Friday, July 30, 2010
The following morning, I decided to stop in Covina for some real magic. I arrived as the doors were opening. I'd never been there that early before and found it much less crowded and remarkably quiet. I headed directly to the housewares on the far right wall and immediately saw three plates- pink, yellow and chartreuse- that I thought looked like Bauer. I turned them over with my fingers crossed, and saw the Bauer imprint. Old Bauer. Yes! Well I nearly squealed and couldn't get them into my shopping cart fast enough. I continued to look around and a few feet away I spied a gray divided bowl and picked it up. Franciscan! I love divided bowls, vintage or not. They work perfectly when I serve rice and a vegetable at dinner. Yippee! I quickly scanned the rest of the shelves then moved to the opposite wall to look for flower pots. I immediately saw two flower pots- identical in shape but different colors. I swooped them up and turned them over. I could barely read the imprint but it looked like White Pottery California M-2. I wasn't familiar with the name but loved the colors and shapes. Of course at $3.95 each they went immediately into my cart. I spent about another hour looking at the rest of store- no vintage linens but bought a couple pair of jeans that looked like they might fit. On to the Goodwill!
I was feeling like it was pottery day so I walked directly to housewares, bypassing clothes, shoes and accessories. I fell in love with the first piece I saw- a fluted pot in a beautiful shade of green with a frog adhered to the inside. No markings but so pretty! A steal at $2.95. And then I found a charming dark green tea pot missing its lid. Perfect to plant! Between the two stores, a vintage pottery bonanza costing less than $25. And let me add that each piece is near perfect- no chips or paint loss.
What I found after that I will save for another day. Let me just say that it was one of my most fun finds ever. Ever.