Monday, March 24, 2014

Vacation Thrifting

Yes, that's a thing and I do it.  I don't recommend this practice, however, if your partner is not a willing participant.  I'm assuming it's what I would feel if forced to attend ANY kind of professional sports game (except you, soccer, I still love you).

Anyway, in the last two weeks we've been to Breckenridge and San Francisco and I was able to get a little sporadic thrifting in while the family was otherwise occupied for the most part. 

So before we left for Colorado, I did some rounds because, you know.  Herewith the loot:

Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen Teak Ice Bucket (sold)

Dansk Tray with a repaired handle

Lisa Larson Moose available here
Mystery Ceramic Girl - possibly Swedish?
Still not satisfied, I had to hit the Goodwills in Denver and Fort Worth on our way home. Colorado and Fort Worth highlights:

Sorry for the God awful image!  So some Boynton mugs, an Arabia vase, Louis Vuitton bag, Vera scarf and some melamine plates using an Andy Warhol design.

Brass Birds that I appear to be hoarding.

And finally the San Francisco loot:
Arabia "Fructus" Plate

Takahashi lion planter (I've sold one before)
Not Nagel, but still cool.
LaGardo Tackett Nut Dishes

 That's it.  Thanks for visiting.  And indulge me, leave comments! :-)

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Kokeshi Cat Fight

Ack! I can't believe I've gone so long without an update especially considering how kind of crazy my thrifting experiences have been lately.  As seems to be the thrifter/reseller dilemma, I tend to prioritize my thrift trips over research, listing and blogging, which if none of those things are actively completed, then you may be a hoarder. Ahem.  Moving on.

A few weeks ago, I took the plunge and made the three-hour drive to Dallas to go to the estate sale of a woman that had been personal assistant (for 40 years) to Stanley Marcus (former president and son of the founder of Neiman Marcus.)  The images were promising, but more importantly for me, it was an opportunity to visit one of those homes where time seemed to have stopped in 1967 and in a good way - I just couldn't resist.

I planned on arriving when it opened at 9:00, but as always seems to be the case, I could not sleep the night before, so at 3:00 a.m. my husband suggested I  "just go already". Sniff.  Fine.  I ended up arriving at at about 6:00 and there were already ten other people there - one guy arrived at 7:00 p.m. the night before.  It was all very cordial and we basically just started assigning ourselves numbers so that we didn't have to stand in line.  All was well and at 8:30 we started lining up - I was in front of a woman who was super chatty and friendly and as she started making sold stickers I asked if I could have a few just in case. She handed me a few and I wrote "sold" and my initials on them.  At this point, one of two police officers on hand to manage the crazy people (turns out I was one of them, but I'm getting ahead of myself here) started barking that he was not going to put up with any BS.  In fact, he threatened jail to anyone who got pushy.  Yikes!!!

Finally the door opened and they began letting people in, and then more people, and then more people.  Argh!  It was insane, but by the time they figured out they'd let too many people in, it was too late.  Anyway, right as I walked in I saw the  Kaoru Kawano print I had spied in the photos - the dangling tag read $95 (way less than I anticipated) so I couldn't put my sticker on there fast enough and moved on.  I walked by the print at least twice as I tried to maneuver through the house, but on the third time it was gone.  I immediately went to the woman running the sale and explained what had happened.  Right there she started yelling into the crowd that it was sold and that she knew what they had done.  I was impressed.  I thought,  "I'm getting that print back."  Still, she suggested I walk around the house and try to locate it so I did.  This was annoying because 1) the house was so packed and 2) I had a firm stop time in order to be home in time to pick my daughter up from school. I was wasting precious time looking for the culprit instead of digging!

After about 20 minutes of this, I went back to the sale lady and asked for an update.  She said that unfortunately I had put a sold sign on something that was already sold - that the "other" woman had the dangling tag.  My first reaction was concession, but then I immediately realized that when I put my sticker on there the tag was still there which is how I knew what it cost to begin with.  Argh!  Foiled by a dangling tag?!  I explained this and I went further in saying that I realized I had made a mistake in not taking the tag, but that it was bad form to remove something that's clearly marked "sold".  She agreed, but did not want to deal with it so she walked me outside to hash it out with none other than Mr. No-BS police officer, while she went to fetch the "other" woman.  Are you cringing yet?  No?  You will be soon.

