Monday, March 31, 2014

So Between Exploring "The Strip" At The Lake Of The Ozarks And Having A Wonderful Meal In A Cave (See Yesterday's Post!) I Managed To Fit A Little CraigsPicking In And Wound Up With This Super Rare Broyhill Brasilia Bookcase. Status: Available!

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Mr. Modtomic LOVES him some Brasilia.  I'm always on the hunt for another piece and when I find the rare specimen it just makes my lil ol' heart go pitter patter pitter patter.  So you know how overjoyed I was to spotted this gem while in the Ozarks.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

After An Early Morning Wake Up Call (OK, Alarm On Phone) At The Golden Door Motel Today And Some Craigslist Shopping In Springfield Mo. We Stopped At The Cave Restaurant In Richland Mo. Yup, A Restaurant IN A CAVE! Status: Well Fed!

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According to The Cave Restaurant website this is the ONLY restaurant in the good ol' USofA that is located Inside a cave.  And it SO is in a cave!  And the steak is SO good.  The road there sucks for sure but it's actually part of the rural charm.  I highly recommend stopping by if you are ever headed down interstate 44 near Lebanon Mo.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

We Got A Little Crazy Today And Jumped Into The Car For A Little Road Trip. We Ended Up At The Golden Door Motel At The Lake Of The Ozarks And Are Having A Ball! Status: Stayed.

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Well, "Stayed" is a little optimistic since I'm writing from the room.  Tomorrow it will be "stayed".  But thus far we are happy with the joint.  See the door on the sign?  It constantly rotates!  How fun is that?

Friday, March 28, 2014

We Took A Little Drive To Fairview Heights To Check The Antique Mall And While In The Area I Found A Chrome Tulip Base Chair That Was Beyond Repair. Status: Donor!

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I bought the chair with the idea of repairing it.  It was cheap and other than the seatback being separated from the seat, it was in really great shape.  The upholstery (vinyl) was in fine shape but the wood of the base was busted.  Well, I already had the table top so...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I Dropped Some Amazing Chrome And Glass Shelves In The Booth / Room (307) At The Antique Mall Of Creve Coeur This Evening. These Are The Coolest Shelves I've Come Across For The Booth So Far. Status: Cleaned And Installed

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Is that not a grand set of shelves?  You see, I'll only put glass shelves in my booths at the antique malls as they let light through and make the items on them much more visible.  I had some wood (ish) shelves in the booth at The Green Shag Market and was never happy with them.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

While Out On My "Rounds" Over The Weekend I Plucked This Big, Heavy, Fantastic Desk Lamp. It Didn't Have A Bulb In It And I Couldn't Test It...But It Was Worth Taking A Chance On. Status: It Works!

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I had to run to the True Value hardware store late this evening to get an appropriate bulb for this beast.  It came sans bulb from the thrift and I really had no idea what type it was supposed to have.  Thanks True Value Sales Guy!  They's so smart 'n stuff.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Check Out Some Cool Smalls I Harvested Over The Last Couple Days From The Local Thrifts. Gotta Keep Them Shelves Filled In The Antique Mall Booths. Status: Gettin' Tagged.

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This is a nice little lot and sometimes it's the little things that count.  Of course, I found plenty of Big things lately too...and that's what pays the bills!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hot Or Not? We Stopped By A Couple Of Goodwills Today And I Spotted This Interesting Living Room Table Set, But I Couldn't Really Tell If This Is Something That's Up And Coming Or If It's An Easy Pass. Status: Whatcha Think?

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I didn't want to know so bad that I was going to flip these over to find a manufacturer name, but I'm thinking it might be Lane.  It's hard to imagine these tables all cleaned up but whatcha think?  Would you find these attractive if they were refinished?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Only Thing I Found At The Belleville Flea Last Weekend Was This Comely Le Renoux Painting. ::Shrug:: It Was The First Flea Of The Season. You Can't Expect The Magic Right Away! Status: Hmmm...Undecided.

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Not sure if I'm going to keep this or offer it up to the masses.  I feel like it's hard to let go of any of these original mid century modern paintings since it's becoming more and more difficult to find them.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Well, I Finally Went And Did It. I Plonked Down The Cash (And No Small Amount Either) For A Curtis Jere Birds. What The Heck Is Wrong With Me These Days? This Is The Second Time I Dropped More Scratch Than I Normally Would For A Curtis Jere Piece Of Art! Status: Project.

