Monday, November 25, 2013

Thrifting Roundup – Uncondensed Version :-)

Like others here, I’ve also been trying to stay out of the thrifts. And, exactly like others, I’m having limited success at that. I’ve managed to cut down to just once or twice a week. I can only imagine the good stuff I’ve missed out on on my no-thrifting days! Here’s a recap of some of the things I’ve come away with when I have been out. Pretty good stuff although nothing like some of you find (yes, I’m looking at you, MidModMom!).

Clockwise from the top, in the picture above. First two divided plates with a cool handpainted cowboy pattern, marked Japan on the back. I’ve been unable to find these anywhere on the web, save for an Ebay listing from an estates selling company that identifies them as Fred Roberts Nasco Japan Del Coronado Western Ranch dinner plates. I’ve searched high and low for references to them and can find nothing. Can anyone help? Next one of several Federal Glass cereal or berry bowls that I've found lately. I picked up 2 more in the yellow Kitchen Aids pattern after I took this picture. Bottom, a red Pyrex fridgie. The teapot/coffee pot is vintage Melitta, unmarked but unmistakeable due to the drip proof spout. It’s kind of bright and pretty, don’t you think? 

The above are keepers, some intended, some unintended. The ceramic vase is a mid century Elio Schiavon art pottery ceramic vase with an interesting design of houses. These  vases seem to go for good money and, though I totally loved it, I intended to sell it. Looking it over more closely when I got home, I discovered a hairline crack in the top. Demoted (promoted?) to my permanent collection now and I’m sad (glad?). The mini mannequin is displaying my collection of thrifted vintage brooches. The silver and purple rhinestone celtic (?) piece is the newest in the collection. And what can I say about the le Creuset pot? I have a bazillion pots but you find a probably newish, and seemingly unused, le Creuset pot for $10 and you’re going to leave it behind? Yeah, I don’t think so either. 

Some Arabia of Finland wall plaques found me at a thrift one day. The squarish one in the centre is titled Winter in Lapland and was designed and signed by Anita Rantanen-Siemers. The other two are Andreas Alariesto, Skolt Lapp Settlement on the left and A Village of Lapps in Winter on the right. 

Check out the minty Homer Laughlin creamer and cups in this pic. The paint is so crisp and bright they look like they just rolled off the production line but they are stamped with a 1954 date stamp. I’ve spent hours looking for similar pieces or a pattern name and have found nothing. The fiberglass fox tray is from the Bacova Guild and bears the initials of designer, Grace Gilmore, circa 1960s. 

Another day I found this set of melamine teacups and saucers with a really cool amoeba or boomerang shaped saucer. They are marked with the stamp of now defunct Trans Canada Airlines so must date 1960s or earlier and were manufactured by Plastics Inc. of St Paul. I got great help on these from the shopowner at Etsy shop, Retro Chalet, who also blogs about melamine at Melmac Central.

If you love buttons the way I do this next find would stop your heart. Buried in a bin of random sewing bits at a thrift store, I found this card of monogrammed silverplate 1870’s uniform buttons. How did I know what they were? They had a handwritten label from a collector on them, thankfully. From the top left corner, showing them first as I found them on the card, what the correct orientation should be to see the Gothic “C” and then close-ups of the back and front.  Manufactured by French company, Trelon, Weldon et Weil.  I’ve posted these on Collectors Weekly looking for help on further identification from military or button collectors but so far there is no other information. Any button collectors here?

Antiques ‘r’ me, lately. This weekend I found this set of Consolidated Glass Guttate pink satin salt and pepper shakers. These would have been produced between 1896 and 1900. I love how bright they are. Luckily again, someone had once labelled them “Guttate Pink Satin” so I was able to look them up on my phone at the thrift.

And, finally, I purchased this incredible set of Fire-King diamond pattern Colonial Kitchen bowls from an estate sale. I had to pay up from thrift store pricing but I figured it was worth it because the traffic in my Etsy shop doubles whenever I have Fire-King bowls. Listed them one evening last week and got out the popcorn to watch the big up-tick in traffic. Result? They sold in 3 hours. So much for the increased traffic but I was happy to send them to a deserving new home.

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  1. Fantastic finds! I especially love the salt and pepper shakers. I have a bit of a thing for salt and pepper shakers!

  2. A $10 Le Creuset? *dies* I would have spent my last $10 to my name if I had found that without hesitation. Also agree with Jacqui O Retro that those salt and pepper shakers are amazing. The pink is out of this world!

    1. I know! It's minty, minty too! I scooped it out of the bin as they were wheeling it out.

  3. Each find is incredible! Gorgeous photos, too.

    1. Thank you, Van. I'm a regular reader of your blog.


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