Sunday March 31, 2013
Hi everyone. Sorry this is 2 weeks late, but I wanted to do a quick roundup of the Long Beach Flea market meetup I had with some of the #thriftbreakers. I got a chance to meet up with Bea from Mid Mod Mom, Jen from Vintage Scapes and Lara from NowSoLA.
This was only the 2nd time I've met up with anyone from thriftbreak and it was a lot of fun! I can't stress how cool it is to hang out and shop/pick with folks who know so much about the same types of things we're interested in! Just like when I met up with BitofButter, everyone had overlapping areas of vintage knowledge - someone would pick up an item and most likely everyone would have an idea what it was. Plus, the thriftbreakers just seem to be super nice people in general.
Here's my finds at the flea market. I picked up the red Emalox bowl right when I walked in the door, even before I'd located the other folks. I'd figured I should probably buy something right away, in case I got skunked the rest of the day. I have to say that Long Beach seemed to have a pretty good selection compared to some of the other flea markets. Also, I was there super early (for me) - a little lesson to myself that maybe I should get up earlier, haha.
The white angel figurine is Howard Pierce. I almost missed it because I'm not normally looking for Pierce in that color glaze. The yellow and blue vases are Bauer pottery Fred Johnson handmade pieces. I have to admit, I probably overpaid for them - I just got a little too excited because I was able to talk the dealer down in price. This usually doesn't work for me when the dealer knows that it's Bauer. I might hang onto them for awhile then.
The Taylor and Ng mug is another one of the "naughty" animal ones. Slow but steady sellers in our shops. The green shakers are by Tamac Pottery of Oklahoma. For some reason, I keep coming across Tamac every so often even though it's not very common out here. I'd rather find something like Martz (which I've NEVER come across), but I couldn't leave them behind. Lastly, we'd just finished talking about how it's so hard to find Cathrineholm at flea markets any more. And what should show up a little while later, but a green CH Lotus plate! Very weird how that happens..
Oh, before I go, here's one other nice recent find. I had to meet my dad to fill out some miscellaneous tax paperwork awhile ago. It was pretty early in the morning, but I realized the Goodwill had just opened so I drove a few miles to check it out and found this:
I knew what this was right away because several other thriftbreak folks have found it previously. It's a Kiyoshi Saito signed print! It needs to be re-framed probably and there's some spiderwebs inside the glass. But I couldn't believe it was still there at the store. I feel like there's been some extreme pressure on paintings and prints at the thrifts nowadays, since news outlets like to carry stories about people finding Picassos and whatnot at the Goodwill. I've even seen people fight over the paintings that the thrift store employees bring out. I still take a look through it when I can at the thrifts, but I never really expect to find much - which is why I was surprised to come across this one.
All right - happy Easter and happy thrifting!
Saturday March 16, 2013
Hi everyone. Going to make a post about a longer thrifting trip we made last weekend. We've actually found even more things this week, but I'll save them for another day.
Linda had reason to be in San Diego last weekend, so I decided to tag along and spend a few days investigating the thrifts. In the end, I went to over 25 thrifts, antique malls and estate sales in 2 days! Saturday was completely a blur as I hit the bulk of the thrift stores that day, since many were not going to be open on Sunday. Overall, I would say that I was very satisfied with the quantity and quality of the finds for the amount of time spent, though it wasn't the best thrifting I've encountered nor the most spectacular items. Mainly, it was a nice change of pace. I've wanted to try doing another longer thrifting trip and I'd heard decent things about San Diego.
Here's a quick pic of most of the loot - click on the photo for a larger view.
Starting on the left, two interesting studio pottery bowls. I haven't been able to figure out the maker, but these are fairly well-made, with thin walls and a decent glaze on them. The blue one will probably remain unidentified since it has no markings, but the brown one does have a signature - I might try post that one up later.
