I found this adorable little Ethan Allen table at my local thrift for $12. And by little I mean really little. I love to hand sew, and I thought “why not use this for my sewing box and all of my scissors?” I can pull it up right next to me on the couch when I sew.
Sometimes when thrifting, you get lucky. I saw these and the colors, design and delicacy immediately caught my eyes. I usually don’t buy porcelain or china but I had a tough time putting these down. There is a local Catholic charity shop, that sometimes I wonder if people have their whole estate donated, for I find some amazing things there.
Anyway, I hmm’d and hah’d over these, mostly due to their price. The large one was $17 and the small one was $12. I googled the Schumann marker (I really know nothing about porcelain or fine china) and saw that it was a well respected company so… Yep! I bought them.
After I brought this home, I did my research and found out that this was from US occupied Germany and was made in 1945-49. The gold is hand painted and is in excellent condition. This one is 12″ long. I couldn’t find one this same size, but a similar one (and the same style) at 10.5″ that sold for $120.
This one was much smaller at 6″. It didn’t have the lacework in it but still it was beautiful and from the same time period as the bigger one (1945-49). I saw this same one sell for $55 (in worse condition).
Now, I don’t thrift just so I can resell or anything.but I am always pleased when I get lucky and find really neat, historical pieces for a good price. Do your research in the store, sometimes you’ll find a treasure!
I’m a major thrifter/antique shopper so I assure you, throughout this blog there will be my thrift/antique finds that I will share.
I’m a sucker for brass. Don’t ask me why, I just love it. I set aside a DAY every year, just so I can polish all the brass decorations, items, knobs, pulls, doodads in my house. I grumble about it every year because honestly, who wants to spend an entire day polishing brass?
I have a sneaky suspicion that people in my area are either a) not donating their brass items like the used to, or b) some weirdo brass junkie like me is buying it all up before I have a chance to. It had been MONTHS since I had really seen any brass items at all in a thrift shop. All the stuff I was finding at antique stores were marked WAY too high.
So imagine my surprise when I saw a nice hodgepodge of brass candlesticks in my local thrift store. They were pretty nasty. The pictures don’t show exactly how dirty gross these were (and the smell. Terrible). But with a little bit of polish and elbow grease, I think they turned out quite lovely.