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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Thank You Veterans! Thank You For Protecting Our Freedom Of Speech! Here's To The Blog! Status: Long Weekend - Wentzville Flea Market.

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Hit the Flea Market this weekend. It was kind of a bust. I guess vendors saved all the good stuff for the Gypsy Caravan (an annual pay to get in flea market here in St. Louis). I had a HUGE project today so I didn't make it to the Gypsy Caravan. Sad.

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Last Of The Three Big Items From Last Weekend. Like I Said, It Was A Good Estate Sale! Status: Spoken For

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Yep, this little beauty is already spoken for. Scheduling difficulties have prevented the passing of the table but I think by the end of next week I will see it no more.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sometimes You Just Can't Avoid Fate...Like Death And Taxes. The Sculptra Was Coming For Me...One Way Or Another. Status: So I Just Got It Over With Already.

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Sometimes life just beats you over the head with something. Do it. Do it. Do it. Doitdoitdoitdoitdoit. Fine. Done. I'm the proud new owner of a Broyhill Sculptra bedroom set! Ta Da!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Yet More Booty From Last Saturday's Estate Sale, But Don't Worry...There's A Light At The End Of The Tunnel...And It's Danish Modern! Status: Swanky Swag.

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I'll admit, I bought the rest of the large items from the estate sale last Saturday hoping to move them on. This I bought to keep. I almost didn't get it though.

Friday, May 27, 2011

I've Featured A "Before And After" On This Table Before But This Is Just As Dramatic. Status: I Think I Could Hear It Sighing.

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You might remember this little refinish project from a while back if you've been reading this here lil' blog for long enough. I thought just being able to rescue it from the ravages it had previously suffered was pretty impressive...but giving it a rub down with the Feed N Wax was the cherry on top of the sunday!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Pattern Is Called Calligraphy. It Strikes Me As Looking Both Organic AND Atomic At The Same Time. Whadoyathink? Status: Available.

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Did a little diggin' around and found out this pattern was designed by noted WPA artist Anton Refregier! I believe the Girlfriends father published a book on WPA writers a few years ago. He's been itchin' for me to gift him something interesting from my huntings and gatherings. If I can't find a new home for these quickly, maybe he'd like the set.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Could This Be The Elvis Of Living Room Seating? It Swivels AND Rocks...It Comes From The Same Era...It's A "Club" Chair...Elvis "Played Clubs". Ok...Maybe That Was A Stretch. Status: What? It's Already Gone?

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Right, picked up this fantastic swivel rocking lounge chair at the estate sale last Saturday. Poor thing was sittin' all by it's lonesome down in the basement. That's not true...really...the round table featured yesterday was down there keeping it company along with a few other disparate items. That sale was something of a hodge podge yet one of the best I've been to this year!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Was Out In The Garage Lookin' For The Girlfriends Graduation Gown (Teacher) When I Bumped Into These Guys! Status: Lighting Up My Life.

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Actually, they ain't lighting up my life at all. I love them to death...but what to do with them? I can't really thing of a good place for them. I'm thinking about the laundry room but I hate the idea of hiding them away in there.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Since I Was In St. Charles Anyway... You Know, It's Crazy The Good Stuff That The Salvation Army Gets Over There! Status: Yet TWO MORE Fantastic Sofas.

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This was the first one to catch my eye. If you can stand the Hollywood Regency upholstery it's a steal. If you can afford to have it re-upholstered it's a bargain. If you can re-upholster it yourself it's a deal!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Anybody Else A FAN Of.....Of Uhhh....Of Moving Air? Ugh...Hey, You Try Coming Up With A Witty Opener Every Day! Status: In Use.

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Just like the mixers yesterday, these babies are built to last. The window fan is as heavy as a tank. The hassock fan might not be as sturdy but it's still an amazing little fan that we use in the bedroom.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Another Weekend Project In The Works. A Little Pair Of Outdoor Wire "Hoop" Chairs. Status: Good Bones

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Ain't it nice to see the Flamingos NOT covered in 6 inches of snow?! We keep a number of outdoor seating choices available on the front porch for when our South City Hoosier friends (used in a ironic "cuz I'm sorta one of 'em" way) come ta visit.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Oh Jeez...This Is Getting Ridiculous. I Gotta Start Getting Outta Bed Earlier. Status: Did I Just Throw Up A Little?

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Pretty ain't it? And right down the street. And since it's at the Salvation Army it's gonna be cheap too. So what gives with the Status? Oh, read on my friend...but be warned, it's gonna hurt a little.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I Got A Garage FULL Of Projects. It's Getting A Little Embarrassing...Buuuuuttttt, It Keeps Me Busy. Status: Little Peek At One Of 'Em.

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The good news is that my "projects" come cheap. This one was free...except for all the work to get it home. Frank (the Focus Wagon) is a real trouper and can ingest some pretty sizable cargo but he already was packing a score when I had to get this home too.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Got An Amazing Wall Clock Saddled With An Unfortunate Dangling Cord? Hate Those Dang Dangling Cords? Me Too. Status: Let's Get Rid Of 'Em!

