Hi everyone. I decided that weekly blog posting would go MUCH faster if I didn’t have to think up a title/theme every week. So from now on, we’ll just do a Thrifting Roundup with the date – unless it’s a special feature or a Tuesday Tips.
We did have more time this week to take a few thrift breaks. Incidentally, if you thrift and use Twitter, you might be interested in the “thriftbreak” hashtag. Anyone can participate – simply use #thriftbreak in your tweet while at the thrift store.
We’ve been using it for awhile now (we were one of the original users along with Scott, Steve and others), and it’s sort of a fun way to let people know about your discoveries at the thrift store while you’re actually finding them in the thrift. Of course, you need a mobile device that can run a twitter app in order to do this…
First up were these nice solid color vases and planters. The seafoam aqua vase in the back is from Haeger. Rather common shape (several other companies like La Mirada and Gladding McBean produced very similar ones) but love the thicker matte glaze on this one.
The periwinkle blue three compartment planter, I’d thought was from Padre, an earlier California pottery. I based that assumption on the thickness of glaze, color and the bottom – we have several pieces of Padre that have similar characteristics. However, we think it could also be a Gladding McBean, or even another Haeger item. Unmarked on the bottom as far as we can tell.
The taller orange cylinder vase is Italian and it reminds me of some of the Raymor items. Unusual that it’s just one color glaze without any decoration though.
I almost forgot – I snagged this Robert Maxwell vase last week at a flea market. It’s unmarked in any way, but I knew immediately it was a Maxwell item due to the clay consistency, type of decoration and general shape. Plus, we happen to have a Maxwell vase marked with a paper sticker with this exact shape.
This one is cast from a mold and then hand-finished. Please note – this is not a Pottery Craft item. It drives me bonkers when I see people (mostly Ebay sellers) trying to pass off Pottery Craft items as Robert Maxwell items. There is a relation between the two, but it’s not correct to say that Pottery Craft items were designed by Maxwell. Not that there’s anything wrong with Pottery Craft… we have tons of those items ourselves.
I’d gotten word of a church sale on Friday that we had some good luck at last year. Unfortunately, I got there a little late and everyone else seemed to also have discovered this one – the lady said there were masses of people there when it opened at 7am.
I got there at 11am, so there was slim pickings. These vintage liquor bottles were nice find though, and I also grabbed a small Bavarian ashtray that looks to be from the 60s.
I’m not sure if the lady at the checkout was very impressed with my purchases: Booze bottles and an ashtray, LOL!
I also picked up this Guzzini chip and dip at the church sale. Never really seen Guzzini around, so I didn’t realize that this is probably a newer item. I thought it might’ve been a vintage lucite item. But I’ve seen it new in some online shops – oh well, we might just use it at the next party.
Lastly, I uncovered this huge cache of probable Heath Ceramics oval serving trays. I say probable – because none of them have any markings whatsoever. I’ve come across a few pieces like this that have ALL the characteristics of Heath Ceramics items, but without a stamp. Everything is spot-on… the heft, glaze color, glaze and clay consistency, the shape, the back footer and the unglazed rim (the wider rim leads us to think it’s from the Rim Line). I haven’t seen any of these marked online, so I’m still unsure about it. But it doesn’t seem to me like it could be anything else – one thing we had thought that perhaps they were custom orders for restaurants.
OK – roundup completed… hope you enjoyed it and see you next week!
This post is linked up to ATG’s Thrift Share Monday and HLA’s Flea Market Finds.
Did you find something cool at a thrift or flea market lately?
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