Thursday, July 31, 2014

After Getting Frank Inspected And Tagged This Morning And Dropping Off A Pair Of Chairs Out At The Creve Coeur Antique Mall I Was Able To Nab This Beautiful Woodard Steel Mesh Dining Set In Illinois. Status: (Was) In The Booth @ Green Shag! (Now Gone)


Apparently this lovely Woodard steel mesh patio (or interior dinette) set was available on Craigslist for about a month before I noticed it a few nights ago.  How had something this amazing been so overlooked?  How had I overlooked it?  I guess that when we got home from vacation I wasn't on top of my game.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

When Last We Visited This Arthur Umanoff Wine / Bar Cart It Was Still Farm Fresh / Hot Mess. I Finally Found The Much Needed Replacement Wheels So I Took The Opportunity To Go Ahead And Start The Cleanup Process. Status: It Has Begun.


I was trying to get this post out early this morning but I kinda shot myself in the foot, metaphorically speaking. Was out too late last night, had two too many tall Cuba Libres, had to pick up Frank from the doctor early this morning (brakes) and had to do some minor work on him myself afterwords. I just didn't have the time.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

One Of The Coolest Items I Found Over The (Way Too Hot) Weekend is This Scavenged Metal Art Crucifix. This Mid Century Modern Style Religious Art Just Seems To Find Me! I Ain't Complainin'! Status: Soon To Be Available.


St. Louis is actually rife with religious modernism. Just take a drive through any of the myriad subdivisions that sprung up during the economic boom of the 50s and 60s.  You're sure to spot some sort of religious modern architecture. Still, finding modernist art with a religious twist...not so easy.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Just 24 Hours Ago This Kaare Klinte Style Safari Or Campaign Chair Was A Hot Mess. I Found It At The St. Vincents Thrift Covered In Cobwebs And Years Of Neglect, But After A Full Cleanup It's Looking Good Again. Status: Available.


Good thing this was cheap because I had to completely disassemble (not that difficult) the frame, remove all the canvas (a little harder), toss all that in the washer, cleanup the frame (time consuming) and reassemble the whole thing (much harder)!  All this in today's 90+ degree heat.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

So No, It's Not A Milo Baughman Chair As Thought Perhaps It Might Be By The Previous Owner. And It's Not A Mies Van Der Rohe Brno Chair Either. It's Kind Of A Mash Up! Status: Available.


We spotted this chair quite a while back at a local consignment / resale shop in St. Chuck.  I inquired about the price since it didn't have a tag at the time.  They told me it was available on eBay at the time.  I checked eBay and did indeed find it, but not at a price I was going to be interested in paying!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

So This Happened Last Night. A "Seller" On Craigslist Wanted To GIVE This Florence Knoll Table Away...For The Low Low Price Of Nothing! I Had To Have It And Wasn't Down With Paying Nothing So I Made Him A Little Better Offer. Status: Acquired.


While the top leaves a little to be desired (although I do believe it to be a custom Knoll piece) this IS my favorite dining table.  This is the third Florence Knoll dining table / desk that I've come across but only the second that I've brought home.

Friday, July 25, 2014

What Is It About These Rorschach Test Looking Cow Hide Rugs? I Find Myself Inexplicably Drawn To Them. I Imagine Many Of You Do Too, But Probably Just As Many Probably Can't Stand Them. Status: Somewhat Controversial.


This is the Fourth hide rug that I've brought home so far.  All Three of my full size ones have come from Craigslist and my little one (about the size of bath mat!) was found at the Wentzville Flea.  I know that not everybody digs these and I don't know why I feel like they go so well with mid century modern, but I'm totally smitten with them.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Went Out This Afternoon Before Work To Buy A Cowhide Rug, Stopped By A Thrift And Picked Up An Old School Freestyle BMX Bike! Status: Spoken For!


Mr. Modtomic is an old school freestyler from way way back.  This Redline "One Thousand" model 20" bike is exactly the kind of bike I would have loved back in the day.  I'm always on the look out for these '90s classics and today I made a nice score!

Recent Additions To The Girlfriends Salt And Pepper Shaker Collection. She Has A Seriously Discerning Eye...Yet A Seriously Huge Collection! Status:


She may, for all I know, now have more salt and pepper shakers than she does vintage costume jewelry.  It's hard to tell.  We don't have as good a way to display the S&P sets as she does the jewelry...but I know she's got lots!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunday's Visit To The Wentzville Flea Yeilded Some Interesting Results. Nothing Big Or Epic, But Some Pretty Cool Stuff None The Less. Status: Retro Smallsville!


The Wentzville flea has finally hit it's stride.  The last two Sundays have been well attended by the vendors which is a big 180 from the few couple weekends we had previously seen.  I still didn't find much, but I do find myself being a bit pickier these days.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I Finally Found A Use For This Neat Mid Century Welded Steel Stand And Was Going To Show It Yesterday, But I Decided To Give It A Shot Of Paint First. Status: All Prettied Up.


A LONG while back I remember setting a bowling ball in this stand and thinking that something that size...but not a bowling ball...would be about perfect for this stand. Well, when I have these little epiphanies I don't run right out and start looking for the mystery object. I let it marinate, and let the object find me. I know, so Zen.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Oh Lord, Mr. M Has Been Soooo Lazy! I Blame It On The Dog Days Of Summer. I've Had This Coffee Table In The Back Of The Girlfriend's New GTI For A Couple Days But Forgot All About It! Status: Project?


This lovely little boomerang leg coffee table showed up at the St. Charles Salvation Army last weekend and luckily I made a point of dropping by Saturday (I often forget that they aren't open on Sunday!).  When I spotted it I immediately thought of a project Hannah had just done.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Smalls Aren't Epic. ::Shrug:: You Find A Lot More Smalls Than Those Epic George Nelson Desks Or Paul McCobb Dining Sets. But It Really Is These Detail Items That Make A Retro Decorated Joint Legit. Status: 2/3 Available.


The salt and pepper set is actually the Girlfriends, but they were cool enough that I thought I should go ahead and feature them here too.  The other two items are both from the weekends thrifting adventures.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Up Near Glacier National Park (Where We Were Hoping To Drive The Road To The Sun) I Found A Small Sunburst At A Thrift Store. Then In Denver I Found It's Big Brother. Status: Roadtrip Finds.


What luck!  I had no idea I'd find a large sunburst just before heading home.  I only bought the small one at the thrift store just so I wouldn't come home empty handed.  And really, I only bought the big one because I bought the little one.  Weird, that.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ugh, Posting Has Been A Little Spotty Lately...I Know. Work Schedule Has Been All Over The Place And I Wrenched My Back Last Weekend. But Anyway, I Picked Up This Neat Witco Caravel Ship That I Think Might Be The Niña. Status: More Witco.


I spotted this lot of Witco whatnot languishing away in a couple of boxes at a flea market while on our road trip vacation.  It took a few minutes to even figure out what the puzzle made...and another bit of negotiation to get it for a reasonable price.

Friday, July 11, 2014

I Don't Normally Tout Hotels Or Hotel Rooms Unless They Are Vintage Mom And Pop Places That Exceed Expectations...But This "Sleep Inn" Room In Provo Utah Just Floored Us. Status: Less Than $100 Before Taxes!


We booked this room from the road just using our "smart" phones.  Ain't it amazing what can be accomplished while driving these days?  They only had a couple rooms still available at this Sleep Inn in Provo Utah and we were lucky enough to snag this one...and for about $95!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Today's Thrift Finds Are All About....More Is More! Even Though There's Only A Couple Pieces Here. These Are All Additions To Previous Collections I've Got Hanging Around. Status: More!


Being out of town, I missed a couple three Sundays at the Wentzville Flea.  Craigslist has been kinda weak lately and I ain't had so much time to hit the thrifts...but I did manage to liberate all this from a couple of those.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Girlfriend Spotted This Last Week At The Local Goodwill And DIDN'T Pick It Up. Said She Wasn't Sure I'd Want It! This Chip Art Piece Is Amazing! What's Not To Want? Status: Soon To Be Available.


OK, at first I thought this was just supposed to be an abstract piece but upon further perusal I can see that it may be something more. I can see that there might be a "P" for Phi, an "A" for Alpha and an Omega symbol in that design. But I cannot find a Phi-Alpha-Omega organization on the web with a quick search. What do you think? It's hard to ignore those symbols once they have been pointed out, huh?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

This Deer Seemed To Be Thinking "I Am Neither Vintage Nor Modern...Why Are You Bothering To Photograph Me?" Cuz You Just Too Damn Cute, Dats Why. Plus, Everybody Else Was...So Get Off My Back! Status: Talking To The Wildlife...It Must Be Late.


I know, this is not a travel and leisure blog...but bear with me!  These places are so special and so beautiful that I just have to share!  And actually, there is an interesting chest of drawers inside too.  Click through and take a look!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Just Like Every Road Trip Vacation, I Had To Do A "Little" Shopping While Out And About. I Didn't Push It This Year Quite As Hard As Other Years, But I Did Find Some Cool Stuff Along The Way. Status: From Afar.


There's' ALWAYS good stuff to be had while on the road.  Ya just gotta know where to look...and look hard.  And ya gotta stop.  Stopping is the hard part because it sucks up time.  Time I'd rather be exploring and discovering.