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Stupid cords. Don'tcha just hate 'em? I mean, I guess I could drill a hole in the wall and do some household wiring...no...no, no, no...that's not gonna happen. What's a man to do? Make another trip to the Thrift Store for the remedy!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Girlfriend's Grandmother Lives In Chicago...Right On Lakeshore Drive! She's Got Good Taste In Furnishings Too. Status: Envious.

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Right...see that view out the window? Lakeshore Drive and to the right, Lake Michigan. ::sigh:: Then she's only a hop, skip and a jump from Wrigley Field as well. Nice huh?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

OK, Seems Like Everything Is Back To Normal With Blogger. Who Else Needs A Drink? How's About A Refreshing Polynesian Cocktail? Status: I's Got The Glasswares!

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Whata tease. My idea of a refreshing cocktail is a Rum and Coke...unless someone else is pouring. Then I'm up for about anything cold, fruity and heavily alcoholic! You gotta wonder, since the Polynesian Village is at Walt Disney World...what kinda drinks were THEY serving?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Here's To The ORIGINAL Ice Makers! We Don't Need No Stinking AUTOMATIC Ice Maker. Status: Older Than God's Grandparents And Used Daily.

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For real, they can be kind of a pain in the butt to use but there is a tangible sense of satisfaction in cracking those cubes free. Mmmmmm.  Something that can never be had in hearing the slight hum and muffled rumble of a modern automatic ice maker. And those pathetic plastic ice trays? Phhhhffff...whatever. If they last longer than the latest Iphone you're lucky.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ever Seen A Digital Alarm Clock That Displayed The Seconds? This Heathkit's Got It! Status: Available Now.

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I found this little gem at a local Goodwill last weekend. I didn't even know what it was for real, but I recognized the name Heathkit. They produced a lot of electronic "kits" for the home builder / hobbyist in the '60s including some hi fidelity home audio components. I've seen some of the factory built hi fi units here and there at antique malls.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother Modtomic's Antique Mall Booth @ The St. Charles Antique Mall. Status: Look At All That Prettiness!

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This is a pretty good representation of the Mom's style. She does some re-upholstery work and lots of slip covers. She takes on all sorts of painting projects and makes me feel like I'm so so lazy. I don't know how she does it.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Little Preview Of The Pending Mr. Chair Re-Upholstery Project. Status: Phase One Complete.

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While I was out messing around after the estate sale bust Friday morning (huh, two busts in a row...suck) I decided to stop by Garden Ridge to go through their fabric remnants. I was actually looking for some black or cream colored vinyl for the Mr. Chair, but then while perusing the vinyl I realized that I'd have to buy it off a roll or bolt or whatever because the remnants are all folded into squares and I'd never be able to get the corner creases out. So I found some cool looking upholstery material instead!

Friday, May 6, 2011

What's Fuzzy, Pretty and Just Wants To Be Looked At? No, No, No...Not My Poke Chop Sideburns! Status: Smooth

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Say, remember when guy's would park their (totally custom) van on a corner gas station lot and sell velvet paintings back in the '70s? Whatever happened to that? Oh, right...the '80s. Stupid '80s.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Fireplace Toolset Logical Progression. From "Whatever Works" to "Wow"! Status: Fireplace Fabulousness!

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In chronological order from right to left. The ubiquitous brass set was purchased for a couple of bucks just so we could have a fire. I'm not sure where the "poker" is at the moment. Then it was usurped by the cooler looking middle set. It has a chip in one of the wood handles though. Anybody want it? $20. Now we are using the Really Tall danish set and it's Juuusssst Right!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Eeez Jamaica Bay Mon! Jus A Leetle Somting Ta Tempt Ya To Da Deena Table. Status: Anybody Else Thirsty For A Red Stripe?.

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When I unearthed the box of Blue Heaven last week I found a bonus treasure inside. A big addition to my collection of Colorcraft Jamaica Bay dishware by Taylor, Smith & Taylor! This is a beautiful cousin to the Cathay line (which is mostly green) and the Moderne line (which substitutes the greens for browns). Note the other major difference being the colored ring that is conspicuously missing from the Jamaica Bay line.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Like I Said, Saturday's Estate Sale Was A Bit Of A Bust Considering I Only Wanted The Bedroom Set. But From Another Perspective...It Was OK! Status: Little Goodies.

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Seems like I've seen one of these lately. There's a piece of felt attached to the bottom so I can't see if it even has a marking. Anybody? Beuller?....Beuller? Anybody?

Monday, May 2, 2011

After The Somewhat Disappointing Estate Sale Yesterday I Found This BeeYooTeeFul Grundig Delmonico Stereo / Drybar. Status: Drybar? Youbetcha! (Oh...and it's Available! Er, was available...gone now.)

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This helped make Saturday's Estate Sale bust go down a little easier. I was on my way home after the sale (didn't get a call today...guess my bid box offer wasn't good enough ::shrugg::) when I decided I should make a stop at the local Salv. Army thrift store. I had actually just passed up the turn when I decided I should make the side trip. I'm glad I turned around.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Estate Sale This Morning...Showed Up WAY Early...Third In Line...Drexel Projection Bedroom Suite. Status: So Tired...Three Hours Sleep.

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Oh Snap. Mr. Modtomic got up at 6:40am after going to bed at 3am? For this? $695? No Thanks. Dag. Thank God there were a few smalls to be had as well as an interesting joint to photo.