Sunday, April 29, 2012

Thrift Report: The Mod Squad

My finds this week veered towards the modern...

Loving this folding brass candle holder! I've seen them before on Etsy and always coveted them. Now that I have one, I'll probably sell it. Because that's how I roll. But in the meantime, isn't she pretty?

I've been finding lots of Kosta Boda snowball candle holders lately. Each of these came from a different place, but all were under $2. The one on the right is a bit different - smoother and more clear; more like crystal, and minus the seam marks on the others. Maybe an earlier production, or a knock-off? (Did anyone knock off Kosta snowballs?)

I'm not sure the photos quite do this lamp justice...the pottery base is the most beautiful blend of blues and greens. My favorite part, though, is the elegant teak neck. This was a garage sale find for a few dollars, though I spent significantly more having it rewired!

These two chic vases are marked "Norsk Tinn Pewter" on the bottoms. The stripes look like tree bark. Can't you see these adorning a bookshelf?

I've actually been hoarding this two-headed desk lamp for a while, but I finally got it out this weekend to contemplate listing it. I got it at a thrift store a couple of months ago for a few dollars, and I think it's so cool. It works, but it definitely needs a spit shine (or, more specifically, a rendez-vous with a bottle of Brasso) before I list it in the shop. Because I WILL list it in the shop. Really. I swear.

I was so excited to find all six of these glasses together in one Goodwill store - instead of having to track them down, piecemeal, all over the city. I haven't been able to figure out the pattern/maker. At first I thought they were Ultima Thule by iittala, but after examining them closely I'm pretty sure they're not. I've held Ultima Thule before, and these just feel different. Plus I don't think iittala made this shape in that pattern. Anyone have any ideas what they are?

And last but not least...

Not one, but TWO Cathrineholm saucepans! This find was a minor miracle, as I NEVER find cathrineholm in the midwest. I know lots of west coast bloggers who seem to find it periodically, but it seems to be such a rarity here. These are the first pieces I've ever seen "in the wild" (aka in a thrift). They're not perfect...the insides have some discoloration that I'm working on removing, and they tragically are missing their lids, but still...they were (brace yourselves) $2 each at GW.  Yep. You can see why they quickly came home with me!

Thanks for stopping by to peruse my gallery of vintage modern secondhand finds!  I hope you've all been busy unearthing some treasures of your own...I'll be linking up with the following parties to find out:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Sunday's Best at My 1929 Charmer
Thifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
High on Thrifting Thursday at The Haps
Thrift Score Thursday at The Blue Eyed Owl

Monday, April 23, 2012

Thrift Report

The Gods of Vintage were pretty kind to me this week. I didn't buy a ton of things - which is good, as I'm still swimming in inventory - but the things I found were different and cool--in my opinion, at least!

I've never seen anything quite like this vintage cocktail shaker. The green glass base is really heavy - a half inch thick at the bottom, I would say - and I found the combination of early plastic, green glass, and tarnished brass to be really interesting. I am guessing 1940s?

This planter dish is fairly large and appears to be antique, though it's always hard to tell for sure!  It has some irregular crazing and its organic shape leads me to think it's hand thrown. I was most attracted to the geometric border and the amazing crane illustration (which is repeated all the way around with slight variations). If anyone knows anything about this piece, please share!

I have decanters coming out of my ears right now, but these were too special not to bring home. I found them in a Goodwill a couple of weeks ago, and they were, remarkably, TOGETHER and UNDAMAGED. They are the thinnest glass and they are marked with old "Romania" stickers on the bases. You can't really tell from the photo but they are also huge - about 18" tall with their stoppers. I love them; don't they look like oversized antique perfume bottles?

My mom actually picked up this piece for me. It's also *huge* and has the coolest trumpet shape. I usually like to polish old brass to within an inch of its life, but in this case I really love the hammered finish and heavy patina. Yay for moms with good taste!

I love old pottery lamps, and when they're in my favorite shade of jadite-esque green, I'm a goner!

I'm thinking it dates from the 1960s, but it could be earlier. It had a great finial, too; always a plus!

Does anyone else like old glass electrical insulators? I know they're not rare, but I think they're a charming nod to the past and have a industrial chic about them. Plus they're really heavy and make great paperweights and bookends!  I've found a bunch in our local thrifts lately--not sure if someone unloaded a collection, or what -- but I've been snapping them up whenever I see them for a good price.

