Unbeknownst to most everyone, we just got back from a weekend in Pittsburgh. And, as much as we both love the steel city, we're saddened to report that it'll be our last pass through for at least the next year. We'd certainly grown accustomed to visiting often due to my enrollment in grad school at the University of Pittsburgh, but—barring any unforeseen circumstances—I should be receiving my MLIS in less than a month. Woo!
Outside of my extended education and (subsequent) gainful employment, the best part of the entire experience was becoming better friends with our buds Hone, Carmela, Steve, Siena, Suz and Pogo. Thank you guys again for always being so welcoming—and a special thank you to Hone and Carmela for never griping about our habitually late flights and, especially, for their unparalleled hospitality. We hope that we can repay the favor sometime soon ...and many times over!
Now that all that sentimental crap is outta the way, here are some pics we snapped while we were outta town:
Now, I'm sure everyone is wondering what we scored on our jaunt, so here 'tis:
spied this vintage Lagardo Tackett planter the first time we visited Pittsburgh in 2010, but we were reluctant to pick it up due to its size and the fact that someone had painted it a delightful shade of orange. Fortunately, we both liked the new color and the planter's previous owner quoted us a clearance price far below what an (unpainted) original Architectural Pottery example typically sells for.
I'd purchased these Georges Briard glasses for Valery a few months ago while I was visiting solo, but I left them behind because I didn't want to deal with packing them up. Fortunately, Valery found a few more fragile ceramic items to bundle them with. We also found this fantastic perpetual calendar at an antique store we stumbled into. We've only ever seen one other example and it was ridiculously overpriced—way more than the $6 we paid for it!
I'd been looking for some new bookends for a while and nothing beats two solid lucite bricks! I was convinced that stuffing these in our carry-on luggage would guarantee a full cavity search, but we only had to deal with some slight harassment and a few puzzled looks.
continued to score with a mod polka dot purse, a vintage modernist ring, a stuffed Sluggo and a bizarre Blondie acrobat squeeze toy from '82!
also found this vintage Norwegian Cathrineholm pan for $20. This is the only time we've found an affordable example in the wild.
We even managed to hit a record swap while we were in town! Gotta say, I was pretty stoked when I flipped to the Alfred Hitchcock LP I've been searching everywhere for; unfortunately, the record's condition still has me hunting for a decent copy. Oh, well! At least we found a complete Visible Man for a flat tenner.