My Top 5 Vintage Finds of 2016

My Top 5Vintage Finds

Well, it’s still January, right? Been meaning to write this post all month. I think part of the problem was that I was not SUPER excited about any of my finds this past year. Overall, there were fun things here and there. Definitely lots of good, solid bread and butter type items. But no “Bucket List” items.

But let’s go ahead and look at some highlights.


Arabia of Finland Cat pitcher or jug.
This one was a good one. I’ve found these pitchers by Arabia of Finland before but never the cat one. You may remember it from an earlier post. What shocks me is that it hasn’t sold yet. Maybe my price is too high? I’ll have to revisit that soon. I think it takes me so long to find some of those *hot* MCM items that when I do, the demand has waned. Still a fun find.

DSC_0008Large Syroco Bonsai Tree Wall Hanging
We found this large wall hanging at an estate sale in the last couple hours of the sale. I spotted it right away and the estate lady and I marveled over the fact that no one else appreciated it like we did.
I don’t think I blogged about it yet because I’m planning on doing a separate post about Syroco and its history, etc. Some of their items can be quite collectible and profitable. I could probably sell this for $150 or so but so far it’s filling the space above my couch quite nicely. 🙂


Vintage Braun Coffee Grinder Model KSM-1
Okay, this one I have not (to my shame) listed yet. I need to clean it up, etc and it just hasn’t made the top of the pile yet. But hopefully that will change this week. Money sitting on my shelf!!  But…this is one to keep in mind! Vintage Braun stuff sells! Great quality and design.
Click here to see the Etsy listings and types of things that are out there:
Vintage Braun appliances

fitzowlFitz & Floyd “Hooty” Owl Bathroom Accessories
This find just makes me smile. Fitz & Floyd has some really cute stuff and people are still looking for it! What made my day was that the buyer already had the toothbrush holder and now this completed her set! So perfect!

Fullscreen capture 1302017 40427 PMLot of Vintage Feedsack Fabric Scraps
So I posted about this one on Instagram and again, sadly, I haven’t done anything with them yet. Still researching and still deciding how/where to sell them. Analysis paralysis. Happens to us all at one point or another.
I will do a separate post on these as well. Suffice it to say for now that there are die hard collectors. There are prints that are reproduced but I think in my lot I can spot those because they have info on the selvedge. True feedsacks were just that….feedsacks…so no selvedge info.
I don’t think I have any full sacks…which would be worth the most. But plenty of scraps for collecting or quilting. Check out vintage feedsacks on Etsy. 

So all in all, not bad. I probably did slow down a bit on the thrifting end…so the less you’re out there, the less you find. Hope you had a good thrifting year and that 2017 brings us lots of more great scores!


Move It Out Monday….On a Tuesday!!

Move It Out Monday! The stories of an online reseller with an inventory backlog. Think PILES! And her adventures and attempts to reduce them!

No, you’re not going crazy. Today really is Tuesday. It reminds me of the Lego movie (I can’t count how many times I’ve seen it) where Lucy cries “Today will not be known as Taco Tuesday. It will be known as Freedom Friday….but still on a Tuesday!!!”


I have a backlog of inventory. I’ll admit it. I have discussed it here on the blog many times. I’m one of THOSE online thrifting resellers. Yes…the shopping is more fun than the listing. The more you learn and the more experience you get, the more you know you can flip. You go to the thrift store and easily find 10, 20 or more items to sell.

And I don’t know about you and where you live, but there are at least 10 thrift stores within 30 minutes of me and double or triple that within an hour. I have good intentions of staying out of the thrifts but there is one right NEXT DOOR to my grocery store. And I need those mileage deductions! Just sayin’.

But really, I AM doing better about the amount of new items I bring home. And I list those items right away. What I am working on now is making sure to grab a few items from my older bins and get those listed as well.

Last Friday, after I was starting to feel better after a nasty head cold, I dove into an older bin and pulled out some stuff I’ve had a little too long.

Vintage items to sell on Etsy. Part of my online selling backlog!

