Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thrift Finds: Animals all around

Hello friends,

If you have visited my store recently, you know that I find and sell a lot of animal figurines. I also keep plenty of little critters in my collections. There is something so whimsical and fun about the take of so many mid-century designers on this subject.

Well, I am only adding to the zoo this week. I guess I have an eye for the little things.


Sweet mother and baby quail figurines by Margaret Hudson.


Alan Middleton carved wood bird. I am not sure if this one is a keeper yet. Such a simple and beautiful carving.


Mystery bear wood carving figurine in the style of Arne Tjomsland. Mystery mark that I am trying to ID. Does this mark ring a bell with any of you?



This fun elephant planter came with me from the flea market. It is the first time I find a large unglazed David Stewart piece like this. I love it!


These two wonderful lidded jars are another mystery. There are no marks on them, but the style is pretty much in the Scandinavian tradition. They look a lot like the work of Ulla Hjorth. Any ideas out there?

What did you find this week? 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, August 10, 2014

Thrift Finds: Rose Bowl Flea

Welcome back fans of the vintage find,

Many of you know that I live in southern California, the land of plenty, but only until today did I go to the largest flea market on the west coast. I am talking about the Rose Bowl flea, the one and only.

I am glad I made it at least this one time, but I was a bit disappointed by the whole event. It is certainly the largest flea market, but it is also very hot, very crowded and very expensive. I prefer the Long Beach market with its beach weather and manageable size. 

Enough about my market preferences, let's take a look at the loot.


Eva Zeisel Red Wing Town and Country creamer in gunmetal from the Rose Bowl.


Set of 4 Japanese porcelain candle holders that I need to research some more. A Rose Bowl find.


Oval Annemarie Davidson enamel dish from an estate sale.


Holmegaard free form bowl by Per Lutken from the same estate sale.


I love Eva Zeisel's work and I seem to find a piece or two every week! Gorgeous Hallcraft white Tomorrow's Classic cruet. A thrift store find.


Giant Golden Book - The Iliad and the Odyssey, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provesen. A thrift store find.


Schmid Ironstone lidded casserole by Lagardo Tackett from the Rose Bowl. I have to figure out how to clean this marks on the glaze.


Don Drumm aluminium trivet or tray found at the thrift store.


A cased glass lidded container that I need to research some more. Another estate sale find.


A family of Kosta Boda hippos (2 large and 1 small) from the Rose Bowl.


The iconic Dinner for Two cookbook, illustrated by Charley Harper. Another Rose Bowl find.

What did you find this week? 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.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Thrift Finds: I am back!!!

Hello friends of the vintage find,

Did you miss me? I hope so. I have been thinking a lot about my blog and its purpose. I know there are a lot of faithful readers out there, but is that enough? I spend a lot of time photographing, editing and writing my weekly posts, but why?

I like to think that having a blog is a way of having a brand out there in cyberspace. But I also have a Facebook page, an Instagram page and a Twitter account. Am I redundant?

I am going to evaluate the whole idea of a blog. I might need to adjust my weekly posts so that I don't spend so much time. I would also like to bring back other content. It will be a while before I make a final decision. 

Well, that was a bit random... Let's just take a look at my latest finds!


Zoo-Line Schooline Terry the Trained Seal - a very rare piece. Listed on Etsy.


Another Evelyn Ackerman wood carving for my collection. Isn't it gorgeous?


My only Bitossi find from my trip overseas. Listed on Etsy.


Cute wooden bird note holder by Counterpoint Japan. SOLD.


A large Cathrineholm bowl in beautiful orange. SOLD.


AK Kaiser op art vase. My first. It will be listed soon.


A very nice married metals Los Castillo footed tray with fish design. Needs some polishing before I list it.


I suspect this Italian pepper mill might be newer, but I just couldn't pass it up!


I love finding Howard Pierce's figurines. This is my first deer. Adorable, don't you think?


Tamara Aladin's vase for Riihimaki. Listed on Etsy.


Another great find, an Edward Winter enamel dish. A keeper for now.

What did you find this week? 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, June 29, 2014

Thrift Finds: Last one before Summer vacation

Hello seekers of vintage,

This will be my last post for a while, we are going on vacation and I will try and unplug myself from most electronic devices. I will see you back here in August with whatever finds I manage to bring back with me.

