The moral of my story? The more I go to estate sales, the more I realize that all the good stuff is in the basement or the garage.
But I digress…Kevin and I woke up far too early this morning to snag a mid-century scoop chair at a local estate sale. As I walked through the house the sale seemed okay, but not spectacular. I picked up a pair of Swedish glass vases by Gunnar Ander for Lindshammar. I’m just now getting to know Scandinavian art glass, so I was happy to put some of my new-found knowledge to use in the field.
I went over to the bedrooms where I found a stockpile of knee-hugger elves. They’re cute and kitschy and perfect for my Etsy shop once Christmas-time rolls around! All-in-all, I thought to myself, this sale hasn’t been very exciting at all.
Then I see Kevin practically skipping towards me with his bag full of goodies. I gave him an incredulous look: what could he have possibly found in the garage? Then he pulled out the most beautiful mid-century decanter I’ve ever seen.
It wasn’t until we got home that we realized it was made by Kenji Fujita by Freeman Lederman. Right now it’s going to stay in the permanent collection so that Kevin can admire his garage find. Also in his bag of tricks? A cute, figural wind bell from Pacific Stoneware (with its original tags!), which is an Oregon-based company. I’ve seen a few other collectors talk about this company before, so I’ve been waiting for my chance to see a piece myself! He also found some pretty nesting ashtrays (sadly, these aren’t signed).
Let this be a lesson to me. Garage! Basement! Garage! Basement!
Oh Seattle. I am ever-so-happy I moved to your fine city. I’ve loved renovating my home and I cherish the friends I’ve made here, but come February I yearn for sun. Hot, bright, piercing sunshine. Sadly, I won’t see the sun until May. In the meantime, I try and surround myself with ‘sunny’ surroundings. I love bright colors. Just looking at the bright oranges and yellows brightens my mood, to say nothing of the mossy greens.
Our Drexel Declaration wall unit is constantly changing. Pieces come in-and-out as we sell them on the shop, but many pieces stay around for my personal collection, especially my Finel bowls!
This weekend while we were out thrifting, the husband ran up to me with a gleam in his eye. “Look what I found!” The thrifting gods have not been kind recently, so I looked down to his outstretched hand with hopeful eyes.
I have to admit I didn’t know what to think at first. I knew it was teak and I assumed it was made in Denmark, but I was only half right. This darling little hedgehog was made in Italy, probably in the 1960s? He reminds me of Kay Bojesen’s lovely wooden animals as well as Walter Bosse’s hedgehog ashtrays.
Our little hog also has the dubious honor of being my fastest etsy sale to date. Good luck, little dude! Have fun in your new home!
We were at an estate sale a few weekends ago that was a little overwhelming. The three daughters running the sale said it was the sixth-or-seventh weekend, but the entire house was still full of stuff. 50 wooden cutting boards, 30 phones, and tons of vintage office supplies. I saw a box full of old clips and picked out some of the best for the shop. Now I wish I had grabbed all of them: not only are they useful, they’re also photogenic!
The afternoon light in Seattle today was perfect for taking this sort of photo, especially with the glints of metal. I’ll be listing them in the shop during the next week or so!