Funtabulous Finds #81: Skipping Down Memory Lane

Do you remember your first apartment?

Mine was a 1 bedroom in the basement of a small 1960s bungalow in the city of Toronto. It had a low ceiling, brown shag carpeting, and was very cold in winter because all the heat came from ceiling vents.

But I loved it anyway.

Almost everything I had was second hand from thrift stores and garage sales. Today, so many years, apartments, and houses later, I live in a 2 storey, 3 bedroom century old home in the countryside of midwestern Ontario…  but almost everything I have is still second hand from thrift stores and garage sales.

Some things never change. lol.

God bless this lousy apartment decorative plate

If I had this pretty china plate scene in my basement apartment I would have loved it even more.

It looks the exact opposite of lousy to me.

God definitely blessed my lousy apartment because that’s where I was living when I met my hubby John 31 years ago.


silver tray, teapot, and mini salt and pepper set

The vintage EP Brass silver tray is marked West Germany, and that’s not a trick of the camera. That’s really what the center looks like. It’s very cool. It reminds me of a very gathered taffetta dress that I had when I was little. It was so pretty, and I hated it. lol. I was a bit of a tom boy.

The small International Silver Co teapot. is marked 1941. I wonder if that’s the years it was made, or a pattern number.

What do you think?

In high school my girlfriends and I used to get together after school to drink tea and watch the soap opera The Young and the Restless.  That must be why I have a thing for teapots, and I still drink tea.


Miniature silver salt and pepper set

The sweet little salt and pepper set in the basket will go on my mini S&P shelf.

Check out their pointed bottoms!

I’m still trying to figure out what attracts me to mini salt and peppers. It must be just because they’re so darn cute.


2 vintage egg beaters

I can’t quite believe that I found these 2 vintage egg beaters in the 25 cent kitchen gadget bin at my local thrift store.

Apparently nobody else wants these around here. Works for me! 🙂

A few years ago I made an egg beater wind chime , but both of these will go into my egg beater collection.

Vintage kitchen gadgets like egg beaters remind me of a simpler time that I feel like I need to hang onto.


Vintage Quaker Oaks and Church Soda trivet

My mother used to make oatmeal for us for breakfast every winter morning so the Quaker Oats trivet was a must purchase.

I think it will look great in my aqua and red kitchen. The Church Soda one came with it as a $1 set. They’re keepers for now, but they might end up in my etsy shop at some point.

The 25 cent vintage potato masher and shredding disks will be added to my stashes for future repurposing projects.


mic century modern wooden organizer

John found this wooden letter organizer at a garage sale for 75 cents.

I have no idea how old it is but it has a bit of a mid century modern look that I really love. I’ll put it to good use for some craft studio storage after it gets a makeover.


mic century modern wooden organizer

It would have been a nice addition to that basement apartment of mine.

Unlike the very vinyl freebie brown puffy chair that sat on the floor because it’s swivel base was missing. It was oh so comfy, and oh so ugly. lol. But the original big colourful flower wall paper left over from the 60s was fabulous!

Oh skipping down memory lane can be such fun. 🙂

The older I get the more I realize how the experiences of my younger self have influenced what I enjoy collecting and also my current funky retro decorating style. What about you?

Do you have any fond, or not so fond,  decor memories of your first place?

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



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  1. That first plate is adorable! I just found a compote dish with the same pierced edging and gold gilt….it is made in Japan in the 50’s-60’s (just fyi). I have an Ekco egg beater I have been trying to sell for a few years….no takers so maybe it should go in a repurpose pile! I loved my first apartment for all it’s character. It had a little room with slanted ceilings and molding running down them. I promptly painted the walls yellow and the molding orange! It went so well with my boho fabric throws from my college dorm room. Remember those? I don’t know what to call them but everyone had them…..very thin cotton with a gypsy/bohemian pattern on them.

    1. Your apartment sounds so fun AnnMarie. Love the yellow and orange combo. Thanks for the tip on the plate. I wasn’t sure how vintage it really was. I love it, so I’ll be keeping it for a while. Funny, I can’t remember what those throw thingies were called either. 🙂

  2. Great finds, but the tray with the “ruffled” center takes the prize this week!!! That is something I’d love to see in person! By the time I had a first apartment, I’d been married and had 2 kids!! First home was a one room cabin with no running water, but 3 outhouses! But it did come with a bed and a wood stove! Ah, luxury. I wouldn’ trade those memories for anything, but I also wouldn’t care to go back in time!!! Oh, and the salt and pepper shakers are amazing! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! Your cabin sounds lovely. I’m sure you made many great memories there. Sometimes I miss my little apartment with all its simplicity, but I don’t think I’d go back either.

