Tuesday, February 14, 2012
As Promised: South County Antique Mall - A Quick "Tour". Status: Delivered.
I knew I'd find it! This is the Herman Miller / Eames table that I failed to get a picture of at the shoe store "estate" sale last week. Ahhhh...my work is done. What? You wanna see more? It isn't enough that I drove to the complete other side of St. Louis to get this picture? Well...there was some other interesting items at the South County Antique Mall...I realize that acronyms out to SCAM but I assure you that the mall is not!
Sure, there are some dealers who aren't concerned with the thrifty vintage modern buyer but
ain't nobody getting scammed. There are almost always good deals to be had, but it's usually
the better informed or educated that is on the good side of the deal. I can't stress this enough.
Knowledge equals Time equals Money. Pick any two! Anyway, enough preachin'. Let's
have a quick look around and see what kinda cool stuff lurks at this HUGE antique mall.
These daybed sofas seem to be pretty popular with the vintage modern buyers. I recently sold
a matched pair of them that I had in the spare bedroom. They weren't this nice though. I
didn't fully inspect the white vinyl for flaws but it looked pretty nice to me. Crisp and clean.
Now wouldn't this glass chip art piece look lovely hanging just above that white daybed sofa?
That is some classic retro artwork. Somehow this gives off a Polynesian vibe even though the
lute is like a Renaissance or Egyptian instrument. I guess you could put together an Egyptian
retro kitschy themed room around it! I just like glass chip art.
This is a genuine Preway cone fireplace. I say genuine because I own five cone style fireplaces
and not one is a Preway! And Preway is one of the big names in these fireplaces. Malm is the
other. You can still buy a new Malm...if like you are just itchin' to kill that checking balance
you've worked so hard to build up. The other really cool thing about this piece is that it's small.
It's like a 3/4 scale version of what I would say is the standard size fireplace! It's got to be
rare, right? I didn't even look at the price since the seller had attached a fact sheet about
Preway fireplaces to the item. Knowledge equals Money!
Now you know that if there is some Russel Wright to be found in an antique mall Mr. Modtomic
is going to suss it out. I've pretty much got my fill of the Stubenville line but this plastic stuff is
starting to piss me off. I only see little bits and pieces of it here and there! I don't buy it because
I'm afraid I won't be able to find enough to complete even a basic setting for four. And really,
that's the whole point of collecting it, right?
Oh, and speaking of collecting dinnerware...check out this rather comprehensive set of Red
Wing Lute Song! Uh...WOW! And yes, the asking was also appropriately WOW, but the
booth did have a 40% off sign up. Even so it would still be slightly upwards of four Bens. I
really....really like this set. I'm trying real hard to justify NOT going back and making an offer
on the set. I'm fairly smitten with some of the Red Wing lines such as Bobwhite but it's
always priced out of my comfort zone and I NEVER see it at estate sales or (heaven forbid!)
thrift stores. Ugh.
Both the Girlfriend and I loved this little walnut tripod bowl / stand, and it was available for a
good price, but we just couldn't see a place for it in the house. We passed on it but I can't
imagine it sticking around for long. It's just too cool...and it's a locally produced (Ozark Walnut
Bowl) piece of vintage modern ephemera!
This has to be the prettiest Wagner Magnalite aluminum roaster I've ever seen. It looks like it's
never been used. Actually I think it looks better than that, it looks like it's been polished up all
nice! I have a weakness for Wagnerware, be it the cast iron skillets or the aluminum sauce
pans. Even so, I had to leave it behind. I'll find mine at an estate sale some day. I can wait.
This is a nice example of an Eames Lounger knock off but I'm not sure what to say about the
asking price. I don't know if I am just underestimating the market for such an item and perhaps
these are growing in value rather rigorously. I'm not trying to be a know it all or hurt anyone's
feelings or anything like that but am I wrong in thinking that even the best example of a knock
off like this isn't a $1,200 item? Let's take a poll! Where are you from and what does an
Eames Lounger copy (chrome steel base like this one) generally go for in your neck of the
woods? 'Round here I'd say the average is maybe $250. I've picked up one for $75 and
passed on a second for the same the same day. I've seen one had for $10 at an estate sale
recently. I've seen them sell for upwards of $500 on eBay. I don't generally like to talk
numbers like this but maybe I need to learn a little something!