Sunday, November 20, 2011

Favorite reproductions - Crosley record player

Sometimes ya just got to get a reproduction. For years I have been on the lookout for a working 1950s LP record player that could also play 45's. Never found one. So about a month ago I decided it was time to throw in the towel and get a reproduction. My inspiration? I wanted to be able to acquire and play my favorite Christmas record of all time - Phil Spector's "A Christmas Gift for You". If you've never heard this album, I think you can hear it on youtube. Its 50's / 60's Christmas awesomeness. Anywhoooo, I got a turqouise Crosley player from Urban Outfitters. Its wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL. I also got a reproduction 2009 pressing of the Phil Spector Christmas album (but it displays the original picture on the cover). The sound is great, and I take comfort in knowing I can get a replacement needle if needed. 3 Holiday Cheers for much needed and useful reproductions! Thanks Megan for the direction!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Good-bye crappy year, hello Heywood Wakefield

I haven't been blogging much this year... because the year has really sucked! In the 36 years I have been on this earth, it has been pretty much smooth sailing and the good life! Well this year was a year where a family member was lost. My Dear Friend Megan has luckily moved 2 streets over into her own little house of vintage goodness. Its a blessing to have someone so awesome so close. I also going to start treating myself to some not-so-shabby vintage goodness. What luck, yesterday my neighbor was having a garage sale. Megan bought up all the vintage prizes, but left a Heywood Wakefield china cabinet alone. So I SNAGGED IT! I have never had a HW, and am very excited about the condition of this one. Its great, and looks great with my parents Blue Heaven china! I think I may have to search for more, it appears to be built quite well, and I love the date stamp on the back from 1952. I needed a new one.
Thanks for the message, Mick. I am back in the groove again! I am looking forward to a new year.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

mad men clothes line at banana republic...

hmmmm... can't decide if this is just 'vintage inspired' overpriced crap, or maybe it will be really cool. Anyways it will give me a reason to go into banana republic for the first time in 5 years! Also, why are these models so damn skinny? Get a real person to wear these so you know what it looks like on a full grown man, and a curvy real woman. Jeez. Maybe their sizes don't go above X-Small.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sentinel radio redo

Not that I have time to play around with redoing anything other than my living room, I found this old radio at an estate sale today. It was banged up bad, and I figured it would give me something to do after work. So, some turquoise spray paint, white spray paint, q-tips for the lettering, and some gloss coat spray paint... and tada!. I made myself a nice little shelf ornament...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

say hello to my little friend..

Greetings from red hot Texas. Its hot.
Haven't been blogging lately because me and the roommate are busy remodeling living room #2 (the disapointments room). We did make some time on Friday to do some garage sailin' with Megan. I picked up this 50s asian lamp. I love it, i just wish it had some marking so I knew who made it. Seems to be Chalkware.?.? He has a female mate, but the owner said he accidentally broker her in the 1960s. Anyone have any ideas what company this could be from? He cleaned up really well. Now the hunt begins to find his female counterpart!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Kroehler and other fun finds

The estate sale i went to last weekend wore me out. I didn't feel like going to any sales this weekend at all. Ever feel that way? So here is more stuff from last weeks sale that I saved from going to Goodwill:

Starburst wall plaques. Never used. Oh they will be used now!

50's patio table

A set of these tea bag holders. I have seen these on ebay and thought they were always so cool, but pricey. I snagged a set of 5 with holder.

Kroehler sleeper sofa. It great condition. Its currently sitting in the work room, waiting for its resting place in the office, which will now double as a guest bedroom!

And last but not least, a neat old MCM table in great condition:

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Bunting Lawn Lounger -

We went to a mid-century estate sale this weekend that I could tell a hundred stories about. From the two witches that were first in line that felt the need to take price tags off all the furniture so they could claim it all, to the extremely friendly estate sale company that gave me fee stuff, and gave me unreal deals. One of the items i bought was another Kroehler sofa (this one is a sleeper!). I'll post about that and the other great stuff later. I showed up to pickup the sofa about an hour before they closed yesterday, which was the last day of the sale. This chaise lounger was still there!! The initial price on it was way high (which was weird, because everything else at the sale was priced really well), so it was left alone by the dealers. Seeing as this vintage beauty was about an hour away from being donated to Goodwill, the estate sale company sold it to me for $25. It is in excellent shape, I absolutely love it. There is a problem though..... I don't want it outside to blow around, I don't want anyone to see it and steal it, I don't want it to get rained on, I don't want it to get sun bleached, I don't want birds crapping on it. It's one of those things that I love so much I don't want it serve its real purpose! I have the same problem with the parent's wedding Blue Heaven China dishes. I know some of you have vintage loungers... do you leave it out in the sun and leave it exposed to the elements? Maybe I should wheel it into the house and only bring it out for special occasions like a bbq. Its so comfortable. I'm sitting on it now as i type. Let me know what you think... as for now its going back in the house!

Monday, March 28, 2011

MCM swag clock. I love you.

