IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT FOR ME and the lobster. I spotted him (or her—who can really tell with a ceramic crustacean?) at one of the vintage shows held at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. After a short negotiation and a few snickers from my friend Pam—who did not share my passion for a life-sized lobster perched on lettuce leaves—it was mine. I later discovered it’s a Brad Keeler serving dish. I envision a family enjoying pickles and olives off it in 1950, but I keep costume jewelry displayed on mine. Keeler, a California potter, was known in the world of ceramics for creating a true red glaze (seen on my fave lobster), which he named “Ming Dragon Blood.” Keeler also created some cool fish and flamingo artware. The lobster is a lovely reminder of a special day at a special place. If you’re lucky enough to live in Hawaii or to be visiting when the vintage shows at the Blaisdell are taking place, be sure to pop in. Like so many of the markets we spotlight in this magazine, it features regional specialties, making it a destination of its own. At this one, for example, I love to hunt for Hawaiiana, tiki collectibles and Japanese antiques. No matter where your flea-market adventures take you this fall—near or far—i hope you find just what you are looking for.
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