Hi everyone. Wow, we’ve had some decent luck lately at both thrifts and estates. Well, it’s “decent” compared to what we usually find at least. I’ve also been having success using our “Go 1-2 Hours After Estate Sale Starts” method. It keeps me sane, and I still find things that the earlybird pickers miss or pass over. Knock on wood that lasts, hehe.
I’m actually going to have to split the finds into two thrifting posts – so the rest will either be posted this coming week, or combined in our usual weekend one.
This is the third time I’ve found one of these Jaru Art Products birds, but I hadn’t seen this color combination before. Gold details on white glaze – definitely something Jaru would do though.
I hesitated a bit on this little Takahashi Japan covered box, but for some reason I just really liked the numerals and heart design.
Same goes for these Trend Pacific plastic cruets or pourers. They have a pretty cool interior design, though – the top comes off and there’s a plastic inner part that unscrews from the housing. They had matching shakers but I ended up passing on those.
I couldn’t believe that another Arabia Kaj Franck cow pitcher showed up! We had the green one already – I’d mostly kept it because it had so much wear. The newer small one with the yellow cow is in great shape. Hm.. now that we have two… (famous last words)
Found another nice Bauer bulb bowl, in one of my favorite glaze treatments. Sort of a rust brown and orange glaze color. I used to have about 10 of these bulb bowls… but have sold almost all of them. No room, no room, no room!
A small-ish Kokeshi doll, with white floral design. I’ve actually been passing up quite a few of these at estate sales – mostly because they want too much for them. Also, I think for our own small kokeshi collection, we’re almost “at capacity” LOL.
This is an Edward Winter enamel, but I sure thought it was Hanova when I first picked it up. You can’t see it from this pic, but the interior has some green dots which was a tipoff that it wasn’t Hanova.
I knew that I was going to buy this cool dog letter organizer from the moment I saw it – but I didn’t know who it was by. Our friends over at Bit of Butter knew what it was right away, however. I knew it wasn’t a Richard Galef design, but it turns out it’s by the even more obscure Robert Dietz and was made by the Aeris Manufacturing Company. Copyright date on this is in the 1950s. Thanks Alison and Kevin for the ID!
I have a bad habit of picking up pretty much any studio pottery that looks nice and is cheap enough. This weed vase had a really nice form, and there was green felt securely attached on the bottom so I couldn’t try and ID it. I actually thought initially it might be some sort of Doyle Lane piece. But I probably should’ve known because the top didn’t look right and the glaze itself wasn’t that remarkable.
Here’s the mark on the bottom – just in case anyone has an idea. It sort of looks like the Hiragana character for “Yo” – but I know that’s probably not much help.
Another small Desimone piece from Italy. I didn’t know if it was a cruet, a small pitcher or a vase – but I knew it was coming home with me. Really surprised to find it non-IDed at an estate.
OK, saved our favorites for the end. The other day, my friend Bea from Mid Mod Mom clued me into an estate sale that had a load of Kaoru Kawano prints. Yes I know… THESE aren’t Kawano prints. They’re actually by Shuzo Ikeda – I was actually familiar with his stuff, but for some reason I blanked on the signature initially.
I wasn’t going to go to the estate sale at first, but I decided to try and hit it a little bit later. When I got there, they had all the Kawano prints priced to the moon. But then I came across these two prints by Ikeda… and I guess they hadn’t figured out who they were by. They weren’t even shown in the estate preview pics! We’re pretty happy to have come across them – I think at least one is going to find a place on our walls soon. The larger one is called “Daffodils” and dates from the 1960s. The smaller one, we haven’t been able to find a direct match for, but there was a similar one that was from the late 1960s.
Happy Cinco De Mayo – and happy thrifting!
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