Thrifty Finds - Vanity Jar, Wooden Kitchen Masher, Wooden String Winder and More!

Happy Tuesday Peeps!

How has your week been so far? Yesterday I was quick off the mark with an almost full day of thrifting!

Remember I Said I'd Try?

I know I was going "to try" to make an extra effort to post my thrifty finds once a week.

But ...

Once a week might not be enough! 😂

Cause You Never Know How Many Things You Might Find On Any One Day!

Yesterday was a big thrift haul! 🛍️ And I have lots of cool stuff to share! Woohoo! Happy Dance! 💃

So let's get started!

My Thrifty Finds

Let's take a closer look!

Vintage/Antique Vanity Jar ($5)

I had never seen one of these before, but when I saw the tapestry lid, I knew it was something unique. 

After doing a bit of research I learned this vanity jar is also referred to as a dresser, powder or trinket jar.

Ladies used them to store makeup, jewellery and odds and ends in them.

There were popular in the Victorian Period (1837-1901) where they would be displayed on a dressing table, sometimes as a part of a set of a mirror, brush and comb on a tray. 

I think it will look cool on display somewhere. 😁

Vintage Wooden Kitchen Masher ($15)

I see these on US thrifter's sites all the time, but they are pretty rare here. So when I came across this old wooden one on Marketplace, I knew I had to have it. 

Mashers are on my wish list and I'm happy to finally have one. 😊

Vintage Wooden String Winder ($8)

When I saw this at the thrift store I had no idea what it was, but I thought it looked old and interesting and I was willing to take a chance on it. 

I initially thought it was some sort of cotton holder, but the lovely lady at the store thought it might have been an old kite string winder!

I need to do some more research and I might even try stripping it to bare wood. 

Vintage Wooden Tool Box ($15)

It's a whopping 55cms wide x 33cms high! And this thing is old and well used. The wood layers are pealing, the handle swings and needs securing, and there are old screws wedged in the bottom. 

This wasn't on my wish list, but I was happy to find it. And I know exactly where I'm going to put it! 

Bowls, Rolling Pin and Small Wooden Spoon

  • Bowls ($3.50 and $3) for adding to my collection. I love the shape of the cream one! Neither have markings on the base. 
  • Rolling Pin ($2) for adding to my collection. I'd love to know how to date them. Are they really old or just really used? I'm happy to purchase anything that is cheap or interesting. 
  • Wooden Spoon ($0.50). This spoon has lots of character is a petite 21cms long!
Vintage Prints

Campbell's Wharf, Circular Quay, Sydney 1870. ($6)

 Framed Sepia Photograph From Victorian Plate - Man with his horse and cart. ($4)

A bit of research and I was able to find out this is a photo of a tradesman from the pre 1900's. I'm just not sure what trade. 🤔

Writing on the back of the frame. 

Miscellaneous Items

  • Tom Sawyer Book ($3), printed 1986. Not overly old but a cute classic in excellent condition.
  • Bunny Baking Tins ($2) and A Cookie Cutter ($0.50) (Stockpiling for Easter Displays)
  • Vintage Lace ($0.50), complete with old price tag! (I'll find something to do with it. 😁)

 The One That Got Away 😭

Today I saw a massive rolling pin I decided to think about and continued to walk around the shop.  And even though it was only $15 and I hadn't seen one like it before, and I love to collect rolling pins, I tried to be realistic by telling myself I didn't really need it. 🙄

That was until I saw another lady stick it under her arm and proceed to strut around the store with it. Doh!

How true is this saying ...

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel of remorse!

You can purchase extra large rolling pins online. 

Therefore... that rolling pin may not have been vintage at all! 

In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't. (Who am I trying to convince more, right? 😂)

And so I'm not disappointed anymore. 😀 

We all have our regret stories. I'd love to hear yours!


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