Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Mother-lode

The day didn't start right. I had bookmarked a gigantic once a year sale. I thought it started at 10:00. The plan was to get my daughter to her job by 8:00, go back home, sip coffee, eat breakfast, measure some items and pack my camera so I could document the sale and share it here with you.  I decided to double check the date just before we left the house. The sale started at 8:00. Ack!!! With barely enough time to change my clothes, I took my daughter to work and went to the sale without breakfast, brushing my teeth and forgot my camera. Sigh. 

This would be a good time to go through all the things a person should do to be prepared for a thrifting event.  But I won't do that now because this sale turned out to be the mother of all sales. It was a GREAT sale, clean quality items priced to move. I'm showing some of it today, got enough stuff for three thrift shares. So here is part of my bratty haul...

Some retro and mid century things, fondue pot in perfect condition, a dansk decanter, serving utensils, egg cups, pitcher, candle holder, plate, cute purple owl...

I've already used the electric crepe maker for a family gathering today for Father's day. I really like the design of the faux wood tray. Pepper mill in the back. Nice lamp and big platter. 

Here's a closer view of the lamp, can't read the name written in it, does anyone recognize it? I'm thinking this must be designer.

These heavy ceramic knobs were just $2!

Can you believe this price for Danish 18/8 stainless steel candle holders? Item to the right is a ribbon holder that you mount to the wall. I'm going to use it to hang my scarves on.

Ceramic tureen and the candle holders

Some items from Japan

I really like the design of this lacquered wood jewelry box. For how cool it is on the outside, the inside has a kind of tacky red velvet.

This vintage Lightolier lamp from Japan is a definite highlight of my thrifting extravaganza. The stem and base are metal, shade is plastic, it was $15. I really like it's modern style and will find a special place for it.

I'll share the rest of the items over the next two weeks or so. Now I'm going to focus on finding a place for everything - and cleaning, organizing and decluttering my house. I want to take time to do projects I've posted about, so I can share them with you.

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  1. Wow, you scored some really great finds. The time confusion sounds like something I would do, but you managed to pull it together. I have to start selling because my house looks like a season of Hoarders...though the clutter is all wonderful finds. Why do I have such cold feet about taking the plunge to sell on line? Any other chickens out there? Any spine strengthening recommendations from your readers? Like how I am taking over your blog with my issues? I love finding items but after a while, there just isn't any room!

  2. Wow! Spectacular finds. I love the pattern on the pitcher and the faux wood tray is great too. I must say that the lamps take the cake though, especially the streamlined Lightolier! Can't wait to see the rest of your 'bratty haul' :)

  3. suzieQ - good point about the clutter/hoarding. I have sold in the past.
    It's not difficult if you are selling items that are desirable. I've seen many good tips about selling on Apron Thrift Girl. Sounds like a good idea for a post.

  4. Oh, it WAS the mother of all sales. Loving everything you've found already. Never seen a purple mod owl, loving how it pairs in the photo with the orange fondu pot. I like the faux wood tray, too. I'd use the hell out of that! ;)

  5. Wow what loads of great finds. I love the fondue set and the crepe maker. And the tray! Looking forward to seeing the rest!

  6. Oh my goodness! What a haul you have here. I'm really liking that lamp, but can't make out the signature. Do you wonder what you missed by not getting there at 8:00?

  7. I saw a lamp and a piece of furniture I really liked that was sold. But it was such a tremendous sale and I did very well.

  8. Great haul! I love the purple owl, don't see them in purple too often. Also digging the tray. Would love to have breakfast in bed served to me on that one.. mmmm.. bacon.

  9. Great idea for re purposing the ribbon holder. Sometimes it is hard to store things in a that you can easily see what you have without digging. Love the Dansk decanter!

  10. Wow, you got some really great finds! I love sales like that!

  11. You really had a great day didn't you! So glad that you are happy with your new treasures!

  12. Whoa, I'm pretty sure that pottery lamp with the signature is a Martz lamp!! Google Martz lamp or Marshall studios. They're very desirable and have an interesting history. Nice job!
    Oh, and thanks so much for featuring my clock in your previous post; love your blog! :)

  13. Thanks for the info on that! I'm going to look it up. Glad you liked the post, thanks for use of your picture :>)