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When I dropped by the Green Shag Market last Sunday I took a little stroll around the mall with Karen (the owner) and just before leaving she asked if she could show me this piece she had just picked up.  Oh crap.  Of course, and just after getting a fat check.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This Is The Little Table That Brought The Girlfriend And I Up To The Springfield Il. Last Weekend. It's Glass And Lucite And Gots A Bit Of A Swirl Going On. Status: Available.

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Isn't this a fantastic little side table?  I totally almost didn't get it too.  I spotted it on C-list and shot off a note to the seller.  They got back to me and said that it was already spoken for but that if the buyer flaked they'd gimme a hollah.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Haven't Been By The Green Shag Market In A While? Ohhhh...Look At All The Pretty Chairs You're Missing! Better Get Down There If Ya Likin' What Ya Seein'. Status: Available.

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These pics are already a couple days old and I can't guarantee that any of these fantastic chairs are still available...especially this grey leather bouncy lounge chair.  That is one good lookin' chair, and it was bargain priced IMHO.  The Shag was closed Monday and Tuesday, so it might still be available!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Saturday Was Mostly Spent On The Road Messing Around Central Illinois. We Started Out At The Belleville Flea Market And Ended Up In Springfield Illinois At The Barrel Anique Mall. Status: Tons Of Good Stuff!

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This place, Barrel Antique Mall Springfield Il., was a pleasant surprise.  It's always nice to find a vendor in an antique mall hawking the Vintage Modern.  Sometimes it's just a one or two...maybe a few...vendors with a piece or two available, but this place had booth after lovely booth of good stuff!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wow! What A Beautiful Saturday Afternoon! We Made A Little Trip Back North To Springfield Illinois Today To Pick Up A Table Via Craigslist But Went Ahead And Explored A Couple Of New Antique Malls In The Area. Status: Discovered.

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The Barrel Antique Mall?  Don't let that rustic down home name fool you.  I found a set of Four Thayer Coggin / Milo Baughman Orange and Chrome armchairs here...along with booth after booth filled...neah, STUFFED with Vintage Modern goodness.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Got Some Goodies In The Mail Yesterday! Mod Betty From Retro Roadmap Sent The Girlfriend And Myself A Logo T-Shirt As Well As A Sticker Each. It's Good To Be Famous! Status: Fully Covered

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Mod Betty of Retro Roadmap has featured some of the places and joints we've stayed at on her web page Retroroadmap.com a couple of times over the years I've been blogging.  I'm always willing to share any good leads on places to visit or stay when we find them.  Now I can share her web page whenever I'm out and about!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

After Finding A Trio Of Loose Lids A Few Days Ago At The Thrift Store I Got Busy Looking For Some Corresponding Lidless Corning Ware Buffet Server Pots. Alas, No Luck. Status: Well, Some Luck.

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Since I was in the Columbia Missouri area anyway I went ahead and stopped by the Midway Antique Mall again.  Last time there I picked up a nice Broyhill Brasilia 5 drawer chest that didn't last a little minute back here in my booth at Creve Coeur.  No big scores there this time, but I did find a few pieces of Buffet Server!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

I Realize This Recliner Looks Black...But Alas It Is Not. Dark Blue. I Also Realize It Bears A Striking Resemblance To Many Of The Milo Baughman Designs...But I'm Not Sure It's A Valid Attribution. But You Never Know. New Attributions Come To Light All The Time. Status: Recent Acquisition.

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Another roadtrip to Columbia Mo. today yielded some tasty goodies.  Featured this time is a luxurious leather and chrome steel recliner, or as I like to call it...nap chair.  This was listed on craigslist but not in the usual Furniture section.  I found it on the Household list and while I usually discount anything like this that is listed as being leather...the seller was spot on.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dropping By The Antique Mall Of Creve Coeur To Pay The Rent And Pick Up Last Months Check Paid Off In More Than One Way This Afternoon. Not Only Did A Hustla Get Paid, But He Also Snagged A Fantastic Grete Jalk End Table For Peanuts! Status: Who Needs Estate Sales.

