Monday, December 31, 2012
Ah, The Necessities Of The Wino! Mr. Modtomic Isn't Much Of A Wine Connoisseur But I Do Like A Splash Of The Vino Now And Then. Now I Can Keep My Little Stash In Style! Status: More McCo/manoff.
Years ago, while at an antique mall in rural Missouri near Six Flags, I spotted a small wine rack made of steel round bar and leather. It was only about $12 and while I failed to buy it, the wine rack stuck in my brain. Maybe a week or two later I spotted a similar piece on eBay which described it as a Paul McCobb design. Of course I drove right back down to that antique mall as soon as I could, but alas...the rack was gone. Lesson learned. Desire cemented.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Did A Little Post X-Mas Shopping Down At Treasure Aisle This Evening. Picked Up Some Good Stuff And Took Some Photos Of Other Stuff. Wanna Check It Out? Status: Everybody Hold Hands So Nobody Gets Lost.
This amazing brutalist sculpture / centerpiece (?) was the first really cool thing we spotted today. It was pretty cool but...um, what is it? I like the base with all those Herman Miller / Brasilia looking bits braised together, but what's with all the wire bits...with nails (?) on the tips?
Saturday, December 29, 2012
I Was Gonna Work In Some Sort Of "Basket Case" Play On Words Here, But Surely You're Above All That...And I Just Can't Seem To Find A Good One Anyway. Status: Basket Case...Couldn't Help It.
I love these wire basket center pieces. And of course they don't necessarily have to be used as center pieces. We've used the orange fiberglass one in the back as a catch-all at the front door for years. The long one in the foreground has been holding those seashells so long that I've forgotten what beach we sourced them from!
Friday, December 28, 2012
Did Ya Get A Pile Of Cash For The Holidays? The Green Shag Can Help Turn That Scratch Into Something Sweet! Status: Stocked.
In case you've never been to The Green Shag Antique Mall in St. Louis, here's what you'll be looking for as you make your way down Manchester from the west! Just find yourself a place to park and come on in. I'm sure you'll find something to tickle your fancy.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
The Ray Wilkes Chiclet Sofa - Installed. It's So Nice To Be Able To Share The Living Environment With You Again! Sure, You've Seen This Sofa Before...But That Was In The Driveway! Status: Home At Last.
I gave you a brief preview of the living room / cocktail lounge area a few days ago just before our annual pre-Christmas party. You might have caught a look at this sofa / love seat then or you might have seen it back in February just after I picked it up from a strange "estate sale".
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Not Much Going On Christmas Day. Not Like I'm Heading Out To The Thrifts Or Anything. Well, I Did Go To The Movies - The Hobbit. So It's Just Some Smalls Today. Status: Shrugg.
Yeah, haven't picked up much the last couple days. Found this lot last weekend but only just now got around to photographing it. Tiki mugs and Silver Foliage serving pieces. Goes together like...beets and...gravy. But somehow it all seems to work.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas Er'body! 'Specially You: City Of Brotherly Love, Home Of The Cheese Steak. You Looking For Some Cheap Style To Go With That Broken Bell? Sure Ya Are! Status: Not My Turf!
Min in Philly requested a scouring of here local craigslist a few days ago HERE and I'm happy to oblige. Hope you find some good stuff in here Min that you can pick up after opening all your presents and cleaning up all the wrapping paper...that is, if you don't gorge yourself silly on Christmas dinner!
Monday, December 24, 2012
Today's C-list Adventure Turned Up A John Van Koert Designed Drexel Profile Dining Table And 6 Chairs. It's Solid And An Excellent Candidate For Refinish Or Use As Is. Status: Freshly Picked.
Last evening I was poking around the various craigslists in the area just on the off chance that I might find a couple more danish dining chairs to go with the Frem Rojle pair I featured yesterday. I was plugging "Dining Chairs" into the search boxes and scavenging through the lists when this Drexel Profile set popped up! It had languished there for more than 9 days, unsold.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
I Know This Looks Like A Re-Run Of The Frem Rojle Teak And Rope Chairs But I Assure You It Is Not. Those Are Long Gone And I Just Picked These Up Today! Status: Awaiting Cleanup.
I trotted out this morning planning on making the rounds of the thrifts then stopping by the Green Shag to take stock. I often overlook one tiny little antique mall here in North County called Florissant Old Town Marketplace. Stopped by today between thrifts and was rewarded with a bargain pair of Frem Rojle / Hans Olsen danish dining chairs.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
I've Never Gotten An Opportunity To Properly Showcase The New Bar and Erik Buck Bar Stools In The Home. Cleaning Out The Living Areas Properly For The Party Last Weekend Finally Made It Possible. Status: In Their Natural Environment!
