Monday, September 16, 2013

Thrift Report

I've been fairly good about not thrifting too much lately -- or at least, trying to be very discriminating in what I buy -- but this weekend I just went a little crazy. I think it was thrifting withdrawal, to be honest. I bought a ton of stuff. A TON.  Some of it is still in the car, in fact.  Here are a few highlights:


I have always loved this glassware pattern but never found them in the wild until now. This is the Madeira pattern by Tiffin's Franciscan line, ca. 1960s-70s. The color is "cornsilk" - the most beautiful, citrusy yellow. They may be the heaviest goblets I've ever encountered - even for lead crystal. The set weighs five pounds!


 

This cocktail pitcher isn't he most exciting find in the world, but it's a bit of a mystery. The gold designs look very Georges Briard-like, but the pitcher is marked "PAVL" in the tinest letters possible. In fact, I'm not entirely sure PAVL is correct -- could be PAUL or DAVE or who-knows-what. But after staring at it under a magnifying glass, I think it's PAVL. Anyone have any info? Mysteries like this have the potential to drive me crazy. :)


 


I mainly bought this vintage brass letter (or napkin?) holder for the feet. I love the little gargoyle-esque clawed toes. Apropos to share as we approach Halloween season, right?


 

I just love these crazy Baroque-looking brass switch plate covers. I have so far resisted installing  them in my own home, but I can't promise anything.


 

You guys know how much I love a humongous brass animal! (Hello, life-sized brass peocock who is still taking up way too much space in my bedroom: I'm talkin' to you!)  I was excited to pick up this giant brass elephant for a great price. The question: to polish, or not to polish? It has loads of patina and tarnish. Usually I'm very decisive about these things, but I can't decide on this one. Or maybe I'm just being lazy (?).


And now for my favorite find of the week:

 

A set of two 60's-era abstract bamboo art pieces!  They're just soooo cool in person. They're a nice size (13" x 10") and they have built-in hangers on the back, but also cool built-in stands:

 

It was love at first sight as I snatched them off the "just arrived" cart at a nearby Goodwill over the weekend.


That's unfortunately all I have time to share today - more to come soon!. I hope everyone else had a productive week with lots of cool vintage/thrifted treasures!

xoxo


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20 comments:

  1. Girl...you better be mixing some cocktails in those yellow glasses, installing some switch plates, and hanging some art!

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  2. I love that elephant and I love the book he's posed upon! I have that one and another by Osa Johnson... great stories there. Plus those cornsilk goblets! Gorgeous!

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    1. I love that book, too! I have two copies (weird, I know). Do you have the elusive giraffe covered Four Years in Paradise? If so, I will be eternally jealous.

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  3. I'm a fan of the Franciscan glassware too and you are right the yellow is the BEST color! You always have the best brassy finds!

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    1. Thanks Francine! It really is a great yellow, isn't it?? ;)

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  4. Amazing stuff. The elephant is awesome and the goblets are gorgeous. :)

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    1. Thanks Joann! I was really excited about all my finds this week.

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  5. Buy ALL.THE.BRASS! What a score of beautiful finds. I would leave the elephant as is, I like patinated brass, but I have been known to polish some items :) I am glad you had thrif theraphy for your withdrawal!

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    1. I think you all have convinced me to leave the elephant as-is. It's a "pretty tarnish" - very smooth and even. Plus, as previously noted -- I'm a bit lazy about polishing.

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  6. I love that art but man are those plate covers awesome! So detailed and exquisite!!!! Makes me want to swap out all the blah ones I have! Beautiful finds as usual friend...you so have the knack for awesome finds!!!!! Happy fall to you!!! Nicole

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    1. Thanks so much Nicole! I am SO tempted to install those babies, but I'm trying to resist. Take care!

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  7. Love ALL your finds but the elephant is DIVINE....I would leave as is as the patina is great xx

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    1. Thanks, Meg. I am leaning towards leaving the elephant alone! xoxo

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  8. I really like the pitcher!! You always find some great things!

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  9. The cocktail pitcher and glasses are interesting The brass holder I would use as a letter holder. Nice finds.
    Denise

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  10. The bamboo art is super cool, such a neat find!
    And I like patina on brass items, so I'd leave it if it were mine. Sometimes we all go a little thrift nuts. It's good for the brain!

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  11. Cool finds! I love how you always find some interesting brass pieces- that artwork is really unique. I know what you mean about thrifting withdrawl: I'm always making resolutions to limit my buying but somehow they never end up lasting too long!

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  12. wow! so much goodness! I have never seen bamboo frames like that before- so awesome!

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  13. Love that elephant! I would leave it as is.

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