Sunday, April 13, 2014

Thrift Finds: From Germany with love

Hello vintage fans,

Another busy week has come and gone. We had visitors and I didn't have much time to go thrifting, but I was lucky to go to an estate sale preview on Thursday. The owner of the estate had worked for Rosenthal Germany and there were lots of great smalls to be had.


First, a small dish beautifully illustrated by Cuno Fischer.  I have seen some of these designs attributed to a collaboration between Fischer and Wiinblad.


This is the "Sieben Gesichter Vase" (vase with seven faces), designed around 1950 by Fritz Heidenreich for Rosenthal, Germany.


There were several Per Lutken for Holmegaard vases and dishes. It took me but two seconds to miss them to the woman in front of me. I managed to get this beautiful dish. Listed here.


Another Rosenthal piece, an awesome porcelain monkey figurine. Still trying to find out the designer.


Rosenthal glasses from the Pirate line. Glass appliqué features different sea theme motifs.


Lovely Thomas Germany serving bowl from the same estate. A fabulous one stop for all things Germany.


A Kosta Boda glass floating hippo paper weight found at the thrift store. Love the Kosta glass figurines, they usually go unnoticed because they are not marked.


Now to my husband's favorite. A vintage and very cool hygrometer (I was told this is what the official name is) found at the thrift store as well.


And now for my favorite find of the week. Salt and pepper boxes by Lagardo Tackett for Freeman Lederman! Finally I get some Tackett in my life!!! So excited.

What did you find this week? Come share with us at A Living SpaceSir Thrift a Lot and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm.

If you would like more information on any of my finds you can always contact me. I give discounted prices to my blog readers.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Thrift Finds: An amazing week!

 Hello friends of the vintage find,

I had a really good week! First a dream of an estate sale where I was surprised to find a lot of ceramics waiting for me. I got there late as it was an appointment only estate sale and I only called the day before to make mine. There was a beautiful Evelyn Ackerman tapestry at this sale, but it was gone (obviously) when I got there. I got this beautiful teak cart designed by Poul Hundevad instead.

Image from here
My next find has been on my thrift wish list for a while. This Bitossi Rimini Blu bull figurine is larger than what I expected! I found it while thrifting from the couch.


A beautiful mystery piece of studio pottery from the estate sale (listed here). I love ceramics so much!


More ceramics for your viewing pleasure. A limited edition plate made by Heath ceramics designed by Susan Jacobs Lockhart, resident fellow at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin for 45 years. Just gorgeous! Listed here.


From the same sale a lot of Marshall Studios pieces. The owner of this estate had the best taste!


A small but fun find from the local antique mall. A pair of Howard Pierce bunnies. Aren't they precious? Listed here.


And even more ceramics from the same estate sale: A set of Arabia of Finland Ruska dishes. Listed here.


Now for the keepers (I can't help myself!) An item from my wish list. A beautiful glass bird designed by Oiva Toikka for Nuutajarvi - iittala. This could be the beginning of another collection! (Don't tell my husband.)


More prints for my ever growing collection! Two small Kaoru Kawano prints. Found these at my second estate sale on Thursday, minutes before they closed for the day. Sweet depiction of girls. Both need to be reframed, the matt might not be acid free and I see some deterioration on the paper.


So, what do you think? A great week, right? What did you find? If you would like more information on any of my finds you can always contact me. I give discounted prices to my blog readers.

Sharing this week with A Living SpaceSir Thrift a Lot and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Thrift Finds: Some color, some glass, some beauty.

Hello seekers of vintage,

Some good finds this week, even though I didn't try so hard. I wish I could always say that. I did not go to any estate sales, and most of my finds came from thrift stores. Finally!

A quick recap of my week, as I have little time today for the blog. First for the bright and colorful finds. A Marimekko school bus mug, and an extra large Cathrineholm striped bowl. So lovely!