Yeah, there's a little mess back there behind the bar still. Neat freaks we are not. I wish I was more embarrassed by it but obviously I'm just not. Maybe just a little...I mean, I am writing about it, right? That's a step in the right direction...let's say.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Wow! Talk About Service With A Smile! The Proprietors At The Green Shag Not Only Had To Dig Out The Sater Sofa, But They Also Took The Time And Effort To Seriously Re-arrange My Space To Fill The Void! Status: Appreciative!
I stopped by the Green Shag Market this morning before work to check the state of my booth since I knew the Sater leather sofa was sold and was supposed to be picked up this week and the spider leg table was also gone. I wanted to see what kinda situation I was going to have to deal with this weekend.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
So These Are The Patio Door Drapes That Were Here When We Moved In. Nothing Wrong With Them, But Maybe It's Time For A Change. Status: Out With The Old In With The Old?
I've never had an issue with these drapes that cover our patio door but then, they've never made me say "wow" either. Oatmeal...the Greige of the '60s? Hey, look! McDuff is peeking!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Hello Kitty! I've Found A Couple Cool '60s Items Lately: A Kitty, A Tiki And Some Vase Art. Status: Neat Stuff.
This little stray rescue came home from the Value Village a few days ago. Don't ya sometimes feel like that's what you're doing? Rescuing the lost strays? I know I'm always busy cleaning 'em up and trying to find 'em new homes!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
What Up HOUSTON...Can I Hear You Scream! Who's Looking For Some Cheap Style? You Are, Right?! Status: Not My Turf!
Houston TX was the last reader request for a "Not My Turf" scouring of craigslist. I'm always up for more requests, drop a comment here and when I get around to it I'll do my best to see if I can find ya some bargains!
Monday, December 17, 2012
Mr. Modtomic's Been So Busy Since His Return From Chicago But He's Been Wanting To Share Some Photos Of A Lovely Shop Called An Orange Moon That He Finally Got To Visit While There. Status: X-mas Wish List!
Yeah, Christmas is coming up fast. Luckily there are places like this! Just look at all that lovely opportunity to get your loved one the Best Present Ever! This is An Orange Moon in Chicago Il. I've been wanting to visit this Lynne's shop for years but only just made it this last trip during Thanksgiving. It was worth the wait!
Sunday, December 16, 2012
State Of The Union...Or What Was Buried Under All That Mess. Nightmare Before Christmas Party Tonight, Had To Clean Up. Took Some Pics Of The Joint. Status: Believe It Or Not - Much Better.
Tonight was our annual "Nightmare Before Christmas" party that we throw between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year as a way for all our friends to have a break from family obligations and such. The living spaces in the house have been in such a major disarray that it took a LOT more effort to get the house into some semblance of order, or at least enough so that it wasn't Totally embarrassing.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Phones Suck At Taking Photos...Who Knew? But Sometimes A Mister's Got To Do What A Mister's Got To Do. Status: Witco - Booth 28
I was at The Green Shag a few days ago delivering something or another to my booth but somehow failed to bring the Real camera. And then I saw this: a quite large Witco sailing ship art piece. Pics were being taken...proper camera or no.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Mr. Modtomic Is Just A Big Ol' Softy. Always Bringing Home Strays And Orphans. This Arthur Umanoff Stool Is A Bit Of A Mess But I Couldn't Leave It Behind! Status: Wanting For Some Love!
Someone thought it might be a good idea paint the wood and jute twine back a sad shade of brown. ::Sigh:: Can the jute be saved? Does it matter? How much trouble would it be to re-wind the backrest? Anybody ever restore an Umanoff jute wound chair or barstool?
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Now Look At The Amazing Miracle My Buddy Dan Performed On This Broyhill Brasilia Dining Table. The Poor Thing Was A Mess And Now It's Beautiful! Status: Refinished And Ready To Go!
I've still got to find the pad set and the retrieve the three leaves from Dan as soon as he's done with the poly on them, but the Broyhill drop leaf extension table is officially available! I've just managed to squeeze it into my booth at The Green Shag Market. Can you believe it...I've doubled my space, and I've already hit the limit!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Snapped Up Another Scandinavian Rocker On My Way To The Green Shag Monday. I Couldn't Help Myself. It Popped Up On C-list Just As I Was Walking Out The Door. Status: Lack Of Self Control.
