On Saturday we took a trip to Finer Things, one of my favourite places in Halifax. Alas, the Scandinavian 1960s couch and chair set I had my eye on for the last year is gone. Also, I’ve been looking everywhere for an antique dress form, and they had two. Unfortunately, one was only a table-torso and the other was already sold (click for larger photo).
See the tray behind the dolls? Sean’s grandmother had that set, which he’s going to try and track down. There’s a similar one in blue, which is really lovely. Also lovely, this petit-pointe pattern teapot. I have an entire set (actually I have two sets of china), which I inherited, at home in storage, demanding to come out of the box. Interesting to see what things are worth too, not that I would ever sell. The teapot was priced at $139.
Finer Things used to have a huge collection of vintage Fire-King dishes. Most were gone this time (I need to to impulse shop, apparently), but there were a few mugs still left:
I did end up buying a piece though. My new obsession (does this sound pretentious, yes, it probably does): 1970s Danish Nymolle porcelain. I’ve looked up the patterns and they’re amazing: whimsical drawings of traffic jams, garden parties, cityscapes and people. They’re almost Gorey-like. This plate was done by the artist Bjorn Wiinblad. It’s part of a series, one emotion/expression for each month. This is Konflikt in April:
I’ve only ever bought a sewing machine on e-bay. But I’m already thinking that I need a little more Wiinblad in my life.