Sunday, December 15, 2013

Thrif Finds: Long Beach keeps on giving

Hello friends of the vintage find,

I did not go thrifting this week as I was busy celebrating my birthday and finishing the backyard makeover. I will share pictures of the before and after soon (I hope). My mother in law arrives tonight from Colombia and I have been running around in circles trying to organize my office - guest bedroom. It is going to be interesting to try and clear all my inventory. Sigh!

I had no time to go to the Long Beach flea market today, but I knew I couldn't miss it! I left late and arrived to a very crowded market, yet the goods were still there and the sellers were all willing to negotiate! What a difference from my last visit to the Irvine flea a couple of weeks ago.

Let's see what I found today!

Stunning Copco pepper mill designed by Michael Lax. More a sculpture than a mill at 12 1/4" tall. Stainless grinder, made in Italy.

Two beautiful Upsala Ekeby serving dishes designed by Mari Simmulson. Fingerprint pattern applied over a matte brown glaze. Very pretty.

It was all about the browns today. This sweet Porsgrund teapot reminds me of Arabia's Ruska pattern. This is called Lava. Gorgeous textural glaze.

The smalls for the day: A tiny Annemarie Davidson enamel plate, a darling William the Hippo figurine replica made for the British Museum, and a fab brass hippo to keep William company.

Bertil Vallien horse figurine - paper weight for Kosta Boda. These are so beautiful! I would have quite the collection if I had decided to keep them all. I guess it is too late now.

Absolutely gorgeous mixed metals modernist plaque. Made by Emaus in Mexico. I might have to keep this one!

Last but not least the ever popular puffer fish - toothpick holder. So cute!

If you are interested in any of my finds, do not hesitate to contact me with your questions. I offer discounted prices to my blog readers!

Taste Setters  latest sale Solstice starts in an hour! Check it out. It is a beauty! Sale ends Monday December 16, 6PM PST.

Sharing this week with A Living SpaceRemnantWe Call it Junkin and Sir Thrift a Lot.


  1. I can't even pick a favorite! That paper weight or the plaque are so stunning. Great finds, per usual.

  2. I love all your critter finds! The hippos and the horse are super cool, but my favorite has to be the blow fish! It sounds like they were popular, but I've never seen one before. So cute!

  3. Happy belated birthday :) Gooorgeous mod finds as always. Admire how you stick to the era, takes a good eye and control.

  4. I love the modernist plaque. Really lovely.


  5. Love the Pax sign. Definitely hold on to that one for a bit. The Mari plate, the hippos and the enamel plate are all so lovely. Happy Belated Birthday too!

  6. Oh, you're a December child too, Beatriz? Hope you had a great day- happy birthday, although a bit late!!!
    So many lovely finds- even a Norwegian:-) I agree- it has a lot of similarities to Ruska. I've never seen this pot with the high base. The hippos and enamel plate are too cute together:-) Lovely!!

  7. Happy birthday, belatedly! Your finds are lovely as always. It's hard to pick a favorite but I'm really partial to hippos, so I especially love those. I feel your pain about clearing out the guest room! I had an appraisal done on my house earlier this week and spend the ENTIRE day prior trying to clear inventory out of the guest room so it would look like an actual bedroom and not a storage closet --- sigh!