Hi everyone. We've had some decent finds over the past couple weeks, but I just didn't feel like posting. I feel like I've been in a sort of thrifting/estate sale/flea market bleahhrg rut lately. Basically, here's the issue: 1: We can find stuff to sell, but it takes a crazy amount of effort in our area. And 2: I have a hard time separating the components of this "job" from normal life.

OK. I just wrote a long-ass post about these two issues, and then deleted it. Because I realized it doesn't matter and its just cluttering up the blog. I need to remember to set a timer whenever I start a post, so that I don't spend a stupid amount of time on it. And yes, I'm fricking salty about this lately.

These Georges Briard canisters were a fun find, and they've already gone to a new home.

Interesting taller Toyo vase with leaf design found the other day, the ridges on the side almost give it an art deco look.

Arabia Finland plate with a ship design, one of the few things found at the flea market a few weeks ago.

This Alfredo Barbini glass paperweight from Italy was a super lucky find at a thrift in an area that I usually avoid because it's so overpicked. I almost missed the signature on the side.

It's a real shame these older Winfield Pottery pieces don't sell that well. It's handcrafted California pottery from the 1930s for god's sake...

An Art Vannes owl bowl from France, first time I've come across these.. I think this comapny basically turned into Sevres, though I haven't really read up on the history.

Villeroy and Boch plates in the Acapulco pattern - only the second time I've found these. Sell all the things...

Really cool Toyo metal vase, with a sort of marbelized color scheme going on. I think my Grandma actually had one of these vases, though it didn't have such a nice look to it, so it got donated at some point.

Bauer vase that went under the radar at today's lone estate sale. It didn't have a price tag so I thought it'd be a million dollars - but I was pleasantly surprised.

Man, the timer just rang - OK, the rest will be talked about later.

Don't let me stop you, go have some happy thrifting!

  1. Bea - Mid Mod Mom Says:

    I was talking with my husband about how you felt today, and I was thinking that you got into the thrifting game a while back, when you could actually find good stuff for great prices all over the place. I on the other hand have been going at it for over a couple of years. I speculate that my spending budget is higher than yours, as I will spend a lot of money on a piece that I know can make money. I do not know if this is stupid or not, but I guess it helps me to keep on going… my two cents.
    Everything will be better, I promise.

  2. A La Modern Says:

    Bea – i think you’re completely right on this. Plus, our area is probably among the most difficult, expensive and competitive for thrifting in the country. And the topic has come up more than once in talking with the other thriftbreakers – the “spend money to make money”. I’m frankly very NOT good at that. But I think if I’m going to stay in this business, I probably have to really try that more. I’ve been getting burned out from trying to thrift more often, rather than trying to focus on areas where there’s money to be made.

    I think I need to step back a bit and see what needs to be done. But anyhow, thanks for the conversation on this, it really means a lot!

  3. Nancy Kuelbs Says:

    I love your sweet little Bauer butter crock, it helped me identify the one I have that was passed to me by my mom. I know mine is at least from 1929, because that is the date that is written on the bottom from one of my mom’s relatives. Sadly, this little crock was broken and pieced carefully back together, but it has much more sentimental value than sale, so it won’t be leaving me. I love your blog, and have learned a lot about vintage ceramics/pottery from reading through your finds.

  4. Denise Says:

    I would love to find a paperweight like the one you found from Italy to add to my collection.

  5. Mai-Li (@vrkitschn) Says:

    Thrifting is a hobby for me versus a primary source of income, and even then I get quite frustrated when day after day I find nothing. It bums me out that you’ve been in a rut, and hope that things get better soon. I think what Bea had to say was quite insightful, as it touches on my own reluctance to spend above a certain amount–even if I know an item could fetch for much more. It’s a weird thing I need to get my headspace out of, especially since I inevitably regret not picking up those finds!

    You’ve been such an inspiration to me and such a warm, helpful presence in the thriftbreak community. I only wish you the best.

  6. Meredith Brody Says:

    I would have been HAPPY to read your “long-ass post.” I LOVE your writing. It has content, AND style!

  7. Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com Says:

    Very nice finds! I just love those canisters. I have a GB ice bucket in my booth but not selling :( It’s pink! You seem to have some real quality things in your area. Take care – Dawn