Then for the beautiful Scandinavian glass. Large iittala Flora divided plate in the background. 
My FIRST thrifted iittala Savoy vase! I am thrilled to have found it! It has been on my wish list for ever as my parents had a larger version of it on our coffee table in my childhood home. My father was a big fan of Alvar Aalto.
Two iittala Festivo candle holders, I usually find the smaller size, so I was happy to have found a four ring one! 
Lastly, another Kosta glass figurine, this time a lovely german sheperd.


My best find of the week, a large Lotte lamp with original shade. So beautiful!


How was your week? What did you find? If you would like more information on any of my finds you can always contact me. I give discounted prices to my blog readers.

Sharing this week with A Living SpaceSir Thrift a Lot and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Thrift Finds: Is it or is it not?

Hello seekers of vintage,

Have you ever found yourself in front of a piece and wondered what it is? You recall seeing it before, everything about it seems right, but you have never seen this piece in real life -books and websites can't tell you everything about an object. Do you take it or do you leave it behind?

I have been faced with this predicament more times than I am willing to admit. I have left behind great scores because I didn't know and I have taken home some mistakes as well.

We learn everyday on this business, don't we? Let me share with you some of my recent finds, so you can learn as well. Let's start with my mistake of the week


This long necked vase looks a lot like a Homelgaard Gulvase, doesn't it? I was fooled! To be fair, I have never seen the real thing before, and this was close enough and cheap enough to pick. Only when I got home and researched the piece did I learn that this is a copy. For starters, this is not a color used by Homelgaard, the proportions are wrong, and this piece has a pontil. The real Gulvase is blown into a wood mold and it doesn't have a pontil. Bottom in the real thing is flat. Oh well.


Now for a wonderful find that I almost left behind. Eva Zeisel silhouette glassware for Bryce. Ten goblets and eight sherbets. The shape of these glasses is so sensuous and unique! I am surprised (now) that I doubted myself. I came to my senses thanks to my friends Jen, Antay, and Steve (all fans of and experts on Zeisel's work). Thank you!


It was a glass day at the flea market! Lovely Gunnar Ander for Ystad Metall bird candle holders. There is no mistaking these (as they are thankfully marked). iittala festivo candle holder and ultima thule dessert bowl made the cut as well.


Other finds include a nice Tammis Keefe hankie and a large Bitossi bowl with seta decor.


Now for the keepers: a beautiful, must have, wish list find, not thrifty Laurids Lonborg teak pepper mill. Isn't it a beauty?


And another wish list find, at a thrifty price, a Shuzo Ikeda print!!! A favorite one at that! So excited!


A very good week of near misses and great finds. Tell me how your week went. If you would like more information on any of my finds you can always contact me. I give discounted prices to my blog readers.

Sharing this week with A Living SpaceSir Thrift a Lot and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Thrift Finds: Back in business

Hello seekers of vintage,

After all my complaining last week, the thrift gods decided to shower me with lots of little creatures. I am a happy thrifter!


Found the larger Zoo-line mama hippo on Saturday. She has adopted the little hippo I found a while ago. I will list them together in the store soon.


This cute labrador designed by Bertil Vallien for Kosta glass Zoo series was found at the thrift store. It never ceases to amaze me that something so delicate can survive the TS shelves intact.


Cute Victoria Littlejohn trivet. I usually pass on her pieces because they are slow sellers. But this bear was too cute to leave behind.


A pipe stand made in Israel. I have found similar ones made of brass, this one is too yellow and too clean to be brass. I wonder what it is made of.


Two Royal Copenhagen candle holders. What kind of animal would you say these are? I love how whimsical they are. I have yet to find a designer behind these. Do you know anything about these?


Not one but two Pompadour vases designed by Nanny Still for Riihimaen Lasi Oy in 1968. Lovely elegant shape.


A deep purple modern Ikebana vase made by Clemimson of California. I have seen it several times at the same store but priced higher than I was willing to pay. It was finally reduced and it came home with me. Yay for patience!


Finally, my best find of the week: a Los Castillo plateado tray duck with abalone inlay. It lasted all of a day in the store! I wish this was my typical find-list-sell turnaround time!

