Sunday, August 14, 2016

Thrifting Gold.

The Olympics are in full swing and if there were medals for thrifting, I'd would so participate in those events.  We had another oppressively hot weekend and most retail stores were empty.  However, the movie theaters were filled to capacity and the venue of choice for folks wanting cool air conditioned comfort for a few hours.

Me, I went hunting for treasure at a few of my favorite haunts and although the pickin's were slim (like the crowds) I still found some neat pieces.

I adore American basketry and this faboosh apple gathering basket is a winner.  Just a few splints with issues, it is perfect for holding hand spun yarn and it looks marvelous next to my spinning wheels.

Oh, how I adore Goodwill.  A scarce, highly collectible, 1920s Lancaster Glass Company ”Poppy Red Lustre” stretch glass flared compote with three hand-painted enamel blue flowers with green foliage. As with all antique stretch glass, this piece has an iridescence that shimmers with colors of pink, purple, gold, blue, and green depending on how the light hits it. 

One is good but two is even better.  Another highly collectible, 1920s Lancaster Glass Company ”Cream Lustre” stretch glass deep compote with three hand-painted enamel orange flowers with green foliage and blue lined trim.   

A thrift store find, pretty Art Deco silverplated compote.  These are always in demand for holiday tables.  Fill with homemade candies and cookies.

Found this lovely & unusual size, vintage footed server with etching on front and back, roped edge and pierced  inner edge.  Hallmarks for W. S. Blackinton, Meridian CT silver company.     Circa 1940s

Very heavy little cut glass tray.  This baby throws lots of rainbows.

Found a bag full of odds and end and these vintage political campaign buttons were at the bottom.  The Goldwater button is 5 inches in width, it's a big boy.

The Nesting Spot at Vintage Village offered these sweet, soft pumpkins repurposed from old sweaters.  My little girl, Gynness, loved them and kept hiding them in her crate.

Found this pretty little flow blue luncheon plate at the Queen of Hearts.  I always do a little shopping after I fluff up my booth spaces.  Speaking of spaces, I realized I have been selling for 28 years now so I decided to have a 30% sales on selected items throughout my booth spaces to celebrate.  

Scattered throughout both spaces are bright orange tags with the 30% discount on those items.

 Lots of pretty things to choose from in my Victorian space.

 My main space is also filled with 30% off sale tags.

 Filled to the brim with lots of goodness, there is something for every one in my main space.  I will be running the 30% sale through September in prep for the fall and winter holidays.  Hard to believe that August is half way over and the year will end in 4 1/2 months.  So blessings to you and those you love.  SeaWitch

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Silver lining finds.

As with the rest of the US goes these days, we are still dealing with hot hot temps.  Most folks are hiding in malls or movie theaters to embrace the AC within.  I went a little treasure hunting early on Saturday to try and get home before the temps entered 3 digit categories again.  The silver lining with this hunt was just that...silver.  Lots of beautiful silverplate was everywhere and that is what I came home with.   

This lovely Victorian quadruple plated serving tray was a thrift store find. 
Lots of silver is still intact.

 
Victorian, Bride's Baskets are a favorite of mine.  
Found two of them this week and this one I kept.

It was the rim along the top and bottom that is filled with bats, crabs, lizards, lobsters and turtles that  caught my eye.  Bride's Baskets are uniquely Victorian and The Ribbon in My Journal  blog has a marvelous post about the history of Bride's Baskets.

Silver, silver everywhere.  Another Bride's Basket, little Chippendale server, Gorham bud vase and a pair of shakers. 


 Stunning open compote and a pair of lovely, small servers.

Just when I thought I couldn't find more silver, these two beauties jump at me.
Heavy champagne bucket is in like new condition right down to the engraved names and date of August 10, 1974.  Serve your best, jumbo shrimp in this pretty shell server with sauce holder with cobalt blue glass insert.

A few non silver pieces came home with me, this pair of souvenir EAPG pieces are sweet, especially the little cutie creamer.

Pretty little Royal Copenhagen figurine, The Little Mermaid.

Last but not least, this delightful photograph with hand painted details in original frame.  A mother's love shows with lots of smiles.  Flapper era shows her bobbed hair and dressing gown.  Very 1920s.

