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.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Thrift Finds: End of the school year

Hello friends,

Before I share my few finds, I want to tell you a wonderful story. A succession of events that left me very happy. See, a while ago I found this beautifully crafted wooden spoon. The style and quality of the piece echoed the work of famous wood crafter Emil Milan. I listed the spoon on my Etsy store and included the Milan bit on the listing. Soon after, the spoon sold and the buyer asked me about the provenance of the spoon. I told him I had found it at a rummage sale in SoCal. Later, when the spoon arrived, my customer sent me the following e-mail:
Hi Beartriz, Spoon arrived just fine today. I'm curious to know what about the spoon reminded you of Emil Milan's work so much that you would advertise it that way? Have you sold some of his pieces? Spoons? How are you familiar with his work? I'll explain after your answer. Norm
At this point I was very curious, I answered and He wrote back:
I am a spoon carver. www.normsartorius.com/ My first teacher learned woodworking from Emil Milan. For the past 7 years I have been part of a 3 man research team documenting the life and work of Milan. We have written about him. www.normsartorius.com/images/Emil%20Milan%20in%20Woodwork%20Magazine%5B1...We're having a show of his work that opens next week. www.normsartorius.com/images/Emil%20Milan%20Invitation%208%20x%2010%20in... Last, to wrap it up. I think I made that little spoon near the beginning of my career. I used to sell to a woman in CA named Ramona Lampell who had a store called Appalachian Art. Late 70's, early 80s. My wife may remember it's location. I may not have signed work then but it seems like one of mine. This is why I wondered about your description of the spoon as being like Emil Milan's
Isn't this wonderful? I love my job so much!


This has been a busy week for our family. The end of the school year with award ceremonies, prom dance, and multiple activities is taking every single bit of my free time. We also have visitors from Colombia and Mexico, add all of these and you have a clear picture of my finds. Basically I didn't have much time to go out thrifting. Pardon my slim picks.


Beautiful Fantoni bottle vase, my first! I love his shoulder vases and his small figurines as well. Next time, a shoulder vase in orange and brown!


A rare salt and pepper shaker set designed by Lagardo Tackett. It will be listed in the store soon!

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.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Thrift Finds: Vessels and wood

Hello friends of the vintage find,

This past week was a good one. I found and old friend again - A Lev Kari teak bull figurine - this one is not signed but it is identical to the one I sold a while ago. He was one of the most loved listings I had for a while! Let's see if his brother is as lovable...


I adore mid-century ikebana vessels. They are sculptural on their own, and such a great complement to a good arrangement. Look at that texture!


I found the next vase at the flea market on Sunday. I knew it had to be something of quality. Only when I got home was I able to read the mark. This is a Vicke Lindstrand vase made for Boda. So delicate and ethereal.


The following glasses are cased glass by Carlo Moretti. Look at the stylized silhouette and long stem on these goblets! I found 10 of them. Just wonderful and whimsical.


Another Ikebana piece. This one is an original studio piece signed by the artist. Another gorgeous vessel!!


Last, it is my newest keeper. An Evelyn Ackerman Panel carving with six different medieval inspired figure carvings.


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, May 18, 2014

Thrift Finds: All over the world

 Hello friends of the vintage find,

I have been traveling all over the world with my finds. It is always fun to find where everything was made and imagine these far away places.


First, we visit England. This gorgeous tall vase was designed by David Yorath for Denby. Hand decorated by Audrey Cole Parker with the "Minaret" design.


A bull and bear Dansk figurines made in France by a Danish company. Usually paired together to represent the stock market. We all want a bull market by the way.


The loveliest kokeshi doll I have ever found. Made in Japan by Murakami Kenichi and carved out of solid wood. I love her.


A very tall Festivo candle holder made by iittala, Finland. Designed by Timo Sarpaneva. I am surprised at the cloudiness of the glass. I think the piece is thicker than the smaller ones and that contributes to the difference. The piece is original and signed. Has anyone noticed this lack of clarity in any of the larger pieces?


A set of 8 Cera glasses with golden Indian dancers surrounded by a bright pink garden. Instant glam for your bar.


And finally we are back in the US! A beautiful and rare 6212 genie decanter in Rose designed by Wayne Husted.

Thanks a lot for coming along. Where did your finds take you this week? Come and 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.