Well done girls, you were right...this is the vase I paid $19.95 for
however, as we all know, this does not mean it's worth more than the other one (which most of you liked more btw) just that I was totally sucked-in and paid more!
The stripey jug has no markings, but it definetely has some age, is hand-painted and has a nice mid-century shape...the pricey vase (it reminds me of a tropical fish, with that fin and those spots)is signed Vlasta
Of course I've googled Vlasta, and The Rameking has come up trumps (again!) Vlasta was a small pottery studio in South Melbourne started by Czech immigrants Josef and Vlasta Cap in the 1950's...according to the Rameking, Mr and Mrs Cap set it up to take advantage of the post-war shortage for homewares and to capitalise on the upcoming 56 Olympic Games (held in Melbourne)
p.s. the rameking's blog is definetely worth a look at...so much info, particularly about Australian pottery...
So although I know a little more about the the vase I'm not sure this info really explains its price...I do know I like both vases and as Ms Trashsparkle pointed out, I actually got two lovely vases for $20.95, and if you do the maths, that's nothing to complain about...right?
Thank you too to everyone else who took the time to comment...one thing's certain...we all agree that prices are on the up and up in our local oppy's...one quick recent example from me: old (vintage?) woollen blankets just like these priced at $25.00! A couple were even thirty bucks! With holes! (I paid three dollars each for mine...from a friendly little op-shop)
Now, completely and utterly unrelated BUT... how wonderful is this desk
and the blackboard, chair, and vintage pennants are o.k. too (ha-ha)
pic via Bohemian Hellhole
(there's nothing hellish about this blog, one of my faves)
I'll show you my thrifty finds tomorrow...here's today's tea towel
EDIT: Alison is another clever cookie