But, my lack of self control will soon be someone else's gain! You see, someone else might have dropped by to pick this up if I hadn't but then realized that it's got some issues and passed on it, where as I was in such a hurry (on my way to The Shag to drop off Broyhill Brasilia drop leaf dining table, remember?) that I barely gave it a once over. Oops.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Oh How I Wish Mr. Modtomic Was Possessed Of A Green Thumb. I Ain't Got Enough Pennies To Toss In The Well To Make It So. Status: Fake Plants It Is.
This post ain't really about the fake plants though. It's actually about the planters themselves. I've recently picked up a pair and I thought I'd show 'em off...see what you think of 'em!
Monday, December 10, 2012
'Tis The Season. I've Been Trying Real Hard To Find Vintage Modern Christmas Items To Offer In My Booth But These Blow Molds Are About As Close As I've Come. Status: Merry Kitsch-mas!
While lamenting my inability to find and or identify vintage Christmas ephemera on Saturday at a local thrift, we turned a corner and came face to face with Santa and Frosty! Just like that (::snaps fingers::)! And while these might have been made later, they are marked 1968 AND Made in the USA.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Late Again. I'm Gonna Get Fired. Yesterday's Thrifty Finds. Picked Up Some Nice Vintage Goodies For Booth 5 GSM. Status: Better Late Than Never!
We went out for breakfast yesterday and came home with a couple sweet finds. And some savory finds too. Bowls, shaker bottles and a couple berry bowls. Nice little haul.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Mr. Modtomic Puts His Money (And A Bit Time, Effort, Travel) Where His Mouth Is! Status: Already Gone!
A couple weeks ago, in the Tuscon episode of "Not My Turf" craigslist search, I found a leather sofa being proffered for $120. I made it clear that if it weren't so far away that I'd have happily purchased it. Then via Mr. Modtomic's super smart readership I found out it was from the dreaded IKEA and that it's called the Sater sofa. Well guess what popped up on the StL. craigslist last night!
Friday, December 7, 2012
Once Again I Had To Drop By The Green Shag Market This Afternoon. Snapped Some Pics Of Other Stuff And Noticed Some Changes. Status: New Arrivals / Departures.
Another vendor has had quite a week of changes, much like myself and I thought that since I was in the neighborhood I'd snap a couple quick pics to let you in on them. While I was re-arranging my space last weekend she and I had a discussion of booth arrangement and she told me about this great bedroom set she was about to spring on us. Wanna check it out?
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Mr. Modtomic At The Green Shag Market Booth 5. I've Nearly Got Things Sorted But Things Keep Disappearing! Status: Lil' Tour?
I've been steady bringing more and more items down to my booth space at The Green Shag Market but it seems like it just keeps disappearing! Good thing too, I've got lots to replace the disappearing bits with. Just today I dropped off this little lot plus some.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
After Rearranging My New Booth Space Saturday I Had Just Enough Time To Go Through A Couple Downtown Thrifts. Found More Silver Foliage Libbey and A Beautiful Syphon Selzer Bottle. Status: Silver And Glass And A Touch Of Class.
I spent so much of Saturday trying to fine tune Booth 5 at The Green Shag that I didn't leave much time to do my normal trap checking. I did finally make it to the "new" Salvation Army thrift on Forest Park Pkwy and of course hit the Goodwill directly across the street. I found a new trap and hit one other. Sounds like a lot but it was a quick fix in my world!
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Yesterday I Mentioned That I Picked Up More Than Those Amazing And Rare Salterini Leather Chairs And The Spider Table. I Also Managed To Find An Eames / Miller Shell Chair, A Warming Serving Cart And A Beautiful Royal Heager Ashtray. Status: Available!
I didn't manage to get the ashtray priced and placed in my new booth space (number 5 now) at The Green Shag Market but I did get the rest of these beautiful vintage modern goodies down to the shop. Even after making a special effort to get up at the crack of 10am I still just barely managed to get these photos taken get everything cleaned up, loaded up and down to the antique mall in time to make it to work. Whew!
Monday, December 3, 2012
Weekend Roadtrip Craigs-Snatchins! I Spotted The Maurizio Tempestini / Salterini Chairs Late Last Evening And Made Arrangements For Pickup. Drove Out Today And Found Lots Other Good Stuff Along The Way! Status: Score!
Wait, don't that look like some huge alien bug's face? It's not, I assure you. It is, in fact, my new acquisition of a super rare pair of Salterini iron and leather Maurizio Tempestini chairs and a fancy spider leg and brass tray occasional table!
Sunday, December 2, 2012
No Big Scores Lately But I've Always Got Some New Smalls To Show AND I'm Working On A Big Score Today. Stay Tuned! Also Check Out The Progress On The Brasilia Drop Leaf Dining Table. Status: Just Another Day In Paradise!
