“Love is all you need.” –John Lennon
It was pure bliss to spend a little time yesterday at the thrifty shops…. My best find was this lovely, vintage Haeger flower vase. Every once in awhile the pottery gods are looking down upon me. I also can’t pass up cool old dictionaries, and I know that makes me sound like a crazy librarian, but hey. The letter dice and the cute little sand-timer came from an old game called Scribbage that I picked up for a song. Finally, this adorable little coffee mug was begging to come home with me for Valentine’s Day. Another day of good finds, great deals, and a little harmless retail therapy!
Happy Valentine’s Day and as always, Happy Thrifting!
“The collector is an artist in his own way, by the way he puts things together. You can read a person’s soul from their collection.”
– Ayers Tarantino, Art and Antiques, Dec 2008
Confession time….. I’m obsessed! With pottery. Specifically white pottery. Several years ago, I picked up my first piece at a thrift store for a couple of bucks. I brought it home and looked up the name on the bottom, McCoy. I was then very, very happy at my good find, as it turns out, McCoy is a very collectible brand! Well, since then, I have been unable to resist these creamy vases of beauty, and I have amassed quite a collection. I absolutely adore the way they look together, and don’t mind filling-in with a piece that bears absolutely no name, but looks as if it may have been lovingly painted by someone’s great-aunt and fired at the local ceramic shop. I also love little surprises, like my latest find at the thrift store labeled: Frank Moreno. I’ve looked it up, and it appears he is someone of note, and his pieces are sold in galleries. I don’t really care about making money on my finds, I just enjoy the serendipity of finding something unique for a good price and adding to my happy little (okay, large) collection. That first piece, however, is still my favorite, and I look at it as the beginning of a beautiful relationship…. with pottery.
Some of my favorite brands: McCoy, Haeger, Red Wing, Hull, California, USA, Franciscan, Bauer…. Although, who really cares what name is on the bottom if you really love it!