Back again with lots of finds to share. Lots of ceramics this week, I think I have been bitten by the clay bug and I can't stop from picking up all the lovely pots I find! I went to an estate sale on Thursday, a new to me thrift on Friday and the Long Beach flea market today! That is a LOT of thrifting.
I was very excited about the estate sale on Thursday as it promised beautiful pieces of furniture, lots of interesting glass, and lots of pottery. It was a disappointment to finally get inside the house (after waking up early and waiting for a good couple of hours) and find that most of the good stuff was no longer at the house or it was not for sale! I cannot believe that the estate sale company could pull the rug from underneath us like that. Their excuse was that the family had decided at the last minute to keep some things. I believe they pre sold to a dealer that offered lots of money. Whatever. I WILL NEVER GO TO ONE OF THEIR ESTATE SALES AGAIN. I didn't leave empty handed, but I wouldn't have gone so early for the sale as it was.
Friday I discovered a privately own thrift store in an area I rarely visit. Well, I declare this to be my favorite thrift store in the whole wide world! Truly amazing housewares and clothing, and the owner is a knowledgeable collector of odd things. His prices are a little higher than say a Goodwill, but the quality of the items is worth paying the extra dollar or two.
Finally today I went to the Long Beach flea market where I met with the lovely Jen from Vintage Scapes. We were meeting to trade a couple of beautiful items and to thrift the market together. It was a lovely morning and I came home with a lot of wonderful finds.
Now for the finds:
Ceramics from the estate sale. Great pieces but I still need to research to find out the makers if possible. I am actually looking forward to all the research. It is fascinating to find out the history behind the objects that I find. Listed here and here.
Wilmot owls from the estate sale. I love finding these cuties. They sure have a following. These are my fifth and sixth ones. They are great! Listed here.
My best find of the estate sale was a Nissen wine rack that holds 15 bottles. Listed here.
Talking of which, this thrift store find has to be my best find of the month! This is a detail of an ashtray made by Marianna Von Allesch, an American (German born) artist who worked with famous architect Morris Lapidus in the Americana Hotel in Bal Harbour, Florida. I didn't know anything about Von Allesch before Friday, but I find her work organically beautiful. See more of her work here.
The ever popular Blenko elephant bookend came from the flea market and the Pee Dee blue decanter from the thrift store.
Lovely Sasaki Colorstone teapot designed by Massimo Vignelli on the left (from the thrift store) and German Schott glass teapot by Bauhaus designer Wilhelm Wagenfeld on the right (from the estate sale).
Lots of great ceramic pieces from the flea market. A Danish bud vase on the left, an orange head vase that looks and feels italian, and two pieces signed M. Romero '45. I am intrigued by these two pieces and I have yet to find information on the potter. I might have paid a little too much for these, but I really like them. If you know anything about these, please do not hesitate to leave a comment. Thanks.
These two beauties came home with me thanks to Jen and her passion for Eva Zeisel! Remember the beautiful dinnerware that I found last week? Jen has a growing collection and wanted to add some pieces to her set. I was happy to oblige. Thanks Jen! Gustavsberg Prunus tray on the left and Kenji Fujita's canister for Freeman Lederman on the right.
If you are interested in any of these pieces, please do not hesitate to contact me. Sharing this week with A Living Space, Remnant and Sir Thrift a Lot.