Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Weekly Thrifting Report: Two By Twosday

Happy Twosday everyone! I started photographing the great stuff we found this week, and noticed a theme. What fun!

It all started with this set of Noritake Craft Collection crystal salt and pepper shakers. These are heavy and beautiful, btw.

This set of studio pottery salt and pepper shakers is pretty great with the wine bottle cork stoppers!

We've mostly stopped buying Potterycraft, except we couldn't pass up this set of salt and pepper shakers.
So, wow, three sets of salt and pepper shakers. So often you only find one of the set, or, if you find a set, one is broken. We found a bunch of really cool studio pottery mugs while we were out and about, but only one at a time, so back to the shelves they went!

These two pots are officially unaffiliated, but strike quite a dualistic figure. We'll be holding on to these for the time being.

I picked up this set of cobalt glass votives marked "Marimekko" on the bottom, not knowing they were Iittala! These are the smaller of the Kivi models.
And now, for our final pair, two Blenko amber crackle glass vases! We were in Fullerton for a wedding this weekend, and between Friday and Sunday we hit nearly 15 thrift stores, striking out almost every time. The pinch vase was literally my only find from seven places Saturday afternoon!
Okay, switching gears:

This Victoria Littlejohn ceramic pig trivet isn't the most exciting find, but it's pretty undeniably cute!
Found a bunch of these Made in Japan Alchohol Safe trays including the set on the left to match a large tray Janel picked up while on the East coast a while ago.
I passed on a HUGE Tony Evans raku planter earlier in the week due to it being more than I wanted to spend at the time. I can only assume Janel found this asymmetrical Tony Evans Raku vase this weekend as a sort of Karmic assurance.
While not a thrift find, and destined for our personal collection, I just had to share this Papua New Guinea cassowary bone dagger we received in the mail this week, which is actually closer to a lime spatula or spoon than a dagger. The dark honeyed patina is pretty amazing–much deeper than on any of our other cassowary bone utensils.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weekly Thrifting Reort: Practicing Restraint

Janel has been urging me to invest more time posting items to the store and less to being out and about thrifting, and I've been trying to retrain my impulses. I did pretty well this week, which means we don't have a ton of new stuff to show here. In any case...

These Iittala Arkipelago glass candle holders were in my hands before I even realized what I was doing. We scored a pair of triangular clear ones a couple weeks ago, and this set of short blue-tinged ones are pretty incredible. The blue tint is pervasive throughout the whole form.

The tall Stoneware Designs West vase on the right is new this week. The planter on the left is for comparison.

We only pick up vintage ties if they're special. These two Armani ties are beautiful enough to wear today, 100% silk, made in Italy, and in perfect condition. I may not be able to let go of that monochromatic mauve striped one...

There's a lot of Mexican ironwood carved figures out there, and a lot of them aren't very unique. We leave a lot of generic looking dolphins, sharks, pelicans, and quails behind. I've never yet seen an otter, and I was so happy with this guy, I didn't notice he had a broken flipper until I got home. Oh well.

Janel picked up with cool roadrunner. It's pretty small as these figures go, but the details are great and it's a nice modern form.

Like I said, not the best week ever, but that was kind of the point. We're hoping to do some out-of-town thrifting this coming weekend, so stay tuned!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Weekly Thrifting Report: Not So Weekly

Happy New Year everyone! Since we basically forgot we had a blog for a month, this is our first post of the year. In addition to not blogging, we also haven't been out thrifting as much recently. In any case, we've gotten some great stuff!

Spotted this brutalist metal owl and it flew straight into the basket! The feet and beak are nails.
This figure was on a shelf with a bunch of pig figurines. I instantly recognized it as Japanese and probably cryptomeria wood, but I thought it was a bear. Turns out, it's a Tanuki, AKA a Japanese raccoon dog. I've seen statues of these a hundred times and always thought they were bears. I had no clue raccoon dogs were even a thing! Anyway, yes, those are massive testicles in between its feet.
Continuing with small figurines, this cat is likely Japanese and is pretty much the best with that dangling mouse.
Transitioning to glass, we picked these up at a Salvation Army for 75% off. Not sure if we'll post now or wait until the next holiday season. I've seen a couple of these online without a definite attribution, and several instances have suggested West German. Does anyone know what these are for sure?
It's been a good year for Holmegaard! We started off with this small Primula apothecary jar designed by Jacob Bang. It cost basically no money, and it even has it's original cork!
This Holmegaard Menuet vase designed by Per Lütken is in like-new condition. I've been hoping to find one of these for a little while, and was psyched when I spotted it. Definitely paid an un-thrifty price on this one...
Someone loved their glass collection because this Thule bowl, also designed by Per Lütken for Holmegaard, is also in like-new condition! Also spent un-thrifty money on this one.
We'll finish with fabric. This kachina handkerchief isn't particularly nice or anything, but come on, it's a hachina handkerchief!
Janel found this four yard bolt of awesome modernist hand-screen-printed fabric. Maybe we'll make some pillows.
That's it for now! Hopefully we'll be better about posting in the near future.