Monday, June 18, 2012

Hot Outside. Cool Finds Inside.

We didn't have much of a winter or spring here in Mid-Missouri but we are having one mother of a summer. Temperatures have been in the 90's for several days already and except for the 1.25" of rain we had the other night, it has been extremely dry. And the forecast doesn't look much better. There have been plenty of garage sales but unless it says "indoor in the air conditioning" in the ad, I have pretty much skipped that scene for the past couple of weeks. Fortunately, I have found some amazing stuff for good prices at the thrift and antique stores around the area. Here are some of my favorites:

Royal Haeger Giraffe & baby 15" statue with hang tag - $6
This statue is shown in the 1938-1940 Haeger catalog but this piece was produced in 2002. It didn't matter to me that it was newer as I have never seen a Haeger piece like this before in the wild and I collect it so I had to have it. It goes perfectly with a pencil drawing I have of a mother and baby giraffe by Gibson. The neck on the baby had been broken and reglued so I added a ribbon to hide the flaw.

Wooden elephant toothpick holder - vintage
Sascha Brastoff of California tray
Does anyone recognize the series? Rooftops, maybe?

I don't think it is signed - just the manufacturer stamp.
Does anyone know when this was made?
California Redwood Burl candle holders
from The Stump House, Eureka, Calif.
I've had a run on some Holt Howard items the last month or so including:

Holt Howard Salt & Pepper shakers from 1964
Holt Howard Cozy Kitten shaker from 1959
Sadly, she lost her mate
And my favorite Holt Howard piece:

Holt Howard Bull cup or mug from 1963
Love how the tail makes the handle & the expression

Okay, so these are both really interesting finds. I know nothing about Zsolnay Pecs but after doing some internet research, I did find out that they have been around since the 1870's and make some gorgeous glass pieces but haven't really found out anything about the set above (or anything like it) so I don't know the time period these are from. It probably won't matter much as I am thinking of giving these to my daughter-in-law who is part Hungarian but still it would be nice to know.

Zsolnay Pecs of Hungary set of espresso cups and saucers
Blenko? red art glass vase
I picked up the vase because it was pretty and I have been drawn to art glass of late. I just noticed as I was looking at it while typing this that it appears there is a "b" inscripted on the bottom. Could this be Blenko? If so, I am doing the happy dance right now as this is the first piece I have ever found. And I think I only paid either 50 cents or $1 for it.

A couple more treasures:
Stoneware Butter Warmer - German or Norwegian, I believe

Marcrest/Stetson Swiss Chalet or Alpine Loaf Pan
made by Anchor Hocking Fire King
There is a lot out there about this pattern and whether it is Swiss Chalet or Swiss Alpine. Now, it also seems that the bakeware is also debatable as to who actually manufactured it. Some say Pyrex and other's say Fire King. It is not marked on the bottom but my pick is Fire King. What's your thoughts?

Indoor thrifting has been good to me. Now, I just need to use my indoor time to sell some of my finds - time management is my nemesis.

Linking to Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday and Her Library Adventures' Flea Market Finds.


  1. EEEKKK! You did good! That bull mug is too hilarious!

  2. i love the giraffe and elephant :) too cute!

  3. Wow, you did great this week! I am swooning over the giraffe. I've never seen a Haeger piece like that, either. Sorry about the heat; we're dealing with the same here. The grass in my lawn is dry and crunchy!

  4. I love your Holt Howard pieces!

  5. I love this post :)
    It is amazing!!

  6. Great haul. Loving all the teak.

  7. You found some great stuf!!!

  8. Oh my goodness, I absolutely love the Holt Howard Salt and Pepper!

  9. Just to let you know, the butter warmer is definitely german. My mom had the exact same one. :)