Sunday November 24, 2013 | Comments
Hi everyone. Apologies for the "plug and chug" nature of the blog posts lately. Right about now is the busiest time of year for vintage sellers, so the blog sometimes takes a back seat. I've been trying to buy less of the "$1 sell for $9" items like mugs and small things, but it's still difficult to leave them behind. We actually had so many finds, that I need to split it into at least one other post... maybe a Thanksgiving edition?
One other note - we've been having trouble with spam comments, so as much as I dislike Captchas.. we've had to install one because it was the only thing that stopped them. We haven't fully tested it yet, so please let us know if you have trouble leaving a comment...
This Ivan Ripley tray was an interesting find - I didn't know anything about the artist except that he was English. He seems to have done a lot of "flower power" and Peter Max-style illustrations. Most of what I've seen are prints, though this "Daisy" design shows up a lot on tins. There's more information on this website.
This Vera Neumann apple tablecloth was still in the package, although I think it may've been used a few times. It's vinyl with a flannel backing.. I remember my parents having similar tablecloths in the 1970s that we used to use when we went camping. Sometimes I wonder if they were Vera...
Funny we'd earlier found a likely Wilhelm Wagenfeld glass piece (thanks Modern Squirrel for the help), and then a few days later came across the WMF Cromargan shakers he designed as well.
This enamel wall hanging is by Robert Wuersch Associates and was another new name to us. As far as I know, they seem to be marked by stickers mostly. I originally got it because it looked cool, but later found the name barely legible on the sticker. I started up a Pinterest board to keep track of the designs in case anyone's interested - as this seems to be flying under the radar slightly (for now).
I grabbed these wood egg cups from Denmark without knowing much about them. They're by Helen and Mogens Lyholmer, but I later found out they're sort of traditional and collectible. In fact, they've been "relaunched" by Lucie Kaas under the name "Bordfolk" (table people). I had a lot of interest in these from folks in other countries - they've already gone to a new home!
Picked up all of these Kokeshi dolls at estate sales. I don't know too much about the slender kokeshi, except that it was probably made in Takamatsu. The kokeshi family, I don't know anything about - but they're super cute.
Needed 2 pics to fully show how cool this wooden box is. It's by Richard Rothbard, and these handcrafted puzzle boxes are still being made - check out Boxology. Already gone to a new home.
I've never really checked out ornaments at estates before, but I'm just starting to keep an eye out for them. This Steinbach one is probably newer, but I know some vintage ornaments can go for big $$.
First time we've found a wooden monkey by any maker - I don't know too much about the Bojesen, Zoo-line or the various copies. The arms seem unusually loose on this one.
Curious but cool steel tray that we found quite awhile ago but finally decided to list up. It says Sambonet on it, but I could never pin down exactly if it was a Roberto Sambonet piece. We actually have another one of these that's slightly different sized.
The Bauer Fred Johnson pieces are some of my favorite pottery items to "yoink" out of the thrift. They're not as big money as Matt Carlton or some of the other potters, but they are fun to ID for me - because they get passed up all the time. You go by the shape, the heft, the usual "carved-out button" on bottom, the internal finger rings and the color. If all that matches up, there's a good chance it's Hi-Fire.
Another potter that can fly under the radar - Robert Maxwell. I'm not talking about his studio stuff - those are mostly signed. But the production cast pieces that were hand-decorated - they only had paper labels usually. 90% of the time, if you see a similar item like this, it's going to be the copycat Pottery Craft pieces. I was pretty sure this shape was Maxwell, and the little smidgen of orange tag on bottom seems to confirm it. [Added: Just realized that the color orange sticker is not always a definite indicator - because Stoneware Designs West also used an orange sticker on their wares. Interesting, as they were supposedly ex-employees of Maxwell. SDW is often marked with numbers inmold on bottom or side, though.]
Lastly, we came across this wonderful Murano Sommerso cased vase sitting in a thrift. I'd seen it previously, but was unsure if it was new or not, so I didn't buy it. Still working on getting more knowledge on glass - I tell you my brain is getting too full already...
That's all for now, look for a midweek finds post soon - happy thrifting!
Saturday November 9, 2013 | Comments
Hi everyone. We've been having decent luck in thrifts and estate sales lately, so are still overwhelmed with backlogged items. So getting right to it:
I still pick up Couroc trays when we see them, especially if they're a little more unusual. They do all right for us, but don't fly off the shelves usually. I hadn't seen this butterfly one before.
La Mirada is always a fun pick up for me, since a lot of times it isn't marked, or the sig has been obscurred. I've seen so many by this point, that can usually ID them without looking at the mark. You go by the glaze, the crackle, the shape and the colors... oh and also the smell (inside #thriftbreak joke).