Those were the highlights of my thrifting this week. I hope you all have a fabulous week full of lots of vintage and thrifted finds! 


Linking with:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Thrifty Love at Cap Creations
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures

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Thursday, April 19, 2012


I'm so honored that Wendy from Salt and Wine (which is seriously, truly, not-just-saying-this-because-she-nominated-me, one of my new favorite blogs--check her out!) nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award.

 The rules are as follows:
  1. Grab the Versatile Blogger button.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you.
  3. Include a link to their blog.
  4. Share 7 things about yourself.
  5. Pass along the love! Nominate 15 of your favorite blogs.
  6. Inform each nominee with a comment on their blog.
  7. In the same post include this set of rules.

I'll probably have to take a raincheck on numbers 5-7 and nominate some of my faves another time, as I'm having one of those weeks and am just jumping in here with a quickie post in between projects, but I will at least share some things about myself. Without further ado, seven [kinda weird] things about me:

  1. I can recite all 50 states in alphabetical order.
  3. I have undergraduate degrees in French literature and political science.
  5. I am terrified of snakes and therefore do not participate in "nature stuff" (hiking, camping, swimming in natural bodies of water, etc.)
  7. I am a direct descendant of Francis Scott Key (the national anthem dude)
  9. If I could start my life over, I'd become an interior designer and run a sanctuary for pit bulls on the side.
  11. I've lived in (at last count) 26 houses in my life. No wonder I'm obsessed with interiors!
  13. I secretely adore Fleetwood Mac. (There...I said it.)

Thanks again to Wendy, who brightened my otherwise cruddy, busy, meeting-filled week with this award! Muah!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Thrift Report: Animal Magnetism

Hello friends!  Today, I'm showcasing some thrifted finds from the last few months with an animal theme...

A pair of ceramic elephant candlesticks, made in Japan, ca. 1960s. Don't you love the colors?

Bronze-toned horse head mounted on a marble base. I think he's rather stately...

A charming little white ceramic giraffe planter. Perfect for a nursery.

Ever since I spotted this photo over at Pink Wallpaper, I've been a smidge obsessed with finding those brass unicorn bookends...

...and I finally found them! 

They are utterly ENORMOUS and weigh close to 11 lbs. Each.

I've sold these speckled peacocks from California Originals Pottery before in my shop, but I'm always excited to find them. So elegant.

That's it for this week! I hope everyone found lots of treasures of their own.

The End. :)

Linking with:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Thrifty Love at Cap Creations
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Monday, April 9, 2012

Thrift Report: Easter Edition

I'm posting a little late today. The weekend was an eventful one, full of sunshine and grass mowing and dog walking. Also the 50% off sale at Goodwill and an unfortunate trip to the ER for some stitches. (Not related to the Goodwill sale, though that place DOES get kinda crazy on 50% off day!)

Here are a few favorite finds from this week:

A mid-century horse lamp. Tiny and cool. I love this piece more than I can articulate. It might technically be a unicorn...see the little bump on its forehead? I think it might just be a knotted mane, though. Either way...probably my favorite find of the week!

And yes, he works!  

I also found this pretty beaded purse. It's marked simply "Made in Japan" on the inside, and it's in great shape.
Wouldn't it be perfect for a spring or summer wedding?

This milk glass mixing bowl was only 99 cents! It's medium in size...about the size of a batter bowl, but taller. It's in great shape, but it's unmarked. I love the gold design. Does anyone know the maker? Pretty sure it's not Pyrex...maybe Glasbake or Federal?
Not everything I bought was white and gold. :)  Hello, adorable solid blue glass owl for 24 cents!
I love gilded, mirrored vanity trays. If I had my way, everything in my house would sit on a fancy tray! The gilding on this one is still really vibrant. It would look great on a sideboard holding barware or holding jewelry and perfume bottles on a dresser top.
This cute little pottery console vase/planter is in perfect condition. I love the fancy scrolled base. It's just marked USA, so I don't know who made it, but for 99 cents I couldn't pass it up!
Finally, a carved wooden elephant bookend. I can't resist a good elephant, though what's with all the single bookends I've been finding lately?  The raised trunk is a sign of good luck.

Wishing you all a little bit of that elephant luck this week, and in your thrifting endeavors and otherwise! 


