Here's what I've found recently:
Best find, I think, was two harp-based end tables with oval tops. I found these at a thrift store just before Christmas and had no idea where I would put them. A little scootin' around in the log room, and they had a home. Of course, now the couch is not centered under the wall hanging...
Ignore the mess on the coffee table! I'm working on eBay photos in that room and those blue bubble plates are part of the things I'll be listing. Aren't they pretty? Here's a better photo of them:
There are 6 of these; I wish I liked blue just so I could keep them. Now that's ridiculous, isn't it? The blue bubble pattern was made by Anchor Hocking in the middle of the last century.
Back to the tables: They were made by Mersman Table Company, probably pre-1927 because after that the company changed its name. Mersman tables are everywhere, apparently. They made millions of different ones and once boasted that one in 10 American homes had a Mersman table. Here's a closer look:
The tables are in solid shape; no wiggling or unsteadiness, although a little veneer is loose on this one but can be easily glued in place. The other one has a more serious cosmetic issue:
Yeah, that's a mess. Does anyone know how to fix such severe water damage? Apparent;y something was spilled on the table and it was left wet with even the books or whatever that were on it also left there, soaking wet. Fortunately the damage is all to the finish and the veneer did not lift or buckle. A friend said once if you can't fix it then decorate it, but for now I've just covered it up:
Still, at $5 each, I thought these were a steal. A few other recent finds:
I do not know what these plates are made of. They seem to be Japanese and made of wood--they're black on the back; maybe they're lacquered? There is some gold leaf in the design and I think they are very attractive.
I found these snack plates for a song, and then found the cups to go with them. Do you see tons of punch cups in resale shops in your area? Some of them are so pretty I end up buying them even though I don't need them! I always wonder how they got separated from the punch set--maybe the bowl broke. There's a story behind all these orphaned punch cups. I don't know the name of the maker or the pattern of this set, so they will take some research if I decide to sell them.