Funtabulous Finds #78

Happy Thursday friends, and welcome to another edition of Funtabulous Finds!

Do you have some favourite things that you collect?

striped crochet pillow

Two of mine are antique books and mini salt and pepper shakers. This week I was lucky to find some additions to those two collections, and a few other things too.

At one thrift store that I visit regularly all their old books are $1 each, so sometimes I can’t resist bringing some home.

Antique Books French Revolution Volumes 1 and 2

This book set is The French Revolution Volumes 1 and 2 by Thomas Carlyle.

According to some internet research that I did he was a Scottish essayist, philosopher, and historian. He lived from 1795 until 1881.

These editions are dated 1924 and 1925. The first pub date is 1904.

Many of the old books in my collection are covered in this type of red leather. It must have been very popular way back when.


Antique Books French Revolution Volumes 1 and 2 with inscription

Both volumes are inscribed with a name and March 6th, 1926.

Do you think that says Gill? It could be short of Gillian I suppose.


Vintage International Sterling mini Salt & Pepper Set

I have a thing for mini salt & peppers, especially if they’re made of metal or glass.

This $1 silver set has such a lovely patina.


Vintage International Sterling mini Salt & Pepper Set

This set is about 2 inches tall, and both pieces are marked International Sterling. These are a great find for me because most of the time I find silver plate pieces, not actual sterling.

There are some things that I like nice and shiny, but when it comes to silver for me it’s patina all the way.

The fact that loving it gets me out of polishing it is a bonus. lol.


silver metal dragonflies

This metal mess was given to me by my sister. She’s always on the look out for things that she thinks I might be interested in, and she’s usually right.

She found them in a large baggie at the her local dump. They have a dropoff spot where people can leave good stuff for other people to take.

Do you know what they are?


silver metal dragonflies

We think they’re dragonflies… maybe for crafting with.

What do you think?


basket of beaded plums cherries and berries

And I found this $1 metal basket filled with faux beaded fruit.

I’ve been collecting this type of fruit in various sizes for awhile. Something about them attracts me. I hope some day to have enough for a project that I have in mind for Christmas.


basket of beaded plums cherries and berries

There’s  purple and orange plums (I think), cherries, raspberries, blackberries, and what I think are boisenberries.

Aren’t they pretty?


striped hand crocheted pillow front

And last but not least is this hand crocheted very mod looking and wonderfully colourful pillow.

I think every colour you can imagine is in there.


striped hand crocheted pillow back

I think this may have been a project done with leftovers because the squares on the back are kind of random. What a fabulous way to use up bits of different colours.

It always makes me a little sad to think that someone’s time and obvious talent ends up being sold at a thrift store for $1.

But then again, it makes me so happy because I found it and I love it.

Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



I sometimes share my projects and posts at these fabulous parties listed here.


Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. ColleenB. says:

    Wonderful finds. The mini S&P shakers are adorable

    1. Thanks Colleen! I think so too. 🙂

  2. Cool finds? the dragonflies remind me of a set of mini outdoor lights I have on my deck. I wonder if the string died and they removed the dragonflies? I have moons and stars that I removed from a broken string that I’m waiting for my light bulb to light upon ? love the cross on the back of the pillow. Wishing you a Happy Eastern ??????

    1. Thanks Deb! Wow, I never thought that’s what they could be. Maybe I’ll try and do an outdoor project with them. I didn’t notice the cross until you pointed it out. Now I love the pillow even more. Happy Easter to you. 🙂

  3. Oh, I love it all!! The dragonflies are probably my fave…..we had tons of them where I grew up, in all colors! And the fruit!!! LOVE the fruit! All in all, you made another good haul!! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! We have dragonflies here. They love to hang out at out garden pond. 🙂

  4. I think dragonflies too. Maybe there were used at a party or a wedding?

    1. Thanks for the input Kim. I think they’ll be cool for an outdoor project. 🙂

  5. Great finds! The dragonflies do look like something that would be outdoor decor. The S&P shakers are beautiful – I like the patina on silver and leave like that too. The pillow looks like it was straight out of the early 70s – both the granny squares and the rainbow double crochet shell looking stitch were popular patterns for afghans back then, when crocheting make a comeback. You found some good stuff!

    1. Thanks Karin! Someone spend some time on that cool pillow. It reminds me of one I had in my teen years. That may be why I love it so much. 🙂

  6. Good finds. We found 3 or 4 crocheted afghans in a storage unit a while back. All kinds of colors. They were neat.

    1. Wow, those afghans sound awesome. 🙂

  7. I have three strings of dragonfly outdoor lights..when the string of lights fails, I just attach them to a new string.

    1. That is good to know Nancy. Thanks. Maybe I’ll try some kind of outdoor lighting thing with them once it warms up here. 🙂

  8. Wow, real sterling….great find! I love the old books but sometimes they make me sneeze too much 🙁 The red covers are great. Definitely dragonflys but to use on what? You’ll figure it out!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I rarely find real sterling around here so they’re keepers. I never heard of old books making someone sneeze. I guess they are kinda dusty and old. I’m thinking on those dragonflies. 🙂

  9. I love those dragonflies!! They would be cute painted!


    1. Thanks Tania! I think I have a few cute ideas for them. 🙂

  10. Glad you found some of your favorites! I love old books with red covers as well. I’m even starting to collect salt and pepper shakers! If I ever open that etsy vintage wares shop I have a few silver S&P shakers to sell:) Happy Easter, Tuula! xo Kathleen

    1. Thanks Kathleen! I’m always looking for old books. There’s just something about them. It’s always fun to find things for collections. 🙂

  11. I applaud you for saving the crochet pillow. I often think of someone slaving over a project only to have it tossed out. Love the tiny S&P’s.

    1. I really love the mod look of the pillow. Reminds me of something I might have had in the 70s. The S&P set was a great find. I don’t often find sterling around here.

  12. Looking through some of your old finds. I think the blue pillow might’ve been for a christening for a little boy, the upper left-hand corner looks like a cross. That would be very sweet. Just a thought. Who knows the stories behind some of our treasures. Fun to think about. Love following your blog! You are very creative and inspirational.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Wow! I love thinking that’s what the pillow might have been used for. Very cool. Thanks so much for sharing that, and I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog. 🙂