Hi everyone. We’ve been experiencing an unusual amount of rain here in SoCal, which has been a long time in coming (very bad drought for almost a year) and overall greatly welcomed. In tandem with that, we’ve also had an unusual “rain” of good finds. This business of vintage often seems much like our weather: long periods of a “drought” of found inventory, followed by one or two really amazing thrift runs. When it rains, it does pour.
This can be VERY frustrating, and we’ve been on the other side of the fence so many times. I’ve been on the verge of quitting at one point. It’s an integral part of the business, so it’s hard to do much about it – other than try, try again. And complain!
Anyhow, starting off differently this week – here’s an ensemble pic of a recent thrifting Friday:
I almost didn’t go thrifting the day when I found all these items, since it was raining fairly hard. But there was a short break, and I just felt the “thrifter’s itch”. So I decided to go out for a short thrift run. This is usually less than the amount of items I can find over two full days and 12-15 stores!
At a single thrift, someone had decided to donate all their pink vintage glass. Those are Hazel Atlas crinoline cups (no saucers unfortunately) and one of the bowls. The small custard cups are actually Pyrex with a pink band, a little unusual to see these. The plastic plates are Heller Vignelli in some of the later pastel colors. There was so much of it I didn’t even get it all, just picked up the ones I thought would sell. We’ve had luck with the sky blue color before.
The orange-brown ice lip pitcher is a Bauer Pottery gloss pastel kitchen (GPK), in near perfect condition. Shocking to see this one undamaged at a thrift. They’d just put it out on a cart and I scooped it up as soon as I saw it. The tea kettle is an Osiris model from Bodum, by Jorgensen. We’ve found one previously, so I knew what it was right away.
Last one in this photo – I couldn’t believe there was a Kay Bojesen wood soldier sitting along with the usual mass-produced nutcracker soldiers! I’ve been looking for one for ages. This one was actually made as a promotional piece for Aalborg Akvavit.
I also had a very decent flea market on Sunday, but am going to save those for next week’s post. Here are some of the other items found recently:
We’ve had good luck recently finding Blenko Glass. I suspect it’s mostly because I’m getting better at recognizing it, due partly to the tutelage of thriftbreak folks. This is the second time I’ve found a bag shaped vase, and this one was also blue.
The water bottles are always fun to find, because there’s so many different color combinations and variations. Have not come across this Tangerine color combo before.
I’m fairly good at spotting Fred (and/or Jim) Johnson’s unmarked pieces for Bauer. But I’ve had less success with getting them to go quickly in the shop. Difficult to pass up for me though, especially when no one else knows what they are as was the case at the estate this came out of.
Same goes for both Pacific, Vernon, Metlox and Gladding pieces, like these unusual smaller El Patio cups and saucers. I know a lot about older California pottery, but this knowledge doesn’t often translate into dollars. The problem is that it has value, but the pool of collectors who are into these pieces has shrunk considerably. It’s one more reason you have to constantly keep up with what’s popular and selling well.
This Jonathan Adler vase was made for Pottery Barn, and while we usually aren’t that big fans of his (often derivative) work, we thought it was pretty nice. Believe they are handmade in Peru.
I picked up this Japanese green vase because the glaze and look was very arts and crafts-ish to me. I don’t think it’s that old, but it seems very well made – probably cast and not made on wheel though.
Lastly – I picked these Golden Shoji glasses by Imperial out of an antique mall. These have become very popular in recent years, so we’ve been on the look-out for them. I think that the popularity may have waned a bit though, that’s how fast things change in the reselling biz. We had some fun with these glasses – I was moving them around and realized they were all “tuned” to different notes in an E-flat scale. You can see a video here.
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