Saturday, November 24, 2012

SALE at Vintage Scapes

I'm just poppin' in today for a quick PSA. We have so much to catch up on. I have so many great things to share. However, today I am just sharing my first sale in celebration of the upcoming holidays.

Even if you don't buy anything from me, I do hope you consider supporting any small business this season.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hunted:: Gathered: 10/07/12

One more week of sanity, how many more to go? These next few weeks are going to be busy, busy, busy. We're getting closer to our closing date and there are some deadlines coming up! Since I am one to have my priorities in check, I did a bit of thrifting this week. teehee

Even though I try to avoid California Pottery, there are some pieces I can't resist. This creamer is by Bauer and is clearly marked on the bottom. When I started picking, I would look for furniture and California pottery. I'll blame Bryan for having such an informative site that enabled my early picking. I still get excited when I see a Bauer pieces in the wild.

These next few pieces I found a while back. They are also California pottery pieces. I knew right away what these were because I'd seen them before when researching. They are by Metlox and are in the California Mobile pattern. The piece above is a celery dish.

There is a bit of a funny story with these. I was at a Goodwill that is hit or miss with vintage items. I don't know about everyone's local Goodwill but some of the ones here in SoCal are often littered with donations from Target. Sometimes you won't find a single vintage piece. Luckily, I found these all tucked behind some other pieces and couldn't get to them fast enough. I searched high and low for more throughout the store but these were all that were meant to be. It just so happens that there was another vintage picker in the store at the same time. I know this because after she saw me walking around with these I overheard her telling her husband that that is the stuff she looks for at Goodwill. That being my recently found dishes.

I must admit that I felt a bit guilty because I knew that there was nothing else comparable at the store. However, that is how picking goes. Sometimes you just get lucky. What's funny is that she followed me around for a bit hoping that I would set them down. I'll just say that it isn't the first time that has happened.

Lastly, I found this piece over a month ago. The great pattern caught my eye initially. I walked toward it and upon feeling it I knew it was wool. I searched for a tag and was happy to find the words Pendleton Woolen Mills but was confused with "Beaver State".

After some research, I learned that the term Beaver State was first used in 1919 when Pendleton sold Blankets, Robes and Shawls to local tribes. You can find a great google book excerpt here. According to that source, my blanket is from 1923-1930 and it is in the Harding Pattern! I still can't believe how old it is because it's in pretty good condition. I've already had it dry-cleaned and it's ready for a new home.

That's it for me! I hope you all have a great week. I'll be linking up with the folks at A Living Space and with Selena this week. 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hunted:: Gathered: 09/30/12

wood and plenty... har har

I can't believe it has been three weeks since I last made a post. These past few weeks have been a whirlwind. There are many changes taking place. Thankfully they are all good changes. For starters, we're getting closer to closing on a house. Secondly, I am gainfully employed again! The best part so far is that the distance I commute to work in a week is significantly less than the distance of my previous daily commute!

I'll admit that some of these finds are old and if you follow me on twitter you've seen most of them already. I found this little guy at the Long Beach Flea Market a couple of weeks ago. He was just too charming and reminded me of tow-mater a bit too!

I also found this cute little wooden bus. This one is an Antonio Vitali design and is signed Ravensburger Vitali Toys on the bottom. It is missing the metal headlights and the little people that go in the bus but I had to have it anyway.

Look at this guy! I could not resist him even though I did try. I saw him when I had just arrived at the market. He was a bit spendy but I was in love. I thought I was being hasty and decided to leave him behind. I did a loop through the entire market and then decided to return to the dealer to see if he was still there. He was. I asked the price again and he recognized me and said same price. I stood there for a good 10 minutes debating if he was worth it while the dealer gave a neck rub to a lady friend. I really didn't want to pay as much as he was asking because he was going in my collection and was not going into the shop. I threw a number out there and the dealer said "ah heck, I don't give a $h!t". So he came home with me!

