of a 40s Edgar Allen Poe book. I’m convinced that the inscription inside helped sell it. It was a Christmas gift to “the best parents in from the black sheep of the family.” I still can’t resist books even if they are slow.
    Have a great weekend! Maybe you’ll find some early sales. Love that metal basket too.

    1. I love that inscription Florence! That definitely would have made me buy the book too. So fun! Hope you have a great weekend too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Wonderful finds!! Can’t wait to see what you do with the cupcake holder……I’d grab up something like that if I saw it. Just fun looking at it! My daughter and I just got back from a weekend trip out of town and we hit all the thrift store we could find. Came home with quite a few old books! And I told her to look for a vintage wooden handled whisk that is painted red! The handle that is. I’m looking out for ya!! Dona

    1. That’s so sweet of you Dona. Thanks for keeping my illusive red handled whisk in mind. I just love that you thrift with your daughter. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. My 8-year-old grandson is my thrifting partner. He is amazingly astute on finds.
        A funny story with him was last month, he had a horrible episode of nausea/vomiting/and all associated problems such that he was in the Children’s Hospital ER for several hours receiving IV fluids for dehydration then several days of illness, and missing school. After several days of this, we had a follow-up pediatrician appointment. As we left the doctor’s office, my grandson said “I think I need a little time at the thrift store.”
        Today we dropped off several bags of donation, and he begged to go inside. Since we had our dog with us, I told him we only could do 10 minutes. We’ve been looking for chinese checkers or regular checkers games. We found a wonderful glass chess/checkers set and were in and out in under 10 minutes.

        1. Wow Jan! That is an amazing story. I can definitely relate to how he feels about thrifting for treasures. It always makes me feel better too. How wonderful that your grandson loves to thrift with you. I certainly hope he’s feeling better now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Ruth James says:

      I love the cupcake holder! I need/would use it to display the glass balls I sell at Christmas…..always looking for a kewl way to display! Of course, every now and then I’d put cupcakes or muffins on it!

      1. Thanks Ruth! The first thing I thought of was vintage Christmas ornaments too. I think they would look amazing!

  4. That cupcake holder looks very similar to an Easter egg holder I used to own.
    Books! Old books! *sigh*
    I am going to a huge book sale next weekend. It is mostly current titles, or within the past decade but they are advertising a huge selection of vintage. I’m hoping to make it out and still have a couple dollars in my bank account. lol

    1. haha. I get that Debbie. ๐Ÿ™‚ Books are hard to resist, especially vintage ones. Good luck at the sale, and good luck with your bank account. lol.

  5. I like the new name for the meme. Love the gifts from your fiend. I have a friend who loses to give me her junk. Especially if she knows I can use if for a mosaic. I’ve had some of my blogger friends mail me junk jewelry too.

    A month away from garage sale season. I guess we are a month ahead of you. We’ve been junkin’ like crazy.

    1. How nice that you get treasures given to you too. Nothing like freebies. We’re having a bit of a freezing rain storm here right now so definitely no garage sales in my near future. Sigh. lol.

  6. Mary Boger says:

    Great goodies! Should be interesting to see how you
    transform them.

    1. Thanks Mary! I can’t wait for it to warm up so I can do some spray painting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Love your freebies! The books are very special. Love the one with the inscription since it is the year of my birth! I do get freebies occasionally from family and friends. It always amazes me what others think is junk and are so willing to give to me.

    1. I know AnnMarie! I couldn’t believe when I saw these two freebies, especially the planter thingy. It’s just right up my alley. Can’t wait to get some spray paint to it, but it has to warm up first. Supposedly spring is here, but it sure doesn’t feel like it.

  8. The basket would make nice ribbon storage. A different colour in every curly cue ๐Ÿ™‚

    Or maybe it’s to big! Lol. Lovely anyhow ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Wenda! I’m sure it could be used for that. That would be a lot of ribbon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Lovely finds . . .I am most excited to see what you do with the cupcake holder. This could be interesting:)
    Have fun and enjoy your new (old) finds.
    Connie ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Connie! I can’t wait for it to warm up here so I can do some serious spray painting. I have so many projects in line, and now I have two more. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Great new things! Love the basket especially. Can’t wait to see what you decide to use the cupcake holder as! If you use it the way it is you can use it for apples in the fall, Easter eggs, different things for different times of the year.

    Have fun!

    1. Thank Cathy! Those are all great suggestions. It’s a very versatile piece that’s for sure, and it’s just fun to look at.

  11. Great finds. I too love old books.

    1. Thanks Marion! They are hard to resist aren’t they? Especially antique ones and ones with fun inscriptions.

  12. I love old books also – and the book about D.L. Moody, one of the greatest evangelists of all time, is quite a find! The basket will be an awesome planter and the cupcake holder holds lots of possibilities! All in all a funtabulous week, I’d say!

    1. Thanks Karin! I’ve read a little about D.L. Moody and he was quite the man of his time. I have no doubt this book is a fascinating read. I’m looking forward to spring actually getting here so I can give the two feebies their makeovers.

  13. Funtabulous is right! Great scores all. I have a weakness for inscribed vintage books as well. Sweet!

    1. Thanks Pam! We just can’t resist right? It’s not our fault. lol.

  14. I love freebies! That basket is so pretty and the books are awesome. I love finding them with inscriptions.


    1. Thanks Tania! Me too, especially when they’re dated too.

  15. Those are indeed treasures! That basket is huge! Can’t wait to see what your creative mind does with it. I love old books too — I actually bought that DL Moody book for my hubby years ago.

    1. Wow, what a coincidence Lauren. I did some googling on DL Moody, and I’m sure the book is an interesting read. Maybe I’ll get to it next winter. I seem to read more in the winter than in the warmer momths.