Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday Morning Estate Sale Booty! Sleep? SLEEP? We Don' Need No Steenkeen Sleep! Status: Sleepy.
Was is worth staying up all night and further messing up my sleep schedule? Yup. It was Not the score of the year such as the Amazing Franciscan Starburst Haul from last year but neither did I submit myself to possible frost bite. No, this was a more civilized stake out for a more subtle prey.
Unlike last years crazy mid winter all night frozen feet stake out for the Franciscan Starburst
(where I first met my estate sale buddy Illuminate), this was not an all nighter...but it was still
a long "morning" of waiting around for the rest of the buyers to show up and ostensibly justify
the early hour arrival. There just weren't many estate sales this weekend with much in the
way of Vintage Modern to go to. If I had to drop all my eggs into one measly basket...well then
by God, I was determined to be there first! And first I was.
This danish style lounge chair was the main focus of my attack. I could see a price tag on
the pics that the sale company provided but couldn't make out the price. It looked like a figure
that I was down with and was willing to take a chance. There were also some other choice
items at the sale that I was ready to pull the trigger on if they were within my price comfort
zone and I figured that if this was there and priced nicely and the other item that I could see
in the pics were there...well then there was a good chance that I'd find other smalls and what
not that I'd be interested in as well.
I wasn't too keen on the choice of upholstery material, but it is in excellent shape. Still, I got to
wondering if maybe...just maybe the original upholstery might be under those covers. ShaZAM!!!
It was! I took the cover off the back rest first and was happy to find it in great shape, clean and
unstained. Sweet! Then, off came the seat cushion cover and at first I thought that there was
JUST a small stain that I might be able to remove from one side of the cushion...then I noticed
that the material on the front edge of the cushion was deteriorated and falling apart.
Now I has a sad. This can't be easily fixed. It's not like I can just turn the cushion around
and face that to the back. Oh well, can't win 'em all. Anybody got an ingenious solution to
that quandary? The chair needs it's strapping replaced (got it covered) and wants for a bit
of finish love, but is in otherwise great serviceable condition. I think it is an exact match to
the chair that Rhan and Co. recently acquired and refinished! Weird, right?
Also snatched up from the estate sale this morning is this amazing Vintage Modern George
Nelson style (sorta) slat bench. It is so crazy long. While it did fit inside Frank, it had to be
loaded on top of the passenger head rest so that I could actually close the hatch. And DAG
was it it a mess. Covered in cobwebs and years of filth. I gave it a cursory cleaning for these
photos but it is still a hot mess. It's going to get a more thorough scrubbing, don't you worry.
I've looked around the net a little this evening (morning again, really) to see if I could find
anything like it for identification purposes but have thus far come up empty handed. Most
of these have the angled end edges on the slats or are expandable. This one has neither
feature and has brass rods that seem to hold the ends together. Anybody seen one like this
before? There aren't any markings on it that I could find...but then again, I'm pretty sleep
deprived. Can you blame me though?!