Funtabulous Finds #79

Are you attracted to things that aren’t really your style?

I am, all the time.

Sometimes I’m able to talk sense into myself and not bring home whatever that thing is, but not always.

Framed shabby chic decor scene

Like this lovely framed decor scene. I’m sure this isn’t very old, but it’s so nicely done.

Why would a gal like me who loves and needs colour be attracted to this?

It’s very farmhouse shabby chic, which this retro eclectic gal is so not.

My problem is I’ve always been able to see the beauty in design styles that aren’t my own. I can even love them!

Truth is the purse on the wall and the cat on the floor got me. What’s a gal to do for $2. πŸ™‚


vintage decorated brass carafe made in India

And this $1 vintage brass pitcher isn’t really my style either, but it has a fabulous aged patina. It’s marked Made in India on the bottom, and is almost 14″ tall.

The etched detail work is amazing and I love the red.

I think this would make an amazing wind chime.


miniature tea set silver tray and accordion ruler

There was a large toolbox full of tool odds and ends for sale at the ReStore and inside it I found this 6 foot folding ruler, which again isn’t my style… but I love vintage tools and gadgets.

I didn’t want the whole box so I asked if I could buy just that for $1 and the guy said yes. That just goes to show that it never hurts to ask.

I’ve been collecting mini tea sets for a few years.  This set cost me $2.


New Waters Staffordshire Bone China Miniature Tea set

I’m more of a mug girl myself, but when I have a bunch of these mini sets I have a project in mind for them.

I still need a few more though. I’m not quite there yet.


silver trays and mug

Now here’s some stuff right up my alley.

I’m always looking for interesting silver plate pieces, which are very cheap in my neck of the thrifting woods.

Both trays are Rodgers and the large one cost $2, and the small one was just 50 cents. Both will probably be repurposed in garden plate/dish flowers.

The mug is marked EP Brass Portugal and was 50 cents. What do you think of that rich dark patina?

I love it myself, but would you dare to polish it?


Bird Guide by Chester Read


And my favourite funtabulous find is this 1951 Bird Guide by Chester Reed.

It’s a small book, but it’s packed with great info.


Bird Guide by Chester Read

Over 300 full colour bird illustrations of 222 species of land birds east of the Rockies with info on each one.


Bird Guide by Chester Read

There are check marks on some of the pages, which I think is so cool because to me that means this book was probably used by a bird watcher.

I’ve often said to John that we need a book so we can identify all the different birds that visit our property and now we have one, and for just $1.

So for just $10 I got some pretty great stuff. Even though some of them aren’t really my style I still love them, and will try to find ways to use or repurpose them.

Do you bring home things that aren’t your style too? I hope it’s not just me. πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



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  1. Oh, yes, you made a lovely haul! It would have been hard for me to pass up that decor scene. The tea set takes my heart! But the hit for me is the brass pitcher! Can’t wait to see that in a wind chime! Might have to start saving my nickles and dimes!!! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! I’m hoping to find some cool brass thingies for the chimes when garage sale season hits. I just love making unusual wind chimes.

  2. I always bring home stuff not my style! I’d rather do that so they are not so hard to part with when I go to sell them! I am totally in love with that first little dΓ©cor scene! I would hang that right up somewhere. I think your vase would be a very cool wind chime and these days I never pass up an aged metal plate to make a garden flower out of….especially when they are free! I gave a 1957 bird book to a bird lover as a gift. Love stuff like that.

    1. I hear you on the selling thing. I’m not selling too much vintage stuff in my etsy shop any longer because storing all the stuff was getting to me. I’m keeping it mostly to upcycled things I make and just a few vintage goodies that I like to have around while they’re waiting to sell. I’m so happy to hear that you’re still enjoying making garden flower plates. I’ve been making more for my etsy shop and hope to get some good outside pics soon. It’s been a very strange spring here so far. The bird book would make a great gift for a bird lover, so I gifted it myself. lol.

