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Check out Ebay Germany.  Tons of outstanding, old-school Scandinavian housewares.  I just scored this 1960’s teak candelabra for under $15 including shipping from Europe!  Some other beautiful items still up for auction, too…like this teak cheese board.

Good luck if you go bidding.  While you’re surfing, visit modhaus as well.  I picked up this set of 1960’s vintage Japanese flatware.  Lookie!  A sugar spoon and two butter spreaders.

The service puts me in the mind of Nanny Still’s cool “mango” pattern for iittala from 1971, which is still in production and available at finnishgifts.

I digress… back to Modhaus.  An art deco roasting pan! I’ve never seen anything like this.  Maybe I’ve been too sheltered.  It’s pretty enough to bring to the table.  Also up for grabs is a very pretty teak waste bin.  Modhaus is in Boston.  Shipping is reasonable and free business to business.

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“Good design is no more expensive than bad”.  So said Mr. Allen Lane.  Lane founded Penguin Books, the British company known for quality paperbacks and the extraordinary cover artwork on all of their titles.  I thought that these postcards would make outstanding dinner party invitations.  I plan to host a tiny bash when we’ve finished our home “cure” and invite all of my bookish friends.  These cards are not yet available in the States (on sale beginning in October) but I have procured two sets.  Yes, one for me and one for you.  In your humble opinion, what is good design?  Leave your comment  through midnight March 31, 2010 for your chance to win the extra Penguin postcard set.

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What if you don’t win that auction for that set of four “sea and sand” salad plates on ebay?  You can hit Laguna Vintage Pottery, a Seattle retailer with a wide online selection of discontinued and vintage color combos in Heath Ceramics tableware.

These salt and pepper shakers in the “brown and white” glaze were discontinued in the 1970’s.  And, these “mahogany” glaze cruets stopped production in the 1960’s.

The “aqua and matte brown” glaze went the way of the dinosaur just this past December.  Laguna has a few pieces available.  The shop also carries vintage Eva Zeisel, Russel Wright and 1930’s and 1940’s Fiesta.

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You can suck up an entire Saturday afternoon in Belvedere Square, especially if you wander into this gem of a shop.  The House Downtown offers vintage finds and finds that look vintage alongside fave designer wares and furniture that’s meant to last a lifetime.  Exploring the shop is like an afternoon of antiquing.  Proprietress Stephanie Gamble shops estate sales and trend shows with an unwavering eye for the pretty.  You’ll find the newest brands in everything from home fragrance, luxury linens and cushions to lighting, custom upholstered pieces and industrial style case goods.  Gamble takes pride in keeping a bit ahead of the curve.   If another shop in Baltimore picks up a brand, she’ll most likely drop it.  The Ankasa Linens are a standout .  So are the K. Hall scented candles.  This place is full of easy gifts for the dinner party host/hostess who has everything.  How about a pillow adorned with a cobalt-colored crewel work octopus or a tiny pewter beetle that will cling to flower arrangements?

Alongside the hard to find you’ll find the hard to find in Baltimore: Jonathan Adler, Lee Industries, John Robshaw, Annie Selke for Dash and Albert and, oooh… Pine Cone Hill.  The House Downtown is the only independent retailer of Mitchell Gold in Maryland.   By the way….Mitchell Gold will visit the shop the evening of March 11, 6PM-8PM for a book signing of his new title,  The Comfortable Home.  Meet the author  and purchase copies of the book buy one get one free.  I’ll bring a friend and score a copy half-off.   The House Downtown is located 524 E. Belvedere Square, Baltimore Maryland 21212.

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