I have big plans of refurbishing, or painting, or upcycling. The treasures sit in a box until I get sick of them being there, and donate them back to the thrift store I bought them from. Still, at least the money goes to charity. So on Saturday I paid a visit to the Jimmy Hale thrift store in Irondale.
I picked up a few knickknack bowls, a planter and a couple of plates. I also bought what I thought was an apple sponge holder (yeah, classy, I know!).
The weird thing was, the opening faced up. Hmmm, not very convenient for easy access to my sponge, but for 99c, I bought it.
I always like to come home and search my purchases on eBay and Etsy to see if I've struck gold. The plates were going for a whopping $5 on Etsy ($4.50 profit, woo hoo!), but I couldn't find the apple. I was starting to think maybe it was a tea light holder. I Googled pottery apple, and I couldn't believe it when this popped up:
Turns out my little green apple sponge holder wasn't a sponge holder or a tea light holder at all, but a vase designed by Henry Booth for Bretby Art Pottery, around 1890! What!!!! 1890 - that's ye olde Sherlock Holmes type stuff!! And there's not a crack on it (although the thrift store did kindly write the price on the side!). Jeez, don't these people know an antique when they see one :-)
My very own Ozzy the Owl!
Early retirement here I come!!