Just in time for Valentines Day, I found this whimsical wooden cat decoration at Goodwill. When you pull on the string, hearts and a kitten pop up from behind. It was handmade; it is signed on the back and dated 1983, but I haven't been able to find any information about the artist.
I'm trying to think if I know anybody else who ever uses a creamer and sugar bowl...can't think of anyone. But I bet if they had a pretty brass set like this, they would. What is it that makes art nouveau design so appealing? This set practically screamed from the shelf that it was far too elegant and special to be at the thrift store.
I am attracted to shiny objects, nostalgic knicknacks, detailed doodads, whimsical whatnots, things handmade or hokey. I am a sucker for under-appreciated, original art that somehow ended up at a garage sale or Goodwill.
I admit it, I have an irrepressible thrift store habit.