Lastly, I found this beauty yesterday. I saw it for the first time at the Long Beach flea market a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was really cool. I didn't even ask about the price because this dealer usually sells at retail prices. This was my only find this week but boy is it a good one. If you haven't guessed by now, it's an early nutcracker designed by Jens Quistgaard. It has the old staved teak mark on the bottom and will be perfect for the holiday season. Maybe this year I'll buy a bag of hazelnuts and put it to use!

Hopefully this post marks the resumption of regular bog posts but I know this is the calm before the storm. Thanks for stopping by and until next time!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Hunted:: Gathered: 09/09/12

I'm baaaack! I had all the good intentions of posting these finds before I left but I was in a mad rush before our trip. We went to look at a house the day before we left and ended up putting an offer on it. This one looks like it is going to go through!

For our trip we stayed in Cali but we drove North along the coast and it was spectacular!

I found a few things a couple of weeks ago starting with this lovely Nymolle dish. I haven't been able to find another one like it. I love the innocent and child-like illustrations on these pieces don't you?

I found this great wire cat that I believe is a Ravenware piece. The wire on this has a nice thickness to it. The tail is a bit wonky but it works all the same.

I succumbed to the temptation of Le Creuset again! There were a few of these pieces in blue but by the time I decided to bite the bullet this was the only decent one left. It is a #14 and the interior just needs a light cleaning and the wood a bit of oiling and it'll be as good as new.

Lastly, I found my first Dansk flamestone pieces. They aren't in the best shape but since I've never found any of these pieces I had to get them. The sugar bowl has a small nick on the lid.

I was really drawn to the coffeepot. The shape is simply elegant. The design is so nice that even the boy approved. Let me tell you that that is no small feat!

Here is a small snapshot of one of our stops. The views were absolutely breathtaking and the weather was great. 

Now it's time to hunker down and keep on keeping on!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hunted:: Gathered: 08/25/12

Do you guys ever wonder how some items make their way to the thrifts? Do you wonder about the previous life they had before getting donated? This week I did more so than usual. All of these items are from the same thrift and I can't help but wonder if they all came from the same home.

First are these lovely Figgjo wall plates. They must have just been put on the shelf because they were all still together. It tells a story of a much simpler time when you would catch your own food and then prepare it into a nice meal. These practically flew out of the shop!

This ashtray is a design by Isamu Kenmochi for Trend Pacific. This is one of the pieces that takes me to another time in a mid-century ranch style home with great den. A time when smoking and chrome were all the rage.

Paired with a great Dal Negro poker set and you're set to entertain the boys. I was drawn to this set because of the great wooden box. Imagine my surprise when I opened it and saw the cards and money chips. It reminded me of all of the nights I played poker with my dad as a kid. I didn't spend the nights locked up in my room, or on the computer, or on my ipad, etc. I spent them playing games with my dad. He taught me how to play pretty well and as a result I could hold my own with "the guys".

Lastly, this piece is nothing short of amazing. It is an Olivetti Valentine typewriter designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1969. It had not been on my radar until today. I think the only reason it was still there is because it was in its plastic case. I don't think many people found the case interesting enough to investigate further, it wasn't in the best shape after all. I always love the look of vintage typewriters and so I was immediately intrigued when I pulled it out. The color was great, the design was great, but did it work I wondered? I asked the cashier if she could give me a sheet of paper to test it out. After pulling a few knobs and levers here and there I was able to test it out. All of the keys work and the ribbon is still good. The only thing is that the return doesn't work so I'll have to take it to a local typewriter repair man. Luckily, I know that one still exists locally because he helped me with my Hermes 3000.

Doesn't this piece help you envision a great den where poker games were held, letters were written and fun was to be had? It does for me!

I'll be sharing the rest of my finds next week. I'll be on vacation with the boys' folks. We're taking a road trip!

If you haven't already I'd love for you to take a peek at my facebook page, peruse my Pinterest boards or even check out my shop. I've added lots of great stuff this week.

I hope you have a great week. For those in Florida, stay dry and be safe!

Friday, August 24, 2012

{Flashback Friday} Achieving Drama in 1952

This week's post features a nice contrast between two design styles in 1952. I'll let you guess which look I like.