So that is all for this week's menagerie. What did you find? If you would like more information on any of my finds you can always contact me. I give discounted prices to my blog readers.

Sharing this week with A Living SpaceSir Thrift a Lot and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Thrift Finds: A not so good week

Hello friends of the vintage find,

I come to you with a lot of complaints. I haven't had the best week, and I am a bit frustrated by it. I know I shouldn't complaint as I have so many good weeks, but it is discouraging to spend so much time looking and find nothing.

See, it is even harder when you go to very good sales with lots of mid-century items, and you wake up early, and you get in line, but dealers with deep pockets are in front of you and they buy everything! All the furniture and all the smalls! That was the case on Tuesday. Thursday when I went to sign up on the list for another excellent sale (the night before) I was disappointed to see that the same dealers were ahead of me. I didn't even go to the sale!

Then there were many trips to thrift stores (too many) where there was not a thing worth my time. I even went to my local flea market in the rain, and a few finds made the cut. Nothing extraordinary though. I hope next week is better!

I apologize for my tantrum. Let's see what came home with me.


I know what you are thinking: these are beautiful, and they are. But it is a sad day when you are number 9 at a sale with a Nelson bubble lamp, a lightolier lamp, lots of beautiful furniture and you leave the house with a Mikasa platter and an Otagiri teapot. It is worth mentioning that I was the first one to get to the Nelson bubble lamp, but it was priced too high! Too bad, because I wanted it for my dining room.


Brass mask on the left was my only find on my LONG thrift store round. It might be something... I still have to research some more. I think I am going to polish it before I list it. A small glass sun catcher that needs to be researched. Two mixed metal footed dishes from Mexico. Pardon the horrible picture - It has been cloudy and dark as of late.


These three ceramic items were found at the flea market today. Ashtray on the left might be Bitossi. A nice looking fish dish that had me thinking it was Tackett for a split second. And a sweet figural vase, likely from Japan.

This is it! I hope your week was better than mine.  If you would like more information on any of my finds you can always contact me. I give discounted prices to my blog readers.

Sharing this week with A Living SpaceSir Thrift a Lot and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Thrift Finds: Keepers

Hello friends of the vintage find,

This week has been a fantastic week of finds! Imagine my delight when I spotted this lot of Dansk kobenstyle pieces on the preview pictures of a nearby estate sale. I knew there and then that I had to get them for myself! Even my husband understood the call of the Dansk. Luckily for me, the estate sale company gave out numbers the day before and I was able to get #3. #1 was there for the jewelry and #2 was there for the clothes, which meant that the kitchen was all mine! There was a Cathrineholm bowl in the pictures that they pulled out of the sale, but all the kobenstyle came home with me! I left behind the paella pan because it had a big chip on the inside enamel. I am already using my new pots and pans and I am happy to report that they are not only beautiful but very practical. Love them.


If you were paying attention, then you might have noticed that one of the items pictured above is not a Dansk piece. It is a large Heath Ceramics lidded container (Cookie jar? Soup tureen?) It is a rare find in immaculate shape. Listed here.


The lady of the house had very good taste and she kept everything clean and organized. I picked five Kosta Boda snowball votive holders still in their original boxes. These have been copied and one can never be sure if they are the real thing unless they are marked. Listed here.


Saturday I went to an estate company's warehouse sale and scored my fourth kinetic sculpture. These always do well for me. I had an orange-red-yellow one at home when I was a child. So whimsical and fun!


Another cool ashtray that I was unable to leave behind. I believe this might be a Jaru piece. Isn't it wonderful?


A brass wishing tree. I am not sure if I like this. Never mind, I like it.


A Peggy Junque Original brooch. Pardon the quality of the picture. It is a very cool little piece.


The non-white kobenstyle from the estate sale, the only piece that will make it to the store. In pristine condition as well.


An italian tray in the style of Desimone. It is not signed, it could be a Nino Parruca piece as well.


So, a very good week! How was your week? If you would like more information on any of my finds you can always contact me. I give discounted prices to my blog readers.

Sharing this week with A Living SpaceSir Thrift a Lot and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm.