Today I bought a Bakewells Bowl in Blue for $1

Today I bought a Bakewells Bowl in Blue for $1.  I was browsing my local Trash & Treasure market and there it was, stacked with an ordinary white mixing bowl.  I had already purchased 2 items from this seller for resale, so I was chuffed when I found this piece for myself. Bakewells Bowl in Blue               I am an avid Bakewells collector but I have not added much to my collection in the
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McCredie NSW early Australian pottery found again so soon

McCredie NSW early Australian pottery found again so soon I love early Australian pottery and I love surprises so I keep looking for the next bargain. Last year I was op-shopping in the Wollongong area and picked up an ikebana vase because I liked the shape and color.  The piece was very dirty and had some sticky black stuff in it. It had a signature on the bottom that I did not recognise.  It looked like a hand made one
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Arabia Finland Green Apple Handy Can made in Melbourne.. What?

Arabia Finland Green Apple ‘Handy Can’ made in Melbourne by Associated Plastics. I purchased these 3 for my collection at a local Salves store for 50c each. Wow, something new is something old.  I have not seen the like of it before. The iconic green apple from the highly collectible Arabia Finland Pomona range designed by Raija Uosikkinen in the 1970s appearing on plastic.. yes plastic! And not a well known mid-century plastic maker.. but a little known (by me
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Iittala Finland Ashtray for 50c – Mid-Century Glass Bargain or Not

I could not believe it when I saw this bowl cum ashtray on the shelf at a local charity store and it was marked 50c. Yes it did have one chip… but so did the identical one I have at home. The piece I have at home came from my late Mother-in-Law.  It was always on the coffee table in the lounge room and was used as an ashtray.  It is the first piece of Mid-Century Glassware that I owned
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Cleaning Bakelite Canisters to Remove Stains

Cleaning Bakelite Canisters to Remove Stains with creamy cleanser works to get those lovely old canisters out of the cupboard and on show again. I have been fortunate enough to find some lovely old Bakelite canisters on my bargain hunting excursions and I admit that I have resold some of them for a profit. The profit was not made because the person selling it did not know that it was an old canister… the profit was made because the person
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Finn Crystal Flora Plate – It pays to know your Mid-Century Glassware

Finn Crystal Flora Plate – It pays to know your Mid-Century Glassware I shop the local trash and treasure markets and charity stores regularly.  When I find something that I want for my own collection I will pay a bit more than if I plan to resell it… but it is so nice when I don’t have to. In April at a local market I picked up this wonderful piece of Finn Crystal from Arabia Finland in the same Flora
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CCs Retro returns to Robertson

CCs Retro returns to Robertson NSW in April 2017 CCs Retro will be open Saturdays as of April 8th 2017 right next door to the Big Potato in Hoddle St Robertson. Thanks to my friend Sonja you can now shop a wide range of retro home wares at CCs Retro, if you are in Robertson on the weekend.  For those of you not from my geographical neighborhood, Robertson is in the Southern Highlands of NSW, one hour drive south-west of
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Internet Myth Nally Gay Ware Fethalite and Pierwood Plastics Sydney

Is Nally Gay Ware an Internet Myth? Last Sunday I picked up a green sugar canister at my local market.  I have seen these on the internet and suspected it was a ‘Gay Ware’ piece, but since it had no back stamp I thought I had best check before listing it on my website. Google images had lots of this style of canister and many of the contributors describe them as Nally Gay Ware.  Well I am not an expert
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Retro Homewares SALE: CCs Retro is on SALE

Retro Homewares SALE Retro Homewares SALE:  CCs Retro is on SALE Yes it my first ever SALE. I have marked down 14 rare collectibles and they will stay down until April 11th or sold. I have marked down some of the most expensive items on my website (so search from highest to lowest price to find them quickly).  These items were already reasonably priced so now they are super bargains. Item ON SALE include Hornsea Canisters, Villeroy & Boch Plate,
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