[ CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE ]
We hit a church rummage sale the week before we went on vacation, and I’m just now getting around to sharing all of the goodies I brought home. At first glance, the sale was unimpressive, but after making a few rounds past the tables, we found some great things. The first thing that I grabbed was a Dansk Spider candleholder. I’ve been digging through the metal/candleholder shelves at every thrift store I go to for at least the past year or two trying to find one of these. When I saw it sitting on the table, I almost jumped out of surprise. Even better, I only paid 75¢ for it.
The book behind the candleholder wasn’t from the sale, I just wanted to put it in the picture so I would remember to mention it on the blog. It was actually a birthday gift from my in-laws. The book is a tribute to the work of A. Quincy Jones (known for many residential and commercial buildings in California, including the later Eichler Homes). It is chock full of beautiful vintage photographs, floor plans, and renderings.
Finding one vintage Dansk piece at the church sale was surprising enough, but then I saw a set of six Dansk Bouquette vases still in the original box. I haven’t decided if I’m keeping these yet or not. I’ve seen them before in turquoise, which I think would fit my style more, but the price was cheap enough that I decided to bring them home anyway. I’ve been thinking of adding a Big Cartel store onto my blog, with five or six vintage items for sale at a time, but we’ll see.
Don’t you love these miniature wood dishes? I collected mini tea sets when I was a little girl, so they still have a special place in my heart. I’ve been looking all over online to find out where these might be from, but I’ve come up empty-handed. There are a few lids missing and a couple of handles that need gluing, but still in overall nice condition. I should have included something in the picture for scale, but to give you the general idea, the tallest pieces are just under two inches.
I also found a couple of vintage wall textiles:
The top one is by Swedish artist Ulla Scheuer. I wish I had a little more information about her, but from what I can gather from one obscure Swedish blog is that she was a freelance textile designer, married to an interior designer. She created designs for napkins, wall hangings, tablecloths, and other home decor until her divorce, when she was forced to quit illustrating and work various jobs as a cook, maid, and a nanny. I think the birds are so sweet in Tula’s room, and they are her favorite colors, pink and purple.
the second wall hanging is a vintage Marushka print. I’m sure just about everyone will remember seeing one of these hanging in a doctors office or friend’s house when they were a kid. They are more commonly images of sailboats or lighthouses, color-blocked in the orange and brown that typifies the 1970s. I’m not a big fan of the ones that look quintessentially 70s, but this sandpiper print is a little more understated and timeless. You can learn more about the history of Marushka here.
The loot doesn’t end there. I picked up an unmarked wood taper candle holder and a wood bottle opener that is marked with a “Handcrafted Holline Denmark” sticker, for 25¢ each.
Lastly, we found this mid-century fireplace toolset. Based on the other sets I found online, I think this is made by Seymour Mfg. Company. The metal is a little spotted and rusty, so we waited until the sale was 50% off, and went back to pick it up. I like the shapes of the handles, but I’m not tied to keeping this in its original state. I’m toying with the idea of painting the handles a fun color, or at least painting the brass accents.
We came out with some screaming deals that day, and all total we spent under $20 for everything (including a few little toys for the kids). Oh, how I do love a good church sale.