Saturday, July 31, 2010


WOW what a day! Megan came over at 8 oclock this morning, and her myself and my roommate hit the garage sales. We managed to find another Cosco cart, Cosco stool, vintage chip and dip set, Fireking mugs, 40's napkins, tablecloths and s&p shakers, 1910's postcards and the list goes on. Take a look at the pics. After garage sailing, Megan and I spent the afternoon restoring her new Cosco tray and I restored one of mine thats been sitting in the garage. We also cleaned up her Cosco stool. I turned my cart yellow, and she restored hers to pink. Befor and after pics are shown. What a great day! To celebrate, Megan is now cooking us up some good old fashioned cheeseburgers and fries. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

another year goes by...

Wellll i turned the big 35 this week. We had quite the party this past weekend. Megan made me these awesome embroidered dish towels. Each towel has the day of the week with a cool 50s lamp on it. And of course she made one that says "Livin' in the past". She is so thoughtful and always makes beautiful things.
Thank you Megan, I promise I'll never use these to wash a dish!

Monday, July 26, 2010

50s folding chairs

I hit a good garage sale this weekend. Bought a couple things off of a very nice, loud drunk woman (it was 8am). I totally love this set of 4 folding chairs. will come in handy when friends are over. they are in great shape, and I love how they look. Also found these two cowboy frosted glasses... maybe they are Hazel Atlas? Only spent $6 bucks this weekend. Phew.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

the overpriced craigslist sofa set

So there is this CL posting in my area for a 50s sofa and chair. I love the shapes and have wanted a sofa like this for a while. I see you all can find them in usable shape for around $50. This listing is honest and says the upholstery is shot and needs to be redone. So I emailed the seller and told them that reupholster would be around $1000 for the set, so I offered him $50. He is asking $300. Of course he hasn't written me back, but I don't think its really worth anything at all due to the cost of the redo. I thought I'd give it a shot since I don't come across these that often, but i guess i'll keep on looking...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Don't judge a garage sale by all the baby clothes

This weekend, in order to save time my roommate and I took two separate cars and hit the neighborhood looking for garage sales. He took the north side and i took the south side. My section had a few sales here and there, and I didn't bother stopping at a few because they looked mostly full of baby clothes and stuffed animals. I managed to find an aqua snowflake covered pyrex dish (I already have one of these, so this one is going to Megan), and a 1940's-ish cast iron colander. After about 45 minutes i went back to the house and drove up to the carport to see a groovy vintage chair and a Cosco stool in my driveway. My roommate, who decided to scope out my section of the neighborhood found these things at a garage sale I had snubbed my nose at. The chair and stool must have been hidden behind the piles of clothes. This makes me wonder how many things i miss out on because I judge a garage sale by what I can see from the window of my car. Maybe I should get out every time? What does everyone else do? Do you hit every garage sale you see? Or do you do a lot of window shopping from your car?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Sputnik atomic bulbs!!!!

Finally! i have been waiting to find a reasonably priced listing for these things. Everything on ebay is like $20 for a 6 pack. Well I only needed 2. I found a listing on amazon for Westinghouse star bulbs for $1.99 each. They came in today and replaced the xmas lights i had stuck in the 3 bulb lamp. See the little bulbs on the sides?? What really makes me happy is that if i carefully twist the star part it separates from the bulb itself... so i can reuse them if the bulb burns out. yay! if you need some they have a few left, get while you can here! **I do not know the seller of these bulbs**

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Formica dinette cracked ice vinyl redo dilemma

First off I LOVE this dinette that the fridge seller "threw in" for free. The vinyl on all the chairs needs to be redone however. This is fine because it give me the chance to carefully attempt to redo the vinyl in another color other than gray. My preference - cracked ice turquoise. Only problem, the they don't make it. So my choices for cracked ice are red, gray or yellow - thats all they make now. I sent off for some swatches and they just came in. I have to say that the cracked ice vinyl of today is somewhat different then then how it used to be. The crack patterns have a copy machine look to them. If you look at the swatches very closely, it looks like someone made a photo copy of the cracked ice pattern, then turned it into vinyl. Its hard to describe and it doesn't really show up in the photos. It looks like pigment dots are all over the pattern. like an old timey comic book. So I sent off for a swatch of plain old solid turquoise vinyl to see how that would look. that should be coming my way in a week or so. But I reeeealy want cracked ice. Im in a pickle because of these pigment dots. If i were to choose, I would pick the red cracked ice because not only is it my first color choice of the 3, but also it is harder to see the pattern i am talking about. If you are about two feet away you can start to see those dots.

So, is anyone going to really stick their face two feet a way from the chairs and care about any dots? Am i going to get used to it and it eventually won't even matter? Maybe I should just go with solid turquoise. Has anyone redone their vinyl before with replica cracked ice? Any suggestions or ideas? Please let me know!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My vintage loving friend Megan

I often talk about Megan. She is me and my roommates good friend that comes over often to sit around the old vintage living room to kill a few bottles of wine. She is also a collector of all things vintage, her place is overflowing with retro goodness. So much so that she is selling some stuff on Etsy now. So, if you want some good old vintage stuff from a house where its been treated properly checkout her shop. She has pyrex, kromex, fabrics and other oldies but goodies. I guess her stuff is so cool that it got featured on the front page of Etsy.
I tried to sell some stuff on Etsy and it bombed miserably.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A rainy weekend in north Texas

Not much of a garage sale weekend, it rained a TON here. Probably for the best, we needed the rain and I need to save money. So this weekend I was able to sell my original fridge on Craigslist, it made up for most of what I spent on the 50s replica fridge. I did manage to spend 5 bucks at the only garage sale I ran in to. there was an old VM record player with a built in clock. The clock works, but the player doesn't. I thought it would look good on a shelf. One of these days I hope to find an old player that really does work, i have some old records I would love to play!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Last weekend's cheap fun finds

There were NO garage sales this weekend. YAY! I need to stop spending anyways. So here are last weekends finds that I was to busy to write about. Last weekends garage sales were good and cheap, take a look...

Vintage carafe find thanks to Megan!

Vintage wardrobe thing. thought it would help me stop throwing close on the floor (notice that clothes on the floor around the wardrobe thing). $5.

vintage projector for Megan. original box is full of vintage home movies! It is sitting on another Cosco rolling tray! this one has awful contact paper on it. It will be easy to redo, and it has an electrical cord connected to it. $5 for projector, $5 for cosco cart.

Matching Kromex canisters with paper towel/plastic/foil holder and matching bread box. $5 for all. I was so happy about this.

$8 lawn chair. This one is in the process of becoming red!
Hope everyone is doing well and is having a great 4th of July!!