These mid-century candlesticks called my name. I can't quite figure out what size candles they are intended to hold, though, besides maybe votives. Sometimes I think some of these old candlesticks had glass votive inserts originally. If I kept them, I would probably just display them as pretty sculptural pieces instead of using them.
I also snapped up this art deco refrigerator dish. It's marked "Manufactured for Westinghouse by Hall China" on the bottom. Which makes sense, as I once read that these pieces used to be offered as free gifts with the purchase of a new refrigerator. It has a small chip on the rim on the back, and some chipping inside the lid, but for $2, I couldn't resist its cornflower blue color and amazing deco lines. I am a sucker for art deco; I freely admit it.
I found this old wastepaper basket so charming. It's brass toned with a fabulous sailing ship design, and it has the PERFECT amount of rust and patina. This is the kind of thing people spend days trying to achieve through "faux" treatments. It's weird to be all into a trash can, but I really like this piece. I got it in a thrift, but I imagine it came from a library in a stately old house.
This picture doesn't really do this little set justice. They have the prettiest gold lines across the handles, which really add to their look. They are tiny and delicate bone china, made by Okwan China Company and hand painted in Japan. So pretty; they make me want to have a fancy tea party.
Okay, I saved the best for last. I'm been pretty obsessed with this elephant lamp by Shirley Fintz for West Elm's new South Africa collection ever since I saw it featured in Elle Decor:
It doesn't help that I've seen it splashed across Pinterest and the design blogosphere nonstop ever since. Plus, I've been enamored of Jonathan Adler's elephant lamp for a while now, though at almost $400, it's a smidge out of my price range:
You can imagine, therefore, how i reacted when I was sitting in my office last Wednesday and got a text from my mom that said, "White ceramic elephant lamp. $9. Want it?" Ummmmm....let me mull that over for a while...YES!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had no idea if it would be vintage or new, in good condition or rough around the edges, but I didn't really care at that price. On Saturday, I trekked to my parents' house to check it out. I was not disappointed:
Isn't she a beaut? It's actually a momma elephant with her calf, and it's in great condition with just one tiny chip at the back hear the brass neck.
It's definitely vintage, made from heavy pottery that likely dates from the mid-century (or possibly earlier). It's a gorgeous creamy ivory, and I'm in love with it. I'm pretty sure this is my favorite vintage find of the year, and I didn't even find it (go Mom!). I drove it home in the front seat of my car, wrapped in a cloth bag and seatbelted in. I have 47 different places in my house that this lamp would look amazing, but I'll be a good girl and put it in the shop. Eventually. ;)
Wishing you all successful and happy week filled with at least a few thrifted treasures!
Linking up here:
Sunday's Best at My 1929 Charmer
Thrifty Love at Cap Creations
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures