Hi everyone. Have been a little lazy to make posts, and the Easter / NHL playoffs / Game of Thrones / Mad Men rush has made it even more difficult. Speaking of Mad Men, we still haven't seen the pieces that were purchased from us by the show in the episodes - however, I was told one of our fellow antique mall sellers had a couch that appeared in the show! Hoping one of our smalls will show up soon.

A few selected finds from awhile back:

I've run into more Blenko than usual at thrifts lately, but again, it's mostly because help from thriftbreak buddies that has come in handy. Glass is still not my forte. The tumblers have already gone to a new home. Not pictured is yet another purple-pink 384 water bottle.

This was a new company for me - Toreboda from Sweden. I actually couldn't figure out the stamp on it because it was obscurred, but a half hour of google imaging later, I finally got the answer.

I picked up this cork and chrome lamp because I know people like them. They seem to be attributed all the time to Laurel, but I'm guessing a lot of them (including mine) are not. Usually, they'd have the Laurel name on the UL tag. If you happen to know for sure, would appreciate a comment.

This "Casy Boys" wooden figurine is another attribution question. It's marked C. Casagrande on bottom along with the Casy Boys inset metal stamp. I see them attributed to Anri, but am wondering if people have only been saying that because of the similarity of the metal stamp that is used on Anri pieces sometimes. Again, if you happen to know - please comment!

Van Briggle lilac blue vase and candlesticks - SOLD

Was rather stunned to find these Van Briggle pieces sitting on bottom shelf of a thrift store. I never find Van Briggle in thrifts, because they're almost always stamped pretty prominently. Was a little disappointed to discover they were newer, and that value on them was not as high as if they were older or more rare forms. Still amazing to find them.

At that same thrift, I came across this Laurids Lonborg handled trivet. Almost decided to keep this one, but it's up in the shop now.

We hit up the Rose Bowl flea market for the first time in ages. I tend to not like this market as much, because it's more crowded and prices are generally higher. We did find a few things, like this Raymor ashtray. I think this flea market seems better nowadays because we've learned much more from a few years ago, and also because we're more willing to SMTMM (Spend money to make money).

I knew this Kosta Boda piece had to be something because it was signed with Bertil Vallien's name. This is from a weird series of "stress objects" called Brains. Already gone to a new home!

I almost missed finding out about this interesting estate sale of Toyo Miyatake's son. Toyo was a pretty important Japanese American photographer - for some reason I didn't realize his family lived very close in our area. The pickers were out in full force at the sale, so I only picked up a few things including these Ikebana pieces. I'd planned to go back the next day with my mom, who can read Japanese, in order to look through the books - but we ended up not going. I think a lot of the important Camp material may've been already donated to JANM.

I was delighted to find this unusual Pyrex space saver, even though there was no lid. We're fairly good with Pyrex IDs - you might've visited our site before. But we've been in selling mode with Pyrex, after collecting one too many pieces over the years.

Lastly, I found this signed Kaj Franck vase for Iittala at a tiny thrift shop that we only visit on occasion. I guess the signature was too messy for them to read. It just goes to show, you never know what you'll find!

Happy thrifting!


Hi everyone. Got a little sidetracked due to the Mad Men / Game of Thrones watchfest, so I didn't get to write up the usual post until today. I guess that's going to happen every Sunday now?? We also hit up the Rose Bowl flea market in Pasadena for the first time in quite a while. Found a few things, but those will have to wait until next week. Here are some of the latest finds:

There was an estate I hit up one morning that was a bit of a "digger". I happened to go early this time, but they also happened to have opened BEFORE the stated time! So the Zooline monkey I'd seen in preview pics was gone, but there was still a lot of stuff left. The guy's wife had collected cats, and we unearthed a few gems like this Waechtersbach "Grumpy Cat" pitcher. They made a few different items with this pattern, which I think is 1960s or so. I also grabbed a David Stewart small kitty vase, but that's going in the collection.

The best find was this Rorstrand Sweden "Terra Cat" by Bertil Vallien. He's known more for his glassware, so it was a bit of a surprise to find his ceramics. Interestingly, I found another Vallien piece at the Rose Bowl - but that one was glass. More on that later.

At another estate, I picked up this Dansk Kobenstyle red pot. We used to find Kobenstyle in the thrift-wild all the time, at reasonable prices, but it's pretty rare to see any worth picking up nowadays. The only exception is when they make a mistake on the color rarity, so that there's still some meat left on the bone for us.

I got very excited when I first saw this art deco style globe planter (or sugar bowl?) because I thought it might be a Vernon Kilns moon piece by Jane Bennison. It turned out not to be, but I still think it's an older piece - the thick yellow glaze reminds me a whole lot of Padre, but so far haven't been able to put an ID on it.

I know there are some really avid radio collectors out there, so I paid a higher price at a thrift for this one. It turned out to be a rarer model, and it's already gone to a new home. I'd thought about keeping it at first, but couldn't justify it even though it was really cool

I was stunned to see this Festivaal tray behind the counter of a pretty dumpy thrift. The reason became apparent after I asked them to bring it out so I could take a look. It had some condition issues, but I know it's pretty common for the line and that they're sought after regardless. I actually passed on it and went to look at other things in the store. But it nagged at me, and after some mobile conversation with Bit of Butter I went back for it.

Fred W. avaiation pop art style 1960s lithograph print - Inquire if interested

Lastly, picked up this great looking print out of an estate of a guy who collected avaiation material. It's got sort of a pop art look to it, and I really liked the colors and the design. The sig seemed fairly readable (at first) - Fred Killam(?) - but so far haven't been able to find out anything about it. The title is "Wings of Yesterday", and it's numbered 1/10. If anyone happens to know anything about it, please let me know. I'm also fairly certain it's 1960s, or at latest 1970s - because the label on the back is from a framing store that existed in that time frame.

Happy thrifting!