When I got home and researched the piece, I discovered that designer Jane Hutcheson designed this line of life-like enameled flowers for Gorham's "Fleurs des Siècles" giftware line in the 70s and 80s, and that the pieces are highly collectable today and quite valuable. Score! In case you're interested, here's a lovely article on Jane Hutcheson's work.
I've admired these simple, cork-topped decanters in other shops for ages, so I was excited to find these. The corks need replacement - one is missing, and the other two are both crumbling and moldly - but I should be able to pick up some new ones at Michaels for a couple of dollars. The awesome typography makes me happy.
This pair of elegant brass flamingos was an antique store find; they were a great price, and they're really huge.
This vintage painting on canvas is so pretty in person -- and surprisingly elegant. The colors are very muted, the frame is gleaming brass and about an inch deep, and it includes the original certificate of authenticity, dated 1979. Best of all, it's compact - about the size of a piece of printer paper - which makes it perfect for a gallery wall, or easy to display just about anywhere. I love it.
As regular readers know, I have a strict "no dinnerware" policy when buying for my shop - "strict" meaning I try really hard but violate it often. :) Dinnerware doesn't sell that well for me, and it's really hard to pack and ship, so I try to steer clear. When I came across a bunch of Ken Edwards pieces at Goodwill this week, though, I had to take them home. They're so beautiful; they're really scarce in this area; and most of all, they were 49 cents each.
I just couldn't bear to let them end up chipped, broken, or tossed into a GW Outlet sale bin. I pretty much had no choice but to bring them home, right? RIGHT? (Sigh...)
And because I couldn't possibly go a whole week without finding some bookends, here's this week's set:
They're so chic, but in horrible condition. Each one is missing an ear, and they plaster is very chipped (as you can see.) Still, for a couple of dollars, I couldn't leave them behind. I plan to keep this set for myself, and "rehab" them with a nice coat of glossy spray enamel. Maybe ivory, or deep orange, or solid black. Any opinions?
Lastly, I was beside myself to find this set of mid-century Swedish candlesticks! This is another item I've drooled over online, and almost purchased for myself more than once. It's hard to tell with the currently heavy coat of tarnish, but these are solid brass, and will be spending some quality time with a polishing cloth very soon. I will probably sell them - I'm trying to be more disciplined about not keeping every other thing I buy for the shop - but I may shed a tear or two when I do.
Thanks for checking out my finds this week. I'm wishing all of you a fabulous week of thrifting, and I can't wait to check out what you find!
Linking up here:
The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Junkin' Joe at The Cottage Market