Monday May 27, 2013 | Comments
We decided to put up our Shuzo Ikeda print that we found earlier - directly on the "knotty pine" wall that's original to Grandma's house. It seems to fit kinda nicely with the couch and cushions.
There used to be a big pseudo Curtis Jere leaf sculpture where the print is currently hanging, but we sent that piece to my brother's new house. There was also a big 1980s couch underneath it, before we brought our mustard-yellow vinyl wood one in.
One of these days, I need to post up a before and after photo of the living room... there's one picture of my brother and me playing Go against my step-grandfather in the early 80s. You get lots of memories when you live in your grandparent's house. I guess that topic might be appropriate for today since it's Memorial Day.
Some people like to talk about this kind of stuff, their grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents - especially on holidays like this. I sorta avoid it, mostly for reasons that are "complicated". But also because it's hard explaining. Sure, I'm a little jealous of folks who are able to trace back lineage that far. And that it's FUN to trace back because the memories are interesting, nostalgic, harmless.
I really would like to write a detailed series someday on the blog, about how we came to live in the same house my grandparents lived in, and maybe some of the back story about them and us. And I wanted to connect it up with vintage, since this is a vintage store blog after all. I've thought about doing it before, and even on previous blogs. But it's always been a little surprising and discouraging: When it comes to memory, people want things in black and white.
Well, I guess we'll see. For now, I'm just happy to put up a new memory on the wall. See you next week!
Saturday May 25, 2013 | Comments
Hi everyone. I realized I get a little bit bored just doing posts of our new finds all the time - so here's a fun pic for the weekend.
One of Linda's Kenner Blythes sitting in an unusual miniature hoop chair that I found yesterday while thrifting. The hoop chair seems to be fairly accurate to the ones that everyone had in their backyards in the 70s (60s?). It doesn't look like a production piece however - it seems to be handmade and/or welded and then they wrapped the vinyl cord around the chair. I thought it was a really interesting piece, because clearly someone took quite a bit of time to make it. It's larger than the normal 1/6 scale Blythes use, probably like 1/4 or something. But it's kinda fun because it makes it look like a little kid sitting in normal sized chair.
Wednesday May 22, 2013 | Comments
Hi everyone. Doing a mid-week round up this time. I know it's standard to get your thrift round up posts in right after the weekend (especially to participate in the thrifting/flea market blog linkups), but honestly that's like the busiest time for us usually. I'd like to see someone do a mid-week "finds" linkup instead one of these days...
As I said earlier, most of these come from awhile back from when we had too many finds to fit into a single post. I'm still playing catchup with them which is a good thing I guess. Also, I've been holding back certain items because we might take them to the Antiques Roadshow in Anaheim - yep we got in!
I didn't know Knabstrup made a dinnerware line like this. I'd picked it up and thought it was either from Japan or England.
This is the first time I've found a Taylor and Ng Panda mug. I think they had several different named pandas on them (this one is called "Wonda"). Not sure, but I think they were designed for a travelling exhibit of pandas at the SF Zoo at one point.
I'd identified the mark on this Eduardo Vega dove previously, but for some reason I completely blanked on it when I found one myself. Luckily #thriftbreak found his name for me again. I think a lot of these pieces may be newer, but they're still pretty nice. Vega is a well-known artist from Ecuador.
Previously, I'd never found any of the Kosta Boda glass zoo line pieces by Vallien before. All of the sudden, they seem to be popping up for me which is nice. This elephant didn't last too long in the shop, one of our nice repeat buyers snagged it. Previously, I'd also found a ram or sheep, and just a few days ago I came across one of the "mini" pieces.
These Giovanni DeSimone plates from Italy certainly brightened my day. I'd been on a thrift run with no luck over 3 or 4 stores, so it was a relief when I spotted them. I hadn't found any DeSimone plates yet, mostly vases.
I know the old phrase "you need to spend money to make money" can really apply in this vintage business. I'm good at ID-ing things, but I've never been very good at forking over larger amounts to make smaller amounts on higher end items. But I'm trying to change my ways - slowly. I used to have a rule never to spend more than $5 on ANY item - well, at least any small item. But because of competition, and because it's gotten harder to find really good things at thrift stores, I've been taking a look at more expensive things. It's still tough to make that split second decision on whether there's enough "meat on the bone" for an item. This Royal Copenhagen dish by Inge Lise-Koefoed came from an estate. It's a really nice piece, but I probably would've passed if I'd known I was going to find more things later on the day.
Funny, we just sold some Arabia Finland Kosmos pieces the other day - then I found this large oval tray immediately after.
Bluebelle delphite Pyrex doesn't seem to pop up that much around here. We actually have a complete set in the garage, so we're able to let this one go.
