Posts Tagged ‘tin’

Flying Fish

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

red fish mobileRunning around to “estate” sales is a hit or miss operation, usually miss. I was happy  when one day I came across a sale featuring a basement and garage full of  NOS (new old stock) mid-century doodads the deceased owner imported from Japan and Scandinavia in the 1970s.

Lots of Aalto-ish legs and a few tops for stools and small tables, beautiful trays from Sweden, wooden spice containers with cork stoppers, shelves full of chunky, brightly colored iron candle holders and frogs, and boxes of these wonderful fish mobiles. Nine inches or so from stem to stern, each mobile lies in a folded piece of thin cardboard tucked into a paper sleeve. This outer package has no label or markings other than JAPAN stamped in small caps in dark purple ink.

The main body of the fish was red, light blue or gold, with the remaining two colors being the accents. The fish came all mixed in the box, with no way of knowing the color until you slid it out of the paper sleeve and peered into the folded cardboard.

Having a shop at the time called The Iron Fish Trading Co, I bought several boxes of the fish. (Don’t ask me why I didn’t root around and buy every last one.) I sold them for $12 a piece. If you were willing to forgo a choice of color and be surprised at whatever the plain wrapper held in store, you paid $8.

What a Tomato Can

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

tomato candle in a canThis candle has been following me around for some time. I had three or four vegetable candles in cans, one may or may not have been an eggplant.

They all sold in my store, this one didn’t quite. I think it was because deep down I didn’t want it to. You could call it the power of negative thinking.

The dilemma with this object is that much of its charm lies in the concept (and the funky ’70s package graphics). Put it to the can opener and no more tomato candle in a can—all you have left is a tomato candle, something even more useless in its way. I rarely set fire to candles shaped like food, especially vegetables.