Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Super Mega Thrift Haul 2012 (one million exclamation marks).
Seattle, resting on the Puget Sound like oversized sweatpants, has some serious Scandinavian roots. The Ballard neighborhood in particular has forever been home to an astounding number of seafaring Danes and Swedes. This glorious convergence spells at least two things for your average Seattleite: excellent facial hair sightings, and a serious cache of Mid Century Scandinavian goods. In the same way that I imagine Michigan swimming in Eames' chairs, the scores we find in our lovely little burg tend to display a distinctly Danish bent. Taking in regional culture, sixty years after the fact, through the lens of the thrift store is one of the most engaging parts of what we do.
And then, you have a day like today, where the Danish Modern Thrift Gods of Seattle take it upon themselves to smile in your general direction. Eudora and I had a major run today, and got to come home with a carload of awesome goodies.
Among our finds from today are four pieces of enamelware from three of our favorite companies: an orange Cathrineholm pot, an orange Finel bowl,and a stunning white Dansk Kobenstyle dutch oven and brown butter warmer. We also came upon a large Holmegaard Kluk Kluk decanter, which we're always ecstatic to find (word to the wise: the Kluk Kluk looks particularly righteous filled with colored liquid). We also found a folding brass candelabra, a strange but inviting Modernist equine wall hanging, and a Luxo task lamp. Next up was a wonderful Sowe Konst teak tray. As if this weren't enough, we came upon three of our favorite finds on the last stop of the day: an Ellen Malmer designed trivet for Royal Copenhagen, an Edvard Lindahl owl figurine for Gustavsberg, and this pair of mugs:
We're totally stumped on this pair. We adore the illustration work on them, but just can't figure out a maker. We would love to get to the bottom of it, if anyone out there can help!