Monday September 30, 2013 | Comments
Hi everyone. Here's a roundup of thrift finds, some found recently and others as much as a month ago. I actually had a few more as well from the flea market yesterday, but that'll have to wait until next week. We haven't been back to our antique booth yet to check and see how we did over the Collector's Faire weekend, but will try report about that next week as well.
Every time we come across large trays nowadays, I really try to be picky with them - because they take up so much room in storage. So unless they're really great or we think they'll sell quickly, we've been passing even if there's value to be had. I'd never seen this type of plastic Vera Neumann tray before, so I had to get it. I THINK it's vintage, as the plastic doesn't seem like something that would be made recently.
Another tray we picked up was this unusual Couroc of Monterey piece. While there are a lot of common Couroc pieces, some of the more unusual and/or older ones are worth a second look. I hadn't seen this one yet, so we decided to take a chance on it. We've already sold the "poodle" one we got awhile back.
I probably shouldn't have picked up these Taylor and Ng mugs because they're newer pieces made in China. I just wanted to have a few on hand to compare with the originals, since we've gotten that question a few times before.
Also, I'd never really seen the new backstamps because all the resellers of the "new" Taylor Ng mugs on Ebay don't show it (maybe because they don't want to draw as much attention to the fact that these are newer and made in China). So in case you were wondering, here's what the stamps look like - thankfully, there shouldn't be any question they're new because the stamps are so different than the older ones. These also had a barcode paper sticker originally on the bottom. I left one mug back at the thrift because it was damaged.
I picked up another Metlox poppet, which I ordinarily would've passed on. That particular thrifting day, things were going so slow that I was happy to see it. It's interesting how your success on a particular thrifting day influences what you buy.
I've been sort of passing on Ken Edwards pieces too, but this bird seemed a little more unusual so I grabbed him. KE is not a quick seller for us these days - we used to sell pieces pretty quickly.
When I saw these metal and glass candleholders, my brain immediately went "Hoglund". I don't have a lot of experience with iron and glass pieces, because we haven't seen many. Asked a few of the thriftbreakers, it seems they're definitely not Hoglund, and the possibility that they might be Ystad is not that good too. They're only marked with a white printed stamp "Made in Sweden", and don't have anything stamped into the metal. Another name thrown out there was Gunnar Anderson, but I've no idea if it might be him either.
I came across this really nice Mark Blumenfeld vase that I picked up mostly on a hunch. It was just really nicely made - it turns out he's another Laguna Beach potter, apparently still making works today. I'm uncertain how to tell the age of the piece as it's not dated - he produced as early as the 1970s.
When I saw this aqua Kobenstyle enamel pot at a usually cruddy thrift store my brain went "wowsa". But then I saw the price and the heavy chips to the rim. However, once again the fact that I hadn't found anything yet that day prompted me to get it. I'm glad I did, because it's already sold!
Last up - this piece is probably the "sleeper" of today's roundup. Yet again, it was a purchase on one of those days where I hadn't found much. I knew from the Rosenthal stamp on bottom that it'd likely be worth picking up, plus the graphic on it was fantastic. It was also signed and numbered on the side bottom, which I hadn't seen too many times. It took me quite awhile to ID the sig after I got home, but it turns out it's a fairly valuable piece from Natale Sapone. I need to investigate all the comps - some of the bigger unusual pieces have insane prices, though I don't think mine is one of those. In any case, this one made my day!
Sunday September 22, 2013 | Comments
Hi everyone. Need to make a quick post today, as we're trying to get the antique booth ready for the upcoming Pomona Collectors Street Faire. Traffic to the antique malls increases dramatically, so we want to make sure we've got interesting things up in the booth. If you happen to be in the area, drop by - we're on the ground floor in Space #5 at the Pomona Antique Mart.
This Osamu Saito watercolor painting was from last week - we actually found two of them, but the other one has already been sold. Saito is a well regarded water color painter who teaches classes in Southern California usually, but also does the same up in Yosemite occasionally.
I nabbed this colorful Francoise Gicot print at a thrift that had received a large amount of paintings and prints from an estate - the funny thing is that I'd actually been to that estate sale a month or so back. I don't remember seeing it there, but I might've missed it. I know it's the same one, because I also grabbed this:
It's an interesting "palette knife" floral painting, that I remember admiring at the estate. It showed up at the thrift, so I knew it had to be the same estate. This one is already hanging on the wall at our place - provides some nice contrast with the more modern stuff. Hmm.. we've really got a flower thing going with artwork so far:
Kinda strange, since it was unintentional. All of these are from thrifts or estates.
It's still a shocker to come across jadeite every so often. From a Goodwill, no less - they usually send all the "good" stuff to their auctions and whatnot, at least in our area. #complainaboutsocallednonprofitthrifts
Picked up this great looking stoneware studio vase with incised decoration last week. I thought it might be Scandinavian, but now am pretty sure it's Japanese as it seems to have a Hiragana character mark on bottom.
Funny story with this orange Braun KSM-1. I'd just gotten through talking to Jordan from Swing Modern about the KSM he'd found. These don't seem to turn up too often (at least in our area) and since I'd already found one in white awhile back, I figured I wouldn't see one for awhile. But the very next day, this one was waiting for me at the thrift store! Great how that synchronicity / karma thing works...
Lastly, I came across this amazing Curtis Jere style "birds in flight" metal sculpture at an estate sale that I wasn't even planning to go to. They had a ton of other metal sculpture, none of it that I was familiar with. Thinking back, I probably should've picked up more pieces, but I was in a rush at the time. I don't think this is by Curtis Jere and I've searched and searched for a sig with no luck. However, I actually like this one a whole lot better than some of the other Jere bird sculptures. In fact, I'm considering keeping it now #famouslastwords.
That's all - happy thrifting!
Sunday September 22, 2013 | Comments
Hi everyone. We've had some decent finds over the past couple weeks, but I just didn't feel like posting. I feel like I've been in a sort of thrifting/estate sale/flea market bleahhrg rut lately. Basically, here's the issue: 1: We can find stuff to sell, but it takes a crazy amount of effort in our area. And 2: I have a hard time separating the components of this "job" from normal life.
OK. I just wrote a long-ass post about these two issues, and then deleted it. Because I realized it doesn't matter and its just cluttering up the blog. I need to remember to set a timer whenever I start a post, so that I don't spend a stupid amount of time on it. And yes, I'm fricking salty about this lately.
These Georges Briard canisters were a fun find, and they've already gone to a new home.
Interesting taller Toyo vase with leaf design found the other day, the ridges on the side almost give it an art deco look.
Arabia Finland plate with a ship design, one of the few things found at the flea market a few weeks ago.
This Alfredo Barbini glass paperweight from Italy was a super lucky find at a thrift in an area that I usually avoid because it's so overpicked. I almost missed the signature on the side.
It's a real shame these older Winfield Pottery pieces don't sell that well. It's handcrafted California pottery from the 1930s for god's sake...
An Art Vannes owl bowl from France, first time I've come across these.. I think this comapny basically turned into Sevres, though I haven't really read up on the history.
Villeroy and Boch plates in the Acapulco pattern - only the second time I've found these. Sell all the things...
Really cool Toyo metal vase, with a sort of marbelized color scheme going on. I think my Grandma actually had one of these vases, though it didn't have such a nice look to it, so it got donated at some point.
Bauer vase that went under the radar at today's lone estate sale. It didn't have a price tag so I thought it'd be a million dollars - but I was pleasantly surprised.
Man, the timer just rang - OK, the rest will be talked about later.
Don't let me stop you, go have some happy thrifting!