I found this lovely little hand-painted glass holder at a local thrift shop last weekend and paid a whole $1 for it. But I almost didn't buy it because sometimes it hard to see what an item really looks like when it's surrounded by items are lesser quality. Still, I never pass up a hand-painted item if I can help it. And, I'm really glad I didn't pass this one up either as it will be a handy little holder for pens, pencils, or watercolors pens as shown.
I think it's the down-home charm of knowing that an artistic crafter somewhere, sometime, dipped brush into paint and created a cottage scene, floral bouquet, or colorful collage. There's nothing I like better than hand-painted treasures to fulfill my vision of cottage decorating.