August 2, 2013
After months of hard negotiating, Johnny is moving to the East Bay! Yup, we are moving in together, into a quaint one-bedroom apartment with views of Lake Merritt on super cheap rent. It wasn’t easy to convince Johnny to move over to the sunnier side of the bay — he has lived in the Outer Richmond in San Francisco for three years, and he loves the fog. He’ll surely come kicking and screaming, but hopefully he’ll eventually like it over here.
Convincing Johnny to move to the East Bay was the first hurdle. The second, and much more trying, was looking for an apartment. The rumors are true: rents in SF are skyrocketing to a point where there is a mass exodus of city folk coming into Oakland/Berkeley/Emeryville. We went to several open houses, and there would always be a crowd of people waiting to get in. It was a total drag. And the influx of interest in Oakland has inflated rents enormously. We’re talking $1000 for a studio in West Oakland. It all felt so contrived.
But we lucked out, and found an apartment through a friend. Like all things in life, it is all about good timing, and “someone you know.”
Anyhow, the post isn’t about our new apartment, it’s about all this new STUFF I got while house-hunting. A friend of mine knew I was looking for a place and reached out to me saying that his neighbors next door had to move out suddenly overnight. They were an elderly couple who moved to a retirement community with little warning. My friend called and asked if I wanted to check out the apartment, as well as to take any of their kitchenware that I would want, otherwise it would be all be thrown out.
Oh no! Vintage table and glassware being thrown out? That would just be wrong.
Here’s what I snuck out with:
Five of these really awesome coupe glasses:
Noritake plates, soup bowls and cups.
I thought the design was cheerful so I took home every cup, plate and bowl I could find with the design on it. Of course I checked out the bottom of the cup.
I didn’t know Noritake, but I do like all things made in Japan!
Turns out Noritake has quite a big following, from their frou-frou porcelain pieces to the funkier, more playful “Progression” line. This pattern is called “Mardi Gras” and a lot of pieces are sold a la carte on Ebay. This line is from 1969.
This plate is totally not my style, but I love the little holes as handles:
I threw this one in the box too. They’re made in Germany!
I couldn’t let it be thrown away! I figured it would be a nice cake plate (even though I don’t eat cake).
While boraging through the cupboards, I found this cute little dutch oven:
Made in Ireland!
I’ve never owned anything made in Ireland. Nevermind that this is made by Waterford, as in the crystal company. I will take cast iron over crystal any day.
Here’s a total random, impulse grab:
I wholeheartedly admit that I will probably never use this teapot. But it is so cute, I love the yellow and gold combination.
Made in USA!
As you now know, I am not only a Packaging Whore, but I also really prize the origin of things. I am a total sucker for old-school, hand-crafted, sturdy, well-made items. Remember jeans made in the USA? Shoes made in Italy? Silverware from Japan? I still believe in those days!
Wish me luck in the next month while I pack and move out! It is all very daunting, especially now that I need to pack up all my newfound wares!