Monday March 31, 2014
Hi everyone. Decided to stop blogging about so many of those small, inexpensive items that we find. (You know, the ones that get the most attention but cost so much time to prep for selling?) It'll make this go quicker - as I have to pack stuff for our antique booth right now. Have still been thinking about certain developments regarding our booth in general, but more on that much, much later.
I almost decided to pass on this very nice Rainbow teak tray from Sweden, because it had a little ding on the edge. But as I mentioned with Dala horses, it's very hard to pass over Scandinavian pieces for me. So I got it, "15 inch diameter and difficult to store" notwithstanding...
More Swedish stuff - yay Scandinavia! These candlesticks were faintly marked on the bottom, but I would've got them even if they weren't marked. They came out of the CLSA (Crappiest Little Salvation Army) near us, which was a surprise.
I posted a pic of this creamer to try get a handle on it but it already has one... But seriously, anyone familiar with the pattern? Could be Japan, I'm just hoping it's not newer so the Etsy police don't descend on me..
Great looking Arabia stoneware vase, in the "Maya" line by Annikki Hovisaari. Thanks to Jonas for help ID-ing the line, although this one was marked "Maya" on bottom I didn't know the maker. I really wanted to keep this one, but there's too much stoneware in the house.
This Finella Gourmet enamel pot designed by Seppo Mallat for Finel has an interesting yellow/black pattern. Almost seems to go with Arabia Faenza Yellow dinnerware. I left an all-white Seppo Mallat covered casserole behind, because it had too many doorbells on it. Ding, ding!
This beautiful teak (I think) ice bucket still has me stumped still. It's very well made, and the knob on top is a little different than most buckets we see. The closest thing the knob looks like to is some of the Laurids Lonborg ice buckets, though I know the composition of those is much different. Anyone familiar with it?
We decided to try sell this large glass top wooden coffee table that was being used in our antique booth, since we got some replacement shelves. It is much too large to fit in our house, but can see it working out in someone else's. Late 60s to early 70s look to it - if you happen to live close to us and need one, let us know and we can work with you on the price.
"In case you hadn't heard - the 70s are back Baby!" ... said a person about 20 years too late. I think we're already starting to get up to the late 1980s/early 1990s revival, but this Ron Brejtfus textile art piece sold pretty fast for us. So maybe I'm wrong and we're going backwards in time. At that rate, we should get back to Mad Men in about 2025?
Lastly, picked up this amazing Panos Valsamakis tile composition a few weeks back. I can never remember or spell his name, but he's a pretty well-known midcentury Greek artist. Thanks again to MidModMom for help on the ID, I'd decided at the store to get it even though I was second guessing myself on it.
Monday March 24, 2014
Hi everyone. I've been having some shoulder issues using the computer lately, so will try make this short. I know these finds seem great - but most of them are from the previous downpour of finds from 2 weeks back (you've probably seen most if you follow us on Instagram). I've "come back down to earth" a bit, with more than a few thrift-skunked trips lately.
Found this nice looking Bauer step pot at a small thrift - I like the flower pots and bulb bowls a lot, but they don't go very quickly for us.
These Swedish wooden figurines were intriguing - one of them is marked with Claes Hultberg, which as far as I can tell is a well known older maker of wood frames and figurines like this. I'm not sure if both are by the company but we found them together.
I also came across another Lilleberg bird. This one is actually marked "GVL", which stands for Green Valley Lake, the town they were made in which is actually close to us. A nearby area, Big Bear Lake, was a popular place for us to go fishing in the 1980s. They look a lot like some of the Emil Milan birds. A little after I started to research the first one, this article in the Mountain News of Lake Arrowhead came out which shows some of the birds.
This Copco blue fondue by Michael Lax was not cheap, but I couldn't pass on it because it was in decent shape. I'd say 75% of the Lax Copco I come across is damaged beyond buying at thrifts.
Small Boda Sweden glass flower vase. Glass pieces like this without a name attached don't do that well for us, but it had the sticker so it was hard to resist.
I wasn't sure if this was an Aseda vase, but had some real-time thriftbreak help from Scott of New Documents. Later on, I found it in the Leslie Pina book - it's by Bo Borgstrom.
Unusual blue color on this Cathrineholm plate which was found at a thrift...
... along with this Emalox Norway red bowl. Always a good day when you find more than one at a thrift!
These Flavia / Bitossi cat figurines were a lucky snag at a local flea market. I nearly passed them - couldn't believe there were two of them!
This cool dual-speed Swedish manual egg beater was one of the cooler finds. It's from the Nils Johan company, and believe it or not I found another identical one in yellow, also with original tags. I think I might hang onto that one for a bit. Because hoarding. ;)
Lastly - a wonderful Swedish vase from Gustavsberg in the Lagun line by Sven Jonson. I couldn't believe this was in the junk aisle at a thrift, which I nearly decided to pass by. You could say I'm glad I decided to go!
Monday March 24, 2014
Hi everyone. I have too much running in my mind right now regarding vintage selling. Eh. It'll just take to long to explain, so I'm just going to get to our latest finds:
I think this is the 3rd or 4th time we've come across this treasury of myths book. I wish we'd come across a copy of Dinner for Two with the Harper illustrations instead, but hey can't argue with fast sales!
I have a great weakness for picking up vintage paper ephemera at estate sales. In general, it's hard to make a fortune off of this kind of stuff, but these napkins were really cool. It also keeps me occupied when all the high-end midcentury "dealers" have scooped up all the good stuff, pbbbbt..
