Monday, 18 March 2013

Op-shop happy: iittala finds

You gotta love a good op-shop. It's amazing the things I have found quite randomly over the past few weeks at various suburban op-shops which have made me extremely happy. Yes, simple pleasures.

Textured retro Finnish glassware is what I look for whenever I am out and about. For some reason I am drawn to it like a magnet. It's quite hard to find which makes the search a fun challenge. (Swedish Kosta Boda dishes are another favourite to collect. I can't say no to Scandinavian crystal!)

 Fortunately, the search has been quite fruitful of late. Hooray! Here's a show and tell of the latest finds:

Set of iittala Aslak cordial glasses designed by Tapio Wirkkala

Set of iittala ultima thule shot glasses designed by Tapio Wirkkala (and in the foreground are a set of Grosvenor dessert forks)

iittala ashtray/dish which I think was designed by Tapio Wirkkala 

iittala paperweight Kuutamo tunturilla circa 1983 designed by Valto Kokko 

And don't worry if you think I'm becoming a hoarder... I've been swapping things out with every 'new' thing that comes into the Sow's my crystal habit doesn't get out of hand! Ha!


  1. I'm so glad you're taking steps against being a hoarder..I love watching those programmes on tv but would hate to see the Sow's Ear falling prey to that kind of behaviour..hehe! I do like the icy effects of that glassware.

    1. Hehehe Carol! I might get contacted by those hoarder reality tv programs if I'm not careful...! xx

  2. Oh I adore the paperweight! - very special - Jen

  3. I love those shot glasses and forks!! I'd actually use the glasses for dessert; maybe chocolate mousse..mmm..

  4. Great haul Anita. I love checkong out our local tip shop. Sometimes it's awful and other times there's a lot of cool stuff. Yours all looks fab!

  5. Oooh, those glasses bring back memories of having 'soda stream' soft drink out of them when we were kids. Loving all of the above. You gotta a good eye girl!x

  6. Beautiful! I'm a great Wirkkala fan, so you know I love what you found.

  7. Great finds! They are all lovely.

  8. Lucky you, lovely finds and perfect for your kitchen shelf.


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