Now for this week's finds:


Denby Sherwood brown teapot vindicates my local thrift store. Beautiful shape and glaze.


A very interesting studio art pottery vase with indentations on the sides and intricate glaze work. Indented stamp on the side of the piece "GG." I am still looking to try and ID the maker.


My score of the week is this David Kalderon figurine. I didn't know anything about this artist, but I was quite taken with this piece. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered his work to be collected and not as common. Thrifting superpowers I tell you!


Two sweet kokeshi dolls with tilted heads. No signatures that I can find. I just liked the abstract nature of their faces.


This piece is not vintage, nor is it rare. It is a traditional clay sculpture from Mexico. I bought it for myself. Sometimes things are beautiful on their own, no need for big names or well known brands. Right?


Three lonely cups with no saucers. Arabia of Finland, Soraya pattern.


And to bring things to a happy ending, a sweet zoo-line whale. It is the first time I see the whale, it must be more difficult to find. Isn't it great?

What do you think of my finds this week? What did you find? 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, June 22, 2014

Thrift Finds: Not much but worth it

 Hello lovers of vintage,

I am still very busy with family in town and getting ready for our vacation in July. The world cup is still taking a big chunk of my time (Colombia is doing really well!!!) and life is good. Etsy has been really slow lately, with little activity on my end (no time to list) and even less activity on the customer's end... oh well... It makes it easier to close the store to go on vacation.

As I mentioned on my last post, Mid Mod Mom is selling at Chairish and they were kind enough to invite me to Dwell on Design. I am going today, and I will take lots of pictures to share with you. Stay tuned.

I have a few finds to share with you this week. I have not been to an estate sale in ages, and the thrift stores are bare. Today I went to a flea market nearby and was able to score some goodies. Let's take a look:


A beautiful Herman Kahler plate which I am proud to have identified just by looking at it. The mark was covered with felt. A great find!


A pair of curly brass candle holders. There are no marks that I can see. They remind me of some of the work produced by Lars Holmstrom. I need to research some more.


Look at these old creatures. A pair of Italian marble bookends. They are in fair vintage condition with lots of chips to the edges of the stone. I find them more charming because of it!


Sweet trivet by Buchan of Scotland. I have seen other pieces of this pattern before and it always reminds me of Scandinavian design. Don't you agree?


And another Etruscan horse sculpture. This one is extra large. I like these a lot, I think they were made as tourist souvenirs and there is no design attribution behind them. They are beautiful nonetheless.

What do you think of my finds this week? What did you find? 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, June 15, 2014

Some news!

Hello dear followers,

I apologize, but today I am skipping my usual weekly Thrift Finds post because of the three Fs (futb├│l, family, and father's day).

I wanted to stop by and tell you about some good news I have. I am now a vendor with Chairish a  fabulous new selling platform. I will be adding several new items to my shop in the days to come and you will be the first to know about these!

Because of Chairish, I am also going to be a vendor at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles! This is very exciting news for Mid Mod Mom! This is a great opportunity to grow my brand in the local market.

Well, this is all. I will tell you more about it next time!


Monday, June 9, 2014

Thrift Finds: Delayed


Hello seekers of vintage,

I'm posting this a day late, but life keeps getting in the way of my regular posts! Lots of good things happening at the moment, I'll share with you when I can.

Some of this week's finds are from last Sunday's visit to the flea market. Like this wonderful and large ram's head sculpture. I believe this is a Jaru of California piece from the 1980's. listed here.


I also found my second Vicke Lindstrand vase made for Boda in as many weeks! They look so good together. Lised as a set here.


Found some more glass at the thrift store. Three iittala Ultima Thule dessert bowls, I added them to the other two I had, and they are listed as a set here.


More iittala glass, this time four tsaikka cups designed by Timo Sarpaneva. My firsts! They are lovely! Listed here.


Last of the weekly finds: a very nice bronze hand sculpture (I believe this is a vintage Thai Buddha hand, need to research more), a wood carved vase by Nikolai Ossipov (his work is in several permanent collections, I need to do some more research!) and another Bennington Potters bank! I have three different ones now!


What do you think of my finds this week? What did you find? 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.