All the Smalls

Lately I’ve been focusing a lot on my furniture finds, which have been pretty epic. But today I thought I’d share some of the great little things I’ve been picking up that don’t require an army of help to move.

A couple of my favorite recent finds are this lotus tea kettle by Cathrineholm of Norway and this Michael Lax designed fondue set by Copco of Denmark. I bought the tea kettle from a collector, but the fondue pot was a great $3.99 thrift store snag. Both will be colorful and shapely additions to my kitchenware collection which is falling more and more under Scandinavian control.


Also for the kitchen are these wooden canisters by Glenmade of California, more thrift store scores. I already have a birch one with a black lid, but these beauties are pretty gorgeous. I think the one on the right is even Brazilian rosewood. I love these for stashing candy.



Continuing with the thrift store finds, this Italian pottery jug imported by Rosenthal Netter makes a great companion to the matching ashtray I’ve had for years. I love the colors and the contrasting matte/gloss glazing.


In other worldly pursuits, this German stamped gold dish caught my eye on the dollar table at a flea market. Usually when I find pieces like this they’re anodized aluminum, but this dish is heavy and appears to be gold plated. I like the modern riff on a Moroccan motif. Perfect for everyday, especially great for the holidays.

IMG_8355Speaking of holidays, I couldn’t pass up these two vintage Jantzen wool ski sweaters. These are insanely popular right now and I really don’t think I’ve every run across any in the wild. Imagine my surprise to find two matching ones within a week of each other at thrift stores.


My favorite part is actually the label.


Sometimes great smalls show up when you’re looking at something much larger. While examining a cigar box pulled from a jumbled box of junk at a flea market I noticed some small cards inside.


I knew immediately what they were, promotional cards printed by Arm & Hammer featuring different birds of North America. Arm & Hammer printed several series of the cards between the 1890s and 1930s. Without counting I purchased the whole stack and, to my delight, the entire set of 30 cards from the third series were there.


I love the colors and intricacy of the lithographed birds.


Each card shows an illustration of a bird on the front with information about the bird on the back. Although I’m not looking forward to cutting a ridiculous 30 window mat board, I do plan on framing these in an antique picture frame.


Out of the same box of junk also came some interesting tobacco paraphernalia.


Smoking is one of those things I loathe the most, but it’s pretty hard to resist the lure of these intricate little packages. The largest is a box for Egyptian cigarettes and the two smaller booklets are rolling papers, complete with Iowa tax stamps.


I can’t find an exact date for any of the packages, but they appear to be from the 1900s to the early 1920s.


For a period of time Turkish blend tobaccos were wildly popular in Europe and the United States, inspiring several American brands like Camel which adopted an Egyptian look for its packaging.


As the winter draws on, smalls are a lot easier to find and move in the cold and snow. Now the only trick is making enough room on the shelves for them.

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  1. Kimber
    Posted December 16, 2015 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Cool finds, Austin! I especially love the tea kettle. It was nice meeting you and your mom at Funky Finds last weekend. I am loving the two vintage coats I found in your area and have already gotten compliments on the one I’ve worn so far. It’s great having something so unique to add to my winter wardrobe.

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