Funtabulous Finds #82

Happy Thursday friends, and welcome to another edition of Funtabulous Finds. I don’t have anything to share for what should be What the Heck Thursday, but I do have some cool finds.

So what the heck, here they are. 🙂

3 chair framed pictures by Diane Arthurs

I have a thing for old beat up chairs so I couldn’t resist this set of prints. I suspect they’re not very old, but that’s ok. They were just $3 each and they have a great look.

I’m not a wood girl so I really need to paint the frames.

I’m thinking red or aqua to so I can hang them in my kitchen. What do you think?


3 chair framed pictures by Diane Arthurs

They’re signed Diane Arthurs. I tried to do some google research but I didn’t find anything.


Antique Uncle Tom's Cabin book and silver butter knives

I can never pass up silverware and these silver plate butter knives were just $1 for all. They’ll be added to my stash for future repurposing, as will the tea strainer.

The $1 antique copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a keeper. It’s a little banged up on the outside, but that doesn’t bother me.


Antique Uncle Tom's Cabin book

I’m sure I’d be a little banged up too if I was 116 years old.

There are days when I feel pretty banged up now and I’m only 56.  lol.

I love saying ‘only’ 56, makes me feel like a youngin’. 🙂


Arcopal French china

I’ve been looking for more everyday china to go with the vintage Corelle set that I found a while ago.

I love the crisp clean white with the lovely watercolour flowers.

Arcopal French china

When I turned it over and saw that if was made in France I knew I had to have them. Arcopal is sort of the French version of corelle.


Arcopal French china

This 12 piece set (4 large dinner plates, 4 side plates, and 4 bowls) was just $5… so it was a no brainer.

The scallopped edging is so pretty.


vintage silver creamer and sugar bowl and salt and pepper

I can never pass up silver plate pieces when they’re cheap, and these were.

The $2 EP Brass Rogers creamer and sugar will be used in a repurposed wind chime… and the 50 cent Made in Italy salt and pepper shaker set will be kept in my stash for future projects.

They’re too big for my mini collection and the grinding part of the pepper mill doesn’t work.


wooden knick knack shelf

And just when I thought I might run out of space to display my mini salt & pepper collection I find this cute $1 little shelf. It will be getting a much needed makeover.

I could hear it calling to me from the other end of the thrift store. Buy me… Buy me.

So what could I do? I had no choice really. 🙂

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. lol. Does that ever happen to you?

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



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  1. I love the dishes, wherever did you find them? I have a set of “Corelli” that I use every day, but yours are so much prettier

    1. great finds….the chair pictures are too cute..

      1. Thanks Pam! The chair pics are keepers, but they need a bit of a makeover before hanging.

    2. Thanks Diane! I found the dishes at my local thrift store. It’s in the small town where I work. It’s one of the best thrift stores around because it’s small, and all the money raised goes to the local Cancer Care Patient Services. They get so much stuff donated and they need it to move quick so they price it well. I go there several times a week because what’s available is always changing.

  2. All cute finds! Love the dishes, & the 3 chair pictures, & I would definitely have bought the shelf/rack too.

    1. Thanks Florence! There are weeks where I feel lucky with what I’ve found, and other weeks where I find absolutely nothing. I guess that’s the way it goes. 🙂

  3. OK, hands down, my fave for the week is the set of chair pics!! Totally in love with them. I actually have my mom’s metal one like the one in the pic on the right. She died in 1988, so I think that would make it vintage?. But those dishes!!! They are beautiful and I love Corelle, so a big win there, girl!! Great haul again this week!! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! The chair pics are special to me too. My parents has some of the vintage metal ones when I was little, and I have one that’s in pretty bad shape. I just can’t bring myself to toss it in the metal pile at the landfill so I guess I’ll have to give it some kind of a makeover.

  4. What a great group of stuff!!!! First thought in my head on the chair pictures….fantastic but the frames need paint! Love the dishes! I’m constantly amazed at the prices you pay ….down here that set would have been at least $20! You did real good!

    1. Thanks Linda! I couldn’t agree more about the frames. I don’t think the wood does anything for the chairs at all. Definitely needs some paint love.

  5. The dishes are so pretty and for $5…why not! That Uncle Tom’s Cabin has got to be worth something good I would think. You are a youngin’ since I am older than you! And yes, that happens All. The. Time. to me at the thrift store. Things that yell to me to buy them even though I am not sure. It usually turns out okay though 🙂

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! It usually turns out ok for me too, but there is the odd time when I get home and I wonder what the heck I was thinking. lol. Doesn’t happen often, thankfully.

      1. Hi Tuula, I’m new to your site & I’m loving everything! Everything in the turquoise color family screams out to me every where I go “over here Debby” “take me home with you”. It’s been my favorite color since my childhood or as my grands say “in the olden days”! Lol At 66 they think I’m an antic! ?

        1. Thanks very much Debby and welcome. 🙂 I share your love of turquoise. It’s one of those colours that can be bright and calming at the same time. Like the gorgeous Caribbean water. Some youngins in my family think I’m an antic too. lol.

  6. Lynette Adams says:

    Just a note, your shelf is upside down in the photo. The curvy trim should be at the top. I had one just like that in the past.

    1. haha. That’s too funny Lynette. I didn’t even notice. 🙂

  7. Great finds! Around here coming across silver is almost impossible. I think the jewelry makers grab them up quickly 🙂 I love those framed pictures of the chairs. I think that aqua would make them look more shabby chic charming and that red would make them look vintage. I would go with vintage if I was putting them in my kitchen, but it depends on your taste. Aqua (peaceful and relaxing) red (happy and full of energy) . . . what does your kitchen say about it?
    Have a marvelous day!
    Connie 🙂

    1. Thanks Connie! That’s a great question. My kitchen definitely says red and vintage. 🙂 Sometimes I think I’m the only one around here who buys anything silver. It doesn’t seem to be highly sought after at all. Good for me. 🙂

  8. Mary Boger says:

    Great haul! Love the dishes.

    1. Thanks Mary! I feel lucky to have found them.

  9. Too funny, Tuula, I also found an old Uncle Tom’s Cabin book right around this time last year. I know it was old, but it didn’t have any year on it anywhere! Odd, but I’m guessing either way that it was not as old as the copy you found! Love the pretty French dishes! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

    1. Thanks Kathleen! I know you and I have old books in common. They’re hard to resist, and for $1 who even tries? 🙂

  10. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    I LOVE the antique book you found for $1…does it have a leather cover?? I collect old books, too.

    1. The cover is leather. I have quite a few old books covered in that same kind of red leather. Seems it was very popular in the old days.

  11. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    Yes…when I touch old books, esp. leather ones, you can almost feel the past & wonder where it’s been & who all has touched & read it before you. Would love to have a library full of books.

    1. I have a small library of books, but I dream of having a whole library room one day. 🙂

  12. charleen adams says:

    Hi just found your site a few weeks ago. Really enjoy your see of style. I think you should paint the frames red. I also love the color turquoise. Am introducing it into my kitchen as fast as I can!!

    1. Thanks so much Charleen, and welcome to TRV. Turquoise is a great colour for a kitchen because it’s so joyful. I’m almost finished my aqua and red kitchen makeover. I agree. I think the frames have to be red. 🙂