I think these glasses are Libbey since they're the same size as the Mediterranean fish ones that do well in the shop. These have blue and gold floral decoration.
This Metlox mixing bowl in the Old Rose glaze color is actually a lot older than you might think. It can be dated pre-1937 because that's when they switched out the color of the No. 72 bowl to turquoise.
I'm still struggling to gain more knowledge when it comes to unmarked glass. I'd thought this might be a Blenko ameoba ashtray, but our friends at Bit of Butter said they'd had one of these previously and that it was possibly an Italian maker.
Lastly - I almost didn't spot these Freeman Lederman cups and saucers by Kenji Fujita at a recent flea market. The seller had absolutely no idea what they were. I still am wrestling with "Keep ALL the Tackett, Fujita and Freeman Lederman" hoarding tendencies. The problem is that this is the stuff that is sort of popular right now (I need to find some of the chocolate bits and nut meats canisters STAT) - so by keeping it all I'm taking a big chunk of income out of my own pocket. Do any of you (sellers) struggle with this - surely I'm not the only one!
That's all for now - happy thrifting!
Monday May 6, 2013 | Comments
Hi everyone. Wow, we've had some decent luck lately at both thrifts and estates. Well, it's "decent" compared to what we usually find at least. I've also been having success using our "Go 1-2 Hours After Estate Sale Starts" method. It keeps me sane, and I still find things that the earlybird pickers miss or pass over. Knock on wood that lasts, hehe.
I'm actually going to have to split the finds into two thrifting posts - so the rest will either be posted this coming week, or combined in our usual weekend one.
This is the third time I've found one of these Jaru Art Products birds, but I hadn't seen this color combination before. Gold details on white glaze - definitely something Jaru would do though.
I hesitated a bit on this little Takahashi Japan covered box, but for some reason I just really liked the numerals and heart design.
Same goes for these Trend Pacific plastic cruets or pourers. They have a pretty cool interior design, though - the top comes off and there's a plastic inner part that unscrews from the housing. They had matching shakers but I ended up passing on those.
I couldn't believe that another Arabia Kaj Franck cow pitcher showed up! We had the green one already - I'd mostly kept it because it had so much wear. The newer small one with the yellow cow is in great shape. Hm.. now that we have two... (famous last words)
Found another nice Bauer bulb bowl, in one of my favorite glaze treatments. Sort of a rust brown and orange glaze color. I used to have about 10 of these bulb bowls... but have sold almost all of them. No room, no room, no room!
A small-ish Kokeshi doll, with white floral design. I've actually been passing up quite a few of these at estate sales - mostly because they want too much for them. Also, I think for our own small kokeshi collection, we're almost "at capacity" LOL.
This is an Edward Winter enamel, but I sure thought it was Hanova when I first picked it up. You can't see it from this pic, but the interior has some green dots which was a tipoff that it wasn't Hanova.
I knew that I was going to buy this cool dog letter organizer from the moment I saw it - but I didn't know who it was by. Our friends over at Bit of Butter knew what it was right away, however. I knew it wasn't a Richard Galef design, but it turns out it's by the even more obscure Robert Dietz and was made by the Aeris Manufacturing Company. Copyright date on this is in the 1950s. Thanks Alison and Kevin for the ID!
I have a bad habit of picking up pretty much any studio pottery that looks nice and is cheap enough. This weed vase had a really nice form, and there was green felt securely attached on the bottom so I couldn't try and ID it. I actually thought initially it might be some sort of Doyle Lane piece. But I probably should've known because the top didn't look right and the glaze itself wasn't that remarkable.
Here's the mark on the bottom - just in case anyone has an idea. It sort of looks like the Hiragana character for "Yo" - but I know that's probably not much help.
Another small Desimone piece from Italy. I didn't know if it was a cruet, a small pitcher or a vase - but I knew it was coming home with me. Really surprised to find it non-IDed at an estate.
OK, saved our favorites for the end. The other day, my friend Bea from Mid Mod Mom clued me into an estate sale that had a load of Kaoru Kawano prints. Yes I know... THESE aren't Kawano prints. They're actually by Shuzo Ikeda - I was actually familiar with his stuff, but for some reason I blanked on the signature initially.
I wasn't going to go to the estate sale at first, but I decided to try and hit it a little bit later. When I got there, they had all the Kawano prints priced to the moon. But then I came across these two prints by Ikeda... and I guess they hadn't figured out who they were by. They weren't even shown in the estate preview pics! We're pretty happy to have come across them - I think at least one is going to find a place on our walls soon. The larger one is called "Daffodils" and dates from the 1960s. The smaller one, we haven't been able to find a direct match for, but there was a similar one that was from the late 1960s.
Happy Cinco De Mayo - and happy thrifting!