Monday, November 4, 2013

Weekly Thrift Report: A Bountiful Harvest

We had a house "re-warming" party this past weekend–a flood in the kitchen prompted a huge, unexpected, and traumatic renovation earlier this year, and we've finally reached a level of decor we can show off to others . We also got to show off our soon-to-be actually for sale (November 15th!) inventory, and it was great to find out people really care about what we find and what we're doing!

That said, without further ado, I present our weekly thrifting report:

I hereby commit to you, dear reader, to take in every vintage desk lamp that crosses my path with clumsy proportions and blemished surfaces of nondescript colors.

This huge studio pottery vase may never make it out of our house. It's signed illegibly and stamped at the bottom edge with a crab-shaped potter's mark. The design of the glaze is too good.

This silver plated bread basket is stamped "EL Italy" on the bottom.
Picked up a set of four high-ball glasses with a black and white version of the same pattern on the two tumblers found two weeks ago.

These candlesticks are heavy and beautiful and signed illegibly with three bees and a name.
This set of Nuutajarvi Lumme candle holders was designed by Kerttu Nurminen to resemble lily pads. They were  originally packaged with a pair of unflattering small bulbous candles in an assortment of colors.

By some  coincidence, I found more Nuutajarvi glassware at in the same trip, but at a different thrift. This set of four small dew drop coasters was designed by Oiva Toikka,
More Ingrid plastic mugs. These aren't worth a ton, and this is my third set, but I can't get over the simple modern design no matter how blatantly it riffs on Heller.

This large signed studio pottery casserole was way more than I usually spend on anything, but I couldn't pass on the beautiful construction and incredible abstract leaf motif glaze.

I found my first Vera Neumann scarf! It was on a mannequin right next to the register. This on probably dates from the '60s being made in Japan from acetate and bearing a ladybug with the signature.

It's not the most elegant Tonala ceramic I've ever seen, and it's simply signed "Mexico" on the bottom, but if that isn't the most charmingly winsome cat face you've ever seen, I'll be damned!

In other news, this Tonala toucan is large and beautifully formed and decorated. It is signed, but I can't make out the signature, it being neither KE or JW.

I've long coveted other peoples' thrift-based scores of mid-century wooden animals from Scandinavia and Japan, and I feel like the thrifting gods are winking subtly at me with this tiny wooden cat. It has sparkling blue eyes and leather ears.
NOT PICTURED: our CA-issued seller's permit! We're officially opening our Etsy store in just under two weeks on November 15th. Keep up with developments here, on Instagram, and on Facebook.

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