The American Home for August- 1952

Would you achieve drama with strong color or with no color today?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hunted:: Gathered: 08/19/12

As many of you know, I started reselling my goodies about 4 months ago. I honestly didn't know what to expect. I now realize why people say it is a roller-coaster. I didn't expect much the first month because I was just getting started but things were picking up by the second month and looking good. Then came summer and oh boy can we say a drought came along with it on Etsy! As a result, some twitter folks decided to take up Ebay and I am so very tempted to follow suit. Do any of you sell on Ebay? Would you like to share any tips?

This week I didn't do much thrifting. Sales have pretty much come to a screeching halt and I find myself with lots of inventory waiting to be listed. All of these finds are from either last week or even prior to that.

I often get creeped out by porcelain dolls or anything with faces on them. I put those feelings aside for these because I thought someone on Etsy would love to have them. They appear to be UCTCI pieces because of the glaze. How do you feel about babydoll faces?

Trays, trays, trays. I love trays almost as much as I love baskets. I loved the floral paisley-esque pattern on these. I think it'd look great in an eclectic or bohemian setting.

I was really excited when I saw this piece sitting in a display cabinet. I was certain it was a Bjorn Wiinblad piece. I've seen his face pieces before however this one isn't signed. Upon further research I think it is actually a piece by Fitz and Floyd in the manner of Wiinblad.

This pretty little lady is from sweden. So folksy and so cute.

I found my first set of Dansk Tiny Tapers. I will be putting these up in the shop because we just don't use many candles in our home. Some are wonky because of the heat I suppose.

Lastly, I have a really weak spot ( i know I have many ) for leather bags. A couple of months ago I passed on what I believe was an authentic Hermes Birkin bag. Well, since that day I won't pass on a bag that I believe to be leather even if it is a little more than I'd like to pay. This is a vintage Brahmin bag and while they aren't really high-end they're still a nice brand. This puppy just needs a little saddle soap and it should be as good as new (i hope!)

I'll be sharing at Selena's this week. Have a great one!

Friday, August 17, 2012

{Flashback Friday} Hallcraft Bouquet

As you all know by now, Eva Zeisel is one of my favorite all-time designers. It is only appropriate that one of these flashbacks would showcase one of her designs.

The American Home for August- 1952

This image was used to showcase several place setting pieces, from the china to the glassware and silverware. This is what was said about the Hallcraft pieces:

Despite its thrifty price, the pretty dinnerware, timeless as a sonnet, has a good chance of becoming heirloom. Its designer is one of our country's most celebrated, Eva Zeisel, winner of a flock of awards - and some of her china is already treasured by museums as full-fledged art. This pattern, called "Bouquet," is brought out by Hallcraft at $9.95 for a 16 piece starter set. Notice the free-flowing curves, the modeled look which gives Zeisel pieces their distinction - and makes them easy to store and to handle.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hunted:: Gathered: 08/12/12

Hey lovely readers, I am a bit late this week but as they say, better late then never! I have a few finds I'm excited to share with you.

Any of you recognize this piece? I found a smaller version of this bowl some time ago at a nearby estate. This weekend there was another estate sale at the same place! I'd found some lovely pieces the first time around so I was excited to see what was there this time. I was surprised to find some new things that hadn't been put out previously. One of them being this lovely Eva Zeisel bowl for Schmid.

The other new piece was this little Cathrineholm Lotus bowl! The bowl is a little one at 5-1/2" wide but it doesn't have any chips. What it does have is some calcium/ lime deposits along the interior. Anyone know how to remove these?

I decided to swing by a swap meet that I haven't been to in a long time. I don't know why I chose this particularly HOT weekend but I did. As a result I found this lovely Coquille piece by Flygsfors. It caught my eye and I picked it up to inspect it. One of the ladies running the booth shouted out a price and I felt really bad. I don't think they were selling much and so I bought it out of guilt. I'm glad I did!

Lastly, I found this lovely porcelain sugar bowl. It is unmarked and I can't seem to find an ID for it. I've checked some of my usual suspects but this piece isn't from any of their lines. Do any of you have a clue as to who this may be by?

