Thrill of the Hunt #55

August 7, 2017


Have you ever been out thrifting, glanced at something, and just knew that it was special/collectible and/or resaleable? Happens to me all the time. Although sometimes I score bigger than I do other times. Case in point.


Karlovy Vary spa cup Czech Republic mineral water

I found this interestingly shaped porcelain cup at my local Goodwill, and I knew it was different (in a good way) and a collectible.

Karlovy Vary spa cup Czech Republic mineral water

While still standing in the aisle I googled "Karlovy Vary" (Carlsbad) and learned that it is a city in the Czech Republic that is rife with spring/mineral waters that visitors come from near and far to drink. They say the water is curative and the cup is now known as a "spa cup." Apparently, the spa cup originated in the 17th century and is now part of Czech folklore.

Karlovy Vary spa cup Czech Republic mineral water

You're supposed to sip the water through the handle!

Karlovy Vary spa cup Czech Republic mineral water

For .99 cents I knew I had to get it.

Karlovy Vary spa cup Czech Republic mineral water

I'm not able to read the maker's mark. Kerano, maybe? When I google that I find nothing pertaining to spa cups. Anyone have any ideas? All I know is that I've seen them offered for as much as $49.99 and as little as $12.99. I'm not sure what makes one more valuable than the other. I still think it's pretty cool.

thrifted Popegosser china gilded rim blue floral plate


Next up is my Popegosser china. I knew when I saw these gilded-rim floral plates that they were special.

thrifted Popegosser china gilded rim blue floral plate

I think they're called bread and butter plates.

thrifted Popegosser china gilded rim blue floral plate Fleurette

Here's the maker's mark.

thrifted Popegosser china gilded rim blue floral plate Fleurette


I got three for .99 cents apiece. I've seen them offered for $6.99 apiece.


thrifted Popegosser china gilded rim blue floral plate


Should I use at least one of them on my plate wall or sell them? I'll need to think about that.

Thrifted Winterling Marktleuther sugar and creamer set midcentury modern tableware

I fell in love with this porcelain sugar bowl and creamer at first sight.

Thrifted Winterling Marktleuther sugar and creamer set midcentury modern tableware

I loved the lines running down the sides of the sugar bowl as well as the creamer.


Thrifted Winterling Marktleuther sugar and creamer set midcentury modern tableware

And the gilding was an added benefit.

Thrifted Winterling Marktleuther sugar and creamer set midcentury modern tableware

When I looked it up (Winterling Marktleuthen Bavaria) I found that it was indeed a collectible. This pair is worth approximately $20.00. I paid $1.49. So far so good.


2015 Can't Wait to Skate Mary Hamilton's Bears Christmas Ornaments vintage Christmas

Then we come to my Christmas ornament find. I always joke about the fact that the ghost of Christmas past always finds me at thrift stores. And usually it's a pretty good find that finds me.   

2015 Can't Wait to Skate Mary Hamilton's Bears Christmas Ornaments vintage Christmas

But not this time, apparently. 

2015 Can't Wait to Skate Mary Hamilton's Bears Christmas Ornaments vintage Christmas

When I saw the name "Hallmark," I snatched up this skating Christmas bear ornament. That's because I learned not too long ago that some Hallmark ornaments were quite collectible and worth a lot of money.

2015 Can't Wait to Skate Mary Hamilton's Bears Christmas Ornaments vintage Christmas


Only I hadn't noticed that the box said it was from 2015! So, sadly, the joke was on me. But as one of my kids pointed out, I just have to hold onto this baby for another 20 years and it'll be considered vintage! I think one of them will be getting this for Christmas this year.....


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My thrift store addiction said...

Those floral plates are gorgeous--I'd keep at least one ;) Love the cream and sugar set too! I think anyone who thrifts regularly is bound to make an occasional mistake. Not long ago, I purchased a pair of collectibles that I planned to sell. As is my habit, I inspected them carefully--not once but twice, before purchasing them. Wouldn't you know when I got home, I found a repaired crack in one! At least someone had done a great repair job. Live and learn!

Diana Petrillo said...

Such pretty finds this week, Kathleen :) I really enjoyed reading about the Czech sipping cup--all fun, new info for me. We live near several springs, including Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa, and Sharon Springs. One of my favorite side trips when we lived in England led us to Bath, where the Romans created several baths utilizing underground hot springs. Great post!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

I guess that's why I don't go thrifting to sell...I'd snatch something up only to find out it wasn't vintage. Lol. He's cute anyway. Love the pretty plates and sugar & creamer set and the sipping cup is a cool find. I had never heard of those. Looks like you had a mostly successful hunt.
Hugs,
Cecilia

Grammy Goodwill said...

Those are wonderful finds, esp that cup!

VintageSouthernPicks Florence S said...

Those are pretty good scores anyway even if you didn't notice the date on the ornament. I like the spa cup, but don't know a thing about it. You always find true collectibles & I find mostly junk! Sometimes I get lucky, but I probably don't visit often enough.

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

Fun finds Kathleen! I especially love the blue floral plates. So pretty!

rush said...

Some people are a little slow to the party when it comes to yearly collectibles, so maybe if someone wants to start the collecting the bear ornaments on the third year, there would be a market for the first and second year. So, don't get discouraged too quickly. Investigate the market, and see where you stand!

I love that cream and sugar. The sunburst is unusual.

Thank you for sharing your finds, and I hope you do well selling.

Kathy said...

Thank you for teaching us about spa cups! Never seen one before. A lot of those mineral waters were really nasty tasting; that's why they were supposed to be good for you! I loved the blue rose plates; and I am a pink rose fanatic; maybe it's just ROSES? Whenever I find a Hallmark ornament and the price is right, I always get it, because, somewhere out there, there is a collector waiting to find it. A teddy collector, a Hallmark collector, a mother with a child named Mary, know knows! I have priced stuff with cracks, fleabites, etc. at bargain prices and sold them. Neat mends don't bother someone who wants a "shelf piece."

Vickie Kuykendall said...

I love everything that you found!I would keep at least one of the dessert dishes you found. Such a pretty pattern!

Clockwork Interiors said...

What a special find your spa sipping cup is. It's always interesting to learn about such things. Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

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