Monday, October 17, 2011
Frank's At It Again! So Whatchya Got There Frank? That Lounge Chair Looks Familiar...But... Status: Estate Sale Pics!
Like I said yesterday, there was a sweet lounge chair at the only estate sale worth checking out this last weekend. It made its way into the back of Frank...but what is that other thing in there? I showed ya all my estate sale scores yesterday and I'm pretty sure That wasn't part of the haul.
Yeah yeah...THAT thing. What's the deal with that? Well, it's a small buffet that I almost bought
and brought home. It was the other item at the sale shown in the preview pics that I was hoping
to snatch up. I did actually grab up the tag and was prepared to take it home but then had second
thoughts. I talked it over with my buddy Illuminate (who was second in line) to see if she wanted
to take it home with her and when she declined I called up Nick (who has a full on dining set in
this design) to see if he wanted it. He also declined.
Well, while we were waiting to enter the sale Mr. Mod was picked out of the line-up and ID'd
by a couple who read this here lil' ol' bloggy blog. We all got to talking and they were lamenting
being behind me and Illuminate as they were sure that they would be denied an chance to acquire
any of the few pieces of Vintage Modern at the sale. I tried to console them by reiterating my
story from the previous weekends estate sale where I went for one specific item (the Hey / Wake
dining suit) and ended up leaving it behind. Just 'cuz I'm in front doesn't mean that money and / or
condition is no object. Mr. Modtomic isn't THAT ruthless!
This Kent Coffey Perspecta buffet / sideboard was what they had set their sights on. This was the
second item I was after but after having second thoughts and going through two other possible
buyers, Illuminate took the price tag and went to find the couple who were behind us and pass it
on to them. Then, they looked like THEY were having second thoughts! Turns out they had a small
four door car that they thought they might have problems fitting the piece into. I asked if they were
close and turns out they were fairly local to the sale area and I offered to toss it in the back of
Frank for them. They really were just like 10 minutes away so it was such not a big deal. But I
did get to "tour" their snazzy pad! It still had the original tile in the bath (sweet baby blue mosaic)
and kitchen (pretty standard white and black) though the kitchen has been otherwise remodeled.
The bath had a new sink and toilet but was otherwise untouched. The couple is in the process of
culling their previous antique style furnishings for the Vintage Modern. They have recently acquired
a very nice Dixie 9 drawer dresser to go with a nearly matching nightstand. This Kent Coffey
piece is going to look brilliant in there joint! I shoulda taken some pics.
There was also this amazing fireplace tool set at the sale that I was HOPING would be available
but wasn't holding my breath over. I could see the masking tape over the handles in the preview
pics and was already prepared for the disappointment of hearing the selling company tell me
they were not available upon entering the sale. I had to ask, right? Oh, and that's a flower that
was outside the front of the house that Illuminate was going all ape sh*t over. Uh, it's a flower,
girl....but the picture turned out so good I had to share.
Speaking of Illuminate, she picked up this cute little hippo. I failed to ask what the heck it was.
So...like...what the heck is this? I was so operating on reserve energy that I actually almost
forgot the cushions to the chair. Anyway...Illuminate talked me out of what I thought was a
super cool little candelabra (it was...I swear!) and I talked her into buying a frying pan.
Most of the goodies were (as per usual) in the basement. This is where we found that great
Wagner Ware Magnalite skillet. It took a little convincing but I got Illuminate to buy it. I
already have three pieces myself and love it. It's good stuff. Probably gonna give us all
Alzheimers though. Aluminum.
More basement booty. I grabbed up that orange Royal Haeger fruit bowl as soon as I spotted
it but after carrying it around for a few minutes I noticed that it was cracked and chipped. Sad.
I put it back. Man, I really was happy to have found that, too. I've got a big collection of that
color and pattern but have never seen a fruit bowl like that. Also note the large amount of snack
tray sets! Wow, these folks must have been quite the entertainers!
There wasn't much out in the garage. If I didn't already have all the patio tables I need I would
have picked up these little vintage beauties. Like the fireplace tools, I assume that I couldn't
grab up the cool light fixture in the hallway, so I did what I could and just shot a picture. Catch