Sunday June 22, 2014 | Comments
Hi everyone. Now that summer is in full swing, sales have been much slower both online and in our booth . Thrifts and estates have been a bit slower for us too, though we've still been finding decent things. You might be hearing (even) less from us on the blog until Fall, as we're going to take advantage of the down time to work more on the house.
We continue to find decent Jaru items here and there, like this great pair of black birds. We've had this same set in green before, but these two actually had the original stickers still on them. They'd just put them out on the shelf, so I had to grab them fast.
I've come across plenty of the Jaru "Starburst" pieces (as well as the very similar Cleminsons ones). But have never seen this monumental ashtray piece before. The lady at the estate where we picked this up was joking that you'd have to have 10 chain smokers to fill up this ashtray.
At another estate, I picked up this nice Hanova enamel by Charles Chaney. This one actually had the original tag still on it. Usually Hanova pieces we find are missing it.
These two enamels came with the Hanova. They're marked "Noir" on the back - I could've sworn someone had found these before, but I guess I was wrong. Really nice designs on them though. The glaze treatment on back is interesting - almost feels like Krenit.
We found one of those "NOT Lisa Larson" boy on horse figurines. Has been de-bunked well, but they still seem to do OK. Good writeup on it on Bit of Butter's "Spotting the Fakes" expose. I got it mostly as a joke, but it turns out the head had cracked off - so the joke was on me I guess.
I almost passed up this Glenn Heath soapstone owl sculpture because of the wear it had. I had heard about them, but didn't realize that they commanded that kind of prices, even in this condition. Needless to say, I'm keeping a closer eye out for them now.
At an estate I visited, someone ahead of me had picked out all the standard Bauer, Gladding and Metlox California pottery pieces - it was obviously a dealer. However, they walked right by the best piece in the bunch - this Fred Johnson 213 hand turned vase. We usually end up picking out 1-2 overlooked FJ pieces at least twice a year.
I couldn't resist getting this fun framed kids fabric panel, even though it's so gigantic that it had to go into the booth. After I got home, discovered that it had "Made in Sweden" impressed into the wooden frame - not sure if the fabric is also Swedish, but guessing so and that these pieces were made and sold like this.
This is the 3rd time we've found a Braun KSM1, and I think they all came from the same thrift store. I'm not sure why , but I'm not complaining. It's clearly marked, but it could be that people see a coffee grinder and they just don't even bother to look - I know I certainly thought that way before I knew.
It was a thrill to find this many Heath Ceramics mugs in one place. These are the low handled variety, I think in the "Brownstone" glaze, but not sure. For some reason the estate folks hadn't looked it up, so we got a great deal on them.
Lastly, I'd picked up this Inuit themed set of tiles thinking they were maybe 1970s-80s or so. But I was able to ID it as designed by Jean Jacques Spenard because our friends The Papers had found some tiles like it before. It was also interesting that they were a lot older, like 1930s-40s. And also, one of the tiles had come off and on the back it said "Germany". This definitely threw me off earlier, and made me think maybe it was even 1990s.
Wednesday June 18, 2014 | Comments
Hi everyone. Taking a bit of a breather from the usual Thrift Roundup grind for this post. A few months back, we had the good fortune of coming across a mid-century hutch with glass sliding doors for a great price at an estate. We had been searching for one for use near the entryway for our house, but everything we liked was very expensive, or the size was just too wide. I think this hutch was much cheaper because it was missing the bottom attached cabinet, and plus I don't believe it's a big name or anything. Solid 60s-70s construction, though.
So, I lugged it home and it sat in our garage for awhile while we figured out what to do with it. We'd been interested in trying to convert some furniture using hair pin legs for awhile, and finally decided to experiment with this piece. We ended up finding a semi-local craftsman on Etsy to make some custom hair pin legs at a decent price. I think it turned out reasonably well - it looks much better when filled with goodies!
We have christened this piece of furniture: The Franken-hutch. I actually had to add some shims on the bottom of the hutch, so that there was footing to bolt the legs onto the bottom. Was a bit worried that you'd see it, but it's not visible at all unless you look on the bottom. We're also missing one of the knobs on the large bottom drawer - still considering whether to switch them all out or try and find a single replacement knob.
Overall, we're very pleased with it - we actually weren't 100% sure how it'd look before putting it together. I know there are purists out there who would naysay combining older furniture with hairpin legs like this. Eh. We fall somewhat in the middle - like, I wouldn't spray paint a known designer's furniture bright green and pink and use it in a nursery room. But if we rescue unknown 60s-70s furniture like this, we've got no problems going utilitarian and just making it work.
Monday June 2, 2014 | Comments
Hi everyone. Got distracted with house renovations this past month, so playing catchup mostly again with thrifts finds this week. We've had some decent luck at both thrifts and estates, which is nice because it has offset the lethargic sales in the shops and the antique booth.
I came across this tall Riihimaki vase by Tamara Aladin at an estate several blocks away from our house. Slowly getting better with glass - have had the most luck spotting unidentified Scandinavian and Blenko pieces. I'm only thinking how many pieces I've missed over the last 5 years! A lot of times these glass vases that come out of estates have a lot of dirt and grime on them, but are in pretty decent shape underneath. It can be a toss-up to clean, but I'll usually take the chance nowadays if reasonable enough.
At the same estate, I found this nice Japanese studio stoneware vase. I've had to try and cut down on how many of these we get for the shop. At several recent estates, I probably could've bought 15-20 of them. However, without an attached name, they just don't sell as fast or bring in as much profit.
I can't remember, we might've posted this Stromberg Carlson blue phone before. There was talk of actually keeping it, but since we have no landline it was very hard to justify hanging it in the kitchen in non-working order.
I had some luck finding bar carts recently, or maybe it's just never really looked at them before. I had some encouragement from thriftbreakers SabineVintageHome and AsaaanBazaar, so I decided to pick this Cosco one up. I thought the large back wheels were kind of cool. I ended up passing two other bar carts over the past month, as our antique booth and garage are a little bit over-crowded right now.
I hit up a "new to me" Goodwill a few weeks ago and pulled this Dali etching out of the "photoframes" section. It was strange, because all the information is right on the back of the frame. I guess it could be the smaller size where they thought it was just a standard cheap print. Hey, I'm not complaining!
Lastly, we revisit the Cathrinehoard again. Unbelievable, but I found the blue bowl at a thrift on a Saturday at high noon. I don't think they'd just taken it out either, it was just dumb luck no one else saw it. Then, this past week I visited a thrift I almost always pass by and found the black lotus pot (haha, black lotus - inside joke). No lid, but it's a harder to find color. And anyhow, these are going right into the Cathrinehoard. I need to take an update pic one of these days - we've added a few more lotus pieces, though finally have gotten rid of all the stripes. The hutch is getting a little crowded, humble brag...