Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Well, This Has Been Out In The Garage For A Long Time. I'd Love To Re-cover / Reupholster It, But... Status: Time To Let It Go.


This was the first step on my ongoing journey to falling asleep in my very own Eames / Herman Miller lounge chair and ottoman. I had big plans for it too. I've even got some great upholstery fabric to make it all pretty and comfy but I'm so fickle and newer "Man" chairs have come and gone. I think perhaps it should be moved along.

Monday, January 30, 2012

New Vintage Modern Religious Architecture Feature. Status: Makes Ya Think.


Have you ever noticed that some of the wildest, most adventurous, least conservative architecture of the 1960's was religious in nature?  My particular neighborhood is rife with very liberal looking houses of God.  I'm starting with the King's Crown of Mod Religious Architecture here in St. Louis.  The Catholic Center building on Lindell Blvd.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Wanna Do A Little Shoppin' With The Mr.? Gus' New Shop - Vandeventer Vintage - Is Up And Runnin'. Let's Take A Peek Inside! Status: CLOSED.


The Girlfriend and I FINALLY got down to Mid-Town and had a chance to peruse Gus' new shop Vandeventer Vintage on...wait for it...Vandeventer Blvd. Keepin' real...and real simple!  Won't you join me on a little tour of the new facilities?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Two Vintage Wooden Purses Via The Girlfriend. Status: Babe Boxes.


Weird, right? But they are kinda cool. I think we picked up the white washed one at an estate sale, sans the Betty Page embellishments. I came up with that bright idea and started messing around with it's implementation one evening long ago.  The "babes" on the second, woodstained purse came with it.

Friday, January 27, 2012

A Very Special Episode Of Mr. Modtomic. Need Some Fine China? Status: Come-N-Get-It!


Mother Modtomic gifted this very pretty set of Sone China (Japan 1964) to me a few years ago I think because A. She knew I'd like bamboo motif, and B. They didn't really fit the style of items she sells in her antique mall spaces. Unfortunately I never warmed to the platinum or chrome edge. Too stuffy for my taste, so in the same spirit that the set came into my possession I will be pass these onto one lucky reader!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Can't Find Those "Just Right" Barkcloth Drapes? Look To Space Age Synthetics! Status: Stylishly Modern.


I don't find cool drapes often at the thrift stores but when I do I don't bother measuring or looking for small holes.  Oh sure, I'll unfold them and see what we have but I don't think I've EVER put a set back.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tube Powered Webcor Record Player. Warm Sound From Warm Electronics. Status: Not Just Pretty...It Works.


This little beauty was sitting neglected in the basement of an estate sale a couple years ago. It was filthy and kinda hidden under a table and didn't really look like much but something about the stance...the little scamp had me at hello!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sunday Late Afternoon / Early Evening Thrift Scores. Status: Nice Smalls


I stopped by a couple of Goodwills on the west side (St. Charles area) on Sunday after making a craigslist run and managed to procure a few little niceties!  Wineglasses, Salad Fork-n-Spoon and Dip Bowl to match my Chip Bowl!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Snnniiiiifffffff...Mmmmm. Smell That Cedar! Need A Place To Keep Those Wool Blankies Away From The Moths? Status: Just In.


There is a small (41" wide) area between our fireplace and the outside wall of the house where we have our TV.  It's really the only logical place for the TV in the room. Right now the TV is sitting on a round blond coctail table that is also supporting a 400lb "fatback" 36" Sony HDTV that gave up the ghost a while back.  The new TV thoroughly hides the old TV so it's been that way for a while, but I'd like to someday find just the right case piece to replace the coctail table and get rid of that old TV.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

In Town For The Weekend? Need To Find A Cool Watering Hole? May I Suggest The Way Out Club? Status: Rockin' The South Side.


The Way Out Club in South St. Louis (2525 South Jefferson Avenue St. Louis, MO 63104-2307) is one of the best places to see a good punk rock band or a high energy rockabilly show while getting your Pabst Blue Ribbon on. I don't get down there as often as I used to but The Way Out is still at the top of my list of cool dive bars here in St. Louis.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Uhmmmm....If What I Read On The Internet Is To Be Believed, This Is A Burke Chair! Like The Famous Tulip Burke Chair "Burke"! Status: Huh?


These were actually bought by the Girlfriend many years ago during our early years as a couple and our first adventures in attending estate sales. I actually didn't think too much about them either way. She liked them so we brought them home. They were in continuous use for several years until she moved up here to Florissant.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Oh Wow, I Forgot I Had This! It's A Nice Little Danish Style Stool In The Manner Of Hans Wegner. Status: ESB From Last Summer!


I forgot all about this little danish stool! I got it at an estate sale last summer. It resided in the living room for a short while but at some point it made its way into the garage and well...out of sight, out of mind.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Buffet Is Long Gone But They Didn't Want The China Cabinet Top! Status: Mmmm...Leftovers!


This china top was left behind by a couple who drove down from Minneapolis about a year and a half ago to pick up a Brasilia bedroom set. They snatched up the bottom half of it to use as a TV stand I think and didn't have a use for this. I had seen plenty of these on the web paired up with short legs to make nice curio cabinets so I was happy to keep it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

While Out Monkeying Around In The Garage Monday I Pulled This Out And Realized I Might Never Use It Again. Status: Straight To My Ads.