You'll notice a large portion of the finds were glass. I wasn't planning on it - but when you think about it, glass is one of the most likely things to spot that haven't been already picked since they're often unmarked. I found 3 Eva Zeisel Prestige smaller glasses, 6 of the Holmegaard Copenhagen glasses and 6 mini Dorothy Thorpe Roly Polys. The Holmegaard are interesting, because they're the exact size I've found before, but a little bit thicker. In conversation with Bit of Butter, we think it's possible they might've been redesigned at one point for stability. Here's a comparison photo for reference (newer ones we found on left):
The other glass items in the middle include 3 more Dansk Floriform pieces and two of the Iittala beer mugs from the Ultima Thule line. Especially happy about the latter, as they're a little more uncommon to find. The tiny blue glass vase is unmarked, but I think it may a Gullaskruf piece from Sweden (thanks to #thriftbreak, CEBThree and Sputnikmoss in particular, for earlier convos that have pointed me in the right direction).
The funny looking sailor guy in the back is a Metlox Poppet. I've passed on these before because they were too pricey and they're not as aesthetically pleasing to us - but this one was priced right, and is apparently more rare than some of the others. Next to the poppet is a Red Wing Town and Country dish designed by Eva Zeisel. This is only the second time I've ever found a piece from the line. Although it's unmarked, which gives you more chance to find at a thrift, it seems like there's less of it here in California than in the Midwest.
The taller striped vase in the back is actually an online pick but I included it here since I nabbed it the night we left for SD (note: try not to do online picking the night before you have to go on a trip!). It's by Alvino Bagni, but a newer production made for Anthropologie. Increasingly, I've been expanding focus to include items that aren't necessarily "vintage". It seems necessary lately to keep an open mind in that area. The bottom line is to sell things, after all. It's just become a matter of how much compromise we're willing to accept.
The blue-gray ewer pitcher in front of the Bagni is from Knabstrup in Denmark. I grabbed it at an antique store - maybe shouldn't have since it was not cheap, but I was in a rush. You'll probably recognize the two blue trays in the front - Tackett for Schmid. It's been awhile since I've found any of these trays - I have to say that the finish on them is awfully fragile and it also chips really frequently. But I couldn't leave these behind even with the wear.
The little silver flower petal bowl in the front was somewhat of a shock - you see, it's actually SILVER and from Tiffany! Somehow, it escaped notice of the thrift store workers - it's so clearly marked on the back. We rarely find any actual silver because everyone's looking for precious metals. Thanks to our friend Steve from Prairie Decorative Arts, we narrowed the production date to 1947-1956, during the time Louis de Bebian Moore was artistic director.
Our last find is an interesting one, but one which we still haven't identified. I haven't had time to really try and figure it out, but we found this cool medium sized linocut of a city. I wasn't going to get it at first, but the prompting of #Thriftbreak was enough - and I found out at the checkout that it was half priced as a bonus! I'm posting the signature and other writing here, hoping that someone might know more about it.
Alright - that wraps up our SD thrift trip. Happy thrifting!
Monday March 4, 2013
Hi everyone. We've had some pumbing drainage issues in this older 1950s house, and because all of our family are the nutty DIY type, we always try to fix things ourselves. So I hadn't posted in quite awhile because I was literally underneath the house in a 1 1/2 foot crawspace all day(s) long. I won't bore you with the gross (seriously) details, but it got fixed last week - however, we started to have the same issues a few days ago. So, I'm gonna try make this post longer to catch up with a backlog of finds... and then you might not hear from me until this thing gets fixed. Hopefully, sigh.
This first find may not be much to look at on first glance. I thought it was a soap dish, until I flipped it over and saw the Arabia Finland name. I still wasn't sure since I couldn't find any comparables on my iphone, but I decided to get it. Turns out it's from the "Violetta" line by Birger Kaipianien, and somewhat harder to find. I don't believe it's that old, maybe from the 1980s. Still, it was great to come across it.
I'm always on the lookout for stoneware studio pots, even the non-identifiable or student ones like this nice vase.
I think it's marked "B. Suhl" - but I haven't been able to come up with any info. Let me know if you have an idea on it..
I hadn't found a piece of Hanova in quite awhile, so I was glad to come across another candleholder. Until a few years ago, they were easier to find - it seemed like I was the only one (along with 1-2 other folks) who knew what they were. People have caught on now, and though I still see them non-identified, they usually aren't priced cheaply anymore.