I swear the last 3 estate sales I have been to, I have showed up on the last day when the prices were slashed to find that the stuff I wanted was still there. I find this happens on a lot of mid century or 50's pieces - the sellers see the potential value, they mark them up, and therefore no one buys them until the last day when things are marked down. In my neck of the woods, when an estate sale company is running the show, most of them won't even look at you if you try to haggle price. Luckily this one did. I got this beautiful hanging clock. I love it. I love how it lights up. You can see by the pics throughout my blog that our house is a mix of 1950's, and MCM. This clock fits in well with our little mix of styles. I love it above the 50's Kroehler furniture.
this was my only find this weekend (other than an extension cord). Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Megan's cool DIY vintage candles

My good friend Megan is so cool. She's crafty and loves vintage. Put the two together and you get her latest project, vintage candles from one-off glasses. She loves to pickup lonely Melmac, Federal and other glassware that has no pair. Take a look at her blog, it has a complete tutorial on how to make these candles yourself for any one-off vintage glasses or planters you have lying around. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Auction observations and estate sale finds

Well last Thursday's auction was defenately interesting (my first auction). I walked away with nothing. Why? Well I have a dollar amount in my head on what I am used to paying via thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales for MCM / 50's pieces that are in good condition. Welllllll, when MCM pieces at this auction went up for bid, dealers were snatching things up, like sideboards and Credenzas for around $400 - $600 dollars a piece. My piddly little $250 limit on what I am used to finding a great condition MCM credenza with matching end tables was blown out of the water in the first 5 seconds of bidding.
I have never seen anything like it! It was pretty much the same 10 people bidding on everything MCM, and then when beautiful 1920's pieces would come up for auction, they would sell for around $50. JEEEZ! What happened to the price of 'real' antiques? Anyways the whole thing was very interesting. MCM is hot right now, and dealers need to keep inventory coming in to their booths, so there is lots of competition. Dealers also have to haul the furniture, and pay for the space at the stores, so I can imagine the markup needed to make a decent profit. As an example, in my last post there is a picture of a credenza that sold at auction for around $600. The next morning, that same credenza was on Craigslist for $2200.00. WOW! So all in all it was a great experience. I know that I am going to stick with my current method of collecting.... thrifting, garage and estate sales. There is that thrill of hunting every weekend and looking for a buried treasure, or finding that beautiful piece of MCM furniture in someones garage that they think is tacky, but is beautiful to me. It seems that what I do is also a hobby as well. I will leave the auctions to my dealer friends that acquire lots of inventory at I understand it is a necessity in order for them to keep their booths stocked.
So, the day after the auction I was back to my normal method of collecting. And I was thrilled to find a pattern of 50's china that I have seen others have, but have not come across myself. It's the coffee mugs/creamer/sugar container in the first picture. Does anyone know who the maker was or the pattern? each piece was 10 cents at a garage sale.
Then it was off to an estate sale, where I FINALLY found a mens 1950s cooking apron!
it needs a good scrubbin'.
I also found a mint, unused 'Magic Hostess' ice crusher. I bought this mainly because I accidentally bought a bag of coffee beans that was not ground. I was hoping this thing would grind coffee as well. DUH, nope, doesn't grind fine enough. OH well, i have a vintage ice crusher whenever i need it. Finally, at the sale i snagged a large, gravel art piece. its on a wood backing and is about 4 feet tall! I love it!
All in all I would say that i enjoy the thrill of the hunt, and the results. Even on weekends where I come up empty handed I enjoyed driving around, and rummaging through someones vintage house.

So what is your method???
Thrifts/garage and estate sales?
All of the above?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My first time at an auction

I'm very excited about tonight. Over near where I work there is an auction full of mid-century stuff. I went today on my lunch break to check things out, and it was like being in a furniture store warehouse circa 1964. There was about 50 large mid century pieces, and in very good shape. I couldn't believe there was this much inventory, so I asked the lady at the front desk if they usually sell mid-century and she said yes, they have to have an auction every 3 weeks or so, they get too much merchandise. WHAT???? I asked from where, and she told me from England. Something about there being a lot of this type of furniture in England because during WW2 everyone had to burn their furniture to stay warm, so for the next few decades there was a large production of furniture. I feel some relief knowing that I don't HAVE to bid on stuff tonight, there will be more in a few weeks. So, I may just sit and take it all in and see how much these nice pieces really go for. I am sure there will be a ton of dealers.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

it aint much, but I love it. My Hazel Atlas bowl.

The past couple of weeks have been blah when it came to thrifting and garage sailing. The one thing worth mentioning is this cool Hazel Atlas bowl. I really love the color of the pattern.
This bowl isn't a shelf sitter, its being put to work. Already being used for home made pizza sauce! YUMMmm. Cooking is always more fun when you use old stuff.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Today's fun find, 1940's patio chair

I needed a day off from work. Its been real stressful. What better way to relax then to hit some estate sales. This morning I picked up this ultra-rusty vintage patio chair. I absolutely love old patio chairs. They are so easy to bring back to life. Megan was with me, and so we used today's great cool weather to do some good old fashioned restoration. I got to work on my chair, and Megan got to work on her old Cosco work table.

