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.

Happy thrifting!

Hi everyone. We had so many listings latey, that I actually had to omit some for this blog post. It'd just get too long otherwise. Before we begin - I know we promised to do an evaluation of our antique booth at the half a year mark. Well, February has arrived - and the short answer is that it's been encouraging enough and "fun" enough to continue. Well, for at least another 6 months or so.

The longer answer involves the complete unpredictability of buyers at these antique malls, as well as unexpected "competition" from within the mall itself. In general, 6 months has just felt too short to evaluate. There's so many other variables to this "is it worth it" game. We have been "in the black" for most of the months, which was my main concern originally. That's surprised me, especially with the high rent around here that we've stayed above water more often than not. Granted, this included the holiday shopping season - I wanted to see if we can sustain sales throughout the rest of the year. So I'm planning to do a full year recap in July or August.

I couldn't think of a good title, so it comes from these Dorothy Thorpe "swoop" silver/gold on crystal dishes. It was supposed to be some sort of "swooping in for the thrift kill" theme, but I'm all out of ideas.

I've had the silver one with an original DT tag before, but the gold one I hadn't seen before. They were found together, so I'm guessing that the gold one is indeed Thorpe.

I was on a couple of thrift runs lately that were pretty dismal - this funny Italian kitty was one the better things found in that run. I don't know who made it yet, but it's marked Italy on the bottom.

You may have heard I've been trying to get away from mugs. But these Briards came home with me because it was on that bad thrift run. I tend to backslide on the various "no new mugs, heavy dinnerware, low value glass, large trays, scarves" rules I set for myself on those dog days of thrifting.

More mugs, need I say more? These qualified slightly for an "Exception" I guess. Oh yes, we know there are tons of exceptions to these "rules".

And here's a Big Tray - hey, what are you gonna do? Definitely made in the style of the Dansk JHQ ones, I'd never seen this Kalmar Sweden one before. One thing nice is it's super light.

Thanks to MidModMom I was able to ID this elephant as Blenko. What, heavy glass you say? Sure, why not - says the thrifter who had gotten skunked the whole day.

I'd heard the name Bill Haskell before, but I wasn't sure if this turned Juniper wood vase was worth picking up. I'm starting to really like the look, so I can't say I'm going to be too sad it doesn't sell right away...

This great set of pop art style 1970s coasters for Continental was a real surprise. It was in a pretty nondescript box sandwiched between two other things, and I ordinarily wouldn't have picked up if the thrifting day was not going so slow. So I was pleasantly surprised when I opened it up and saw the great designs on them - sort of a Peter Max-ish look to them.

Lastly, I went to an estate earlier that was the house of someone who was the official printer for Ansel Adams. The house was filled with great midcentury items and quirky stuff, but it was all already sold or priced to the moon. I got some lucite office pieces, and I grabbed these shakers because I thought they were interesting - and when I got home I found out they said "Sterling"! Needless to say, I was pretty shocked. This would be only the 4th time in years of thrifting that I've found non-IDed silver. They're by Allan Adler, no not Alan Alda...

Happy thrifting!