Hi everyone. I had an unusual thrifting situation this past week, where I had a “gas-efficient” car all to myself and no other major projects to work on. Whee… you guessed it! I decided to go thrifting EVERY day – that’s Monday through Friday, 5 straight days. It might not seem like a lot, but I’m not talking 1-2 thrifts. It was an average of 6 a day – I ended up doing 30 different thrifts without repeating and 2 estates, from 9am to 2pm every day.
Needless to say, it was an interesting experiment – but I don’t think I could do it all the time. It was fun, but definitely “work”. The problem living where we are in SoCal is that there are plenty of thrifts but they’re all spread out away from us, and traffic can be a nightmare. You absolutely have to plan the direction you go based on the time of day, otherwise all your time is taken up travelling.
The thrifting was decent to very good – I found a good amount of things, maybe a little more than usual for me (have been more picky lately though, which has affected our hauls). I tried to take group pics of the finds by day…
On Monday I hit 7 thrifts, and the finds included a Kosta Boda Atoll yellow swirl bowl, a Jon Price crystalline vase and a Knobler of Spain yellow glass bottle with cork. The Kosta Bowl weighs a good 6 pounds or so, it doesn’t look like it’d be that heavy at first but it is. I’ve found Jon Price’s work before, believe he’s still creating porcelain pieces with these large crystals on them in Mission Viejo. The Knobler piece, I really don’t know much about. I think the company is active in a number of different countries making housewares and giftwares like these.
Not shown is another Far Side mug in box, and an Aldo Luongo small print from the 70s that I already took to the antique booth.
On Tuesday I hit 5 thrifts, and only came home with a single item. However, I think it might be the best piece – it’s an original Elton Bennett serigraph called “The Storm Coast”. I still haven’t taken it out of the frame to check if it’s been trimmed down, and how it’s been framed. All of those things greatly affect the value, but it was still an amazing find (for me). Bennett worked in the Northwest and a lot of his themes deal with the ocean and coastline which I really like.
On Wednesday, I headed out to check on our antique mall booth and hit 5 thrift stores while I was in the area. The handpainted covered jar is actually a Bauer 1lb covered whiteware butter jar – second time I’ve found decorated Bauer this month after not bringing home any ever. I need to research this one – the painting was all done by 3rd parties, but I think the whiteware jar itself might be quite old – I know they produced this stuff as early as the 1910s .. but I don’t think the painted design is that old.
The Arabia kitty pitcher is a fortuitous find from behind the “antique” counter. I need to remember to ask prices on things like this – I assumed it would be full-blown retail, but it was affordable enough for our collection. Yes… collection The napkin rings are Vera Neumann from Japan – first time I’ve picked up a set of these.
At the last thrift, I hesitated over this nice looking print for quite awhile. I wasn’t sure the maker at first, but in the end price won out for me. It’s an Anne Tuttle etching(?) and I think we might be putting it up on our wall. The lake scene is really nice on this one.
On Thursday, I hit up 7 thrifts, but I also stopped by 2 estate sales. This day seemed the most “productive” in terms of the number of items found, but they were mostly inexpensive smalls. The Dansk brown mist cups and saucers came from a thrift, while the bowls came from one of the estates. The kitty cup is a Fitz and Floyd while the elephant mug is another Taylor and Ng. I’ve really tried to cut down on mugs, but still come home with a lot of them.
The interesting pelican kids moveable puzzle in the back is still sealed in the box, and was made by Jack Built Toys in the 1950s. I’m very interested in the fact that it says “Copyright B. Orel”, because of those wooden birds that are marked “J.V. Orel” … it just seems like too much a coincidence that the two aren’t related. Also.. “B” and “V” sound similar, and I know they abbreviated Jack Built as “J.B.” sometimes … interesting stuff, anyone know?
The two Mexican ceramics in the front are a Ken Edwards turtle and a Jorge Wilmot small owl. Next to that is a Nuutajarvi Flora bowl by Oiva Toikka – I might’ve not picked it up if it didn’t have a sticker, because I know there’s some fakes that look VERY similar. The candelabra thingy is made of pewter and is by Reed & Barton – haven’t been able to find too much about it. Lastly – I scored a Blenko cobalt blue “bag vase”. I’ve been trying to identify more glass like this lately, but it’s been slow going.
On Friday I hit only 6 stores – this is my usual route and I often do 8-9. I didn’t go to any estates either. I was pretty worn out by the end of the week though. This etching print seemed a little boring at first – I think it’s a trunk of a cypress tree. But it was signed and numbered, and cheap, so I decided to take a shot. I found out later the artist is “O’Henry” aka Heinz Seebauer. Very little info to go on besides the name so far.. I might just put it up in the booth next week.
The books in the back, I got on a whim – it’s a set of 1898 books “Stories by Foreign Authors” with each book featuring a different country, including Germany, Russia, Spain and Italy. I thought the white bud pitcher vase was German, but turns out it was Otagiri. The blue vase, I thought might be Blenko – but I think i might’ve nailed it down to a company called “Rainbow” that was eventually bought out by Viking Glass.
Bowl in the back is another Ken Edwards, while the single dish in front is Heath. I searched all over for any more Heath, to no avail. Tiny book “The Sailing Ship” in the back was also another whim purchase. And in the front is a glass Rosenthal Versace bottle stopper. I think these are pretty common, but still have some value.
OK, hope you enjoyed my five days of thrifting roundup. I might take a break next week, famous last words…
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