Thursday, August 23, 2012
Separating The Wheat From The Chaff. Sometimes You Gotta Take The Good With The Bad. Status: Mixed Bag.
After a fun but lack-luster outing at the Belleville Flea last Saturday we jetted over to a new(ish) thrift just across the street. I've already fallen for the place and have purchased something there every time I've stopped...and left behind a great console stereo that I really should bring home. This time the big score for the weekend was a big box of Russel Wright Steubenville American Modern dinnerware in Coral.
At first glance there seems to be a ton in there right? But right away I started noticing the chipped
pieces. I wasn't in the mood to stand there and catalog each and every chipped piece and do the
math so instead I concentrated on the good bits. The math looked good so the set was mine.
All seven of the dinner plates and eight of the lunch plates were perfect. I don't mean "chip free",
I mean PERFECT. I've never seen nicer plates. Mint, if you will. These alone were worth the cost
of admission! Not a utensil mark on 'em. Sweet.
Here's where we start getting into trouble. There are chips and cracks on pieces in each one of
these stacks. Like I said, I didn't know how many or of what...until I shot these pics about an hour
ago. I still figured I'd come out ahead. And it's nice to have some new color in my collection. The
last time I picked up a large set was actually AT the Belleville Flea and they were all Chartreuse.
These are all cracked or chipped...plus one more saucer that I missed before shooting this photo.
That leaves me with 43 out of 54 pieces in excellent condition. It's weird. The pieces are either
chipped and cracked or absolutely perfect! I don't think this set ever got used, just maybe banged
up while moving or something.
So this is what I am left with. Not to shabby. I mean, this would be a great collection by itself...
even if I had no other Russel Wright Steubenville already. I'm not a BIG fan of having a mono-
chromatic set but if I was then at least this DOES have some nice color to it. Not like that Grey
set I passed on at an estate sale not too long ago. And this was Much cheaper!
Oh hey, look who decided to join us! Larry / McDuff! He loves the Eames style lounger and
ottoman. Doesn't seem to impressed with the Russel Wright though. What ev. He's got the brain
of a cat. Don't you just love how he's planted on the ottoman but still has to have at least ONE
paw on the chair? "Mine!"