The desk lamp and the little black shelf are destined for the Booth (now number 5 at The Green Shag Market) but the pink Christmas ornament and the Tiki mug are both keepers. Close ups and some update pics sent to me from Dan on the progress of refinishing the Broyhill Brasilia drop leaf dining table inside.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Mr. Modtomic Bids Fond Farewell To Booth 44 And Moves On. I Gave It The Old "College" Try, I Really Did. It Was Just Time To Go. Status: Cleared It Out.
Yep, Booth 44 got cleaned out. Sold everything. Just kidding. That would be crazy. But I did empty the joint today. And there will be a new vendor in here shortly. I can't say that I won't look back on our time together without a little sentimental sadness.
Friday, November 30, 2012
I Found Some Interesting Lighting On Craigslist The Other Day. The Pics Weren't Great So I Wasn't Sure What To Expect. Status: Pleasantly Surprized!
This lovely pair showed up on the list a few days ago and oddly enough, weren't snatched up crazy quick like you'd think! They weren't overpriced as far as I could tell (obviously...you know me!) so I guess they just got overlooked.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
You Might Remember A Broyhill Saga Desk That I Picked Up A While Back That Needed Some Love And Had The Wrong Handles. This Morning It Got That Love...And It Got The Proper Handles! Status: As Close To A Hug A Desk Is Gonna Get.
When I got this little guy I didn't really expect to actually find original replacement handles and thought at best I'd find some that just looked a little more appropriate than the brass units I found on it. Well, serendipity had other ideas.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Just Sharing Some Thrifted Smalls Headed Toward The Booth At The Green Shag Soon. It's Good To Have Three Well Stocked / Decent Turnover Thrifts Nearby. Status: Fresh Pickins.
I try to keep some real bargains in the booth (44) at the antique mall so buyers will remember and make their way back to check their traps often. It's good for me, the Green Shag AND the buyers! Win - Win - Win!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I Don't Normally Hope To Find Bargains While In Chicago But It Ain't Like I'm Not Going To Look! Picking Up This Cherner / Plycraft "Ant" Chair At The Edgewater Antique Mall Proves It Can Be Done! Status: Lucky Catch.
I've always had an admiration for the Cherner Ant chair. Really, most vintage modern bent plywood chairs. I've never had a good opportunity to acquire one until this latest trip to Chicago.
Monday, November 26, 2012
I Missed Dropping By The Edgewater Antique Mall Last Time I Was In Chicago But Made It By This Time. It's Still Chock Full Of All Good Vintage Modern! Status: Go...Buy!
I managed to find a little time to drop by the Edgewater Antique Mall in Chicago on Broadway over our short trip to Chicago this weekend. Not only that but I even managed to find what I consider a bargain...or at least a good deal (and you KNOW how hard it is to get Mr. Modtomic to part with his hard earned cash!) and bring home a little something.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Sorry I Missed My Post Yesterday. I've Been Charged With Running All Around Chicago From The Moment I Awoke This Morning Until JUST NOW. Tried Blogging From The Phone But That's A Tough Row To Hoe. Ever Seen THIS Russel Wright Dinnerware Pattern? Status: Left Behind.
Yeah, I got totally high-jacked today. Seems that's how it goes when you're out of town visiting others. Your time is not your own. I haven't watched TV in Three Days. I NEED some serious down time. But it's not been Bad by any means, just overstimulating.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Tea Anyone? I Just Snatched Up This Little Blonde Tea Cart This Afternoon While Tooling Around Chicago. Found It At A Hole In The Wall Thrift Storefront. Status: Lucky Me!
While we were driving around this afternoon looking for some of the Junque shops in Chi-Town as recommended by Lynne (of An Orange Moon - Chicago), we spotted a small storefront thrift called Urban Thrift and pulled right over to investigate. This little Tea Cart is what we got for our trouble.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Gosh, Bopfish Nabbed One...Nick (Over @ Midcentury Midwest) Nabbed One...Mr. Modtomic Was Feeling Left Out! But We All Know That Good Things come In Threes. Status: New Chair, New Chair!
I was feeling a slight twinge of envy at everybody else's good luck at finding cool chairs lately 'cuz I hadn't got my random fix when, while out trolling the thrifts yesterday, I remembered to take a moment to quickly scroll through "the list". Bam! "Problem" solved.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Black Friday Is Nearly Upon Us! You Standing In Line Before A Place Opens Just To Get Some Good Stuff Cheap? That's Just Crazy! When You Get Done With All That Stop By The Green Shag For Small Business Saturday! Status: Unique Treasures!
