Finds of the Week #22

Native Beaded Necklaces
This week I found a real mish-mash of things, but some great things nonetheless.

Like these 3 vintage handcrafted beaded necklaces.

These were probably made in the 70s.


Some quick research tells me that they are most likely native-American. They are meticulously made and the main pendant parts have leather backs.
I love the tactile feel of beautifully beaded pieces in my hands. I don’t wear these types of necklaces, but I really do appreciate the craftsmanship.
Actually I don’t really wear necklaces at all anymore, even though I have a quite a few that I love. Maybe I should start again.


Vintage metal stars

I love these metal stars, but I don’t know what they are. Any ideas?


Vintage Paper Towel Holder

This very 70s resin paper towel holder was desperately seeking someone to give it a makeover.. and for some reason it found me.

It’s missing one of the inserts that holds the paper towel roll in place, so a repurposing project is in order. I think it’ll look fabulous with some long overdue paint love.

Vintage sewing kit

This sweet gold case is from the 1960s…


Vintage sewing kit

and it’s a little travel sewing kit complete with thread, buttons, scissors and a paper ruler.

Decorative metal birdcage

And my favourite find of the week is this decorative birdcage.

It’s about 13″ tall and the roof part opens up. I love its shape… and the glass inserts are such a pretty green.

I can’t decide if I should paint it or leave it just as it is.

What would you do?

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!

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  1. Wonderful finds and I also love your bird cage………Awesome.
    The stars; don't know how large they are but they could be used as ornaments on your Christmas tree or make into earrings.

  2. Love the haul! Those stars…it seems like I heard back in the day they were used to keep stuff from boiling over…or in the bottom of pots when canning so the jars didn't sit right on the bottom of the pot….not sure but that what comes to mine. Love those necklaces!

    1. Wow! That's interesting Veralynne. I never would have thought of that. Since I don't can they won't be used for that, but I will find some way to repurpose them. The necklaces are quite wonderful.

    2. Veralynne, I think you're on the right track. I vaguely remember something along those lines too.

    3. Veralynne, I think you're on the right track. I vaguely remember something along those lines too.

  3. My brother made a necklace like that back in the day. His had a woven…..what would I call it? Strap? The part that takes the place of the chain in a necklace. Lots of work, so you really found a treasure there! Those stars… idea what they are, other than stars! The birdcage is the star of the show and I would never even hazard a guess as to whether you should paint it or not! YOU are the expert in this field!!! What ever you do, it will be lovely!! Dona

    1. Oh Dona… you do make me laugh. I'm no expert, but thanks for the vote of confidence. I'm just winging it most of the time. lol. The necklaces are amazing. I can't even imagine the work that went into them.

  4. Hi Tuula, the stars were for under a teapot or coffee pot which was set on low on the stove. I still have mine. I never did use it. They never really made sense. Tea left on a burner? Yuck!

    1. I agree with you Cathy. That's a big "yuck" from me too. I guess that's how they kept the pots warm back in the day? Well, they certainly won't be used for that by me. lol. If that's what they are they'll have to be repurposed for sure.

  5. Tuula you know how to bring home the finds! The necklaces are wonderful. Can't wait to see what you do with the cool stars. I love that birdcage just as it is! I would leave it for now and redo it when the urge strikes you. 🙂

  6. Great finds! The beaded necklaces remind me of childhood trips to see family in Minnesota. We always had a stop or two in the gift/tourist shops that sold those types of necklaces, beaded moccasins and other fun things. I love the birdcage and painted or not it's great. I would put a plant inside it and either hang it or place it on a table on my porch, gazebo or deck.

  7. Thanks Sheila. The necklaces are fun, and so beautifully made. The birdcage will probably be painted at some point I'm sure. I do have a few ideas for it, but it would be perfect for a plant.

  8. The necklaces are awesome – we used to buy those and matching belts at the Wisconsin Dells in the 1960's and 1970's. Very cool find.

    Paint the birdcage!