Weekend Haul

This past weekend turned out to be great for whetting our chops for spring thrifting, when every weekend is an endless buffet of sales. We set out early with only one sale on our radar, but we ended up at three estate sales, multiple thrift stores and went home with a van load of goodies. I have to be a little careful this time of year. When the sales dry up, I find myself overbuying when there is a good sale. Luckily I have no regrets from my weekend haul.

First up, a nice little grouping of decorative glass and tableware. I love art glass from the 1960s and I’m not much of a snob when it comes to their designers and makers. There are several very collectible makers including Blenko, who could be responsible for at least two of these pieces. But I’m super lazy about doing my research, so I can’t really give any credit. I just love the rich colors and the wonderful shapes. The blue dish is by Reed and Barton and is silver-plated on the exterior, just like the ones I showed you how to polish in this post.

GlassOn my last lap through the tag sale, I happened to notice these boxes lying on the table.

Nagel CandlesAnd in my bag they went. My hands were pretty full and the place was pretty crowded, so I took a $12 chance and didn’t pop open the box at the sale. When I got home, I was pleased to find these beautiful chrome stacking candle holders—the “original candle stick that stacks.” Although I wish it had more than three, these German candle holders are pretty cool and can be assembled in all sorts of configurations. Plus it even came with the original candles as well as a box of extras. Score.

Candles_DisplayAs I was making my way through the crowd, this globe transistor radio caught my eye. $10?! How was it still there when 40+ people have already walked by it? Well, it had a broken knob and a large crack. That should do it. But I couldn’t get past the coolness of it and figured at that price I could live with its flaws. When you first see something like this you may think you’ve hit the jackpot, but these are actually pretty common. They were inexpensive Japanese imports in 1960s and sold by a few different companies. Still, they’re crazy cool.

Globe_Radio

Radio_DialIt wouldn’t be a complete experience if I didn’t buy a radio and a clock. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a pretty face—and this electric Seth Thomas mantle clock from the 1940s has a pretty face. The subtle art deco cabinet isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but the face is simply gorgeous with dimensional brass numbers over a field of alternating platinum and silver stripes. I didn’t plug it in before buying because I usually don’t care if clocks work. Most of the time they just become frozen shelf pieces. To my surprise, it came to life when I plugged it in at home and keeps perfect time. As the minute hand clicked into place over the 12, I got an even bigger surprise…

ClockIt chimes! It doesn’t chime extremely well. I haven’t come across many electric clocks with mechanical chimes, so it’s hard to judge whether this is how it always sounded—slow and slightly off key—or if it’s in desperate need of cleaning and lubrication. Probably the latter. No matter, it’s still really cool and even if I never actually have it running, I’ll always know it’s in there.

Clock_Back

Note the chimes and strikers in the lower right corner, the 120 volt, 2 watt motor to the left

I also managed to find a little fun. I’m beginning to amass quite a collection of these little lever action lithographed tin cars from the 1960s. The colors, graphics and construction of these Japanese-made cars are just too fun to pass up.

Car

This lithographed tin Halloween noise maker was another fun score for just $1. Judging from the colors, graphic design and that fact that it has a wooden handle instead of plastic, this little kitty is probably from the 1930s or 1940s. I’ve seen so many New Year’s themed noise makers, it’s really fun to find a Halloween one. Maybe I’ll use it at future tag sales to distract the competition.

Noise_Maker

After the estate sales, we hit up a few thrift stores to little avail, but I did happen to find this fun frosty pastel stemware. This type of frosted gradient glassware was really common in the 1950s and came in a zillion colors, shapes and styles. These are, however, the first stemmed glasses I’ve ever come across and they’re pretty sweet. Perfect for Piña Coladas. Sadly, there was a second blue glass but it had a massive chip in the foot I didn’t notice until I got home.

Glasses

So yeah, it was a pretty fun Saturday, but I haven’t even shown you the best find of the day—the find that neither of us nor the small crowd that gathered around us in the parking lot could believe actually fit in the van. I’m going to save that for next week. But, here’s a little sneak peek to tide you over.

Teaser

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