Watching the Olympics as I write this post.  Women's Gymnastics has been awesome.  Wishing everyone an olympic week and blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Sunday, July 31, 2016

New and favorite haunts.

Spent a long week visiting grandchildren in Virginia and since I drove I was able to stop at a few antique malls and thrift shops along the way.  Returned home on Tuesday so I was at the local auction house on Saturday.  Lucky me, as these last two weeks brought some interesting finds.

Dropped by a huge antique mall, in North Carolina, that was going out of business.   

Was deligghted to find this marvelous unmarked McCoy piece. 1935 vintage, pictured on page 46 of Volume 1 Hanson's McCoy Pottery Book, " Swallows Jardiniere" and in fantastic condition. 

Another pottery find from the same mall, this pretty little Weller vase, pattern: Bouquet Drape. White with pale pink rose and soft green leaves. Really nice condition, circa 1940s

Vintage and antique cut glass is my new passion and this pretty vintage decanter does not disappoint.  They had this priced so low that I felt like I stole it.  Needs the topper and a big one so that is my new hunt.

Pretty little vintage Westmoreland milk glass creamer with lid in the Cherries and Grape design.  Circa 1950s

Just adore this sweet child's picture of a Guardian Angel watching over a baby.  Pretty pink frame is original to framed print.  Circa 1950s

Love early American pressed glass (EAPG) and this open compote is a beauty.

Hats, hats. and more hats.

 Labelless hat but who needs a label when your hat is filled with taupe silk flowers and a cha cha rose bouquet as a topper? Very 1960s.

You can never, EVER, have too many sassy hats. This Brookfair, Design by Frances vintage hat is in marvelous condition, very 1960s 

Lovely, handmade hat by Lucila Mendez, exclusive New York label. Blue and gold lame fabric with netting, scattered rhinestones and gro grain ribbon. Very 1960s .

"On our way to Bunny Bixler's—that's my friend who lives on Park Avenue and 71st Street—Patrick and I just stuffed ourselves at Schrafft's! Do you know what your silly nephew did? He spoke French to the counterman! Imagine anybody speaking French to a counterman ... at Schrafft's?"
So excited to have finally stumbled on to one of these pretty little Schrafft's chocolates server. It is in perfect condition, no chips or flakes. I spent $15.00 on it but I don't mind...I just adore it. Can't wait to serve my holiday Grand Marnier truffles on it.


Found a second piece of American Brilliant Cut glass.  A small olive serve but heavy and thick in it's cut design and it throws brilliant rainbows when the light hits it.

Nice large tin type in plastic frame painted up to look old.  It works.

A pair of Imperial Glass candlestick holders made in the Art Nouveau style. Imperial calls this color “Sunset Ruby”. The beautiful dark red glass with hints of yellow, gold, blue, green has carnival iridescence. The pattern is called “Acanthus Leaf”. Circa late 1960s, these would look stunning on your holiday table.

Vintage pool balls are a hot decorative element…or just rack’um and play. Circa 1940s

Once I returned home it was off to Saturday's auction.  This was an online catalog and in gallery auction with lots and lots and lots of exceptional glass being offered.  I did not expect to bid but was there more for what I call "continuing education".  Always something to learn in the antiques field and you learn so much from the bidders in the gallery who are the real collectors.
The first hour is gallery offerings and I actually was a winning bidder on some nifty pieces.

Part of a figurine lot that I won. This lot had lots of new pieces that all went to Goodwill, but this pretty pair of chalk ladies from the flapper era (1920s) are in marvelous condition.

This is what I was actually bidding on his this box lot.  These Hummels were buried deep and the handler never showed them to the gallery so I won this on the cheap.  Two figurines have original hang tags and two are signed by the artist.

Part of a two platter lot, one being a contemporary Noritake, this fantastic early Mason's patent ironstone china platter. Circa 1815.  I practically squealed with delight when the hammer came down and I was the winner.  This is in my personal collection.

One of my fellow bidders was after a huge silverplated platter and this lot of ladies items were offered with it.  I wanted the silk shawl that was with this group and he was glad to sell me the lot.  He won the platter and what I gave him for the ladies lot, we both did well.