So I made my case in front of a line of about 30 people (joy!) and right as I was wrapping up, the "other" woman came out carrying my print (as well as another) and the only thing that came out of my mouth was, "You?" It was the very woman I had been chatting with all morning and who had given me the "sold" stickers.  Now I was furious.  She made her case to the police officer, which was basically that there was no "sold" sticker and that she had the tag so it was hers.  It really should have ended there (for me) but then out of the corner of my eye I saw the sticker on the floor right inside the doorway where we had been standing.  I barked, "There's the sticker!"  The police officer glared at her and said, "I've been here all morning and that wasn't there until you just walked up.  Both of you wait right here."


After what seemed like freaking ages, the police officer came back, looked at her and said, "We can handle this one of two ways.  You have two prints, would you consider giving her the one she wants?"  She said, "No, because that's the one I *really* want."

So then he said, "Ok, then I have a number  between 1 and 25 written on this piece of paper.  Whoever guesses closest wins."

I looked at her and said, "Just go." She guessed "13" and then I guessed "17".  He looked at me and said, "Congratulations", as he opened the paper to reveal a "22". 

 And these were the rest of the finds from that sale:

I was going to post some my more recent finds, but I'm exhausted.  Part 2 later this week.  Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

January Thrift Round Up

Despite the less than exciting estate sales around here, I've been pretty diligent about driving to Houston to hit my favorite thrifts.  It's always hit or miss, but it's the anticipation of what could be that keeps me going.  Despite how many times I'm disappointed, some kind of thrift-amnesia sets in within 48 hours and I'm always ready to head back the next week.  Herewith the loot:

This is just some of the brass I picked up in the last two weeks.  The candelabra piece is very cool, but I've got enough brass to last a lifetime so both have already been listed in my shop.

Figgjo flint and Nymolle found at different thrifts in different cities.  The plaques have already been added to my personal collection seen here:

This past weekend I went two sales in Houston highrises.  You have to make appointments for these sales, so I've never gone assuming everything would be priced really high.  I was surprised that things were actually priced to move so I won't be skipping those anymore.  Above: a very pretty geode on a brass base.  There were more and I regret not getting all of them.

These are some very cool Norwegian pewter candle holders - still have to research the maker.
Some very pretty Cathrineholm plates hidden in a pantry.  I could not believe the low price on these given they are all clearly marked. The small one has some chipping and the white had a rust stain, but a little BKF took care of that in about 2 strokes of the sponge.
Jumping around here, but I also found this large Cathrineholm pan at a thrift.  It's in pristine condition and the cobalt color is stunning.  I've placed an 8" bowl in its center for scale (not really - its actually a Cathrineholm porn shot.)
More Arabia Ruska!  I keep finding this pattern.  This came from some thrifting in San Antonio in early January as did these:
Dansk Gunnar Cyren Cadelabra

Stavangerflint Dish
That's it for now. Sorry for the speed-post and all the jumping around!  Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

December Thrift Round Up: That's a Wrap!

Living 30 miles from the good thrift action has taken up more time and gas than I care to go into.  With that said, I've fallen behind on Christmas decorating and planning for the party we're hosting this coming Saturday.  No excuses, but as penance I'm on a no-thrift diet until after Christmas.  And despite the fact that I didn't get some Bjorn Wiinblad pieces I was lusting after, the itch was sufficiently scratched these last two weeks.  Herewith the loot:

These were all found on Friday at three different places.  The piece on the far left is  Rorstrand and I had seen it at the same thrift no less than 3 times. It looked familiar but there was a little white sticker on the bottom covering the stamp.  I just assumed it was unmarked because this thrift is very good about research and labeling items.  This time, I just scratched it off and there it was clear as day - and even better, because it had been there for so long the price was fantastic.  The canister in the middle is of course, Bitossi, and this was found at a Goodwill I had never visited - it is miraculously intact.  And the hippo (found at an estate sale) is a bit of a mystery.  I thought it was a reproduction of an Egyptian hippo from the MMA, but this one has no marks and plaster holes in his feet.  A repro of a repro? Oh well, he's cute.

