Funtabulous Finds #80: Crazy Fools

Some garage sales finally happened here this past weekend. Yay!

A small town about a half hour away was having a town garage sale so, crazy fools that we are, we decided that the cold and the rain wasn’t going to stop us.

I’m talkin’ winter coats, gloves, and umbrellas people! Yikes!

About 5 minutes away from home I said: “I think this may be a fool’s quest.”

John said: “Probably, but when has that ever stopped us before?”

We had a good laugh and instead of turning back we kept on a goin’.

Turned out we weren’t the only crazy fools. lol. We were in very good company.

While there weren’t that many sales because of the weather, only those with actual garages were set up, I think we managed to find a few cool things.

But I’ll let you guys be the judge of how us two crazy fools did. 🙂


vintage wire cutlery tray grapefruit spoons and sprite cookie making set

This $1 vintage pink wire cutlery tray is slightly too large for my vintage kitchen cabinet drawers.  I’ll be using it to sort my wind chime silverware.

I’ll be saving the 50 cent vintage grapefruit spoon set for a project.

The vintage cookie maker rosette set will be put in my etsy shop at some point. I have another set of the rosettes somewhere to go with it, so I’ll have to find those.


Paragon light aqua creamer and sugar set

This sweet light teal $1 Paragon fine bone china creamer and sugar set was Made in England. It’s very pretty and in excellent condition.


Paragon 1953 Queen Coronation teacup and saucer

This vintage $3 1953 Paragon teacup and saucer set is a favourite find.


Paragon 1953 Queen Coronation teacup and saucer

It was made to commemorate the crowning of Queen Elizabeth II.


Set of vintage brass bells Made in England

Lately I’ve been having a thing for vintage brass bells like this $1 set of 3 marked Made in England.

They all have they’re original clangers and they sound quite heavenly.


Vintage Victorian Lady Brass Bell

This vintage brass Victorian  lady or Southern Belle bell was $2.

She has a lovely worn patina and still has her original Made in Korea label hiding inside her dress.


Vintage Victorian Lady Brass Bell

She has a nice weight to her, and her original clanger has a nice but heavier sound than the set of bells above.


bouquet of wooden tulips

And last but certainly not least I found this lovely $1 wooden bouquet.

Through no choice of our own, over the past few years, we’ve donated most of the tulip bulbs in our gardens to our local chipmunks. Or chippies as we affectionately call them because they’ve been chipping away at our tulip population.

Apparently they’re a delicacy in these parts. The tulip bulbs, not the chippies. lol.

So if I want tulips I’ll have to settle for the life-size bulb-less forever-blooming wooden variety.

Oh well, as long as the chippies are happy. 🙂

So how did we crazy fools do?

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



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  1. Well I think no it was worth it just for the creamer and sugar bowl set!!! That is definitely my favorite. Last weekend I had to dig out MY winter coat, gloves, boots and an umbrella to go grocery shopping!

    1. Oh my goodness, what wonderful treasures. Love the china items…day well spent.

      1. Thanks Pam! I wasn’t really sure it was going to be worth the trip on such a dreary day, but it totally was. 🙂

    2. HAHAHA – I MEANT to type “Well I think it WAS worth it . . .” LOL – that’s what I get for typing on my phone so early in the morning!!

    3. The creamer and sugar set is really pretty. The weather is crazy! They’re promising better for next week so hopefully they’re right. I’d really like to put my winter coat away.

  2. On a scale of 1 to 10 I’d give you an eleven! Great finds! The little bells are heavenly, same with the sugar and creamer. But the prize goes to the cup and saucer. My brother bought one for my mom back in the day, just like that but in different colors. Gorgeous, both of them! Rain or shine you are the master at thrifting!! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! I couldn’t believe there were actually other people out there thrifting too on such a crappy day. We saw the same people at every garage sale.

  3. Oh, that cup and saucer set! There’s a bit of an Anglophile living inside me so I get a little thrill seeing such loveliness. 🙂

    1. The cup and saucer set is a treasure. I thought it was pretty and then I turned it over and saw what it was. It was well worth the $3.

  4. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    I’d say you scored pretty good. I’m thinking any time you can go to garage sales is a good time. The prices were very good & you could probably gotten it all in one bag, large of course & china wrapped good.

    1. I totally agree. Come rain or come shine garage sales are a good time. Because we’re in a rural area prices are usually very good. I always look forward to the sales starting. 🙂

  5. Awesome finds! Everything was absolutely worth the “foolish” quest! LOL!! I love the bells and your rosette irons are nice – I have my great-grandmother’s rosette irons. Sadly, I had to throw away the box they came in, which had the original recipe, written in Swedish inside the lid. The box was really an oily mess and was attracting unwanted attention from critters, no matter how I stored it.

