Sunday, May 6, 2012
Skipping The Estate Sale Scene Again This Weekend But Still Finding Good Stuff To Make Available. Status: Aluminum Groupie?
I just picked this up today and didn't even have to get up early! The estate sales lately have been getting too pricey for me to venture out in the wee hours to be first in line, just to find everything overpriced. I did have to break a sweat though...it has finally gotten H..O..T here in the StL.
So before we get to the new Herman Miller / Eames Aluminum Group table check this out.
There was an estate sale this weekend that had a vintage Eames lounge and ottoman knock off
(the kind with the chrome steel bases). I was kinda thinking about going to this sale with the
idea that if the original owners had an Eames lounge and ottoman knock off they might have
some other good stuff. The estate sale sellers don't always take pics of everything that I'd be
interested in. But here's the messed up part: the estate sale company put an ad on craigslist
showcasing the lounge and ottoman with a price of $650!!! And it was missing a button! Do
you think I went to that sale? No. This is how lots of sales seem to be going lately. I stopped
going to them a while back and might have to give it up again. Anyway, I can find lots of good
stuff on craigslist, at the thrift stores, antique malls and flea markets. Who needs estate sales?
This table and chairs popped up on craigslist just listed as a table and chairs. I jumped on it and
had hoped to pick it up before work Friday but the seller told me too late that day that she
hadn't gotten around to checking her email in time for that to happen. Instead we made
arrangements to meet today.
When we arrived at the address we found an estate sale (that I didn't know anything about!)
going on! Well, it was kind of an estate sale light. It wasn't a total sell off as most sales are.
We took a look around just in case there was something else but in the end just packed up the
table and chairs.
The table is an Eames Aluminum Group by Herman Miller with a 41.5" laminate top. I love that
Herman Miller prints the manufacture date on the bottom of these tables. I was just a little boy
when this one was made in 1978. For being 34 years old it sure is looking good! The top is
heavy wood with a seriously durable formica laminate on top. The top is edged in tough vinyl for
protection, which obviously works beautifully. The four star base and the top support is cast
aluminum while the center section I believe is steel. One of the cool things about this table is that
it could be cut down to coffee table height.
But since I've got these four fantastic chrome steel arm chairs, I'll not be doing any such
modifications. I'm making this available as is! The chairs are super sturdy and the chrome is
in excellent shape. The upholstery is soiled and wore through in a few corners so I'd say they
could stand to be recovered. They look like a fairly easy job though. If they don't sell right
away I'll probably be doing them myself and upping my asking for them.
Didn't get around to any other projects today since as soon as I got this home, cleaned up and
shot for the blog and craigslist, we had to get loaded up to head out to the Skyview Drive In.
We had a great time and Nick from Mid-century Midwest met up with us out there to watch a
double feature of Marvel's Avengers and John Carter. I feared that it would be a little
uncomfortable with how hot it was out today but we took the Bertoia Diamond chairs so as to
ensure proper seating ventilation...which worked to also make Nick jealous! But it did in fact
cool off nicely as well. And the movies were great too! Yeah, Weekends! Hope your's is