Hi everyone. Going to try get a quick thrifting post in, before diving back into listing items. But first - if you've been having trouble leaving comments on our posts, would appreciate it if you could let us know. We've sort of exhausted our options for the captcha protected comments - without it we get 100s of spam comments. With it activated (and this is the only plugin so far that seems to work at all), we get people being blocked from making a comment some of the time. Not sure what we can do.
Anyhow, on to the finds:
I've passed La Musa pieces before, mostly because of condition but also because it doesn't seem to have the same desirability as Desimone or Nino Parrucca. This bottle vase and trivet were interesting enough to bring home this time.
One issue I've been really trying to balance lately is whether to stay home and list inventory, or whether to go out and hit the thrifts/estates to try find better things. This is the old "should I stay or should I go" quandary for vintage sellers - a sort of opportunity cost thingy. We have a regular weekly routine, and currently it's 3 nearly full days a week thrifting and 4 partial days listing and other shop stuff (hey what... no days off then?!) I think this may be a little too heavy on the inventory searching, and I've been trying to cut it down. I continually have thrifter's "stay-at-home" remorse though - and seeing our friends' amazing finds doesn't help!
This great promotional Pyrex Balloons chip dip set is an example - I'd almost decided to stay home and list things, but decided to break routine and go an extra day. On this day this thrift decided to be "heavy on the Pyrex" - besides the Balloons set I found 3 other worthwhile Pyrex items - most of which has gone to the antique booth. I kept thinking, huh, what if I hadn't gone... as you can see my discipline is very low on these things.
That same trip provided this interesting raised Japanese ikebana planter, with a sort of modern look. I haven't figured out the maker - though Otagiri made some similar ones. It could also be a fairly recent production, which is why it's gone on Ebay for now.
I was a little surprised these Nambe Studio religious figurines flew off the shelf - they're newer, but currently discontinued. A local antique store pickup, fully marked which is interesting because they were very reasonable. I try not to pick up Nambe if it has a lot of scratches or wear, but it's surprisingly how many collectors of it there area.
Have been paying a little more attention to acrylic/lucite pieces lately. This napkin holder is fairly recent, but I decided to pick it up anyhow. At the estate where I got this, I missed out on a gigantic lucite bar cart - those things are pretty popular nowadays, so if you ever see one - grab it.
This "Lollipop" Guzzini cruet server is a lot of fun. I almost decided to keep it, since we need an option for homemade salad dressing and the cheap plastic newer stuff leaves a lot to be desired.
I've mixed feelings on Figgjo of Norway - I really like the designs and items personally, but a lot of it just doesn't seem to fly off the shelf or command higher prices that Arabia, Rorstrand and other Scandinavian makers do. Not sure why that is - but I'll only pick it up now if it's super cheap and undamaged. This Tor Viking skillet fit both of those requirements.
Linda picked up this really cool 1960s vinyl purse at a thrift the other day. It's by L&M Edwards.
The cool thing about it is that it's one of those reversible cover purses. You can also use it without the cover, so it's a "3-in-1 convertible" purse.
I was shocked to see this Finel teapot at the thrift - I'd never seen one previously. But then I realized - there was no lid! It had a bit of damage so I considered leaving it - but our friend Maria who runs Sabine Home Vintage convinced us someone might still want it. In the end, I couldn't bear to leave it - lid or not.
Lastly - a bit of a fun item. This is a complete set of "spinner" dominoes, the kind that have a metal ball embedded in the middle. I'm uncertain, but I think this could be a fairly old set. It also seems to be bakelite, though I haven't determined that it is for sure yet. The quality is pretty good on these, and we liked the "sandwich" of different color layers.