Tuesday, May 11, 2010

To buy or not to buy....

I was just thumbing through the internet searching for a formica dinnette. I stumbled upon the Target website and was surprised to see replicas are starting to surface. I guess retro is really 'in' these days. They even have Cosco chairs with step stools. Interesting. I Don't think I am going to buy any of these because the thrill of the hunt is half the fun, and then actually owning history is the other half... but it's kind of cool to see that some things are coming back. One 'new' item I am considering buying is the vintage glider/ patio chairs that Lowes carries. Not sure if all of this stuff has been on sale for a while now and I am just now finding it. I am sure most of us believe "they don't make 'em like they used to". Makes me wonder if these things can last as long as their original ancestors.

6 comments:

  1. Hmmm...I would definitely look for vintage in all of the above. I had a newer Cosco step stool, and it was not very sturdy (plus the one that you have pictured has plastic guides for the steps to slide out on...Plastic! What are they thinking?). I'll also tell you that from my experience, the metal on the reproduction metal lawn furniture is much thinner. I haven't had a good close-up look at new chrome dinette sets, so I can't speak on their quality.

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  2. the tubing on the dinette sets is so thin its not even funny. with your older vintage stuff they were Steal legs that were chromed. These new ones arent nearly as strong, and if you lean to far back on the back rest the chrome threatns to break off turning your chair into a stool. My parent shave 2 chairs in their livingroom that no one sists in because if you do the backs will snap off. The More I think about it Mike's right, vintage lawn chairs may be better than the new ones. Yes they might be rusty and dirty but my rule is "If it can hold me with my feet off the ground for a count of 45 seconds" its pretty solid. In all 29 I have iv never had a vintage one breakup on me yet.

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  3. I can see how it would be tempting. The two toned chairs are cool! But, I vote with Mick and Michael. Vintage is better, that's why it's been around so long. Zootsuitmama

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  4. I bought two chairs from Lowes that are just like the glider. I had to go to 3 different Lowes to get them (this was last year). When my husband put them together, he discovered that a piece was missing from one of them. I tried to get it replaced but no luck, but fortunately he was able to make a part to fix it with stuff he had in his workshop. That being said, the chairs look great but I know if I sat too far back they'd snap apart. Of course I feel that way too about a vintage chair just like the repros but it's about 50 years old!!

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  5. Keep lookin' for the real thing, the tables do come up regularly but findind one with the chairs is hard. I have the table that matches my counter tops and it was a total coincidence. One will come to you, just wait and see! Oh, also, check the Craigs List in your area, you can search by key words on the left. Good luck!

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  6. We owned the glider. SAVE your $$$. It doesn't withstand the outdoor elements. Ours was even on the front porch. I ended up selling ours on craigslist for $25. Now I did buy the chairs ( 2 ) at Target years ago for $7 each. (Love their end of season markdowns) and those chairs are holding up fabulously! No rust what so ever. Although the selection was very slim and I own two puke green colors (oh well...)

    The step stool. When we first moved into our home my husband noticed they had tossed out some items from a older home up on the corner and one was a yellow step stool. Nothing was arong with it. Just needd the cobwebs cleaned off it. It sits on our backporch and our cats love to sit on it and look out the back screen door.

    The chairs on the dinette set I would love if they were vintage. We've been looking for some time for 4. Don't have to match either as long they are in the green and/or yellow family. We were at the big flea market a few years ago and missed out on buying a formica dinnette w/ 4 chairs in a pale yellow color. For $40! I know!!!! We even thought of offering the seller more $$$ but thought nah that's not nice.

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