Linking up here:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Starry Eyed

I recently got some flak on the Tatter and Fray Facebook page about the starburst clock on the wall in my family room. No matter what anyone says, starburst clocks and mirrors are among of my favorite accessories, whether truly vintage or vintage-inspired. The original version by George Nelson is a design icon.  The one I have is a hand-me-down from my grandmother and it was made by Elgin. It's  steel with a woodgrain finish, and it weights an absolute TON. It's pointy and sharp and could easily double as a lethal weapon!  It's not currently running, and while I've been tempted to get it fixed, I clearly remember from the many sleepness nights I spent at Grandma Carol's house as kid that it makes a loud bonging noise every hour on the hour. So for now, I'll let it remain quiet.

I love starbursts because just that one piece can have such a huge impact in a room. They can be either kitschy or elegant, but they're always eye-catching.  Here are some of my favorites:

This stunner of a living room from Freckle Wonder has a fun, mid-century vibe and TWO starburst clocks!

I love this one, from More Ways to Waste Time, because it blends beautifully with more traditional elements.

Over at Inspiration Bubble, a mid-century clock against some glammy, ornate wallpaper. I'd never think of doing this, but it looks amazing!

I love the combination of the graphic yellow wall design and the spiky clock in this photo:

Check out this sleek mid-century modern inspired room, with a really pointy, metallic version of the starburst clock:

Here's a super favorite from (I love this blog, by the way!):

That one has more of a Hollywood Regency style than its midcentury modern cousins, but I find it equally fabulous. I have one very similar to this that I'll be listing in the shop eventually, when I get around to having it fixed so it keeps time again!

Vitra even created a museum exhibit dedicated to George Nelson's sun/starburst clocks. How amazing is this display?

Finally, I absolutely adore this version, which was converted from a non-working clock to a mirror. Genius!

{Via the amazing LAX to YVR}

So...have I convinced the naysayers? I hope so. These clocks are such a symbol of vintage American decor; there's really nothing else like them. They're so fresh and modern today!  Don't you agree?

{Via I dream lo-tech}
. . .Joan certain does!


Linking with Vintage Thingie Thursday.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Thrift Report: GRRRRR

So I had the best thrift report post planned for tonight...I found some of the most amazing stuff this past week, and I planned to showcase some of the pieces that featured faux bamboo. Because, well...I love bamboo, as some of you know.

I spent the majority of the day cleaning up and photographing my finds. The process involves removing price tags; polishing/cleaning; moving furniture from the photography space; waiting for just the right light to hit the space; moving in prop furniture; shooting the actual photos; documenting measurements and prices; wrapping up fragile items; and moving everything into storage.

Today's session was intense but productive.  I had several sets of lamps to shoot, which are particularly time-intensive. All in all, I think I spent about six hours today on this process. I JUST finished putting everything away about an hour ago and sat down to post some of my shots on the blog. And guess what?

THEY'RE ALL GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's right....POOF. Disappeared. Nothing on the memory card. Nothing in internal memory. No record whatsover of my photographs. It's as if I dreamed it all.

This has happened twice before. It's some glitch with my piece o' crap old camera. I've replaced the memory card twice, so that's not it. Most of the time, though, it works fine, so it's hard to justify buying a new camera. But after today...after losing an entire day's worth of work...I may commit camera-cide.

In place of the post I had planned, I'll show you a few things that I've picked up over the last few months but never featured -  photos that actually made it out of my camera's memory alive.

I was really pleased to find this vintage wooden jewelry box:

The best part is the peacock blue velvet lining!

I also found this set of wooden candlesticks. This is how they looked on the shelf of the thrift shop:

But the reason they're SUPER COOL is that they unscrew to reveal a set of eight matching napkin rings!

Clever, right?

I was really drawn to the shape of these vintage wood salad tossers:

I thought they were charming in a bohemian kind of way.

This Kromex ice bucket was in pristine condition - as if it had never been used.

I love the retro wooden finial!

That's about it for me this week. I just realized that everything I posted is wood or wood grain, so I ended up with a kind of theme despite myself.  What can I say...I'm in a dark mood. Back to sulking now!  My goal for the evening is to talk myself out of smashing that stupid camera into a thousand pieces. Right now, that sounds pretty therapeutic...

I hope all of you had better luck than I did this week!  xoxo

Linking with:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Thrifty Love at Cap Creations
Sunday's Best at My 1929 Charmer
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdat at Coastal Charm
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