What is wrong with me??? This is cool stuff! I did get a few of the items listed over the weekend. (This post does contain affiliate links)

Tartlet Tins Made in Sweden

Tartlet Tins Made in Sweden

O & EG Royal Austria Open Salts

O & EG Royal Austria Open Salts

Bright Green Pocket Photo Album

Bright Green Pocket Photo Album

West Germany Pocket Watch Manicure Kit

Novelty Pocket Watch Manicure Set, Made in W. Germany

Love that last one. So did my 9 year old. I think he wanted to keep it. I asked him for pricing advice and he was quite ambitious. 🙂

Today I hope to get the last few items listed. The plastic fish trivet by Dansk is a fun favorite and the German language Edgar Allan Poe paperback book is pretty unique!

Along the same vein, I’ve been digging into my flatware stashes as well. I know I’ve got money just sitting there and it’s doing me no good!
Case in point:


These two salad forks. I also have a dinner fork in this pattern. They are by Farberware and the pattern is called Seaside. Farberware is one of those brands that I don’t find very often and I was confused. These were part of a stainless flatware lot I bought awhile back. I think I had Farberware and Cuisinart mixed up in my mind. Anywho, its hard to explain my thought processes.
I am at the point where I need to just start selling items in bigger lots. So as I’m going through my flatware, I’m pulling out stuff that is just not worth listing by itself (to me, at this point in my life) but is still in good condition. These will go on Ebay in a large lot.
I was about to toss these forks into that lot but I decided to stop and do some general research on Farberware flatware. I came across this pattern and I was shocked at what the salad forks were going for.
I have these 2 forks listed together on Ebay for 59.99 and the dinner fork for 29.99. Crazy. And they were just sitting there in a box in my storage.
Shame on me!!

So that’s where I’m at. What about you? Do you list as soon as you acquire inventory? Are you slow like me?  It would be fun to do some kind of challenge, maybe in November…something about number of older items listed and how much money we make from them. Money in the closet or Shopping the Stash or something like that. Anybody in?

Friday Finds ~ To the (Vintage) Hunter Goes the Spoils

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Well, I had a hoot last Saturday afternoon at the thrift shops. The week had been kind of long. Hubby had worked somewhat long hours, I was having technical difficulties with this blog and things just hadn’t gone smoothly overall.
So it was nice on Saturday afternoon when Hubby said…”Go! Go shopping…stay however long you want.” There are a couple thrift stores I usually hit weekly, but they are about 30 minutes away and I normally go in the evenings when time is limited. So the prospect of unrushed thrifting was exciting!
However, I’m a mom and a girl and so of course there’s always a measure of guilt involved. For some strange reason. If I’m away too long from my boys I get this nagging feeling that something is not right and that I’m falling down on my duty. I get that feeling when the boys are with my mother-in-law and even when they are with their father. Why? They are his kids too!! Can’t explain it.
But anywho, it was relaxing to stroll and really examine everything I wanted to look at. And I found some good stuff!! Which made it even more fun!
Friday Finds. Spoils of Thrift. Vintage finds from the thrift store! So let me just quickly cover a couple of the items that may or may not be vintage: The Oneida baby flatware in the back…Chateau pattern, NIB. Then you can’t really see it but I found a Denby the Harlequin pattern. One of the top selling patterns for Denby so worth checking out. (Click here to see what it looks like) Technically it could be vintage but they made it up until 2004 so there’s really no way to know. It’ll go on Ebay.
Up front, the 3 brown dishes are by Heath Ceramics. Love Heath! I’ve found Heath pieces a few times before. These are also somewhat borderline as they began making this Mojave pattern in 1990 and the pattern is discontinued. But I’ve already put them on Ebay where they will probably move fairly quickly. (UPDATE: they didn’t even last a full day. SOLD!)
The other item that I’m uncertain of its age is that grey plate to the front left. It’s by Porsgrund Norway, but to me the mark looks a bit newer. So I’ll try Ebay as well on that one.
Oh I almost forgot! This awesome set you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook.

Creamuh and Shuguh by Fishs EddyThey are from the “Brooklynese” pattern by Fishs Eddy. I die! I can just hear it! “Yo! Pass me da shuguh!” As a transplanted New Yorker I couldn’t pass them up.

Now for the really fun stuff! My favorite vintage item probably are these two bathroom vanity items by Fitz and Floyd:

Hooty Owl Soap Dish and Tumbler by Fitz and Floyd

Hooty Owl Soap Dish and Tumbler on Etsy

The line is called “Hooty” and I have the drinking tumbler and the soap dish. There is also a toothbrush holder out there that is amazingly cute. Wish I had found the whole set.
Fitz and Floyd is known for their quirky merchandise and have quite a strong following. These pieces are marked 1978 – right at the height of the owl craze!