 I generally don't buy things for the shop that I wouldn't personally display in my home.  As you can imagine, this can present a problem for the hoarding-inclined.  The burnt orange cow pitcher was a find from an estate sale that didn't have much else. Notice how it's already living among my collection?  As it resembles a Texas Longhorn, I may have to keep it and part with the yellow cow.

From the same sale, I found this Dansk ice bucket at a fantastic price.  They didn't know what it was and had labeled it as a "wood thermos".  Boldly, I pointed out a nick to the handle and talked them down even further.  Bold or jerky?  Don't answer that.

From the same sale as the hippo, a really pretty Porsgrund Christmas plate.  I don't always care for these, but these modern wise men are cool.

So moving on to some randomness picked up over the last two weeks at thrifts:

Yellow Mottahedeh Lidded Bird Dish

Figgjo Flint Teapot in Saga Pattern (in the shop)
Coruoc Reindeer Tray (sold within 24 hours)

Nisbel Swedish Flatware

Dansk Brown Mist Pitcher (in the shop)
Arabia Ulla Procope Teapot (sorry for the bad image!)

Fat Lava Glazed Italian Ceramic Box

Zanesville Ceramic Planter 
Danish Teak Bar Cart

Arabia Emilia Dish

And finally, last week I visited our only good local thrift shop and found this sideboard and hutch.

I knew it had to be Danish, but it had absolutely no marks.  What I was able to discern on my own was that it was solid teak and very well made.  It was $150, but I left it because of a stain and my inability to assign provenance.  Later that night, everyone's favorite Danish furniture child prodigy was able to not only ID it as Johannes Aasjberg, but was also able to find the exact model in a catalog.  I called the thrift that night to hold it, but before I could say anything the same lady who had helped me said she'd sell it for $100.  It needs some work, but I've been looking for a piece like this FOREVER and would never have paid retail.

Any favorites? Let me know!

That's it.  Thanks for visiting and happiest of holidays! 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thrift Week Round Up

Last week's thrifting was packed into 4.5 hours on Friday.  Whenever I drive to Houston (which is about every other week) I go with purpose because my time is so limited.  I drop my little one off at school at 9:00 and pick up is at 1:30, it takes about 30-45 minutes to get to Houston (depending on traffic) so you can see how these trips must be planned strategically.  This day the plan was to hit what looked like an interesting estate sale and a few thrifts I hadn't yet hit.  Of course, it began raining cats and dogs around 7:00 a.m. and I considered not going, but questionable judgement won out in the end. Herewith the loot:

Bitossi Plume Vessels
So I braved the rain and made it to the sale about one hour after it opened.  Again, there were only about four cars parked so for a moment I thought I'd hit day 2 again.  As I walked in I was told that they had just opened and due to the low traffic everything was already 30% off marked prices. Squeal!  Questionable judgement worked in my favor for once.  The first thing I saw was the above Bitossi set.  I had a feeling it was Bitossi and am happy that I've been able to confirm that  it is - Plume decor style.

Dansk Quistgaard Cast Iron Candle Holders
Next l found the above candle holders - I have a stockpile of tiny tapers that I need to sell along with these.  ;-)
There was a large selection of glass on the dining table, but I only picked up this large green Blenko vase.  It has some lime spots on it (which not even CLR would remove) so for now I 'm calling it a keeper.  As you can see, next to an Amaryllis is looks pretty darn Christmas-y.  As a side note, the red dish is a Bjorn Wiinblad ceramic dish that's a bit of a mystery.  The center has a thick glazed form that may even be enamel.  If anyone has more info, I'd love to hear from you!

After the sale I hit three different thrifts with only one little Vera scarf to show for it.  It's not in perfect condtion, but the graphic is awesome. I did find a Stokke chair in perfect condition for $15, but I left if as we already have one that we paid $75 for used!

