Good Score and the Giveaway Winner!

Good Score! is a monthly feature here at Red House West highlighting our readers’ secondhand finds. If you scored a great bargain at a thrift store, found a treasure on the side of the road, or discovered a one-of-a-kind gem at a yard sale, we’d love to hear about it! Please send a picture and a brief description of what, where and how much to -OR- use the hashtag #rhwgoodscore on Instagram and the last Friday of each month we’ll share a few highlights. To see previous Good Scores, click here.

You might notice from the paragraph above that we’re changing Good Score from a weekly feature to a monthly feature.  We love Good Score, and we’re not getting rid of it, but we realized we don’t yet have the readership to generate enough material to share each week (but we certainly hope to have enough to share each month!  Don’t be shy, send ’em in!).  This blog of ours is definitely a journey, and all of you are here as we take our first steps and try new things–figuring out what works for Red House West and what needs to be tweaked.  So far we’re loving every minute of creating and writing this blog and are so grateful for the feedback, contributions, and community that all of you provide.  Thank you!

Now on to the good stuff.  The winner of this month’s giveaway is Carol Sayre Miller (fitting, as she’s the self-described ‘bird freak’ in this week’s Good Score). Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful finds with us.  Your bird cards will be winging their way to you soon!

Mera Matthews Block Prints

We’ve got some terrific Good Scores to share this week; thanks so much to everyone who sent them in.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a bit of a bird “freak” so naturally I collect bird figurines but try to keep it under control by only going with glass. And, they have to be inexpensive. Otherwise, I would be living with entirely too many…

The sparrow, with head down, is Lalique, France. A very good score at $2.99. The swooping swallow is marked “Cofrac, Art Verrier, France,” also a good score some years ago. The smallest bird is not marked but is beautifully made.

I recently bought the plate, for $1.99.  It is Sasaki from the “Wings” pattern.

Help me, I can’t stop…

–Carol S.M.

Bird glass all three

bird glass 1

bird glass 2

bird glass 3

bird plate


Vintage (according to Google photos and eBay info, from the 1950s) coffee pot and tea kettle purchased from an estate sale, when we first moved to Washington. They cost a dollar each from a bargain table, and they’ve been in the garden for nearly nine years, withstanding all sorts of rain and temperature changes with no rust or broken plastic from freezing and thawing. I keep them near hose bibs to use when dragging the hose is too much trouble, and a new plant or a bird bath need water. I love their generous capacity and iconic shapes, redolent of campfires and wood-burning Aga Stoves.


garden coffee pot_tea kettle

I was shopping at a thrift store in St Helens for a wedding present for some friends. I bought these wonderful little bar glasses and once I got them home I knew that I couldn’t part with them. My favorite drink to make in them is Chocolate Cake Shots.


Brandi bar glasses

Thanks everybody!  Have a great weekend, and we hope to see you back at Red House West on Monday!

3 responses on “Good Score and the Giveaway Winner!

  1. Carol Crump Bryner

    Congratulations to Carol for getting the bird cards! And I don’t think she should stop collecting her birds. My mother collected similar glass birds – mainly bluebirds – and had a little glass dish like that one. Those kettles bring back so many memories. When I was trying to recollect a tea kettle from my grandmother’s kitchen, that round one was exactly what I was thinking about, but the other one also has such a familiar homey look to it. I think I also might like a “chocolate cake shot” from one of those glasses. I can see why Brandi didn’t want to give them away, although I always tell myself that the best gifts are the ones we give that we really wanted to keep for ourselves

  2. Carol Miller

    Well, I am honored! Plus, I never win anything (wah). Katie, I voted for the fern pattern but see that I am in the minority, still, lovely… Can’t wait to see the chair finished. Mera, your Mom’s woven rugs blew me away. I’ll keep sending good scores but I think once a month might be good until it catches on and you get more submissions. It’s a great idea, junking is such a big part of my life and has been since I was old enough to understand “clasp your hands behind your back and only look with your eyes”. That’s right! All my mothers fault, she was a great one for tag sales and antique shops. xoxo Carol Date: Fri, 30 May 2014 11:01:00 +0000 To:

    1. meramatthews

      Your winning luck may have just turned around, Carol! I’ll get the cards off to you straight away, thanks for being such a great supporter of Good Score, and Red House West. It means a lot! xo

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