  3. ColleenB. says:

    Wonderful finds. Too bad that teapot doesn’t have the sugar and creamer to go along with but it’s still cute.
    The mini S&P shakers are adorable and look so darn cute in their little tray holder; perfect to go along with the rest of your collection.
    I must say; you do find the coolest items for your home. I enjoy seeing all your wonderful finds.
    Do have a ? How does one know or find out if a silver tray is actually silver or silver plated?

    1. Yes, the teapot is cute and will probably be made into a wind chime because it’s not part of a set. It can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between silver and silver plate. Many of the silver plate items that I find are marked EP brass or EP copper etc. That tells me that they’re definitely silver plate. Some silver pieces are actually marked sterling, and some have marks that mean sterling. I don’t find many of those. Some of the pieces I find aren’t marked at all. If I’m not sure I don’t assume. The most difficult part with old pieces is that the marks often can’t be made out clearly, and that leaves them pretty impossible to identify.

      1. ColleenB. says:

        Oh, Thank you Tuula. That was very helpful.

  4. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    First off…congratulations on 31 years of marriage.
    I collect small S&P shakers, too, or at least I used to. Still pick up some if I run across them. But I have enough to set a 20 place setting table & everyone have their own set. I have 3-4 sets in my break front in the dining room, but the rest are in a box in the basement. I’ve not seen any in a little basket, but can’t figure out how they sit with the pointed bottoms. I’m sure I have some old egg beaters & they’re probably in a box in the basement, where else. Love your old potato masher, it’s very nice. You could hang it someplace. Yes I have several of them, too. The letter organizer must be bigger than I think, in order to put envelopes in the slots. It’s nice. Could be repurposed for other things. Maybe, (depending on the actual size) to plant herbs in mini containers, placed in the pockets & hung in the kitchen…after you decorate it!!!
    Happy shopping…..

    1. Thanks Linda! It years seem to have gone by so quickly. The letter holder is about 30″ wide and about a foot high. It’s quite large and will be a fun piece to makeover. I do love to collect vintage kitchen gadgets. I’m trying to find ways to display them now rather then store them in boxes. I want to see and enjoy them every day.

      1. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

        I have several old kitchen tools from my parents. My Dad would put little hooks in the end so I could hang & display them. The hooks looked like a very small circle with a tiny screw on the end. They can’t hold too much weight but look as if they belong there. Not sure if you can still buy them…maybe at a craft store.

        1. ColleenB. says:

          Linda; the little hooks you are talking about are called ‘eye’ hooks and can be bought almost anywhere; Lowe’s, Home Depot, WalMart, etc.

          1. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

            That’s great, thanks ColleenB. I’ll know exactly where to find them. Am thinking about hanging some things in my pantry.

  5. Love all the finds, especially the scalloped organizer. How do the pointy shaped S&P’s sit on a shelf?

    1. Thanks Florence! The S&Ps can either sit straight up in the basket or an their sides by themselves. They look kinda cool sitting on the angle, but I do like the basket.

  6. Love your finds this week especially the little teapot. A couple of friends and I used to bring our lunch to work and sit in the conference room and watch the Young and the Restless.

    1. Thanks Sharon! I loved the Y&R for years. I know it’s still on, but I haven’t watched it for a long time. It was such fun to watch it and share it with my girl friends. We called ourselves tea grannies. lol.

  7. Loved your first apartment story. I remember my first house on my own more that apartments tho. My daughter was 2 and we bought an adorable little house… 728 square feet. I miss that tiny house sometimes :o)


    1. Thanks Tania! There’s always something special about out first place. I miss my little apartment sometimes too. 🙂

  8. My first solo apartment was about a year after law school. It had a wall unit air conditioner and very old heating system, both of which cost a ton of money to run so I rarely if ever turned them on because I was so poor! But the place was mine and I loved decorating it with thrift store and vintage finds. Those beaters bring back memories, I think my mom had one. And The Young and the Restless was her favorite soap opera:)
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

    1. I can relate to the so poor part Kathleen, but I didn’t feel very deprived. Somehow we made do, didn’t’ we? I have a thing for egg beaters, and I have a project coming up using some of my collection.

  9. My first apartment came furnished and was a bit scary, but the one after that I furnished with second hand finds, including a Danish-modern couch that I wish I still had!! Great finds this week, Tuula–thanks for linking up your posts with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

    1. Thanks Diana! My parents had mid-century Scandinavian type furniture when I was growing up. I wish I had some of that now too.