Monday, April 14, 2014 | 3 comments

Hi everyone. Got a little sidetracked due to the Mad Men / Game of Thrones watchfest, so I didn’t get to write up the usual post until today. I guess that’s going to happen every Sunday now?? We also hit up the Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena for the first time in quite a while. Found a few things, but those will have to wait until next week. Here are some of the latest finds:

There was an estate I hit up one morning that was a bit of a “digger”. I happened to go early this time, but they also happened to have opened BEFORE the stated time! So the Zooline monkey I’d seen in preview pics was gone, but there was still a lot of stuff left. The guy’s wife had collected cats, and we unearthed a few gems like this Waechtersbach “Grumpy Cat” pitcher. They made a few different items with this pattern, which I think is 1960s or so. I also grabbed a David Stewart small kitty vase, but that’s going in the collection.

The best find was this Rorstrand Sweden “Terra Cat” by Bertil Vallien. He’s known more for his glassware, so it was a bit of a surprise to find his ceramics. Interestingly, I found another Vallien piece at the Rose Bowl – but that one was glass. More on that later.

At another estate, I picked up this Dansk Kobenstyle red pot. We used to find Kobenstyle in the thrift-wild all the time, at reasonable prices, but it’s pretty rare to see any worth picking up nowadays. The only exception is when they make a mistake on the color rarity, so that there’s still some meat left on the bone for us.

I got very excited when I first saw this art deco style globe planter (or sugar bowl?) because I thought it might be a Vernon Kilns moon piece by Jane Bennison. It turned out not to be, but I still think it’s an older piece – the thick yellow glaze reminds me a whole lot of Padre, but so far haven’t been able to put an ID on it.

I know there are some really avid radio collectors out there, so I paid a higher price at a thrift for this one. It turned out to be a rarer model, and it’s already gone to a new home. I’d thought about keeping it at first, but couldn’t justify it even though it was really cool

I was stunned to see this Festivaal tray behind the counter of a pretty dumpy thrift. The reason became apparent after I asked them to bring it out so I could take a look. It had some condition issues, but I know it’s pretty common for the line and that they’re sought after regardless. I actually passed on it and went to look at other things in the store. But it nagged at me, and after some mobile conversation with Bit of Butter I went back for it.

Lastly, picked up this great looking print out of an estate of a guy who collected avaiation material. It’s got sort of a pop art look to it, and I really liked the colors and the design. The sig seemed fairly readable (at first) – Fred Killam(?) – but so far haven’t been able to find out anything about it. The title is “Wings of Yesterday”, and it’s numbered 1/10. If anyone happens to know anything about it, please let me know. I’m also fairly certain it’s 1960s, or at latest 1970s – because the label on the back is from a framing store that existed in that time frame.

Happy thrifting!

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Monday, March 31, 2014 | 4 comments

Hi everyone. Decided to stop blogging about so many of those small, inexpensive items that we find. (You know, the ones that get the most attention but cost so much time to prep for selling?) It’ll make this go quicker – as I have to pack stuff for our antique booth right now. Have still been thinking about certain developments regarding our booth in general, but more on that much, much later.

I almost decided to pass on this very nice Rainbow teak tray from Sweden, because it had a little ding on the edge. But as I mentioned with Dala horses, it’s very hard to pass over Scandinavian pieces for me. So I got it, “15 inch diameter and difficult to store” notwithstanding…

More Swedish stuff – yay Scandinavia! These candlesticks were faintly marked on the bottom, but I would’ve got them even if they weren’t marked. They came out of the CLSA (Crappiest Little Salvation Army) near us, which was a surprise.

I posted a pic of this creamer to try get a handle on it but it already has one… But seriously, anyone familiar with the pattern? Could be Japan, I’m just hoping it’s not newer so the Etsy police don’t descend on me..

Great looking Arabia stoneware vase, in the “Maya” line by Annikki Hovisaari. Thanks to Jonas for help ID-ing the line, although this one was marked “Maya” on bottom I didn’t know the maker. I really wanted to keep this one, but there’s too much stoneware in the house.

