Treasure Trove Tuesday - This Week's Thrifting Finds

Oops! I did it again!

I hit some garage sales with my mom and dad over the weekend and picked up a few treasures.

I did try and reign myself in though and I passed on several things.

Here's what I couldn't resist though.

Thrifting Finds

Some Christmas items...

One of the books has some damage and missing pages so I'll be using that to make a cute Christmas pennant banner. The other two are in pretty good shape.

I love this Santa card bag. I have had pretty good luck selling these in my Etsy shop, Little Vintage Cottage.

I thought this old liquor decanter was pretty.

Some old sewing patterns. My favorite is the one with the shorts.

A set of 3 little brass mice.

And two little ceramic frogs. I'm going to put them next to the flower frogs I have for sale in my booth at the antique mall :o)

And a pretty Lovespoon. I found some information about Lovespoons on Wikipedia:

The lovespoon was given to a young woman by her suitor. It was important for the girl's father to see that the young man was capable of providing for the family and woodworking.
Sailors would often carve lovespoons during their long journeys, which is why anchors would often be incorporated into the carvings.
Certain symbols came to have specific meanings: a horseshoe for luck, a cross for faith, bells for marriage, hearts for love, a wheel supporting a loved one and a lock for security, among others. Caged balls indicated the number of children hoped for. Other difficult carvings, such as chains, were as much a demonstration of the carver's skill as a symbolic meaning.
Although the Welsh lovespoon is the most famous there are also traditions of lovespoons in Scandinavia and some parts of Eastern Europe, which have their own unique styles and techniques when it comes to the Lovespoon.
Today lovespoons are given as wedding and anniversary gifts, as well as birthday, baby gifts, Christmas or Valentine's Day gifts. They are now mostly seen as a folk craft.

And here is the item I used for the teaser picture. It's an old firetruck and I can already imagine a little bottle brush tree in the back for Christmas!