Several years ago, I went to a Sale at the locally owned flea market and found about fifteen itty bitty little pots for 10¢ each, and that pretty much started my collection. That sale was being held by the lady that thinks she "knows all that" from the Sale of Sales. *This will come in as being important later in this post.
Around Christmastime about seven years ago I was watching Antiques Roadshow. A man brought in two big shiny black pots that were appraised at $55,000.00 for the pair. They were made by a Native American woman and simply signed, "Maria" on the bottom. Well, the shiny pots looked familiar to me and that "Maria" signature looked even more familiar. So, I dug out the basket full of pots and searched through them. There at the bottom was a small shiny black pot - I turned it over -"Maria" it said. I also recognized it as one of the original 10¢ pots from the flea market lady. Now, I knew this wasn't going to be a $55,000.00 pot. Especially since it was only as big as a golf ball. But, it was worth researching and listing on ebay. So, I did a lot of research on the Internet about Maria and learned even more about her pottery. I listed it with a beginning bid of $9.99 and was totally thrilled when it sold for $367.00! It wasn't $55,000.00, but a $367.40 profit was alright by me. And, I enjoy this story a lot more than I ever enjoyed that little black shiny pot.
So, now whenever I see a little pot, I have to buy it. It just might be another $367.00 pot!
And, even more pottery. In my quest to get organized and use my stuff, I have moved my matte white pottery to a new shelf. It isn't organized, but wow - what a bunch of it I have! I didn't even realize how much I had until I got it all rounded up and in one area. I love the planters, but I particularly like the figural birds, Little Bo Peep, elephant, tiny deer and cradle. I even pulled out twelve pieces that weren't matte, but more shiny or textured just to make it all fit. There are two half moon hanging planters on the top that aren't even pictured. I threw in the old glass bobbers to add a little color. I envision them full of pine cones or Shiny Brites or something to add a bit of color and interest.