Art and Thrift Store Goodies

You know how I love to “dig” into the art I find at thrift stores and yard sales?

Well, get your thinking caps on….

Let’s exercise our brains!

These three precious ladies……

Who are they?

They are softly feminine.

I think she has the sweetest face.

Just a soft, sweet glance.

Then, there is this little, sassy beauty.

Oh yes. Can we say, “mean/nice girl”?

I think she was a little hoity toity.

And how would you describe this pretty?

Who do you see?

Art is very hard for me to photograph.

It is hard to not have a glare and to get a good shot.

But with my love of “old” art, I think I am going to have to figure out a way to show them to you better.

So you have your google fingers ready?

These three…..

I believe they are antique “prints”. In very, tiny, print on each piece it states:
“Copyrighted 1907 A Fox”.

Alrighty, that is the first batch.

This one was my favorite though.

It is already hanging in my living room…and the sad thing was, when I picked it up Saturday at a yard sale, the older lady said it was a “pair”. She could not find it’s mate anywhere, so she thought someone must have bought it. : (

You may not like this…….

I do.


Of course, it’s a tough shot…so I will do my best to show you.

These are two “geisha girls”. I guess they are “geisha’s”.

But it appears to be on silk….water colored…and like a linen or silk matting.

Look at the sweet details.

I love her smile.

Look at her eyes….hands…..holding her parasol……

I love this. I love the depth to her eyes.

I even like the frame.

I believe it is the original frame.

But, I really don’t have a clue.

This is the signature on this piece.

I believe it says “K Nakagawa”.

The art was $2.00 a piece.

And lastly…….picked up these two pretties at Goodwill this week.

They are “solid” brass lion heads bookends.
They are very, very, heavy.
They brought them out when I was standing there.
It was with a batch of other antiques. I grabbed some other little goodies, that I will share later.
I debated these…strongly.
They were $17.00.
I mean…hello…they are NOT gold.
Know what I’m saying?
But, I will leave you with helping me investigate my art….
And this question.
Do you think my lions heads, look like these lion heads?
Decorative Solid Brass Lion Head Book Ends

Decorative Solid Brass Lion Head Book Ends, H:5.5″ W:5″ D:4″. is the web site where one can shop on line or if you are in the area we are an antique dealer in Summerland, California just 3 minutes south of Santa Barbara. Specializing in European Antique Furniture and our accent is antique lighting for your home, or office with handmade parchment shades adorning the selection of unique lamps. We specialize in Decorative Arts and French furniture as well as antique furniture from Spain and Italy, you will find the shop warm and inviting.



Can’t wait to hear what you guys come up with!

Visit your thrift stores this week! See what you can find!

Help me find out about my art!

Pretty please.

I think I am starting to love old art…..

Am I in a mid-life crisis?

I am finding all of these new loves!



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0 thoughts on “Art and Thrift Store Goodies

  • September 5, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Love the new items!  Romeo

  • September 5, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Are you sure the oriental ones aren’t on rice paper?

  • September 5, 2011 at 1:29 am

    @85cec80fd14075b5608732d4693f6540  I have no clue. The fiber look in the paper is what made me think silk. Very good question! I will have to research what rice paper looks like. Love, Me

  • September 5, 2011 at 1:50 am

    I love the Lion’s Heads…looks close enough to me & it was probably worth at least $17 in scrap metal :)   That’s what I have to compete against at Thrift Stores up here…scrappers of the metal kind..

    I found a unique pattern Homer Laughlin platter a few weeks ago, then Friday I found 2 teacups in the same print at a totally different little thrift shop…I love it!!!

  • September 5, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Can’t wait to see what you do with those pictures!  Very intrigued!  Those lion heads kinda do but the $1750 ones look paper mache’ with gold paint or gold leafing.  Yours look way more real.  Brass in Idaho is $2 or more a lb. so you should at least get a return on your money even if you have to send them to that recycle center!

  • September 5, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Cool Stuff, yeah your lion heads look better than the expensive ones!  I like your foxy ladies!

  • September 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I love the art…and the lion’s head bookends. I love how when you see something you think of the history & detail that go with each piece. I need to learn to do more of that myself & stop being such a consumer. I also love how that your Romeo was the first to post. What a sweetie!

  • September 11, 2011 at 3:17 am

    I love the three ladies!!!  They so remind me of Penrhyn Stanlaws art from the turn of the century.  Here’s a little info with some pics:  Don’t they look similar??  They definitely have the 1900’s look about them!!  

    The Japanese women are so cute!!  There expressions are lovely!!!

    I think those lion heads, from what I could see, look identical!!!  I would have balked at the price.  You have a good eye, girl!!! 🙂


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