Thrifted Finds and Rescues

I realized the other day that I haven’t shared any thrifted finds in quite a while. I’ve been very good at trying to only thrift one or two lunch hours a week, and I’m still finding some great stuff.
Like this wrought iron grapes candle holder.

I have no idea why but I have a thing for vintage aluminum, and if it’s embossed with roses that’s even better. These were all found as separate pieces, but they all share the same rose pattern.

I fell in love with the ironwork on these spice cabinet doors.

And this shelf has a real medieval look. It has great details, but seriously needs some spray paint love.

And last but not least this set of mid-century side tables that I had to bring home from the dump. Oh yes… had to.

They were sitting sort of off on their own like someone had placed them there hoping they’d be rescued.

Thank goodness I came along and couldn’t resist.

I didn’t even clean them up before taking this photo, and I didn’t pick the weeds growing in my greenhouse either. This is real life folks, and sometimes it ain’t pretty. lol.

I can see a few makeovers in my future.

I just started a project that involves some other dump rescues, but the weather is too nice to stay inside so it’s slow going. We have to enjoy the sunshine and warmth while it’s here because winter will be here all too soon.

I hope you’re enjoying some fabulous weather too.



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  1. Today it's gloomy and raining. I had planned on starting a craft project but haven't been in the mood lately. But looking outside, it's a lazy, hazy day! Love the ironwork on those doors! That's a lovely piece to re-do!

  2. so many great finds (except those tables! lol I remember those…) I love that first piece. I just found an old wood & brass chandelier that I'm going to make over. Don't you just love taking something found and making it over??


  3. Oooo….mouth-watering, itching fingers type of finds!

  4. These are all great! I'm happy someone put the tables to the side to increase the possibility of them being re-used.

  5. The tables were a great find. I see some sparkly things with new paint jobs coming. It has been cool and showery all week. Nothing done.

  6. You definitely have a knack for finding the goods! We aren't allowed to scrounge at our dump 🙁 Looking forward to seeing what you do with your treasures!

  7. We can't scrounge or dumpster dive at our dumps either. Boo! Love your great finds Tuula! Especially the tables. I haven't seen any rose patterned aluminum around here. I'd definitely pick it up! Have fun soaking up the sun. It's raining here.

  8. Wow…you found some great stuff! I especially like the spice cabinet and those tables will look great with a makeover! Can't wait to see what you do with them. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend…Vicky

    1. Hi Barbara Ann: I probably won't be painting the tops of the tables just because they're laminate. I'll be doing something else with them. Sorry, but I can't say right now. I have had good cluck in the past with using a spray paint and primer combo on laminate, but it's best if it's a piece that won't get a lot of use.

  9. Umm I'm going to come thrifting with you one day, awesome finds I can't pick a fave but I'm leaning toward the spice cabinet

  10. I'll be interested to see what you do with those two mid-century tables……thanks for sharing your items with us at Make It Monday!

  11. Can't wait to see the tables made over Tuula! I have a large aluminum tray with that rose design and I love it as well. You found some great things! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  12. I bet you have some serious makeovers in mind for these purchases. Can't wait to see them. Thanks for sharing @ TTF.

  13. The medieval shelf is Great! And your rescue tables…I think we had those when I was a kid…Thanks for sharing this week at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!

  14. BTW…you're featured today at Revisionary Life! 🙂

  15. I love vintage aluminum also; looks like you've got quite a collection going on there. Those tables were waiting for you because they knew you'd give them the love they need:-) Thanks for sharing at VIP.