Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

Think on th' eternal home,
The Saviour left for you;
Think on the Lord most holy, come
To dwell with hearts untrue:
So shall ye tread untired His pastoral ways,
And in the darkness sing your carol of high praise.

--from Keble's The Christian Year, Thoughts in Verse

Friday, June 3, 2016

Small Things, Cheap Things: Fridays' Finds 6/3/16

For who has despised the day of small things?
Zechariah 4:10

That's an intriguing verse of scripture, isn't it? It came to mind today when I was vaguely planning this post. I'm going to have to investigate and study it a bit later to satisfy my curiosity!

But meanwhile, I'm going to showcase some "small things" I've picked up recently, little goodies that cost me less than a dollar apiece. Sheer trash, in other words! 

Okay, from left to right...

First, a figural owl metal pierced earring holder from the 1970s. I don't even have pierced ears but I enjoy having these around. In fact, I already have one like this, so I'll probably sell one. They look nice in a group, and if you find a shabby-looking one, you can have fun spray painting it to spruce it up.

This is one I posted about some time ago; you can read the article here and see some "before" photos:
These are a few I have in my living room, and further below is a collection I have listed on Etsy right now.


The next item is something I've never seen before--a pair of Size 8 Boye 6 1/2" plastic knitting needles--no larger than a crochet hook. I bought them because I think they'll be perfect for teaching my granddaughters to knit some day because they're perfectly sized for a child's small hands. In fact, I'm wondering if that's what these were designed for in the first place? I love the look of plastic needles, but can't say I really prefer them for actual use, but these sure are cute. I paid 39 cents for them.

Now take a look at the peach lustre ware cup and saucer pair by Fire King. I think it's a demitasse cup, but again, I took one look at it and thought, "Little girl!" This will be a delightful cup to bring out for "wee cuppa" when one of my granddaughters is visiting. I've done some price checking and these aren't really very expensive or difficult to obtain; I see them priced for about $5.95 or so apiece on Etsy and eBay. But they're so pretty! And I paid only 50 cents for mine so I'll be pleased to keep it.

Here's a nice set at a fabulous price--the style differs from mine, but it's the same manufacturer and era:

$10.99 for this entire set from InMyTrunk.etsy.com!

Okay, now for a truly tacky find, some lime green guest soaps in their original package. I couldn't resist--well, I didn't try very hard, I'll admit. I love this kind of stuff! Isn't it fun? I love the lime green, and the wonderful tacky plastic flower in the center. I paid 69 cents for this cheap thrill, which will be on display in my bathroom until I either get tired of it or break down and use up the soap.

Here are some similar sets on Etsy; this one comes with an actual soap dish:

$8.95 from SomethingUniqueRITY.etsy.com

This one's fun with its citrus color combo!

$9.99 from rivertownvintage.etsy.com

Last of all for this week, I have this charming plastic cake topper of Disney's Cinderella. At least, I think she's a cake topper. She stands 5 1/2" tall and was made in Hong Kong. She's pretty sturdy, too. Maybe this wasn't a cake topper, but one of those little figures that came with a girl's wrist watch. Those were pretty popular for gifts back in the 1960s. I have some old Wilton cake decorating magazines; I'll have to dig through them and see if I can verify that's what this was. 

Meanwhile, I found another one on Etsy; this one's really pretty with her vivid blue color. (Mine is much lighter.) This seller also identifies her as a cake topper. 

Vintage Disney Cinderella Cake Topper, Hard Plastic Made in Hong Kong
$5.00 from TheVintageTabby.etsy.com

Okay, I really better sign off for now. My "staff" is beginning to look at me reproachfully since their dinner is late. 

This is what I love about junking, though. You can go out with $5 in your pocket, come home after a fun afternoon of searching, nab a handful of items you love, and still have change left over!

Pop in over at the facebook page if you can; this week I've been sharing lots of intriguing mid-century bathroom items and advertisements and I'd love to see your photos, too!

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