Friday, August 27, 2010

Good Garage Sales Always Have A Story

The best buys at any garage sales always come with a story. I found this mint condition Japanese tea set at a moving sale. They were an elderly couple in the midst of downsizing to a smaller place. When I asked the gentleman about the tea set he shared that his wife had a story behind it and he took me over to her. I recognized her from some place but couldn't quit put my finger on it. She shared that she had purchased the set when she was 18 years old in San Francisco. She was on a youthful adventure as many were in 1965 and had visited a small shop in China Town. So many years this set had graced her Danish Modern home and now she was parting with it and her memory to embark on a new journey. I promised it would make it to a good home. It can be purchased HERE.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Catherineholm I Hardly Knew Ya!

I had this piece listed for 10 minutes before it sold. This was a mint condition Catherineholm relish tray. I happened to spot it on a back shelf in a consignment shop. Grete Prytz Kittelson is said to be one of the best known Norwegian designers in the Scandinavian Movement. Kittelson participated in the "Design in Scandinavia" exhibition from 1954 to 1957. Towards the end of the 50's her products were manufactured by Catherineholm and her enamelware could be found in many Norwegian homes.

Hurray for Football & US 12!

Last weekend was the US 12 Heritage Trail Garage Sale Extraordinaire! One hundred and eighty miles of garage sales. It took us almost 4 hours to just do 20 miles. I was able to pick up a few things here and there but admit most of the garage sales had been picked over by Saturday afternoon. My friend did very well, finding 2 beautiful onyx lamps. I was delighted with my UND decanter and just in time to kick off the football season. It made for a fun afternoon and gave me a chance to get to know Michigan a little better. I'll be ready next year.....until then there's always football.