Punched Tin & Teto the Clown
Pretty much every Sunday Zach and I go out to breakfast at a place called Thomas’, mostly because I am addicted to their pancakes. Last week, after breakfast, we decided to stop at a random estate sale nearby. It was advertised as being 50% off everything, so it was definitely worth a look.
The house was completely full of random treasures, without any real rhyme or reason. These people collected a little bit of everything, which was great!
I know Sarah will look at the above photo and ask why I didn’t buy her that little German ornament guy in the middle. She collects these, but I forget their names. I didn’t buy this one because he was broken.
Most of the items in the house were unfamiliar to me, and I didn’t have the best reception on my phone to look things up. Because of the discount pricing though, I took a chance on a few items. The first was this old puppet, made by Hazelle’s. I found out later he was called Teto the Clown.
I also found this cool punched tin box. I don’t know how old it is, but regardless, it’s interesting and pretty. I decided to try selling it, but knew I was happy to keep it if it got no bids.
Zach had the best find by far. A piece of Native American pottery by artist Sally Garcia. Neither of us knew of her when he found this piece, but after doing some research, it turns out she is rather well-known. She is credited “as the first pioneer of hand etchings on ceramic pottery.” Her large pieces sell for hundreds and even thousands of dollars. The piece Zach bought is pretty tiny, and had its original price sticker on it marked $84. He ended up paying $15 for it.
We both love this piece so much and will probably keep it forever. Definitely a fave find, so kudos to Zach for eyeing it!
Update from Sarah: I’ve never met another person so addicted to mediocre pancakes. Why didn’t you buy those HO cars?