Thrift Round Up: 6.30.12

Today’s bout of thrifting was extremely anti-climactic.  The thrifts were picked over; half of our finds came from a few random estate sales we happened across while driving to the next thrift.  We can’t complain too loudly because we ended our trip with a Molly Moon’s ice-cream cone and met up with a friend who gave us homemade lemon curd and some locally-produced Shipwreck Honey.  Behold!  Our meager thrifting haul:

We found the vintage Le Creuset #24 frying pan and the Pendleton blanket at the same thrift.  (As it turned out, it was the only thrift to yield anything of note.  While Le Creuset used to be much more common in thrift shops, we haven’t seen one in ages, especially not the nice ones with the the original teak handles.  It should be up in the shop later in the week, if anyone is interested.  This one is in blue (our favorite of Le Creuset’s colors) and is in superb condition.  We’re saving our pile of Pendleton blankets for the autumn when we’ll list them in the store, so it’s going into storage until the weather cools off and people are thinking about wool blankets again!

We snagged the last two pieces at estate sales that happened to be blocks away from each other.  The first is a ceramic vase marked “Ester Israel” on the bottom.  We’ve seen this name attached to Lapid pieces (for example, this pot with a similar glaze).  We’re pretty sure this piece was produced during Ester’s tenure at Lapid and it’s a gorgeous example of her work for the studio.  (It’s currently for sale in the shop!)

Our last piece is a funky, cased-glass martini pitcher.  We have no idea who the maker of this piece is, but it’s a great piece of mid-century glass and we’re happy to add it to the shop’s inventory!  The orange seems perfect for summer, don’t you agree?  Thanks to our dear friend, Sputnik Moss, who found this listing, which shows a similar pitcher with its original Holt Howard sticker!  So, all signs point that our martini pitcher was likely produced in Japan, probably in the 1960s-1970s.  Yay!


  1. Reply
    Vintage Scapes June 30, 2012

    mmm… you had me at lemon curd! i just bought some to try out from Trader Joe’s and I’m hooked. i feel a bit less guilt ridden after slapping that on some crackers instead of wolfing down a lemon bar.

    Your finds are great! I do love the color on that martini pitcher.

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    A La Modern June 30, 2012

    Glug, I woulda been happy with that small haul the last week at the thrifts! Estates have been treating me badly lately. Hm.. maybe I need to go head toward Mid Mod Mom or Vintage Scapes territory 😉

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    Jenny July 1, 2012

    Wonder if the mystery will be solved? Great finds guys! I love the vase.

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    Beatriz - Mid Mod Mom July 1, 2012

    Even your small hauls are great. My favorite is the vase, I have a weakness for ceramics.

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