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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.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
So Here I Am Staking Out Another Estate Sale At Stupid Thirty In The Morning. The Price One Must Pay To Be First Through That Door! Status: Gonna Be A Long Night.
So right now I've just gotten here and am waiting on my estate sale buddy - Illuminate - to show up. She overslept...but so did I. I was just closer to the sale address than she! I'll post more about how the day goes later.
Friday, November 9, 2012
I Stopped In At The Green Shag Market Today To Check On My Booth And Drop Off A Lamp. Took A Few Pics While There. Wanna Take A Look? Status: Quick Peek.
Check out the sweet teak, danish vanity seat. That is purdy. This must have just come in to the mall because it wasn't present last Sunday when I was messing around there. I'm down at The Green Shag about twice a week...actually at least Once a week but almost always more, and I always try to make at least a quick run through the place to see what's new. This time I actually brought the camera and shot you some pics!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Looking For Some Cheap Style? Our Friend David From The Great White North Wanted To See What I Could Suss Out Of The Toronto C-List. I Found Some Decent Pickings Up There. Wanna Take A Look? Status: Not My Turf.
First let me say this about the Toronto craigslist: It's everything I think that the St. Louis craigslist will become if we should ever be "blessed" with an IKEA. Eeeee-Gaaads. You know how you can search C-List with key words? IKEA makes me wish there was a way to sort OUT listings with key words!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Teak, Steel And Glass. No No...I'm Not Speaking Of Some Modernist Home In The Sunny Southern Californian Desert. Just The Local Thrifts And The Thrifts Yield Much! Status: Smallsville.
So I know it looks like I've really been killing at the thrifts lately. I guess I have. But hey, that booth space down at The Green Shag Market isn't going to keep itself filled with all vintage modern goodness!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
So...Looks Like I'm Collecting Libbey Silver Foliage Glassware. And I Found A Handkerchief Vase That I Thought Looked A Little Like An Alvar Aalto Piece. Not So Much But I Did Figure Out What It Is! Status: No Mystery Here.
Over this last weekend I found six more Libbey frosted Tom Collins glasses in the Silver Foliage pattern and this fantastic green frost / painted handkerchief style vase. The Libbey glassware is no mystery but I really didn't have much of an idea about the vase other than I felt like I'd seen the style before.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Awe Snap. I Thought For Sure I Had Just Found The Stand For My Ashtray. Actually, I Did. Status: Still...No Dice.
I thought I had hit the (relative) jackpot at the Goodwill over the weekend in finally finding a magazine stand for my matching ashtray! Well, fate has a funny sense of humor, it does.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Not So Much A Mystery As Much As A Conundrum. I Kinda Know What They Are...But Are They Worth Picking Up? Status: Left Behind...But Not Forgotten.
While I was out running around yesterday I fell upon these fine china sandwich size plates. At first I found just four and began furiously looking for any other pieces to the set. Unfortunately I didn't find any dining plates or serving pieces...but I did find 20 more of the sandwich plates. Are you wondering why I'm even bothering with these plates yet? Look inside.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Not Much To Share Today. Just Some More Stuff That's Found It's Way Here. Like I Need More Stuff. Awe, Who Am I Kiddin'...Of Course I Need More Stuff! Status: Smalls
While I was dropping off a table to get a little freshening up at a buddies place (more on the results later) I was offered yet another super mod plant stand. Do I have need of another super mod plant stand...or a plant stand of any type, for real? Nope. But, as is often the case, it was offered at such price as that I could not refuse. It was cheap...and I love these whether I can use them or not.
Friday, November 2, 2012
It's Been A Little While Since We Last Took A Little Look At The Booth Space. It's Gotten A Little Crowded And I'm Just About To Re-Arrange. If You See Something Ya Like Act Quick! Status: Due For A Change.
Yeah, the word "chaos" comes to mind. Funny thing though, I managed to shoe horn the pair of gold vinyl Eames / Miller Aluminum Group chairs in here after the Parking Lot Sale and they sold within two days! ::Shrugg:: Go figure!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Yup, Mr. Modtomic is always on the hunt for more smalls to line the few shelves I have in my booth at the Green Shag. It's not like I'm running dry or anything but things do disappear from time to time and those items need to be replaced. It's good to have some stock in the "back room".