I was at a newly opened Goodwill the other day when I ran across these IIttala "Tapio" cordials. They weren't the cheapest (and Goodwills near us are notorious for high prices, they don't even have any 99 cent items any more) but I've been trying to practice the "Spend money to make money" method lately. It's starting to work a bit, although my wallet is much more sad.
I don't come across Bishop Ceramics too often, and actually don't know anything about the company. It looks a lot like the other Barbara Willis clones - Aborn and Stahl to mention a few. Already heading out to a new owner.
Still trying to get a handle on American glass, particularly Blenko pieces. Pretty sure this is not Blenko, but Rainbow Glass - the top of the spout has a distinctive heart shape.
These great Schooline figurines were an antique mall pick. I didn't realize they were adjustable at 5 different points each - really cool design. The marks on bottom say 1950s.
Another Mark Blumenfeld piece turned up in the same area as the last one. I think he's still making pottery (he used to sell in Laguna Beach), but unsure - these pieces are really nicely made, but a little deceptive if you just look at them from far away. You might just think it's a student or project piece.
I've seen this Wiinblad style trivet a few times. It's usually marked "Artistic Seito Japan" on bottom, though ours doesn't have it. I don't think it has anything to do with Bjorn Wiinblad at all, although it doesn't stop sellers from directly attributing it. Definitely in the style of, though.
I know that plain Glidden pieces like this one often don't have as much value, but it's always fun to find in thrifts because it doesn't turn up that often here. This one is already going to a new home.
Bitossi, Londi, Raymor, Rosenthal-Netter,... yeah, yeah. You know, I get that people have strong opinions about this stuff. But really... lately at the end of day I just want to sell stuff. Nice Italian covered jar - that's all there is to it.
This Metlox Del Rey chop plate is actually from our kitchen - but we have too many of the large platters and no place to put them.
Interesting that this Cathrineholm butter warmer isn't marked on the bottom. We actually have an identical one marked as "Cathrineholm", and we've seen others marked with the Galloping Gourmet logo on bottom. I wish it was the lotus pattern instead, but then we'd be keeping it!
Lastly, this Pyrex promotional starburst space saver was a nice pick from an antique mall. This type of item is what "Spend money to make money" is made for. I mean, it's probably not going to be priced like a thrift store if it's at an antique mall, but a little knowledge goes a long way - try looking up past comps on it ;) [Edit: Went to a new home already - that was fast!]
That's it for this week - happy thrifting!
Saturday November 2, 2013 | Comments
Hi everyone. How was your Halloween? We had a grand total of 2 trick-or-treaters, same as last year. Was talking to other folks about this - having lived in this same suburban area for the past 40 years, it's interesting to see the changes in the amount of kids trick-or-treating on Halloween. In the 1970s-80s there were tons of kids roaming around (I was one of them). Now, I'm not sure if they just go to the mall, or if they go to Halloween parties - but there's not very many.
Just a quick roundup this week - we sold a good number of things in our antique booth recently, so we need to spend time preparing for replacing the sold merch soon.
I usually pass up Xmas items like this, but this Annalee santa with sleigh was vintage from the 60s. And yes - we have become "part of the problem", i.e. companies pushing holiday items in early November (or even October!)
Linda grabbed this Vera scarf at the flea market. Very cool eyeglass print on it, in red white and blue colors.
Found a single adorable plate from Stavangerflint in Norway. The graphics kind of remind us of the old "It's a Small World" illustrations. I'm not sure what set this is from, or if it's meant to just be decorative.
I'd thought these were Blenko at first, but they actually seem to be Iittala. I don't know if Arkipelago came in this shape, but I've seen one of these "clover" shapes with an Iittala sticker.
Unusual Wishon Harrell candle holder jar. This one is marked "Pottery Parlour - Durango, Colorado" - interesting since most of the ones we know of are from San Diego,CA or Indiana.
I was happy to land these Heath Ceramics bowls. I actually wasn't sure at first if they were the "Universe Ceramics" fakes... but turns out one of them is marked with a partial Heath ink stamp. Haven't had a chance to list them up yet.
Was pretty sure this was Jaru, but needed a quick check with #thriftbreak to make sure. It turns out it is, and it's already gone to a new home!
Picked up another likely Aseda glass bottle. This one was larger than some of the others we've found, at almost a foot tall. Still have trouble telling Aseda and Gullaskruf apart, but think it has to do with the slope and tapering of the glass.
Lastly, this near mint large Dansk Kobenstyle buffet server was waiting for me at a thrift. It was not cheap, but I'm slowly learning (thanks Bea and others) that you really have to spend money to make money. Nice fall color on this one, a sort of burnt orange, that I think is called Kumquat and is from 1973-75.