Wednesday, October 3, 2012

thrift store finds: cathrineholm enamel bowl & sanity

Today, the bebe and I loaded into the car and headed all the way across town to a thrift store where I usually find something cool. It had been quite a morning; I'd cleaned up pee off the floor a couple of times (gotta love potty training!), piled an upended pile of laundry, cleaned shards of plastic from a broken picture frame, made not one but two uneaten breakfasts, suffered bites and kicks, cleaned up white acrylic paint from hands and shirt, and survived one decent-sized fit over a candy hamburger. Ah, the joys of toddler-hood!

Anyway, the drive across town didn't bother me; I welcomed it with open arms. Because, see, I get to strap my kid into one place while I drive for twenty-minutes. He can get into very little trouble strapped into the car seat. Usually. We listen to music and drive by construction sites and everything is peaceful.

This morning, we were on the lookout for baseball caps and rubber balls for a Halloween costume. Both of which were acquired for under a buck. In fact, I chose this particular store because someone had donated a ton of brand-new with-tags wool caps which were being sold for 49 cents.

My patience with the morning's trials was truly rewarded, though, when I saw, out of the corner of my eye, this bowl being placed on a shelf.

As Dr. Who would say, "Yowza!" 

I've seen a few bloggers blogging about these in recent months so I recognized it when I saw it; a Cathrineholm enameled bowl. This one is about 8 inches across and 3.5 inches tall. Very mid-century modern. Gorgeous black and white "Lotus" pattern. Not in perfect condition by any means (definitely well-loved!) but pretty darn good. 

Cathrineholm was an ironworks, located near the town of Halden in Norway, which started production in 1907. Originally the ironworks manufactured wrought iron products and agricultural equipment, but due to changing economic circumstances it later evolved into producing enamel kitchenware. The company closed in 1970.

I thought maybe it was my prize for being a patient mama, but when we got home, I closed the door too hard and a couple of things fell off a shelf and broke, so my "one-in, one out" sacrifice chose itself. Ah well. Balance is good.

I'm thinking about listing it my Etsy shop so I can make a nice deposit into my kid's college fund this month. Eventually he'll stop tinkling on everything and I can send him off to university, right??

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Jamie Lee said...

How cool! I just started thrifting last fall and am hooked! How much is something like that worth? I found a piece of pottery once I think is valuable but didn't find any info online. I am keeping it anyways, but I'd love to know more about it!

Becca Nelson said...

Wow! Great find. I'm in your same shoes with a toddler. Yesterday was the WORST due to tantrums and whining, but today I made many good thrift scores. Hang in there!

Night Garden Design said...

@Becca: Some days definitely stand out, don't they? Luckily, the good days outweigh the bad.

@Jamie Lee: I always do a little search on eBay and Etsy to help determine value. If I find an item similar to mine, I can estimate pretty closely. For something like Cathrineholm enamelware, the prices vary depending on size and color. I was able to find a wide range, between $49 and $249, being asked on-line.

Mine is a little larger than most, and black seems to be more rare, so I'm guessing somewhere in the mid-range. But things are really only worth what people will pay for them!

For your pottery, check the bottom for a maker's mark. You can do an on-line search to trace it that way, or ask a reference librarian. From there, you can look for relatively similar pieces on eBay and Etsy.

Charlene Knaps said...

What a stunning bowl! I'd be tempted to keep it, congrats on your find!

Charlene Knaps said...

Wow, what a stunning bowl! I'd be tempted to keep it; congrats on your great find!

Hunting Tigress said...

Visiting you from Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday. Your Catherineholm bowl is amazing. I wish I would find one on my thrifting adventures but so far, no luck. The black and white is especially nice. Great find!

Cap Creations said...

The bowl is absolutely awesome! I would love to find one someday too.
Thank you for sharing at Cap Creations. I will be featuring you later today.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

That is one amazing bowl! Quite a find to happen upon a C. Holm bowl. Nice reward! Visiting from Thrifty Love.