I also love this mini cat planter. It’s by David Stewart for Lion’s Valley.

David Stewart for Lion's Valley small Cat planter

David Stewart Mini Kitty Cat Planter

I have sold a larger one in the past and neither of them were marked. I think they originally had stickers. It’s one of those items that I learned from reading other vintage blogs, watching my favorite Etsy sellers and their wares and doing some research. It’s another way to justify all that time on Pinterest. 🙂

Eva Zeisel Hallcraft Fantasy bread and butter plate

Hallcraft Eva Zeisel “Fantasy” small plate

This is another fun find. It’s just a small plate but it’s by Hallcraft (Hall China Co.) and is designed by Eva Zeisel. The pattern is called Fantasy and is one of the more popular patterns as well. That atomic abstract design in the middle plus the freeform nature of the pieces make the whole line a show stopper! The pattern was produced from 1952-1957.
This little plate alone is not worth a bunch, but now I know to definitely keep my eye out for this pattern in the wild.

Okay moving quickly through some of the other pieces:

V Pinto Vietri coffee mugsThese Italian pottery coffee mugs have me a bit stumped but I loved the images on them. I have found similar type items but not the exact pattern yet. They are marked “Pinto V. Vietri”. I believe V. Pinto was the artist? and Vietri was the region of Italy? I’m just talking off the top of my head. I either will do more research…or let it go and list it with great keywords.

Vintage NOS pillowcasesI found a few pairs of NOS (New Old Stock) pillowcases. Vintage sheets and linens are such a thing right now. I personally am using vintage pillowcases at home because the feel of the material is so much nicer than that shiny weird stuff that new sheets are made of.

I also snagged a vintage Starbucks travel mug and someone gave up their Kliban cat mug collection.

And last but not least, I finally thrifted a Lane cedar chest.

Kind of.

dsc_0077It’s a small salesman’s sample. ((See comments below for another story about these small trunks!)) There’s no key and the resale on these is actually quite low. I got it for myself. Just because. Maybe I’ll keep stuff in it next to my bed.
At least it was easy to bring home. 🙂

So that’s kept me busy this week. How about you? Any good thrifted vintage finds lately?


Friday Finds ~ Arabia Finland Cat Pitcher!

Arabia of Finland Blue and Turquoise Cat Pitcher by Kaj Franck

Arabia of Finland Kitty Cat Pitcher

Whew! Just made it to a Friday Finds post by the skin of my teeth! We went out to do errands this evening and as is our usual custom, a Goodwill stop is usually figured in.

I was feeling pretty bummed…I found no flatware and no coffee mugs… (this particular Goodwill is well-stocked in both usually) but I hadn’t found anything to float my boat.

Hubby was one aisle over and he held this up over the shelves to me…(he’s tall like that). I tried to play it cool while saying “yes, yes, grab it!!” while he was enumerating some of the minor flaws. Small chip on the bottom… “it won’t matter…just grab it!!”.

This cat pitcher is by Arabia of Finland and is one of their iconic pieces. It was designed by Kaj Franck and there are a few different color variations. This one I found is blue and turquoise and is a bit larger…6.5 inches tall approximately.

I have had these cat pitchers on my radar a long time and honestly, I’m not sure why they’ve never made it onto my Thrifting Bucket List. It should have been there so I can cross it off!! (I’m one of *those* list people…I will write items down after I did them, just so I can cross them off!)
Possibly I never added it because I have found and sold a couple of the other smaller versions of these pitchers…with different animals.
I loved this stylized rooster.
Fullscreen capture 6102016 92310 PMAnd this brown bull (with an udder??) sold well even though there were some condition issues. Fullscreen capture 6102016 92514 PMBut the cat is a first! It really should have been on my list.

Just a quick post for now. We came home and there was enough daylight for a few pictures of it. Gotta love those long days! I even (Gasp!) listed it already in my Etsy shop! Who is this go-getter? I don’t recognize her.

Did you get out and do any thifting? What was your fabulous find of this week?

My Thrifting Bucket List Revisted….Again!

Every once in awhile here on the blog, I like to go through my thrifting bucket list. This is a list of items I’d like to find out in the wild while thrifting, be it a thrift store, yard sale, estate sale. Somewhere where I’m the picker!