Booth 41 (I'm pretty sure that's right) has really stepped up their retro game! I think this might be the first time I've featured more than just a picture or two of their booth here on the blog, but now she's got the goods.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
If You're Looking To Add A Real POP Of Color To Your Living Room You Might Wanna Get Yerself Down To The Green Shag Market And Check Out This Truely Rad Sofa And Chair Set That Just Arrived! Status: Available!
I made my normal weekend appearance at the Green Shag Market Sunday to check my booth / stock and found this shockingly colorful living room setup newly available in the front section of the shop. Dan, the shop keep, directed me toward it knowing that I'd have to show it off to you, my loyal readership. First come first served!
Monday, November 19, 2012
In Case You Are Looking For That Perfect Gift For Your Beloved Journalist...Or Just Love Vintage Typewriters, I've Just Dropped Off This 1940's Smith Corona At The Green Shag Market - Booth 44. Status: Available.
The case got me curious, the keys grabbed my attention but the nearly un-used condition sealed the deal. It was coming home with me. Mr. Modtomic also loves the "Industrial Revolution" look or what I assume inspires a lot of the Steam Punk hackers. In my humble opinion, this is a great example.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Spotted A Couple Interesting Items At The Thrifts Yesterday. Just Thought I'd Share. Nice Dining Table And A Vintage Range. Status: Available.
This needy but beautiful dining table has been languishing at the Salvation Army thrift store (on Lindbergh near Waterford) for weeks. Yeah, it needs a little help but it would look really amazing me thinks.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Sorry So Late. Just Sneaking This Post In Before Midnight! Wanna See Some Real Progress Being Made On The Broyhill Brasilia Drop Leaf Dining Table I Found Last April? Status: Progress - It's What Moves Us Forward (Empty Platitude).
You might remember this table from a previous posting back at the end of April. As found (in the sellers basement) it was a bit of a mess. I was planning a quick flip but it got a lucky reprieve...cuz I just never got around to it. Then about 3 weeks ago I got a bright idea!
Friday, November 16, 2012
Picked Up A Couple Little Items On My Way Into Work Today. It Never Hurts To Take A Quick Look. Status: Snatched.
There wasn't much at the Salvation Army thrift store up the street from me today. Actually, there was a pair of danish style end tables with drawers that I almost bought a week ago but the line was WAY too long and WAY too slow. Upon second look / chance I noticed how badly treated these were and decided to pass. Dodged a bullet.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Looking For Some Cheap Style...Waaay Out There In The Desert Southwest? An Anonymous Reader Asked And Mr. Modtomic Delivers. Status: Not My Turf!
Here we go again on another quest for vintage modern bargains in some far flung city that I (at least) will not be harvesting. With an estimated metropolitan area population of nearly a million people, certainly a few will find this little collection helpful. For the rest of us...read it and weep (maybe not "weep" but at least feel the sensation of envy).
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Days...Literally DAYS Seem To Go By Without A Good Craigs-Score And I Start To Get Bummed. Then My Faith Is Renewed! Status: Late Night Score.
Yup, this vintage Knoll / Saarinen executive armchair popped up on the list this evening about 7 pm with a couple of crumby cell phone pics, a cheap asking price and a number to text. Yes, thank you! I shot off a text and hoped for the best. You can guess the outcome.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Last Of The Weekends Estate Sale Booty. I Was Hoping To Snag Some Larger Items But It Just Wasn''t Meant To Be. Status: All Good.
I should have had this posted much earlier but my internet was down all night last evening. I guess they were doing maintenance or something. Anyway, I got it done. Here's the last of the items I picked up a the Estate Sale Saturday morning.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Here's Some Much Better Photos Of The Trio Of White Vases That I Snatched Up At The Estate Sale Over The Weekend. I've Rarely Seen This Finish On This Make Before. Status: Lucky Find.
The second thing at the estate sale that fell upon my eyes (after the pair of amazing but questionably priced retro lamps) was this trio of white and seafoam blue / green vases. They were priced sorta middle of the road. If I were to flip them there's room but they weren't dead cheap either. I think (because the Girlfriend said so) that we'll be keeping them.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The Saturday Morning Estate Sale Swag. Not Quite The Score I Was Hoping For But We Takes What We Can Get. Status: Not The Full Monty.
This is just a portion of the estate sale takings from Saturday morning. There was lots to choose from and I think everybody who showed up got their due. I missed out on some of the cooler items but some were just a little out of my comfort zone, price wise and others were just gotten too before I could spot them.