I've often passed on glassware unless it's super cheap - just harder to ship, and easier to make mistakes on identifying. But since it was rather tough out there in the thrifts, I came home with quite a few examples like these Russel Wright Eclipse glasses made for Bartlett Collins.
This was the first time I also found these Holmegaard Copenhagen small cocktail glasses. I actually wasn't sure about them, but they were so elegant and thin that I knew they had to be something. Been going with my gut lately, which is something I've been meaning to trust more.
I forgot if I posted about these two green Jaru Art Pottery birds I picked up at a flea market. These are good to look for, as they are often not identified and most people think they're newer items. Jaru made a number of animals in all solid colors like this. Sometimes the Jaru name is on the side or bottom, but often not. Look for a square paper price tag on bottom and green felt feet.
This Japanese pottery pedestal planter was an interesting find. I thought it was a California pottery piece at first. I'm not sure if it was intended for ikebana or just a normal bowl. I ordinarily would've passed since it was so heavy, but this was on a really bad thrifting day so it came home with me.
I mentioned several times that the thrifts have not been treating us that kindly. Estates have never been great for me, so I decided to focus on antique malls and stores. It can be tougher to get as cheap a price there as a thrift, but the one good thing is there is more stuff concentrated in one place.
This Ben Seibel for Jenfred piece was a definite candidate for breaking the "no-ashtray" rule. A quick convo with the thriftbreakers confirmed that it was worth it to pick up - if only as a lure to draw people into our Etsy shop.
At the same mall, I picked up this great AK Kaiser German pitcher or ewer. This style with plain white matte glaze is sometimes called "op-art", though I think the definition has gotten a little broad on that.
Linda actually spotted this Rosenthal Netter Bitossi bird first. I wasn't sure if it was a good buy, but again a quick tweet to thriftbreak confirmed it was probably a good value. I have to admit I had a hard time listing it up.
The antique mall luck continued later in the week with these Freeman Lederman cream and sugar pieces. These weren't cheap, but I'm going to hang on to them for now so it didn't matter as much. This is one issue that I'm really starting to come up against as a reseller - wanting to keep your best finds. Up until recently, especially with our recent move to this house, I'd pretty much tried to sell everything (all the things!). Now that things had settled down, I'd been making decisions not to sell more things. This gets dangerous, as it affects the bottom line since the pricier pieces are usually the ones I want to keep! It also plays into my hoarder sensibilities.. so I need to keep an eye on it.
So one of the best parts of the past week (and certainly the best after all the plumbing issues I worked on) was meeting up with some Thriftbreak friends for a little picking session. It turned out the Bit of Butter team was staying in the area, so I made a drive out to meet up with Alison and Kevin. They actually drove even farther than me for the meet up - it just goes to show the dedication we all have to thrifting! This is the first time I'd ever met up with other thriftbreakers in person, and it was pretty cool. We hit up a few thrift stores and an antique mall, and then stopped for lunch at In-n-Out. It was really enjoyable (and even a bit surreal) to hold up an item and they'd know immediately what I was talking about. Having knowledgeable friends along on a thriftbreak was a really fun experience, and as a bonus we all found something to take home.
I couldn't leave behind these Zeisel Lo-balls, even though we already have quite a few in stock and unlisted. Kevin actually spotted these first, but let me have them since they also had Lo-balls in stock. Plus, they had already found some cool Russel Wright pinch glasses at the same thrift.
I saved what may be the best for last. We were at a thrift when I spotted this weird vase with palm trees. I thought it might be metal at first, and then I saw the Camark Pottery sticker on it which looked really old. I'd put in a tweet query to Steve at Prairie Decorative Arts since he knows more about this era, but the Butters found it online through the phone almost right away. Turns out its a collectible line from the 1920s, done by John Lessell using a technique he developed when he was working at Weller. I was planning on doing a little more research later, but it looks to be a pretty awesome find.
All right.. I hope you enjoyed this post because as I said, it may be a little while before I put up thrift finds again. Happy thrifting out there!