Vera Neumann Hand-rolled Scarf

This weekend, while in Lafayette, I plan to hit the Cajun thrifts.  Wish me luck and I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Thrift Week Round Up - Groundhog Day Edition

Friday I ventured to Houston for some estate sales that seemed promising.  I was especially excited about one I discovered only the night before and made arrangements with my husband to take our little one to school so that I could get an early start.  Unfortunately, traffic was horrible and my one hour lead completely vanished. I arrived right as it was set to open, except there were no other cars there.  Huh? Turns out this was Day 2.  Boo!  On the upside, I had the whole place to myself, everything was 25% off and as it turns out not all was lost.  Herewith the loot:

Annemarie Davidson Enamel Dish
My second Annemarie Davidson dish in two weeks!  I admit it is not as dazzling as the blue one I found week before last, but it does have its charms and the holly sprig does make it seasonal.  ;-)  He's in excellent condition and is already in the shop.  On a side note, the blue Davidson dish blew up on Etsy and on Friday drove almost 900 views to my shop!  As soon as it sold Saturday morning, views went back to normal.  Anyway, good to know.

David Stewart Owl Planter
Also my second piece of David Stewart in two weeks!  Groundhog day thrift-o-rama!  He was on the patio just waiting for me.  I am going to live with him for awhile as I have a major crush.

NOT Finel
I just couldn't leave this little 1970s heart mug made in Japan.  The other side has an even bigger heart.  Sigh.
Vera Linen Hankie
I picked this up on a separate thrift run.  I've never come across another Vera hankie and I absolutely love the colors and its delicate weight.  I think it would look lovely framed.

Modern Brass Candle Holder
Finally, I could not resist this candle holder.  I told myself I bought it to sell, but it has somehow made itself onto my bookshelf instead of the inventory cabinet.

That's it!  Thanks for visiting.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thrift Week Round Up

It used to by that I would spend Wednesday evenings reviewing the weekend's upcoming estate sales plotting my route, scouring photos for treasure and generally enjoying the pleasurable pre-sale anxiety.  Oh, those were the days.  I thought that moving near Houston would provide low hanging fruit.  Oil and gas city, port city, BIG city - what could go wrong.  Well, sadly everything.  I've only been to two half-way interesting estate sales and the rest have been complete busts - based on the photos I didn't even think it was worth the 30 minute drive.  What a disappointment!  Granted it's only been since late August, but in Fort Worth there were at least 1-3 estate sales featuring at least a little MCM goodness. Not so here.  Well last Thursday night, I vented my frustration to the universe via Twitter (how else?!) and the next morning decided to hit an antique mall about 15 minutes away.  At 85,000 square feet, I thought to myself, "If I can't find at least one thing here, I'm truly doomed."

Right away things looked kind of promising as there was enough of a digger feel to the place  to make me feel like treasure could be unearthed.  After about an hour I finally stumbled on THE BOOTH.  The Booth was small and the dealer clearly had a thing for MCM, but perhaps hadn't yet learned about the Internet for research purposes? Anyway, herewith the loot (and please pardon the iPhone photos!)

Not one, but two Dansk peppermills right next to each other.  I sold the "UFO" mill just the day before so I couldn't believe another was landing in my lap so soon after.  Sitting right next to these was a set of Dansk Flamestone salt and pepper, which I haven't photographed, but did bring home.

Next I found this beautiful Annemarie Davidson enamel dish in excellent vintage condition.  The gold label had faded so it would not have been easy to ID this piece, but the artist initials were familiar and some lovely folks on Twitter helped me recall the artist's name.
Another Dansk cutting board - I haven't had the best luck selling these, but the price was right and it's in excellent condition.

David Stewart alligator mini-planter.  Being married to a Cajun, I have an affinity for alligators, but this one's going in the shop.
Finally, the only piece I found outside of "the booth"- a Kosta Boda Labrador Retriever paper weight designed by Bertil Vallien.  Some Lab lover is going to go nuts for this, I hope.

That's it! Thanks for visiting.

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