Speaking of dealers scooping up stuff, no one scooped up these Schmid Tackett cup and saucers at a recent estate I hit up. I'm guessing they thought there wasn't enough margin in it for them. Suckers!
I have a near fatal attraction to Dala horses, it seems. They've done "OK" for us, but it's not the holidays. So I'm figuring maybe it'll will sit for 4-some months in the shop until it expires, after which I'll put it in the "for Xmas" inventory box for listing next November. I have big plans for this box every year it seems...
This Swedish bird candleholder originally had an identical friend, but he was left behind in the bush due to damage. I tried that joke on the thrift clerk, a vacant stare was my reward.
Something something Socrates something... never mind, already sold.
I know this one is newer, but I still had a hard time passing it up. The green stamped ones and odd size/shape older ones do better. I didn't put it on Etsy, lest I be accused of selling something from Crate and Barrel - true story, yo.
Surprised to find this Bauer pitcher at a thrift, marked clearly on bottom. Also surprised it's a "beater pitcher" - like for whipping up pancakes in the morning? Now I want pancakes..
This little fellow is a Zoo-line piece, but unfortunately I think he's missing the rest of his body which was a little office tray connected to the head by a dowel.
Found another one of these kettles, and it was another quick sale. It had some wear, but a lot of it came off with Bar Keeper's Friend and magic eraser. Yeah science.
Kitchen scales haven't done that well for us, but they sure look cool. This Terraillon was designed by Marco Zanuso in the 1960s. Or so The Google has told me.
Lastly, a cool cast iron multi candle holder thingy - made in the style of Dansk, but it comes from Wales. Not that Wales, but a "Wales" company in Japan. I think these often had ceramic inserts in the design, and I haven't seen others that were on a pedestal like ours.
Well then... happy thrifting!
Monday March 3, 2014
Hi everyone. We've been experiencing an unusual amount of rain here in SoCal, which has been a long time in coming (very bad drought for almost a year) and overall greatly welcomed. In tandem with that, we've also had an unusual "rain" of good finds. This business of vintage often seems much like our weather: long periods of a "drought" of found inventory, followed by one or two really amazing thrift runs. When it rains, it does pour.
This can be VERY frustrating, and we've been on the other side of the fence so many times. I've been on the verge of quitting at one point. It's an integral part of the business, so it's hard to do much about it - other than try, try again. And complain! ;)
Anyhow, starting off differently this week - here's an ensemble pic of a recent thrifting Friday:
I almost didn't go thrifting the day when I found all these items, since it was raining fairly hard. But there was a short break, and I just felt the "thrifter's itch". So I decided to go out for a short thrift run. This is usually less than the amount of items I can find over two full days and 12-15 stores!
At a single thrift, someone had decided to donate all their pink vintage glass. Those are Hazel Atlas crinoline cups (no saucers unfortunately) and one of the bowls. The small custard cups are actually Pyrex with a pink band, a little unusual to see these. The plastic plates are Heller Vignelli in some of the later pastel colors. There was so much of it I didn't even get it all, just picked up the ones I thought would sell. We've had luck with the sky blue color before.
The orange-brown ice lip pitcher is a Bauer Pottery gloss pastel kitchen (GPK), in near perfect condition. Shocking to see this one undamaged at a thrift. They'd just put it out on a cart and I scooped it up as soon as I saw it. The tea kettle is an Osiris model from Bodum, by Jorgensen. We've found one previously, so I knew what it was right away.
Last one in this photo - I couldn't believe there was a Kay Bojesen wood soldier sitting along with the usual mass-produced nutcracker soldiers! I've been looking for one for ages. This one was actually made as a promotional piece for Aalborg Akvavit.
I also had a very decent flea market on Sunday, but am going to save those for next week's post. Here are some of the other items found recently:
We've had good luck recently finding Blenko Glass. I suspect it's mostly because I'm getting better at recognizing it, due partly to the tutelage of thriftbreak folks. This is the second time I've found a bag shaped vase, and this one was also blue.
The water bottles are always fun to find, because there's so many different color combinations and variations. Have not come across this Tangerine color combo before.
I'm fairly good at spotting Fred (and/or Jim) Johnson's unmarked pieces for Bauer. But I've had less success with getting them to go quickly in the shop. Difficult to pass up for me though, especially when no one else knows what they are as was the case at the estate this came out of.
Same goes for both Pacific, Vernon, Metlox and Gladding pieces, like these unusual smaller El Patio cups and saucers. I know a lot about older California pottery, but this knowledge doesn't often translate into dollars. The problem is that it has value, but the pool of collectors who are into these pieces has shrunk considerably. It's one more reason you have to constantly keep up with what's popular and selling well.
This Jonathan Adler vase was made for Pottery Barn, and while we usually aren't that big fans of his (often derivative) work, we thought it was pretty nice. Believe they are handmade in Peru.
I picked up this Japanese green vase because the glaze and look was very arts and crafts-ish to me. I don't think it's that old, but it seems very well made - probably cast and not made on wheel though.
Lastly - I picked these Golden Shoji glasses by Imperial out of an antique mall. These have become very popular in recent years, so we've been on the look-out for them. I think that the popularity may have waned a bit though, that's how fast things change in the reselling biz. We had some fun with these glasses - I was moving them around and realized they were all "tuned" to different notes in an E-flat scale. You can see a video here.