Archives for April 2010
We’ve decided to start putting up pics of some of the cool things we’ve discovered at estate / garage sales and thrift stores. In general, most of these things will eventually be available on the main A La Modern shop, or on our Etsy outlet. However, we realized that sometimes takes awhile to get the things we come across into our shops. So, think of these blog pics as a sort of quick preview of what’s to come.
We had one of the best scores in a long time at a recent estate sale. This estate sale was only advertised on Craigslist, as far as we know. It was a very low key sale, without a ton of signs all over the place. The folks running it were super nice and helpful. We went an hour after it opened, and there was surprisingly little foot traffic.
We couldn’t believe how much Scandinavian and mid-century goodies this place had, at such reasonable prices! We ended up picking up quite a few things as you can see in the photo above.
The yellow Dansk Kobenstyle pot was the first thing we saw upon walking through the door. We grabbed it immediately, scarcely believing our good fortune. The kitchen was filled with stuff – the Arabia eggcups and Figgjo salt and pepper shakers went into our box immediately.
We nearly passed over the Danish pepper mill, however. We haven’t seen too many of these around, so we didn’t think it was from Denmark. It was marked on the bottom though, so we had to have it.
The yellow and white stacking containers were also a lucky find – nearly passed them as well. We’ve actually been trying to figure out the story on these – certainly they’ve gotta be vintage, probably 1960s. However, we haven’t been able to find any information about them. The closest thing we’ve seen were these Arabia covered nesting storage bowls on MOMA of all places! If anyone has any info on them, we’d like to hear about it.
The clear plastic container in the back is made by Dansk and is in the Gourmet Designs line. We thought at first it was another Gunnar Cyren design, but it appears it’s not. I know we have too many Gainey Ceramics pots already, but it was hard to resist the little vintage AC-6 in pink.
The toast rack, I think we might keep. Not too sure the age of the piece, but likely made in Japan, in the 60s-70s. The Tammis Keefe kitty hanky was an accidental score. We only picked it up because of the nice cats all over it, not realizing it was actually signed by Keefe, who’s a pretty famous designer for textiles like this. You can bet we’ll be looking out for more of her printed fabrics in the future!
We later hit a few thrifts on the way home and also came up with a few more goodies. Above is an awesome mid-century combo tray and cheese cutting board by a company called Gladmark. We’ve seen a number of different trays by this company which was based in Sun Valley at one time. Many of the trays we’ve seen include a ceramic tile like this one.
We also picked up a vintage set of Libbey glasses with a matching carafe. Nice green and white floral design on these, and the carafe still had its plastic cover top. Look for these items to hit our Etsy store in a bit.
Happy estate sale hunting!
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