Sunday October 28, 2012 | Comments
Hi everyone. Getting close to Halloween,isn't it? We're wondering whether to hand out candy this year or not - it would be for the first time at the new place.
As far as tricks or treats goes for thrifting - there's a few of the latter and more than a few of the former. I'm going to omit telling you about a few wild experiences from thrifts and estates - you simply wouldn't believe it.
Anyhow, here are a few treats:
I've made a solemn vow not to pick up any more mugs, after donating more than 200 of them back to the thrift. Still hard to pass up the Taylor & Ng ones, as they do decently in our shops. Funny, we just sold one of these er, "risque" animal mugs the same day I found this one with bears.
I've also slowed down on picking up too many Ken Edwards pieces. This was a fairly weird looking candle holder, though, so I grabbed it. Seems to be shaped liked horns or something. I still haven't been able to figure out the deal on the possible Ken Edwards Jorge Wilmot vase from the last thrifting roundup.
I hesitated quite awhile on these candleholders - they looked nice, but I thought they could possibly be newer. The name on them is "Franchi Assisi", and since I couldn't find out much while on the iPhone I just took a chance on them. I'm still not sure - I come up with both vintage and newer listings. A couple of the thriftbreakers mentioned it could possibly be new-ish tourist ware from Assisi, so for right now I'm going on that assumption.
Nice little Dala horse napkin holder - this time in blue. It actually came from the same thrift store that I earlier found a large blue Dala horse that had too much damage to take home.
This Villeroy & Boch creamer/pitcher was the surprise of the week for me. I noticed it because of the design, and after examining it, I thought from the clay and the stamp that it might be 1940s-50s. When I got home, I found out that it was a popular antique pattern (Concord) - and dates from 1894-1909! It also fairly flew off the shelves when listed, so you can imagine I'm going to keep an eye out for more like it. This is normally not the sort of thing I'd pick up for the shop, but I've been trying to broaden the scope of what I'm looking at. I know it makes much more sense to focus and specialize, but the dearth of finds has made me take more of a look at other things. The only issue is keeping all of this varying information straight in the old noggin..
Last up is this nice Eva Zeisel for Hall gravy boat. It has some condition issues, but after having a rather rough time at the thrifts it was like a breath of fresh air to find something familiar and nice.
Happy Halloween Thrifting!
Sunday October 14, 2012 | Comments
Hi everyone. Been a little dry at the thrifts and estates lately. I realize that I keep complaining about this, but all the while I'm still posting nice looking finds whenever we do a thrift round up blog post. What the average person doesn't see (and I'm sure that most thrifting folks will agree) is the CRAZY amount of thrifts, estates, and flea markets that you have to visit in order to find this stuff. There are times when there's an embarassment of goodies to be found, but those are by far the exception rather than the rule.
So when I say "thrifts are dry", I also mean that it is taking a LOT more effort per item. Not that we're afraid of effort, right? And the required effort is a good thing - thank god, otherwise the thrift-picking field would get even more crowded than it already is. The last couple of months, I've been running a picking ratio of about 1 item per 6 thrift stores or estates visited. And, that item might just be a single cup. The $4.70 gas and my 17 mpg car are not helping. Needless to say, it can get discouraging - but I've been trying to keep it in perspective. You can't compare this job to working at a McDonalds restaurant! (for one thing, they probably make more money, LOL)
Anyhow - here's some of our latest finds:
This is the first time I've found one of these Dansk Designs JHQ enamel bowl shapes. Nice looking piece, and ordinarily it'd be a keeper, but we've decided to keep less of our enamel.
I hit up an estate where they had tons of old pots. Most were broken, or not worth anything but this small Bauer "3" Spanish flower pot was a nice pickup.
At the same estate I came across this little yellow vase with a great crackle glaze. I got excited at first, because it showed age and sort of resembled the work that Barbara Willis and others did in the 40s-50s. However, on closer inspection, the vase was not as well made and I'm fairly certain it's not anyone famous. Might be a student piece, however. Marked on the bottom with "McCallson" - if anyone happens to know more would be interested in hearing it.
I found this cute Swedish doll mixed in with a bunch of other crappy housewares. It's marked "Klintas", but I haven't been able to find out much about the company, except that they made other similar dolls. I don't think it's brand new, but it's probably a newer production, like from the late 80s.
I probably shouldn't have got this lone Royal Copenhagen cup, because the design isn't what I'm usually into, and it was all by itself. Just really hard to pass up any items marked "Denmark", however.
Funny looking walrus on this Sascha Brastoff mug - I think this is from his "Alaska" line. Matthew Adams has a very similar looking line that we've found a few pieces of previously.
I was sort of excited to find this great looking Mexican bird vase at the flea market the other day. It has a mark on the bottom "JW KE" - which I'm thinking has to stand for Jorge Wilmot and Ken Edwards. But I'm not 100% on it. I know that they worked together, but the collaboration I usually see is Jorge Wilmot and Salvador Vasquez. I've seen marked Ken Edwards pieces with this exact vase form. However, this one appears to be a lot more refined, the clay seems much harder, and the bird designs look much more "delicate" and understated. I seem to recall someone writing to tell me about these "different looking" KE/JW pieces, and that they were more desirable, but I can't remember - let me know if that was you?
Saved the best for last - was completely shocked to find this La Gardo Tackett fish plate. I've never examined one of these in person - so I wasn't 100% sure, since it had no marks. But I'm pretty sure it's authentic at this point (thanks for all the thriftbreakers who chimed in). It does have some wear, but I couldn't pass it up. Also, amazing to find this in PASADENA, one of the most over-picked places that I visit regularly. The key - and this brings us full circle with what I discussed at the beginning of this post - is that you just have to visit the thrifts here over and over and over again in order to find anything good.
Hit those thrifts hard!