Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Yes, More Vintage Kitchen Things
I had the best of intentions this week to post about crafting. For weeks, I have been meaning to get on task about several projects for my kitchen (I'm kitchen obsessed, as you see). The problem is that I've only manged to make one thing, a giraffe envelope-style pillow for my mom's birthday. My sewing machine shames me every time I pass it. The alarming part is that I don't miss it all that much. I almost hesitate to say it, but could this be the end of my craft posts? Because if I have to push myself to do something that's supposed to be fun and a hobby, perhaps it isn't for me. Is everyone out there cool with seeing more recipes and kitcheny related things instead? Cool, I'm glad we're all in agreement :)
Besides, I'm having way too much fun thrifting. I've developed a real thrill for the hunt, and a real love of all things antique kitchen. I scored these Pyrex pieces over the weekend. The turquoise bowl is especially beautiful, and I was very lucky to get it from a seller who didn't know its value.
Cathrineholm was a line of mid-century enamelware designed by Norwegian Grete Prytz Kittelsen. It's very beautiful, but not easy to find. A medium sized bowl can sell for upwards of $60 on ebay. That's a bit too rich for my blood, but I have enjoyed looking at pieces from afar on flickr and pinterest.
At a thrift store this weekend, I spotted the above Cathrineholm bowl for $30. That seemed like a fair price. Not interested in paying a fair price (it's bargain basement or bust, baby), I put the bowl back on its shelf without a second thought. But then I happened to look closer at the price tag and realized I had read it wrong. The tag said $3! Needless to say, the bowl came home with me.
While not as collectable as some of the other pieces, I'm also happy to have found this vintage flour sifter. It's made by Foley, and if that's a brand that sounds familiar to you, it's might be because you own a food mill. The food mill I inherited from my great-grandmother is also a Foley. I needed a flour sifter, anyway, and this one had the advantages of being cheap and having a cute, aqua handle. I can't wait to use it!