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The plan for this fine Saturday morning was to get up early enough to be at an estate sale just before opening.  The sale had lots of neat Vintage Modern goodies to be had, but nothing I couldn't live without...so it wasn't a "stake out" situation.  Then that damn alarm went off...and then just got turned off.  Mornings?  No thanks.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

You Ever Pass Up An Item At The Thrift And Then Later Kick Yourself, Finding That If You Had Bought It You Would Have Been Ahead Of The Game? This Lot Consists Of Nothing BUT These Type Of Finds! Status: Stash.

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Nothing here is a complete set.  Bunch of Corning Ware Buffet lids and a Dorothy Thorpe dip bowl all found at the local Goodwill last weekend.  You just never know when you're gonna find their counterparts, right?

Friday, March 7, 2014

Can You Guess What Got Me "Up And At 'Em" This Morning, Had Me Drive Four Hours Round Trip And Is Now Waiting Quietly In The Back Of Frank? Hint: It's Not Paul McCobb But Was Often Misatributed To Him For Ages. Status: Farm Fresh.

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It's a mess and these photographs suck, but you get the gist.  As you can see there are a number of brass rivets missing and the leather itself isn't in the greatest condition...but the bones are good and it was worth the long drive to retrieve!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

After Dropping Off The Factory Cart Coffee Table At My Booth In Creve Coeur Tuesday I Made The Thrift Store Rounds And Did Alright. I Left Half A Dozen Odd Smalls In The Booth But These Bits And Pieces Were Found After That. Status: Wanting For Tags.

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OK, I was going to try and get away with saying that I found all these wonderful items but the Girlfriend says she'll just rat me out in the comments if I do so I'll just go ahead and admit it, she picked that fantastic grey Melmac divided vegetable serving dish.  like I could have ever fooled you guys...you know who's nuts for the plastic 'round here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Because Of The Lousy Weather Over The Weekend I Got Lucky And Was Afforded The Opportunity To Snatch This Industrial Style Factory Cart Coffee Table Today. But Was It That Easy...Of Course Not. Status: Still...It's Available.

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This lovely...wait, that's not quite the right word, this is far too masculine for a word like "lovely".  This...gnarly(?) factory cart popped up on craigslist over the weekend and for some reason I didn't bite.  Maybe the seller lowered the price or something but when I spotted it again on Monday, I just had to have it.  She told me she had a couple buyers lined up over the weekend but they all bailed due to the bad weather.  Lucky me!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Yup! Been Diggin' In The Garage Again. Pulled Out A Pair Of Fantastic Arkana - Maurice Burke Campaign Chairs This Time For Your Consideration. Got 'Em Tagged And Dragged To The Shag. Status: Available.

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We've had this pair of Campaign / Sling chairs for ages.  They were probably purchases the first year the Girlfriend and I discovered estate sales.  We found them at a condo sale and the Girlfriend just had to have 'em!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Wow, Easiest Upholstery Job Ever? Quickest Before And After I've Ever Done? Or Just A Case Of Persistence And Patience Finally Pays Off? Years Of Waiting And These Cool Little Hoop Chairs Are Getting Their Due. Status: Well, Almost Anyway.

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Heh, I know I'm only showing one, but I have a pair of these little retro hoop chairs.  I've had them for a couple of years and have always had plans to make new seats and upholster them...but like so many plans...well, you know.  So they've been quietly waiting on the front porch, useless.  But then I spotted something great at the Goodwill!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Finally...Saturday! You'd Think That It Being The Weekend I'd Get To Rest. Nope. While I Didn't Get Up Any Earlier Than Any Other Day, My Day Was Busy Busy Busy And Culminated In A Visit To My Booth At The Antique Mall Of Creve Coeur. Status: Chesty Delivered.

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While out running around this early afternoon (about as close as I get to morning) getting some errands done I managed to sneak a quick look through the local Goodwill and found not one, but TWO great sofa size vintage modern paintings.  One's even a legendary Van Gaard!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

As Promised (On The Twitter), I Got Some Good Pics Of The Chesterfield That I Picked Up During The Week. This One Is SOOOO Close! It's A Nicer Vinyl Than Usual...It Almost Passes For Leather, And It's So Comfy. But Alas, I Still Want Leather So This One Too Is Headed To The Booth. Status: Available.

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Whowee!  That's a good lookin' Chesty, right?!  That Oxblood Red is just the right color for a vintage Chesterfield.  Of course, it's vintage so it isn't perfect, but it's in pretty good shape none the less. It was missing a bun foot on the back but I've already got that covered.