  3. I’m just like you…doing that all the time! My house is full of stuff I liked, but don’t know what to do with. ? l just sold a pot on Etsy that looks in shape exactly like yours from India. The little shadow box is cute. I love how you remake things into wind chimes. The little bird book brings back memories. My mom had one that size on birds and trees. She always took me around the yard pointing out various trees & identifying them. Of course I wasn’t interested at the time, but a lot of that actually stuck! I find I know more about the names of trees than the average person does! That’s going to be you & John now with birds!
    BTW, can you give me your email address? I want to send you the pic of the jewelry box I was talking about.

    1. Isn’t it funny how we remember things that our parents taught us when we were kids, even though we didn’t think we were paying attention. lol. You can find my email address in the contact me under the about tab in the menu under my header. I’d leave it here, but it’s really not a secure thing to do since spammers can steal email addresses that are typed out. Looking forward to seeing the picture.

  4. Mary Boger says:

    Love the bird book! I’m getting too old to bring much home,
    I’ve got stuff that needs to be revoked, but the lure of a yard
    sale….lol. Enjoy your treasures.

    1. Oh, I can so relate to that Mary. Garage sale season is coming here, and I’m both looking forward to it and not looking forward to it at the same time. lol. I cleaned out a lot of stuff during the winter, and I’m going to try not to fill it up again… not totally anyway. lol.

  5. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    I love old books & love birds, so my pick would be the bird book. I think you should polish all the metal things to make them shine. I’d say you scored on this shopping trip…..good eye.

    1. Thanks Linda! I love the bird book too. I have to say that I’m pretty incapable of polishing silver because it takes so long for patina to happen, but I totally understand the desire to do that. It is so pretty either way!

  6. I do sometimes grab things that are not my style – but I usually know someone who will love it. I wouldn’t polish any of the pieces – they are gorgeous with that awesome patina! I collect teacups and such also, which get upcycled or used for something besides drinking out of! You got a good haul there, especially the bird book!

    1. Thanks Karin! I’m a patina girl myself so the silver pieces will be staying as is. Giving those not-your-style pieces away is a wonderful idea. The bird book is definitely a keeper.

  7. I never pass a bird book by – love the one you found. I find myself picking up odd dishes from time to time even though we are heathens who eat on paper plates most days. The brass pitcher is quite something.

    1. haha. That’s too funny. Now I have to admit we don’t paper plate it too often, but we usually eat with our plates on our laps watching a baseball game or something. We rarely eat at the table, so when we do it’s quite the event. The brass pitcher is quite large and I’m hoping it’s not be too heavy for a wind chime.

  8. Absolutely love your bird book, I would of picked it up too…and I live west of the Rockies! Don’t know about polishing that mug. I polished a silver plate tea set that had a wonderful patina on it (that’s why I bought it!) even after 10 years it still looks odd…wished I never tried cleaning it.

    1. Wow… after 10 years? That is odd that your tea set still looks odd. I am a patina loving gal so there will be no polishing here. The bird book is a favourite and we will definitely be using it.

    1. Thanks Sharon! It’s always nice to find something that you’ve been looking for.

  9. I love the bird book and the little miniature scene.


    1. Thanks Tania! The bird book is a keeper. I’m not sure yet what I’m doing with the decor scene. We’ll see. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks very much Marci! The bird book is definitely a keeper. πŸ™‚

  10. I find things and think No. Then kick myself wishing I had gotten it.

    I’m trying to buy only what can be used in a craft or what can be displayed in our home. Sometimes things that can be considered yard art.

    If I can’t use it, then trying to make myself leave it.

    1. I’m being much more selective these days too. Trying to just bring home what I love. I’ve definitely kicked myself for not bring something home. I’m sure we’ve all been there. But every once in awhile I kick myself for what I did bring home. lol. We’ve all probably been there too. πŸ™‚