Monday, March 12, 2012
Uhmmm...What The Heck Is That? Some Sorta Weird Patio Lounge Bed? Status: Weekend Acquisitions.
Nick (from Mid Century Midwest) and I made plans Friday evening to attend a Saturday morning estate sale in Crestwood. We had both looked through all the pics on line and had called "dibs" on our respective desires and decided on what time we'd meet in the morning. It was to be the perfect morning hanging with a bud and buying up some great vintage loot. But all was not well in the land of potentially great vintage Crestwood estate sale loot.
Here's how Saturday morning went down. First, I dropped my post for the day here at Mr.
Modtomic at like 1am. I finished up messing about on the web and got to bed about 2:30am.
My alarm wakes me up at 5:35am. The Girlfriend and I are on the road just after 6am and we
arrived about 6:35am at the Steve & Sheri Estate Sale scheduled to open at 10am. Nick
is waiting alone at the address and is ostensibly first in line making us second and third. We're
gonna clean up! Awesome, right?! Nope. Apparently Steve & Sheri decided sometime
Friday night after supplying the address to change the terms of their sale to include putting the
line numbers out Friday night. Once you have the address to a sale do YOU ever check back
to see if anything has changed? I don't mind that estate sale companies do this but shouldn't
they give buyers MUCH MORE Lead Time? It would seem that some other buyers had
checked the ad after the new terms of sale had been published because we suddenly found
ourselves not 1, 2, 3 but 7, 8, 9. Not cool. Not cool at all. There is no reason I would ever
get out of bed after 3 hours sleep to be that far back in line and there wasn't any reason to
stick around and spend our money at this sale. An avid reader just asked me via e-mail a few
days ago if I ever avoid any particular estate sales based on the sale company for any reason
and I told her that there is One but I couldn't remember the reason as it was so long ago. Well
now there are Two and the reason for the second is crisp and clear. I don't think I'll be
attending any further Steve & Sheri estate sales in the near future. Maybe some day I'll
be able to get past this "burn"...we'll see. But i digress...
...After leaving the Estate Fail (see how I did that...Estate Sale - Estate Fail...ah Ha!) Nick, the
Girlfriend and I stopped by a local Denny's for a quick bite and to decide what to make of the
rest of our day. Luckily Nick had printed out directions to a "MCM Flea Market" on the south
side and we all decided that this would be our next destination. That is where I found the set
above! Nice right? Danish Sofa and a Long Coffee table? What's not to love?! Oh...also
"Farm Fresh" BTW. Hey, I was tired...from napping the rest of the day...and unloading this...and
taking pics of the Eric Buck dining set. Like I said...tired.
As Farm Fresh goes, this danish style sofa is pretty clean. Oh sure, it needs to be gone over but
it's gonna clean up really nice. I'm just happy that there are good usable cushions on it that, while
maybe they are a little "loud", are not turning to dust or smell funny! Paisley, Orange and Green.
That's some color right there my friends....yes indeedy. Very Scandinavian, don't ya think?
What sucks is that it's gonna be like Super Perfect weather ALL Week, yet it drizzled here ALL
Day today when I could have been outside giving this the "Rub Down". It won't be as easy a
job as the Slavic Modern lounge chair but I'm sure it wouldn't take more than a few hours with
the Minwax Antique Finish Restorer and some steel wool to get the wood frame back in order.
Plus I need to get these two chairs out of the garage and go over them as well. I'll be able to
furnish someones Entire living room with this setup when I'm done!
The table also needs some aesthetic attention. It's in the kinda shape that if I had kids and pets
and drunken friends over on a regular basis I would just clean it with some Murphy Oil Soap
and call it a day, but it will benefit greatly from the full treatment and look super spiffy when done.
There are a couple of loose joints that need a dose of glue as well. Easy fixes all. It's nice to
finally not be afraid to do a little light refinish work and so help put these in a nice home where
they can be used again as intended.
Check out the bottom of the table. There are metal rails under there that look like maybe some
trays slid into! Anybody ever run into a coffee table like this before with under trays? I'd love
to see a picture of one with the trays (or extensions if that is what they are) slid out. There's no
maker stamp on either of these pieces but the sofa is dated. As a matter of fact, it's date
stamped like four or five times! It's gonna be 50 years old in just a couple of days. I'm gonna
give a rub down and new straps for it's birthday. Why a date but no maker stamp? Beats me.
Hope everybody had a good weekend of great scores or project finishes too!