It looks like this chair had two previous colors, a jadeite green, and then a forest green. Coincidentally, I got the almost identical jadeite color from Walmart. This is my favorite "vintage" spray paint color. I did some major scrubbin' with a few steel wool pads to smooth out the old paint and rust. And a few hours later.... a beautify of a chair! Megan's table turned out super duper as well!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Washing machines of yesteryear - the best

I recently researched modern day washing machines thinking that I may want a HE front loader. Glad I did my research because I realized that the washing machine that I want isn't made anymore. Why would i want a machine that uses low water and washes everything in a gallon of water? gross. I would rather have a slightly higher water/electric bill to have a washer with tons of water, sudsy soap, a great agitator, and most off all the now extinct lint filter.
Why did they do away with the waterfall of recycled water flowing into the lint filter? Just goes to show things were made better back then. My next washer will hopefully be a beat up old piece of crap machine with a light-up control panel, tons of buttons and tons of charm! (no offense to front-loader HE fans).

Thursday, February 17, 2011

neat little vintage phone table

Ugh I can't wait for garage sale season. I've been so desperate for some new vintage stuff that I risked being an hour late for work today so I could go to an estate sale. It was worth it, I picked up this 50's phone table. I have absolutely no place to put it, so for now it is floating around in living room #1 (living room #2 is currently the "disappointments room", but I'm not disappointed in this purchase). I love it!

Anyways, being at this estate sale was like watching soft porn. This was a small small house, and I have never seen people rubbing up against each other in a frenzy to get by each other and fit in these small rooms. This was a survival of the fittest type of sale. When I was squatted down looking at this table, one very old lady simply shoved my ass to the side with her shin so she could get to a hand held can opener before anyone else got it. Jeez.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

some vintage reading

When I get bored I like to search the net for pictures of abandoned buildings. I love the occasional abandoned piece of furniture and other odd old finds that are left behind. Anyways, while looking at pictures of an old abandoned insane asylum in New York, I saw that a former patient authored a book back in 1949. Readers had some good stuff to say, and so I bought it for 50 cents on Amazon. I am so hooked on this book now! It's about life in that hospital through the eyes of the author back in the 1940s. Crazy stuff. If you like old books, this is a good one. The Snake Pit by Mary Jane Ward.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Vintage cards with my favorite card

Its been yet another crazy winter in north Texas. Another week of ice, lots of snow, electric blackouts and 10 degree temperatures. Today was the first day the roads were drivable and I could not wait for some good old vintage fun. My favorite card of them all, Megan came over and we do like we always do, sit, talk, play cards, and use only vintage things. Tonight's setup (in the picture) was a friendly game of gin rummy with classic finger sandwiches, lemon cake (I ate half of it) and hot tea. Let me tell you those vintage Pyrex carafes with the candle cradles are one of the best inventions ever. They keep hot water hot for a pretty long time. It was a great time as always, a nice change from being snowed in for a week.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

vintage chip & dip and stackables

We have some great friends, two of them being Leila and Jordan. They have been coming over often for a few years now. They have always admired vintage goodies, but didn't start buying and collecting until they saw my place :) . They caught the vintage bug from my house, and now their place is becoming a haven of Pyrex and mid century madness. They have quite an eye too, a while back I found the pictured chip and dip from a garage sale. For Christmas they found the matching stackable canisters in the same design! I had no idea these existed! I think I am going to fill them with peanuts and cashews.

Monday, January 3, 2011

bathroom redo finished! I'm so tired.

First off, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! December was a heck of a month. Even though I had half of the month off for vacation, It was the most stressful month of the year. I have a month's worth of y'alls blogs to catch up on. The guest bathroom redo was complete the day before Christmas Eve (the day before I had a house full of family). Phew! I got some awesome vintage gifts from Megan this year. In the picture, checkout the lamp and turquoise pyrex / carrier. I have wanted a lamp like this for a year now. I bought one on ebay this summer, but it arrived in 50 broken pieces. Megan found this almost exact one in a chartreuse color. I love it!

The guest bath looks awesome and was well worth the work involved. The total cost to remove all the floor and wall tiling and replace it with subway tile / vintage hexagon tile was still less expensive than having the contractor strip and re-paint the original tile. Tommy took it upon himself to remove the upper cabinet doors and line them with bead-board. It turned out amazing. We just need to find some vintage bottles to showcase on the shelves.

In this pic you can see the wall subway tile and floor hexagon tile. All bought for a very good price at HD. The floor was extremely hard to do because we chose to lay the tile diagonally instead of straight lines. this helped give a more vintage look, and helped to hide any imperfections that would be seen if I had not lined up the black dots in perfect lines. Also, the shower now has a curved shower rod. I HIGHLY recommend these, they add so much more elbow room in the shower.

Once again, Merry Christmas to all. Can someone please help me take these decorations down now? I'm worn out from last month...