Do you have a list of items you'd like to find sometime while you're out on the hunt? Be it at a thrift store, a yard sale or an estate sale? I have a running list in my head and you can read about it here!

They are items that are fairly valuable, harder to find…but I’d like to think not impossible.
I was looking at some of my older posts about them, but since they were done while on the other blog platform, the posts didn’t migrate over here very nicely.
So I thought I’d redo my list and add the updates! Some items I’ve found, some have remained elusive. And I’ve added new items to the list.

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cathrineholmPhoto cred: No Pattern Required


Anything in the Lotus pattern. I have found various pieces of Cathrineholm that were just solid colors. I’ll still take them…but I don’t get the same thrill I think I’ll get (like collapsing on the ground or hyperventilating. Or both.) when I finally spot some Lotus out in the wild.
Out in the wild is important because I have bought and sold some Cathrineholm Lotus before. I bought some from another reseller who didn’t deal much in MCM. I purchased it off Instagram and resold it in my Etsy shop at a small markup.
Sometimes it’s just nice to have the traffic drawers in your shop. Of course, it didn’t last long because this stuff is wildly popular.

JereCurtis Jere wall hanging 
If you’re a long time reader of this blog, you’ll remember that I found one of these! I’ll take another though. Not to be greedy or anything. 🙂 You can read the story here.


Dansk flatware in the Fjord pattern
I had debated adding this one in the earlier post because I actually HAVE thrifted Dansk Fjord flatware before. It was in a baggie at Goodwill in the hardware section. Hubby said he picked it up and looked at it, then put it down. I found it a few minutes later, saw the IHQ mark and grabbed it. It was years ago, before I knew anything about anything. Fortunately we put it on auction and it did pretty well. Now that I know flatware and could do better…I want to find it again.
I would take some Russel Wright flatware too. A reader on one of the earlier posts reminded me of that one.

Pendleton Navajo blanket jacket
I’d probably change this one to Pendleton blanket anything. A jacket, a blanket itself would be great. And vintage would be sweet! The closest I’ve gotten is this coffee mug. And I have memory of a purse once too….but not vintage.


Vintage Polo Ralph Lauren sport themed jacket or sweatshirt. Or the teddy bear sweater. See what I mean?
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dansk-pepper-millsPhoto cred: Kitka

Dansk peppermill.
I must admit. This one I’ve really been on the hunt for lately. For some reason, I feel like a Dansk peppermill is the next item on my bucket list that I will find. Don’t ask me why. It just feels possible.

Then there were a few items that weren’t on my original list but should have been, or were added later and then found.
Big E Levis Found these and you can read the post here.
Finel enamel bowls. I’ve actually found 2 of these!
Olivetti Valentine typewriter. Heartstopping moment. And no, I haven’t resold it yet. Lol.

I’d also like to find some Georg Jensen sterling modernist jewelry, some Zoo Line Animal Figurines by Kay Bojesen, some Acapulco dinnerware by Villeroy & Boch and the Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress sewing pattern by Vogue. I’d also die to find the Pyrex Friendship lasagna pan…and I’d keep it!!

So, how about you? Do you have a “Bucket List”? What vintage items are your unicorns?

Feel free to follow my Pinterest Bucket List board to see examples as well as see what new items get added!

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Friday Finds ~ Shopping the Stash


Okay, so as I’ve probably mentioned before, I have quite a backlog of items in my inventory. I really have no business adding to it. Besides the fact, the less money I spend on inventory, the more can be applied to our debt.

But I really can’t stop going to the thrift stores.

Maybe you’d call that an addiction. (cue the girls with red lipstick and tight black dresses…”it’s closer to the truth to say you can’t get enough, You know you’re gonna have to face it,  you’re addicted to….THRIFT“)

But I’ve gotten really good. I went to Value Village last night and only bought ONE thing to resell. It was this:


Super cool, right? The little dial shows which colors go together. The discerning gentleman could hang his ties and, in a pinch of indecisiveness, have help in deciding which tie goes with the only suit he had left that wasn’t at the cleaners. Wait, what am I saying? Mrs Cleaver made sure all of Mr Cleaver’s suits were hanging neatly in his closet, paragon that she was. (sorry…just my secret jealousy talking, lol)

So for the remaining items in today’s Finds, I had to turn to my Stash and start digging. Time to get this stuff listed.

