Thrift Picks, Week of 3/10/13

After a disappointing week of thrift picks (last blog entry) this past week was stupendous, which makes up for the allergy induced bronchitis and laryngitis I had developed by Friday, which resulted in me missing Divine Fits and Flaming Lips at Auditorium Shores. My manager was also out the majority of last week, which made work feel more like a job outing and less like work. Saturday (yesterday) was an amazing day with super estate sales, garage sales, city wide garage sale, a SXSW showcase, and dinner at Mandola’s with my new picking pal Cecile. The garage sale we found in Wimberley (OMG, I love this town!) after a mega 3 family estate sale ended up being at a gorgeous hunting cabin turned art lab, Fe29 Art Lab, an art collective based out of the main house. We ended up meeting the owner, the principle artist, and got a tour of the place complete with an hour long visit. It was so much fun and their stuff is amazing! Here are some pics of some of the multimedia art, pottery, and custom furniture at the art lab.




They also had this amazing mustard yellow padded leather Lane cedar chest that I DIDN’T purchase but was definitely salvageable and a good buy at only $60.


And now, onto this weeks picks!




Scarves: Vera (yellow), 2 Echo’s including the adorable one with cavaliers, 1970s Pierre Balmain, and a gorgeous 1970s Nazareno Gabrielli piece with modernist ballerinas.


I was delighted to find this denim tote with vintage travel patches from England, Scotland, Denmark, Norway, France, Japan, and the US. The “I Love London” umbrella patch in the center is dated 1973.

Heller bowls




Ceramics: Surprisingly pretty porcelain planter made as a home accessory piece by Devin Aramis cologne (1979), Block Vista Alegre Brooklyn Museum Egyptian coasters, and a funky 1984 computer mug.

Studio pottery: Dona Rosa Mexican candle holders and a large pottery candlestick signed Wims.

Wood: Op art trivet, maple balancing wine rack, Don Shoemaker rosewood salt and peppers, and Laurids Lonborg Danish pepper mill and salt shaker.

Metals: 1950s/60s Yaad Israel copper decorative serving piece, 1950s Philadelphia Manufacturing Co scroll bookend, 1980 Bijan brass seal sculpture, and wrought iron reindeer (likely Swedish).



CUTEST art piece ever? “The Haves and Havenots” by Kenneth Dickerson, 1969, signed and numbered.

Likely a keeper for the house (after reframing), a gorgeous mid century oil painting of a Spanish church / mission by Texas artist Dan Burt. I found one painting of his on liveauctioneers with an auction estimate of $600 – $1200 (though I suspect that’s a tad high).

Funky 1970s gold leaf painting by Texas artist Jack White (highly sellable on eBay) and a vintage painting of a sexy Spanish señorita.


Serving: an antique monogrammed sterling silver spoon from England with 1855 date hallmark and a vintage carving set. The carving set is likely from the 1930s or 40s and features Inuit carved walrus ivory handles (likely Alaskan) and Swedish steel hardware by Jernbolaget Eskilstuna.


Glass: Orrefors clock, Rihhimaki vase, and a very rare Lalique crystal doe sculpture. I’ve only been able to find the male deer with full antlers online but the body on this one is identical and the base is signed Lalique France in their customary script. At first I thought the antlers had been broken and repaired on this one but the sculpture is in pristine condition so I think it’s either a doe or young male deer (small antlers, some female deer do grow small antlers). Either way I was thrilled to find it. You know I am obsessed with glass and you can’t get better than Lalique. If you find Lalique reasonably priced grab it. Lalique sculptures do very well on eBay.

And that’s it! Likely too much stuff for a week’s picking but all too good to pass up in my humble, semi-professional opinion. The shop inventory is threatening to take over more than my office (and the 4th bedroom). Addiction!

P.S. Temple of Vintage hit 600 admirers last week on Etsy! Very pleased!


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