This Finella Gourmet enamel pot designed by Seppo Mallat for Finel has an interesting yellow/black pattern. Almost seems to go with Arabia Faenza Yellow dinnerware. I left an all-white Seppo Mallat covered casserole behind, because it had too many doorbells on it. Ding, ding!

This beautiful teak (I think) ice bucket still has me stumped still. It’s very well made, and the knob on top is a little different than most buckets we see. The closest thing the knob looks like to is some of the Laurids Lonborg ice buckets, though I know the composition of those is much different. Anyone familiar with it?

We decided to try sell this large glass top wooden coffee table that was being used in our antique booth, since we got some replacement shelves. It is much too large to fit in our house, but can see it working out in someone else’s. Late 60s to early 70s look to it – if you happen to live close to us and need one, let us know and we can work with you on the price.

“In case you hadn’t heard – the 70s are back Baby!” … said a person about 20 years too late. I think we’re already starting to get up to the late 1980s/early 1990s revival, but this Ron Brejtfus textile art piece sold pretty fast for us. So maybe I’m wrong and we’re going backwards in time. At that rate, we should get back to Mad Men in about 2025?

Lastly, picked up this amazing Panos Valsamakis tile composition a few weeks back. I can never remember or spell his name, but he’s a pretty well-known midcentury Greek artist. Thanks again to MidModMom for help on the ID, I’d decided at the store to get it even though I was second guessing myself on it.

Happy thrifting!

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Monday, March 24, 2014 | 8 comments

Hi everyone. I have too much running in my mind right now regarding vintage selling. Eh. It’ll just take to long to explain, so I’m just going to get to our latest finds:

I think this is the 3rd or 4th time we’ve come across this treasury of myths book. I wish we’d come across a copy of Dinner for Two with the Harper illustrations instead, but hey can’t argue with fast sales!

I have a great weakness for picking up vintage paper ephemera at estate sales. In general, it’s hard to make a fortune off of this kind of stuff, but these napkins were really cool. It also keeps me occupied when all the high-end midcentury “dealers” have scooped up all the good stuff, pbbbbt..

Speaking of dealers scooping up stuff, no one scooped up these Schmid Tackett cup and saucers at a recent estate I hit up. I’m guessing they thought there wasn’t enough margin in it for them. Suckers!

I have a near fatal attraction to Dala horses, it seems. They’ve done “OK” for us, but it’s not the holidays. So I’m figuring maybe it’ll will sit for 4-some months in the shop until it expires, after which I’ll put it in the “for Xmas” inventory box for listing next November. I have big plans for this box every year it seems…

This Swedish bird candleholder originally had an identical friend, but he was left behind in the bush due to damage. I tried that joke on the thrift clerk, a vacant stare was my reward.

Something something Socrates something… never mind, already sold.

I know this one is newer, but I still had a hard time passing it up. The green stamped ones and odd size/shape older ones do better. I didn’t put it on Etsy, lest I be accused of selling something from Crate and Barrel – true story, yo.

Surprised to find this Bauer pitcher at a thrift, marked clearly on bottom. Also surprised it’s a “beater pitcher” – like for whipping up pancakes in the morning? Now I want pancakes..

This little fellow is a Zoo-line piece, but unfortunately I think he’s missing the rest of his body which was a little office tray connected to the head by a dowel.

Found another one of these kettles, and it was another quick sale. It had some wear, but a lot of it came off with Bar Keeper’s Friend and magic eraser. Yeah science.

Kitchen scales haven’t done that well for us, but they sure look cool. This Terraillon was designed by Marco Zanuso in the 1960s. Or so The Google has told me.

Lastly, a cool cast iron multi candle holder thingy – made in the style of Dansk, but it comes from Wales. Not that Wales, but a “Wales” company in Japan. I think these often had ceramic inserts in the design, and I haven’t seen others that were on a pedestal like ours.

Well then… happy thrifting!

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