Thrifting Update!

Well, Mr. Butter and I had such a fantastic thrifting weekend that we wanted to share what we found with everyone!  Saturday was a beautiful day in Seattle so it seemed like the perfect time to hop in the car, roll down the windows and check out some local thrifts.  But first, we stopped at an estate sale close to our house and picked up this beautiful Blenko Water Bottle.  This baby catches the light like nobody’s business!

These Ken Edwards salt and pepper shakers make me wish I still lived in Los Angeles, surrounded by stucco and night-blooming jasmine.  They definitely deserve to live in someone’s bungalow, don’t you think?  We don’t find much Ken Edwards up in Seattle, so I happily picked these up!

This next find is one of my favorites–it’s a ewer from Lapid Ceramics of Israel.  Not much is known about this company, but from what I gather, they flourished in the 1960s and 1970s.  Personally, this is one of the nicest pieces of studio pottery I’ve come across.  The glaze is amazing!

This next piece was a bit of a mystery for me.  I picked it up because it reminded me of Harris Strong’s ceramics.  When I flipped it over, I was rather surprised to see that it was made in Norway by “Nora G.”  After a little research, I found out that the maker of this beautiful ceramic plate is Nora Gulbrandsen, who also designed some enameled jewelry for David Andersen.  This piece hasn’t made it into the shop yet, but it should be available soon, hopefully!

The last piece we found this weekend is one of those fabled finds that Mr. Butter and I will be talking about for a long time.  We both love the work Kay Bojesen and Hans Bolling.  Even though Seattle tends to be a good area for  Scandinavian thrifts, we had never seen one “in the wild.”  Until I spied this little elephant, that is!  He’s staying in our permanent collection!

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  1. Reply
    SixBalloons July 25, 2011

    Lovely. I have a real soft spot for the teak animals too. I found a teak bird a few months ago and paid 50 cents!

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    A La Modern July 25, 2011

    Fantastic finds – I couldn’t believe it when you posted the earlier #thriftbreak pic of the elephant! I’m curious about Lapid, have come across it in past but haven’t picked it up yet.

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    Laurie July 25, 2011

    You really have an eye for the pottery! Great finds!

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    cathy July 25, 2011

    Really lovely finds. The water bottle is just beautiful but the elephant is such a sweetie!

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    Kate July 25, 2011

    Wow! You were really busy this weekend. I don’t have a bungalow but I am partial to the salt and pepper shakers.

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    Vintage Scapes July 25, 2011

    Amazing amazing elephant!! I can’t blame you for keeping him… teak figurines are my weakness!

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    Van July 25, 2011

    Gorgeous finds all around, but I especially love the orange glass!

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    Kylie July 26, 2011

    Wow! You found all of that incredible mid-century “stuff ” in one weekend? Amazing!

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    Brad July 26, 2011

    Love the elephant! It was great running into you both the other day!

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    Thrift Shopper for Peace July 27, 2011

    love the glass bottle and the ewer – that is truly beautiful. it looks like an archeology find! the elephant is also charming. i guess i’m going to have to come down from Abbotsford and do some thrifting in Seattle! what are your thrift shop recommendations?

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    alison July 27, 2011

    @Thrift Shopper for Peace: We actually like the thrift-stores outside of town! But if you’re going to be in Seattle the Goodwill on Dearborn is definitely the best!

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