Monday, August 13, 2012
For The Last Three Weekends We've Been Trying To Get An Opportunity To Sift Through The Wentzville Flea. Status: Finally!
Two weeks ago it looked like it would be a perfect weekend to hit the Wentzville Flea Market. I awoke to my alarm and a thunder shower pummeling the flea market. Denied. Last weekend, illness. Denied. This weekend - we finally made it! And found almost nothing, just a few smalls for the Booth Space (44 @ The Green Shag Market). ::Sigh::
...But this posting ain't about those smalls. It's about this beautiful Thayer Coggin recliner designed
by Milo Baughman! I spotted this on craigslist just before hitting the hay last night. It had been
posted much earlier in the day and was dead cheap, but was just listed as a "Recliner". I sent an
e-mail just in case it hadn't been snatched up by another vigilant picker.
While I wasn't able to make a big score at the Wentzville Flea we still had a good time. We
hooked up and hung out with Nick Armadillo and his Girlfriend who DID manage to score a
pretty cool find, but I'll let Nick show that off on his blog and not spoil the anticipation! We also
ran into my buddies Ray (who bought a danish style lounge chair from me and restored the heck
out of it!) and Dustin (who I did some horse trading with a while back and also sold a few bits
of Franciscan Starburst). All super cool folk, every one of 'em!
Aside from running into all the good folks (we were all there before 7am - we're all a little nuts) it
turns out that the person selling this Milo Baughman recliner was located only about 7 or 8 miles
from Wentzville! That was great since Wentzville is like 45 minutes from the Modtomic Ranch
here. Nice when things work out like that! The seller e-mailed AND called me while we were
poking around the flea. Seems like they really wanted Mr. Modtomic to take it home! Mr.
Modtomic was happy to oblige!
Obviously this particular unit has been re-upholstered. It's tarted up in a pretty cool print on
velour. I wouldn't have gone with velour...but it's soft and comfy and I really do like the
contemporary print. I think it really works. The wood needed some help and I did a little clean
up on it and rubbed it down with some Howard's Walnut Restore-A-Finish to even out the
tones and add back some of the original richness and beauty.
The Howard's did an admirable job but it's not a can of magic. There are some bumps and
bruises on the legs that are always going to be there. Looks like someone was careless with a
vacuum around it. Still, unless you get right down there beside the legs this Baughman recliner
looks pretty darn nice. And it is SOLID too. The joints are all tight and the seat is firm. This
has been taken good care of - less the vacuum bumps.
I'm still partial to the Milo Baughman recliner I picked up at the Gypsy Caravan earlier this year,
so this one (my THIRD!) is going to be available. If you are in the market for a fine vintage
modern Thayer Coggin easy chair to brighten up your joint and can "feel" the velour upholstery
on this baby, you might wanna let me know. Almost as soon as I posted about the second
Baughman recliner I received inquiries about letting go of either it or the first one! He who
hesitates...and all that!