I'm hoping to be a lot more productive this week now that the Olympics are over. I tried to pry myself away from watching them at times but I couldn't help it. I loved watching some of the events live. However, don't get me started on the "Primetime" NBC TV coverage. 

Have a great week all!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hunted:: Gathered: 08/05/12

Hey everyone! I'm going to keep this post short and sweet so that I can get back to the olympic olympics watching. :)

I love these little wire letter organizers. This is the first one I've seen in a silver color. He looks like a Westie or Schnauzer don't you think?

I've refrained from buying any Couroc pieces for a while because while I find them to be neat, they don't really do all that well on Ebay or Etsy. This one is an exception because I've never seen this design. It has an inlay that looks like a Pasadena Rosebowl ticket commemorating 100 years of Intercollegiate Football.

This next piece is a music box with a design of Beethoven by Andy Warhol. I've passed some Warhol items in the past so I had to get this one. When you open it it plays a portion of Beethoven's 5th! It's not "vintage" enough for Etsy so if you're interested give me a shout.

Lastly, I bought my first Tensor lamp. I couldn't resist this one because it is small, brassy and elegant. This is the 5975 model and can even be hung on a wall.

That wraps up my finds for the week. I hope you have a great one!

Friday, August 3, 2012

{Flashback Friday} Luther Conover DIY table

If you enjoy looking through vintage magazines, you'll enjoy this friday series.

Sunset Magazine- September 1954

This page offered by Sunset is for an ad for their Tables you can Build book. This ad just happens to feature a fabulous table designed by Luther Conover. So who's going to give it a go?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hunted:: Gathered: 07/28/12

Hey-o! Fellow thrifters, I must confess that I did some thrifting yet again. While I've greatly reduced my thrifting trips and I believe I've become more selective, I still can't resist some pieces. I think they are all pretty great and since thrifts can often dry up for months I figure I should enjoy it while it lasts right?

My eyes popped when I saw this piece at the thrift (it actually has a partner which still needs to be cleaned). I had seen these before (years ago) on blogs and highly coveted them. Isn't it cute? It is a vintage Samsonite Fashionaire suitcase. The design is often rumored to be Marimekko but I've not found a reference to confirm that. It certainly has that flavor. This piece would be great to use for travel or even storage in the home. I had quite a bit of scrubbing to do on it because there was some adhesive residue which had yellowed.

I also found some lovely smalls. I found a lovely Dansk Teak Ice Bucket with the older four ducks logo. The little carafe/ decanter is a pyrex piece that was made for Weico. I thought the little wrap and colorful beads were a nice touch. I also found a nice set of colorful pans that are awfully similar to Krenit pieces because of the matte black on the bottom. They have a nice weight to them too but I haven't been able to confirm an id. The ceramic piece on the right is my very first William Manker find. He was a notable California potter.

Lastly, I thought these were just too cool. There was a decent sized box full of cast aluminum antlers at an estate. I was intrigued because I've never seen anything like them. I walked out with a few sets and am planning on keeping one for myself. If anyone is interested in a set let me know. I think these would be great mounted and used as a coat rack, jewelry display or just for decorative purposes. They're a great alternative to real ones from an actual critter. What do you think?

That's it for my finds. I'm going to be tuning in to the Olympics because I love watching the athletes. They dedicate such a huge chunk of their daily lives to accomplish amazing feats. It's truly inspiring.

I'll be linking up with Sophie and Selena.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hunted:: Gathered: 07/22/12

It's a mod mod world

I know that last week I said I would try to not thrift but I failed. I couldn't resist the temptation of stopping by one or two places while out running errands. I did restrain myself from buying a lot of things so that's a positive right?

I found this lovely set of glasses by Culver. They are from the Devon line and the gold detailing may actually be 22K gold! There is a set of 8 and they are in great condition. I am so tempted to keep these because they are a great size.They aren't too big nor too small and are super stylish.

This will be in the shop soon.

I actually found this El Palomar piece last week and I'm not quite sure what to call it. It's quite large. Is it a bowl? A planter?