These first two items, I know why I delayed listing them. They’re silver. I hate photographing silver. My pictures come out terrible.



Okay, maybe not terrible. But just blah. At least to me. Hubby is much better at product photography because he’s more detail oriented and patient. Maybe I’ll give him that second bowl to redo.
The bowl in the top picture is by Manning Bowman and I guess is for fruit. I bought it way back when because I love the pierced design.
My vintage tastes are so eclectic because I really love the second bowl as well, which is way more Mid Century Modern. It’s marked WMF Cromargan. (more about THAT another day)

Now this next one is a tricky one too even though it’s flatware. A few of the pieces are marked India but there are no other maker marks. So my usual way of identifying stainless flatware doesn’t help.

DSC_0008But I’ll tell you why I bought them. These hand forged style pieces of flatware always sell pretty well. They are usually from places like Pottery Barn or Pier One. I thought I’d be able to match them. Well, I guess I didn’t…so onto the ‘Deal With Later’ pile they went. Today’s the day!! Maybe I’ll find the maker today too….sometimes a fresh perspective or Google working a different way helps. Or I’ll just list with what I know and see how it goes. These will go on Ebay since they are not vintage.

How about you? Find anything interesting lately?

Move It On Out Monday ~ Monkeypuzzle by Carol Leith


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So I promised at the end of a post last week, that I would explain what was up with the wooden puzzle of the can-can dancers. So here we are on Monday…and the start of a new feature. Maybe weekly, we’ll see.

Move It On Out Monday is about those lingering, languishing, lolly-gagging items that have forever been in my listing pile heap mountain.
Of course I have a backlog of flatware and sewing patterns and kitchen utensils…the list goes on. If I bought things in bulk, its safe to say I haven’t caught up yet.

But sometimes, there are items that I REALLY like. Items that I think are super interesting, awesome and fantabulous. For some reason I drag my feet on listing them. Sometimes its because I want to make sure my research is complete. Other times I need something special or one more prop to make the photos just right.

But more often than not, its just because I want to OWN the item for a little while. It’s a OOAK (one of a kind) item and won’t come my way again. So it stays.

Whatever the reason, there’s no escaping the fact that I have quite a few of these fabulous items doing no good to anybody, hidden away in secret tubs and bins in my house.

So for the debut of Move It On Out Monday, I have chosen this gorgeous handmade wooden Monkeypuzzle by Carol Leith.


Carol Leith started Monkeypuzzle in 1976 and her designs included a wide range of freestanding sculptural jigsaw puzzles. Some of the larger ones were specifically commissioned by galleries and were only produced in limited editions. I dug up some examples.


The Green Violinist by Chagall
(photo credit:

The puzzle above was only available at the Guggenheim Museum Gift Shop. Here’s another amazing, multilayered one: (photo credit, same as above)


When I first started doing my research, I came across some forums that Carol Leith herself participated in. She had contact information and so I reached out to her. I found out something interesting about my puzzle from her.
She said, “Yes this puzzle will stand either as it is in one piece or there are two pieces which can be removed on the skirts then if you divide the puzzle into two equal parts they will slot together to form an X shape.  Alternatively carefully stand the whole puzzle and bend it in a slight arc and it will stand.Some people have framed these and hung them from a wall or stood them with their backs to a wall on a shelf.”

So of course I had to try it out!
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So I’ve taken the first step towards Moving this monkeypuzzle On Out. I’ve listed in on Ebay where hopefully a collector will be thrilled to come across it and give it a better home than the one I’ve given it the last few years. Yes, I said years.

Oh..and to finish my story about Monkeypuzzles. Unfortunately Carol Leith closed the business in 2001 I believe but her creativity hasn’t ended. She has written a children’s book called A Cloud of Souls which is available on Amazon.

One of my epiphanies (more like a Duh!!!-moment) about our debt and what I’m gonna do about it was about the fact that I don’t really need to add to my inventory. I have lots of potential money laying around here and so Move It On Out Monday is one small way to hold myself accountable and dig into that stash. Honestly, I have enough to run a Toss It Outta Here Tuesday, a We Don’t Need It Wednesday, a Throw It On Ebay Thursday and a Finally!! It’s Gone Friday but we’ll stick to Mondays or every other Monday for now.

What about you? Do you have a stash? Do you stay on top of your vintage finds? Have you seen a Monkeypuzzle before? We love comments so feel free to share below.