Thrifting Roundup: 11.26.11

I can’t believe that November is almost over!  This autumn has been a busy one for Mr. Butter and me.  We’ve thrifted in fits and starts, but it seems as if we haven’t been up to our usual tricks.  We went on an afternoon thrifting circuit on Wednesday and here are the finds!

I’m a sucker for papier mâché figures from the 1970s.  These pieces fly under many people’s radar, but they can be quite collectible, especially pieces by Gemma Taccogna.  The larger papier mâché figure in the photo is by Abelardo Ruiz, another artist who, in my opinion, rivals Taccogna.  We listed the lovely lady in the shop and she’s already found a new home!  At the same thrift, we found a papier mâché pencil holder in the same style.  This one was produced in Japan, but has the same beauty as it’s Mexican counterparts.

Mr. Butter’s eagle eyes spotted two bucket tiki mugs at a thrift and we couldn’t help but scoop them up, especially since they were made for a local restaurant, The Four seas.  Ooga Mooga has a brief write-up about the mugs.  If you haven’t visited their site before, it’s an amazing resource for collectors!

The beautiful brass in the photo is a vintage chanukiah designed by R. Dayagi for Hen Holon.  Dayagi’s designs are quite amazing, especially his brutalist chanukiah and menorah.  This is the first one we’ve found and we were quite taken with it.

The last two pieces are the only things we’re keeping this week.  Mr. Butter has a soft spot for the designs of Joseph Low so he was quite happy to snag the Handel LP with Low’s cover design.  I love how his art references medieval and archaeological subjects while, at the same time, remaining completely modern.  Lastly, Mr. Butter found a Holmegaard cocktail glass, designed by Per Lutken.  Perfect for sipping a dram of scotch, wouldn’t you say?


  1. Reply
    Van November 26, 2011

    Gorgeous finds as always. And I love how you two thrift as a team and always find the best goodies with two sets of trained eyes 🙂

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    Jil Casey November 26, 2011

    Lovely finds, I especially like the paper mache items. Question about albums – what do you do with yours? I’ve been thinking about collecting albums for the art, but don’t want to put them on the wall.

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    Beatriz - Mid Mod Mom November 28, 2011

    Great finds as usual. I found a papier mâché lion that I plan to keep. I should learn more about it. Love that tall lady!

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    The Belvedere-Alyssa December 2, 2011

    That chanukiah is so stunning! Always love to see your finds!

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