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!