Thursday, October 21, 2010

collections | Italian pottery

Many years ago I received a stoneware pottery casserole dish as a high school graduation gift. That dish is still used regularly in our kitchen. Through the years I've sought out pottery at local pottery shows, flea markets, antique stores, garage sales, Goodwill, and ebay for all sorts of handmade pottery. Raku, Native American, Mexican, McCoy, Shawnee, and Italian pottery have all been collected at different times. For several years I even traveled all the way to Florida to rummage through weekend garage sales for kitschy things.

These days are more about simplifying and less about acquiring. Oh don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE rooting around a good sale.

Have you ever been to a designer Goodwill store? We happen to have one here in downtown Portland. This is the premium Goodwill store that receives slightly used designer discards. It’s here that you’ll find racks of designer jeans, dresses, jackets, jewelry, handbags, shoes, and a few home decorating pieces too. I stopped in a while back and picked up a cute pair of Michael Kors jeans and a tweed Anne Klein jacket.

If you’re lucky enough to be in the store when boxes full of goodies come through the door, you might find something you must have even before it’s unpacked.

Trinkets like this...


Or this...


This urn was on display in the front window.

Imagine my surprise.

I have the perfect corner for it!


Susan said...

Ooohhh! I'm coming to visit you! I have just the right bag that both of those will fit into! Bwahahahahaha!

Cindy said...

Oh you think so Susan! You'll need a large Mary Poppin's type bag for the urn, it's quite large. But come visit me... we'll go shopping at Goodwill.

Fannie said...

I have an almost identical rooster pitcher!

Jemm said...

Very pretty pottery. I love the colors, they're so warm.

jazgal said...

I ALSO have had an identical rooster pitcher. Sadly, I let it go along with the old boyfriend - what was I thinking? (About the pitcher and some other wonderful pottery - not the boyfriend) :(

Love these classics! I have had very good luck with clothing at the Grand Ave Goodwill, several designer jackets and shoes for a song! Tra la! I will have to check out the downtown one too, obviously.