    1. Thanks Karin! How wonderful that you have your great grandmother’s rosette irons. They’re so pretty to look at, let alone use. It’s always nice to have the original box, but critters would creep me out too so I would have done the same thing. 🙂

  6. good finds for such dreary conditions! Wish we could trade a bit of weather….down here in S FL we’re expecting highs near 90 …if you don’t get out early for the sales, it’s just too hot. We could use some rain too….

    I can’t believe you got all those tulips for $1! No chippies down here to eat the bulbs, but it’s too hot to grow them, so I’m liking your wooden ones a lot!

    1. Yikes! 90s. I’m afraid I would melt in that heat. 75ish is perfect for me, and I’ll be happy when we get there. I was so happy to find those tulips. Now I just have to find a way to display them.

    1. Thanks Tania! I was quite happy with what I found.

  7. After that great day of thrifting I think you should change your name from “two crazy fools” to “two crazy smarties” . . . I love that tea cup commemorating the crowning of Queen Elizabeth II.
    Excellent !

    1. hahaha. Thanks Connie! I couldn’t believe my luck on find the teacup and saucer. It’s quite beautiful!

    1. Thanks Kathleen! I can see a new collection starting with brass bells now. Just want I need… another collection. lol.

  8. Looks like you had a great time thrifting! Just think, some sad uninformed fools actually stay in bed on the weekends instead of going on our special treasure hunts.

    1. LOL!!!! You’re so right Devra. 🙂

  9. Mary Boger says:

    Love the tea cup and saucer. Quite a treasure. Hopefully
    the chippies won’t get ideas about drinking from it.

    1. hahaha. Thanka Mary! I won’t give them the chance. lol.

  10. Donna Wilkes says:

    Coronation tea cup was worth slogging through the rain. Sometimes you have to endure pain for the gain.

    1. That’s so true Donna. I think it was well worth it because all the sane people stayed home. 🙂 More treasures for us to find.

  11. Great finds. Glad you are finally having some sales. 2 nuts (my husband and I) bought 2 storage units this weekend. Tons of junk for days. We will be having a garage sale soon i see.

    1. Wow! That sounds like a lot of great junk to go through. Good luck with the garage sale. Wish I could come it it. 🙂

  12. Super finds, especially like the bells, the lady shaped one is called a Crinoline Lady, I have a small collection of these bell, some belonged my Mom and Aunties in England. My Mom was from England, British war bride! The teacup and saucer are beautiful!!

    1. Wow! How awesome to have some of your Mom’s and Aunties bells. I wasn’t sure what to call the lady bell, and now I know. Thanks so much Candice. 🙂

  13. Wow, beautiful finds considering I would imagine there was a swarm on the only garage sale around! Can’t believe your weather! Down here in the Deep South, it’s just lovely….even if a little warm most days. I wouldn’t mind having some cooler weather, frankly.
    I see those rosettes in your first photo! Would you believe I just did a Mystery Items post with those in it? I didn’t know what they were, but most everyone else did!
    I think you did pretty good! Love the Elizabeth china & the sugar/creamer!

    1. Thanks Florence! I’m dreaming of the day I can put my winter coat away for good. Still was wearing it today even with the sun shining. Warm weather is coming, so they say. I found some of those rosettes a while back too and didn’t know what they were until a friend old me. I’d never seen them before.

  14. You did very well! You always find the most interesting treasures. I was foolish enough to go stand in line at 7:30 this morning in 35 degree weather for a barn sale. Boy, oh boy, was it worth it!!

    1. Yay, for another crazy fool. lol. Looking forward to seeing what you found. 🙂

  15. You certainly found some nice things. The china commemorating Queen Elizabeth is outstanding.

    1. Thanks Debra! I was so lucky to find that and at such a great price.

  16. Nothing Ventured ~ Nothing Gained! Cool stuff, especially like the Coronation tea set. And you do know that chipmunks gnaw on wood? LOL… If they have a hankering for tulips…wood ones will probably do!!!

    1. lol. Thanks for the warning. I’ll makes sure to keep my wooden tulips inside. 🙂

  17. Ha ha–I went garage saling in the snow once when we had an unexpected storm mid-May. Yes, we junkers are all a bit crazy! Great finds, Tuula, and thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm–

    1. Thanks Diana! It’s hard to resist the temptation of a town yard sale, even in crappy weather.

  18. What lovely treasures you found! I have been to a lot of garage sales in the past and have never found such beautiful things and so reasonably priced. If I found something similar they would ask a price I am not willing to pay. I think I will move to your area!

    1. lol. I know what you mean. Here in the country boonies the prices are so much better than when we get closer to the cities. I almost never find anything when we visit larger centres because I’ve been so spoiled by our cheap prices.

  19. by the way, I probably would hang that wire tray on the wall and put miniatures on the ‘shelves’.

    1. That is a great repurposing idea Lorita!