Monday, February 24, 2014

Thrift Report: Snoopy And The Gang

We had a great weekend of thrifting even though we swore it off for a couple weeks (rolls eyes)!

It started with stumbling into some new locations after a yoga workshop Saturday morning, and continued into Sunday with an impromptu and long overdue trip to Kobey's Swap Meet: San Diego's charming red-headed-stepchild-version of Long Beach and the Rose Bowl.

Here's the round-up:

  • a big stack of Heller plates and mugs; the plates are in really great condition; the mugs are all cracked at the bottom
  • a super cute Jorge Wilmot ceramic bird which is either a parrot or peregrine falcon
  • two tiny Jorge Wilmot ceramic birds (one's a duck)
  • the most beautifully painted Ken Edwards ceramics we have yet encountered including four cups and pair of salt and pepper shakers
  • two teak vikings that are likely bottle openers, but we've been too scared to yank their heads off in case they're not[!]
  • a crinkle glass Dorothy Thorpe gold-plated crystal swoop dish
It's also been a great week for our collecting. First we found a bunch of kachinas last week, and then this week we acquired pieces for our other collections:

We officially have a Wayne Chapman collection with the left addition.
This Zuni inlay Snoopy ring is unsigned but somewhat resembles the style and quality of Carol Kee's work. I [Zach] am constantly on the lookout for these, and practically have to cover my mouth to stifle a scream when I find them. This one was also the best deal I've found yet.
And here he is with the modest but steadily growing collection.
That's all for now. Until next time... 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thrifting Report: Modernism Week

This past weekend found us at the Palm Springs Convention Center for Modernism Week. This was our first year attending, and we only spent the day. Next year we're hoping to make it for the whole weekend since there are so many great tours and events to attend.

We were seriously inspired by all the amazing modernist art and design on display. Check out the album on Facebook.

After Palm Springs we headed up to Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree for some picking and camping. Sunday we spent the day picking our away through the various antique malls and vintage stores in Yucca Valley as well as the Joshua Tree Swap Meet.

The swap meet was desolate, but we met with some success. The antique malls all seem to have raised their prices since this time last year, which was a disappointment. We found a couple items within our price range at least.

  • two Blenko carafes–one with a modern sticker, one with no sticker or markings
  • a Kilban Cat sculptural candle holder
  • two kokeshis
  • a pair of Netsukes
  • three Kachinas[!] including an amazing tall old one
  • a pair of Iittala Ultima Thule schnapps glasses
  • blue David Stewart for Lion's Valley rabbit planter
  • french double-action orange lacquered corkscrew
  • cute ceramic owl
  • enameled copper dish signed "fløm" on the bottom
  • a small C Jeré style metal flower statue

      •  a three-and-a-half point Hudson Bay blanket (that needs to go to the dry cleaner's but is otherwise mint)
      • and, last but not least, an incredible large ceramic pot that is signed "Young 72"
      Whew! got more detailed than I meant to with those photos. That pot though; cursory research has me wondering if it's Harvey Young, but I've yet to confirm.

      We'll close out this post with some J-Tree photos:

      A favorite feature in the park, "The Saddle" is massive and is seen here half way up the trail to the Ryan Mountain summit. I had never previously realized it was part of Ryan Mountain, having only explored it from the meadow below and seen it from the road every time we pass.
      Another favorite spot is on top of Cyclops–a roadside mound across from Intersection Rock. The view looking out over endless Joshua trees marching through the boulders of the Asteroid Belt is pretty epic.