Thrift Picks – Houston, Week of 6/2/13

Howdy, folks! A little late in posting this but better late than never. Last weekend Cecile of Roosta Vintage joined me on a weekend picking expedition to Houston. Last time I went, a year ago, I SERIOUSLY cleaned up, so this trip was definitely overdue. We had a great time, had some great food, and found some great stuff. My only requirement was that we go here:

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Thompson’s Antique Center of Texas. They claim to be to be Texas’ largest avid they may be right. It’s MASSIVE (a decommissioned Dillard’s department store in the ghetto) and has everything from 1980s toys to extremely rare antiques. For example, I got to play with this massive and AMAZING 17th century French cameo, courtesy of my new favorite wheeler and dealer:

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Needless to say, it’s possibly my favorite place on earth. We were there for at least four hours, a short trip (that’s me on the right). Sunday was spent at thrift stores. I do NOT enjoy Houston thrifts but did reasonably well, considering. There were a few antique malls I missed and I might plot a day trip in the next few weeks, but for now, the picks!!

Glass:

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The satin cobalt jar is likely Gio Ponti for Venini based on size, shape, and composition. The teal jar with round knob is Empoli. Also included; Murano uranium glass chicken, Alfredo Barbini bookends in EXCELLENT condition, Fratelli Toso spherical vase, Wirkkala Iittala Niva vase, Salviati shot glasses, venini cane bowl, murano geode bowl, pukeberg votive, and a rare Vicke Lindstrand Kosta vase of the nudes (my best glass find to date).

Ceramics:

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MacKenzie Childs candlesticks (these do VERY WELL on eBay), an 1820s Italian Majolica box,a rare Sascha Brastoff china bear figurine (already gone!), and a rare Kenji Fujita Freeman Lederman carafe / decanter.

Housewares:

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A rare set of Ransburg canisters in Villeroy and Boch’s super cool Acapulco pattern and a massive stack of Heller.

Art:

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Cool little Marushka wall hanging, a lucite Buddha, a framed Picasso print, and a 1960s Milton Glaser poster, From Poppy with Love. I can’t believe I almost passed on the poster. Don’t mind the Dansk trivet.

Jewelry:

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Likely one of the coolest pendants I’ve ever seen, a life size fully articulated sterling silver yucca blossom. Gorgeous!

Until next time…

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2 thoughts on “Thrift Picks – Houston, Week of 6/2/13

  1. Thanks! FYI, love the Lotte lamps you found! Murano glass has become a bit of an obsession for me after researching for the past few years. Just started by window shopping online.

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