 This is what I was after, a faboosh, Civil War era, big paisley shawl.  Silk and in fantastic condition with just a few age holes, colors are true and this is just a stunning piece.  
Circa 1860s 

Can never resist a lot of linens and this group has lovely cut work tablecloths.  Can't wait to bring these in over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Marvelous late Victorian “golden oak” parlor table.  Pretty spool turned legs.  Beautifully refinished by a previous owner.  Circa 1890s-1900s.  

 Nice Craftsman, oak coat rack  with original brass hooks for coats and hats.  These are usually beat from use and this one is in  great condition.  Circa 1900s

So enjoyed visiting grandchildren, they are so big these days.  We had such a great time and I did grandma-ma play dates with each one this trip.  Can't wait to visit again. 

August is just around the corner and school starts in a week for a lot of the counties.  Hard to believe that there are only 5 months left in the year...I feel like I just sent in my taxes.  Wishing everyone a gentle August and blessings to you and those you love, Sea Witch.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Auction Fever

Spent Saturday at a local auction and to say there was "fever" is an understatement.  Lots of smalls on the block to be had and a consignor's, multi decade collection of every Precious Moments figurine ever made was also on plat after plat after plat.  One PM collector said this easily was a $10,000 collection.  With so many eclectic items offered, this auction could be a bang or a bust for me.  Of course, that is the fun about attending auctions, you never know which way they are going to go.

First item offered was a vintage electrified Gone With the Wind lamp.

What, not one taker?  Well my paddle went up and I took this beauty home for pennies.  This may be a good sign for me.

They roll out this bad boy and again, no takers...so this beauty also came home with me for pennies.  This Underwood model is often referred to as the "World Fair" model introduced in 1939.    

Next came up a few of the many plats of Precious Moments figurines and that is where the bidders were.  These bidders must have been collectors because the bidding was feverish with plats averaging $100 or more each.  

A plat of vintage silverplate came up in between the figurines and I was the winning bidder.


This pretty compote was in the same box.   So far, this auction was a winner for me.

This stunning, Queen Anne, overstuffed chair has carved elements and the comfiest crushed velvet in a stunning shade of seafoam.  The sofa sold but no one wanted the chair and so my paddle goes up and it came home with me.  It's in my booth space now, but I keep looking at it and thinking it would be a lovely mermaid chair for the SeaWitch. 

Next up was a box of linens...I go weak in the knees for Edwardian whites and inside this box was a set of Edwardian cotton sheets with cut work cherubs along the edge and a set of three fancy shames with hand embroidery and the phrase "Buonanotte" which is Italian for "sleep well". 

A box of vintage tablecloths was another win with this very cool gambling tablecloth with a slot machine theme.  

More boxes of figurines were fought and won by the same three bidders.  Had hoped to win at least one box to give to grandchildren but that didn't look like it would happen unless the three main collector/bidders stepped out.

A box of early Carnival Glass in marigold was offered and I won this lot too. 

The jewel in that lot was this stunning Dragon and Lotus piece.  The lustre on this piece is stunning.

 A box of Precious Moments Christmas ornaments was offered and crickets.  It seems the three collectors had stepped out to get some lunch so I won this lot for $5.00.  These will be perfect for Christmas in my space.

Ladies were still at lunch so I won two plats of figurines at $10.00 a plat.  Pictured are the figurines that did not come in boxes, I still had 9 other figurines that were in their original boxes.  By the time the next lot came up for bid the three collectors were back and so were the high bids.  I am delighted that I was able to get these for the price that I did.

Was so pleased I won this small box of jewelry items.  It had several small boxes filled with Catholic medals along with sterling chains.  A working Bulova watch and assorted sterling charms.

My final win was this lovely set of Rogers AA silverplate. The pattern is Heraldic and has an engraved monogram "S" on all flatware pieces.  

Was so pleased with all of the treasure that I won during today's auction fever.  I have lots of linens to clean, starch and iron and medals to price.


Brought in some old pawn turquoise pieces along with a massive watch cuff.

 A stunning coral and sterling bracelet.  The shaped coral are matched stones.  The fun guitar brooch is a Taxco Mexico piece that is sterling silver with brass. 

It was a fun auction and always good to see friends and colleagues at these events.   I always learn something new when I attend them.  Wishing everyone a gentle week and blessings to you and those you love. SeaWitch