Hello from the A La Modern trenches! Sometimes it can get a little weary listing item after item on our main site and Etsy store. When that happens, we often take a break and do something site-related but fun. All work and play, you know...

In this case, we decided to take some photos of the two half-aprons we picked up last weekend. But Linda decided to get all decked out in a dress so it'd look a little more authentic. Even though this is a decidedly "un-Modern" look, the aprons were going to go in our Etsy store anyhow so we weren't worried they wouldn't fit in with the site. We actually think the pics turned out pretty nice, so we decided to put them up in the blog.

The apron above is a Parisian Prints featuring various different fruits - it has a sort of Orla Kiely vibe to it. Bowl being held is a spare Pyrex "New Dots" yellow 402 that we've been using for product shots occasionally.

The second apron is a green gingham half apron which was (and still is) a really popular style. It appears to actually have been handmade, but we've seen quite a few other different aprons with similar decorative stitching. We think that perhaps it was a common type of pattern in sewing magazines in the 60s and that a lot of women may have made them from that pattern.

We also decided to try and take an picture of some cookware along with the aprons. We've been keeping this Cathrineholm casserole that we found in our earlier June Gloom extravaganza all to ourselves. But we thought that we'd try take a picture of it in this setting - looks quite nice actually. And yes, this Cathrineholm casserole will appear in our Etsy store soon!


This past gloomy June Friday we had a great time thrifting! We came across quite a few new acquisitions destined for the main shop as well as our Etsy outlet. Here's a quick preview of the goodies:

Probably the most exciting find was the possible black and chartreuse Krenit bowl from Denmark seen in the back left of the photo above. We say "possible" because there isn't a stamp on the bottom of the bowl, although we've heard that Krenit bowls are sometimes unmarked. When they are marked, they usually have a printed stamp with a big "K" along with "Krenit Denmark".

Designed by Herman Krenchel, these wonderful bowls feature a matte black exterior and a enameled color interior. The black exterior is extremely susceptible to wear which is why we were so happy to find this one in such good shape. We've seen the enamelware in various shapes and colors, but always at high-end stores and antique malls. This is the first time we've come across one at a thrift store.

Everything about it seems to be right, including the shape and color. We're hoping that we can get a confirmation that it is indeed Krenit - these bowls are extremely desirable. The only question then will be - do we keep it for ourselves or not? =)

People often ask us how it is that we are able to consistently come across such amazing items at thrift stores. The answer is simple: persistence. Oh, and luck - but thrifting karma will only get you so far.

In addition to the increasingly crowded field of Ebay / Etsy picker-sellers hawking thrifting goods, we live in Southern California which has probably one of the highest concentration of savvy of vintage/antique dealers and collectors anywhere around. So, the only way we can hope to get the jump on everyone is to hit thrift stores often and hit them hard.

Case in point is this wonderful brown Cathrineholm casserole pot with lid. They had just put it out at a Goodwill near us - I mean, it was still on one of the carts. It was the end of the thrifting trip, and we nearly passed on this particular Goodwill because, well, it plain and simple sucks usually.

So it was a wakeup call to find the Cathrineholm pot just sitting there waiting for us. Also, all those folks who tell you that the only time a thriftstore is worth visiting is in the early morning when they're opening (or on a day when the "tag color" has changed) - don't listen to them. We were there at 1:30pm in the afternoon and this was not an isolated incident. I would say that greater than half of the items we've found have been at odd "non-peak" hours. So, you should thrift whenever you feel like it or are able to.

Wrapping up the rest of the thrift scores - we hit a church sale and came away with a set of mustard-colored La Gardo Tackett for Schmid snack servers with cups. The entire thing was a dollar. Not a dollar each piece, but a dollar TOTAL. Note to self: hit more church sales. The other find at the church sale was a wood server that may be part of the Arthur Umanoff for Raymor line of serving items made out of a rare Haitian wood called Taverneau. We've come across another of these Raymor pieces before, and while this one doesn't have the same stamp, we suspect it may be from the same line, or at least produced by the same company.

The smiley-faced pottery figural planter is by Designs West which we're still trying to find information about - the company may have been started by ex-employees of Robert Maxwell. Other finds include another Couroc of Monterey poppy tray, a Bauer Brusche Al Fresco 1 pint pitcher, a small metal creamer by Lundtofte of Denmark, and some more Vera Neumann designed floral napkins.

Whew. Hope you enjoyed the thrifting wrapup, and look for most of these items to make an appearance in the shop soon!


Dansk Elephant

We're still in the midst of putting more goodies up in the shop this week, but I wanted to highlight these two little metal figurines we found the other day. As we've mentioned, the focus of A La Modern is primarily on vintage modern items. Well, these are actually "modern" modern items - but that's modern as in "still being made". But they fit well with the overall philosophy and appearance of the shop so we decided to include them.

This small Dansk Elephant is from a collection of different animal paperweights/figurines. Designed by Gunnar Cyren for Dansk, the elephant is silverplated zinc. We're unsure if Cyren did all the animals in the series or not. They're really nice either way, and we would love to find more of them.

The only thing with smaller figurines like these are that they tend to get nabbed a lot more quickly than the normal ceramics and dishes that we specialize in. So it's a treat whenever we find one, in whatever condition they're in. The elephant has a bit of tarnishing, but is still a standout piece of modern decor.

Hoselton Beaver

We also found this small Hoselton Beaver the other day. Hoselton is a pretty well known Canadian company specializing in aluminum animal figurines for over 35 years. We actually didn't know anything about the company and just got it because we liked the stylized look. They still make this particular beaver figurine along with quite a few of his friends. Like the elephant, the beaver has some wear to it - this seems to be pretty common with the smaller metal figurines that we come across.

We aren't sure just how collectible these animals are, but again, it fits nicely in a modern setting either way. Hopefully, we'll come across more metal miniatures soon so these two have some company.