This is a find from this week. I've seen these cool bubble mirrors around and I've always thought they were fun. I carried this around with me at the thrift but decided to leave it behind at the last minute. I started regretting it and when I got home I decided to do a bit of research on it. It has a Turner label on it and is from the 70's. Needless to say I went back the following day to get it and luckily it was still there! This one is about 18"X18". It's also a rare occasion for the boy to think one of my finds is cool and this one made the cut.

These are currently in the shop here, here and here.

No you're not seeing double. I found one of the small ones some time ago but the rest are from one thrift store last week. I hinted at them in last week's thrift post. My eyes nearly popped out of their sockets when I saw them on the shelf! While there is much debate about whether or not these are Jacob Bang pieces, I think they are. They are well made and do not have seaming. Later on in the week I went to another thrift with the boy. THAT is a rare occasion. As we were walking around he noticed one of these canisters and pointed it out to me. I said to him "Good eye!" and he replied, " I saw it from a mile away". So humble. It did make me chuckle though. Last night as we were watching a movie he noticed all of the MCM furniture and then commented in disbelief that I've rubbed off on him. Ha!

These will be in the shop soon!

Lastly, my favorite find of the week is this lovely vintage set of Dansk teak salad servers. They appear to be unused and still have the original bag, price and care instructions! They are marked Dansk Designs, Denmark JHQ meaning these were designed by Jens Quistgaard. I was hoping to find the salad bowl that goes with these because it's a looker but we can't have it all right?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my finds. Have a great week and be safe!

I'll be linking up with Sophie and Selena.

Friday, July 20, 2012

{Flashback Friday} - Raymor Capri

Last week I shared a snippet of all of the vintage magazines I purchased at an estate sale. I said I would share some of the ads in them. As promised, I am sharing an image for a party chicken salad. When I saw the ad I was overcome with excitement, not because I like chicken salad but because I LOVE Raymor Capri.

This place setting is made up of Raymor Capri items, a design line by Michael Lax for Hyalyn.

Have a Great Weekend!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Hunted:: Gathered: 07/14/12

Happy weekend everyone! This week went by without blog posts on my end, however I am happy to announce that they were substituted by a fairly regular workout routine of cycling and weight training. I used to run in my younger days and am now faced with runner's knee as a result (womp womp). Since I can't run, I am trying out cycling and so far so good. I haven't been this sore in years. It's kind of nice.

Well enough about me, let's get on with the thrift share! This week I am sharing both old and new finds.

These beauties caught my eye because of the smoky color and the shape. I picked them up and I was sold. They feel fabulous in the hand. The glass is so delicate and there was a set of four. After some research and help from some twitter folks, these are confirmed to be Holmegaard glasses in the Copenhagen line.

I found these fun enamel plates at an estate sale. I probably paid too much for them but they were just too colorful and cheery to pass up! They'd be great for cereal.

This was the first time I came across a Stavangerflint item. I loved the sweet little illustration by Kari Nyquist. Any golf couples out there?

This diverse set is my thrift haul from this week. There is a little fold-out ruler, a dymo label maker that I've been playing around with, a complete plastic picnic set, a lovely set of vintage napkins, a cute little pottery fish, a plastic Swedish trivet with a design that has been "attributed" to Stig Linberg and one of those wooden drawing mannequins. During all of my years of art courses I never had one of those. I'm always drawn to them and this one had a nice patina so I couldn't resist! I found some more beauties today but didn't get a chance to photograph them so you'll have to wait till next week. (Hint: I mentioned one in this post)

Lastly, I went to a somewhat local estate sale and walked out with a bunch of mid-century magazines. There are a couple of each of these: Sunset, California Home, The American Home and Better Homes and Gardens. See all of the posties? I've looked through all of them and flagged ads and articles that I look forward to sharing with you on the blog bit by bit. My most exciting ad find displayed a set of Raymor Capri pieces used for an ad for food!

That about wraps up my week! I'll be sharing other backlogged items next week because I am going to avoid the thrifts this coming week. We'll see how that goes!

I'll be linking up with the lovely Sophie