Thrift Picks, 2 Week Round Up 5/12/13

Hey, Folks! Sorry for the week delay in posting but I’ve been swamped with work and overnight weekend guests the past few weeks. In fact, I’ve been so busy I just decided to do NO PICKING this weekend. I’m trying to remember when I last took a weekend off and I honestly can’t remember. It’s been nice and I must admit, part of the hiatus has been due to unthrilling looking estate sales this weekend and my enormous backlog of inventory to list.

In other news I am INCREDIBLY INCREDIBLY INCREDIBLY THRILLED to report that my dream of quitting my government job to run the shop full time is VERY close to coming to full fruition thanks to my genius hubs getting a much deserved promotion. I’m aiming for an October resignation date (the longest five months of my life!). The hubs is supportive but worries about me going insane at the house. Ha, cute, as if my day job hasn’t driven me insane for over five years now.

Last but not least, I am now over three weeks meat free and am surprised and very pleased to report my moderately annoying asthma seems to have resolved on its own since going vegetarian. Nearly a month without meds and barely a wheeze. I assumed I was allergic to Austin, not meat. I was NOT expecting that.

Without further ado, onto the picks!






The Iittala mugs are staying with me, very versatile shape and I have a fourth one for a full set. The bicolor cased glass vase is 1960s Aseda, designed by Bo Borgstrom. The vase on the right is a gorgeous antique Bohemian etched glass vase, likely Moser or at least Moser quality. It is cleverly designed with the deer one one side, a tree and fence on the other, giving it a 3D trompe l’oeil effect, the tree behind the deer in the distance or vice versa. Though antique glass pieces like this don’t go well with my home decor scheme, I can never pass them up.



The striped vase, back and to the left, is Baldelli. The tan and orange vase to the right is Alvino Bagni for Raymor in an unusual squat shape. The white and brown cruet is Norwegian. The coasters are Fornasett knockoffs, all Italian.


Very cool modernist marble and brass pillar candlestick, even cooler figural brass candlestick, Ystad-Metall lily candlesticks from Sweden, and a trio of large gilt wrought iron geishas.


An unusual alabaster and marble figurine of a dog in a shoe, likely Art Deco Italian, and a signed wooden loon sculpture.


A rare enamel on copper piece by listed Cleveland artist Mabel A. Hewit. Though she was known to work in enamel on copper this is the only example I’ve been able to find. Very excited to find it!

And what was I doing yesterday, Saturday, if not picking? The hubs and I went to the Blanton Museum of Art on the UT campus for the closing weekend of their current exhibit, Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections. It was easily THE BEST art exhibit I’ve ever seen due to the variety and quality of the art; everything from Ancient Egyptian and Asian art to a large Monet Water Lilies, Jackson Pollock, and Georgia O’Keefe. Many pieces were from private collections and rarely available for public view. What a lucky treat! Here were some of my favorites. Unfortunately I didn’t get all the artists names but the Monet and Modigliani are easy to spot. The last three are Edvard Munch, Andy Warhol, and Alexander Calder. Enjoy!


Chocolate and soap busts

Rene Magritte













Until next time….


One thought on “Thrift Picks, 2 Week Round Up 5/12/13

  1. My favorite part of your post is the non thrifting one. We need to take a break and enjoy our weekends once in a while. Congrats on the news about your job.

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