Iittala Finland History & Gallery

Iittala Finland History & Gallery I discovered Iittala about 5 years ago and have been finding it in my bargain hunting ever since. I collect the Kekkerit drinkware and Festivo candlesticks designed by Timo Sarpeneva. Iittala Finland “dates back to 1881 when a glass factory was established in a village of the same name in southern Finland.” “The breakthrough came in the early years of modernism and functionalism during the 1930s and 40s. At that time it was pioneers like
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Arabia Finland History & Gallery

Arabia Finland History & Gallery I discovered Arabia about 10 years ago and have been finding it in my bargain hunting ever since. I collect the Pomona Jam Pots designed by Raija Uosikkinen and the occasional piece of blue & white like the Orri Jug designed by Kaj Franck. Arabia has been producing tableware since 1873.  They have produced many well known ranges including Valencia, Ali, Pomona, Rosmarin and Ruska. They attracted many great designers over the years including: Ulla
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Iittala Kimara Whiskey Glass from a thrift shop

Fantastic find of rare Iittala Kimara Whiskey Glasses by Timo Sarpeneva at a thift shop.                       Timo Sarpeneva designed these for Iittala Finland in 1979 as part of the i-lasi range of glassware. The range of Kimara glasses included this Whiskey/Water glass and a Shot glass (at least). I saw these on the shelf and although I did not recognise the pattern, I really liked the design. On closer inspection
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Iittala Finland Kekkerit Dessert Bowls found at Charity Shop

I am so so happy because last week I found these Iittala Finland Kekkerit Dessert Bowls at my local Charity Shop.                 Timo Sarpeneva designed these for Iittala Finland in the 1970s and they are a Mid-Century Modern classic for Scandinavian glass. I am collecting the different sized glasses in this pattern but had not seen the bowls for sale anywhere before.  I was very happy to pay $25 for 5 of them,
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Bakelite Scoop Found with ‘M’ backstamp not Sellex Duperite Helix Willow or British Plastics

Bakelite Scoop Found with ‘M’ backstamp not Sellex Duperite Helix Willow or British Plastics Can anyone help me out with this one please. I have found another Bakelite scoop while bargain hunting when on holiday in Tasmania…  but I don’t know the backstamp or brand of this one. The backstamp appears to be an art deco  ‘M” and it has a part number ‘AC376’.                 Other scoops I have in my collection are
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Heres Humphrey Bear Story Book and Feeding Bowl Australia 1980s

Humphrey Bear Story Book and Feeding Bowl made in Australia 1980s Look what I found in the back of the cupboard.  A rare vintage 1980s Humphrey Bear feeding bowl made in Australia in very good condition with only light use and no chips, cracks or crazing.  Please see photos. The bowl is 165 mm in diameter and 45 mm tall.                   Do you remember Heres Humphrey on TV when you were a
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View-Master Stereoscope by GAF USA 1960s-70s & Picture Reels

View Master Stereoscope View Master Stereoscope by GAF USA 1960s-70s & Picture Reels The first View Master system was introduced in 1939 and the newest one is Virtual Reality using a smart phone. View Master is the trademark name of a line of special-format stereoscopes and corresponding View Master “reels”, which are thin cardboard disks containing seven stereoscopic 3-D pairs of small transparent color photographs on film.  For more info go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/View-Master. The ones shown here are the most common that people my age had
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Retro Toys by Elise has come to CCs Retro – Polly Pocket, Star Castles, Barbie

Retro Toys by Elise has come to CCs Retro – Polly Pocket, Star Castles, Barbie Retro Toys My daughter Elise is into Vintage Retro Toys.  Yes, she is a collector too.  And yes, sometimes, when she gets doubles, she sells her toys. She is going to progressively publish information about her collections… Go to https://www.ccsretro.com/vintage-retro-toys/ for a list to all of her collections to watch out for. She is starting with Vintage Polly Pockets. Happy Bargain Hunting and Collecting
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Vintage Plastic Kitchenware – Start Collecting now for less than $1

Australian Vintage Plastic Kitchenware – Start Collecting now for less than $1 You too can have a collection of Vintage Plastics in your home. Its easy as 1, 2, 3 Get educated:  Don’t start from scratch… search on-line… read my article Bakelite Canisters and Bessemer Plates: Vintage Australian Plastic Makers Go in search of treasure:  In your own cupboard… in op shops… at trash and treasure markets… Refine your collection: Decide which items you love… what sets have you got or
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Arabia Finland Orri maitokannu Milk Jug Found in May 2018 for $12 – Op Shop Find

Arabia Finland Orri maitokannu milk jug found in May 2018 at an op shop for only $12 Arabia is the maker, Finland the country, Orri the pattern and ‘maitokannu’ means milk can (at least I think so). This 12cm jug was labelled accurately and placed in the china cabinet at an op shop in the Illawarra.  I don’t know how long it was there before I purchased it, but I doubt it was long as there are many people like
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