I picked this up YEARS ago and I used it in the spare bedroom for a while. Extra stuff migrated to the spare bedroom and the little table made its way to the garage. I pulled it out in order to unearth another item and decided it might be time to put it on the "list".

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It Was So Freakishly Warm Out Today That I Just Had To Finally Drag This Heywood Wakefield Dining Set Out And Shoot Some Pics. Status: Pretty But Distressed.


Lately I've been getting inquiries via my craigslist ads wondering if I might have this or that. Usually I don't and will try to help them find what they are looking for if I have the time, but sometimes I actually do have what they are looking for and just haven't ever gotten around to shooting pics of it for my ads. This Heywood Wakefield dining set is one of those items.

Monday, January 16, 2012

I Failed To Take The "Real" Camera With Me Yesterday, But Here's Some Crappy Phone Pics. Status: Left Behind


Ugh....I hate relying on my phone for pics.  It's just not cut out for it.  These new phones are great at most everything and having a camera built in can be a God Send but using those pics for anything but a quick reference is a drag.  But it's what I had.  And I wanted to share this booth with ya!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

We Made A Little Road Trip This Morning And Of Course We Stopped At An Antique Mall. Wanna See What's In The Box? Status: Take A Look!


We stopped today at a couple of antique malls just off the highway south of here near Cuba Mo. We didn't find anything note worthy in the first but found a booth full of all kinds of good smalls in the second. The Girlfriend spotted the booth first and said something like "Oh Sweety, you're gonna like this one."

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Some Folks Might Think That I'm Omnipotent And That I Snatch EVERY Cool Thing / Amazing Deal On Craigslist. Status: Not So. (Another Year End Wrap Up)


Swing and a Miss! "solid wood and in excellent condition. It has a hinged drop down desk." This was only a Hundred Bucks! I called and COULD have had it but I stupidly passed on it because I had had a busy weekend and probably had bought a bunch of stuff at an estate sale or something and the unit was one piece. It would have been hard to get home. Like I said. "Stupid" Look inside for 9 more near misses!

Friday, January 13, 2012

I Kill Plants. I've Tried...I Really Have. I Don't Have A Brown Thumb. I Have An Defoliant Thumb. Status: Plastics...The Plants Of The Future!


Oh...looky, all those fake kitties wanting to eat the fake plants. What is it with cats wanting to eat plants, fake or otherwise? Our former kitty would even try to eat the tinsel off our Christmas tree.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Just A Few Things That Found It's Way Into My Hand Last Weekend. Status: Thrift Goodies.


Just a quick post. It's late and I've had a long day. Worked 11 hours and my Grandmother passed on today (well, yesterday...Wednesday). Not an easy day. So I'm gonna make this a quick one.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

More From Royal Haeger Potterys. Same Shape - Different Finish. Status: Three's Company.


I do love me some Royal Haeger!  After seeing a large collection of this line in the brilliant orange at a now defunct retro shop on Cherokee Street's Antique Row many years ago I was hooked.  I started picking up a piece here and there at thrift stores and estate sales.  Then I spotted the line in this finish.  Sweet.  I could keep buying without collecting duplicates!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Weekend Craigslist Booty! Check Out My New "Danish Modern Stylized Desk"! Status: See Obi-Wan...There's Always Another.


This is the THIRD Broyhill Premier desk to pass through our front door.  All have been different lines.  Can you identify this line?  The clues are remarkably subtle.  Even the seller forgot that this was Broyhill, so little there is to distinguish it from others like Lane, Drexel and Baumritter.  But it's a subtlety that serves this desk well.  Have you guessed the line yet?  Click through and scroll down to see if you're right!

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Shop In The Midwest Alert! Stop By And Partake Of The Vintage Modern Abundance. Status: Weekends Only...For Now.


Mmmm...isn't this a tasty piece of vintage modern lounge chair beautificence?  By far this was my favorite piece to photograph as well as lust after down at Momoderne, one of the newest venues for us to drop some dosh on fabulous house bling here in St. Louis.  I just couldn't find a bad angle to shoot this from!  The only problem was getting a couple shots off before it got snatched up and taken home...things were moving fast at this inaugural sale.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Stopped By A New Little Shop Today Down On The South Side. Didn't Go To Shop But Ended Up With This Anyway! Status: "CatStump"


There's a lot going in the Lou' these days.  It's kinda weird.  Because of the unseasonably warm weather it feels like spring!  Perfect days to check out one of the many new shops and places to pick up vintage modern goods that are springing up lately.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Before The Advent Of Cheaper Chinese Imports Even Mass Produced Art Was Worthy Of A Signature. Status: Relagated To The Laundry Room.


These days you can pick up wall decor at just about any furniture store, most department stores and even discount places like Big Lots (love Big Lots!) but it's just something to fill the space between the walls or windows in most cases.  I don't think any of it's likely to gain a following in the future in quite the way that the Curtis Jere pieces have.

Friday, January 6, 2012

"Come Get Me! It's Cold Out In His Garage!" Poor Abandoned Chair. Forlorn And Forgotten. Status: Not Mine.


You know who you are!  Don't you love your pink girly office chair any more?  I was just kidding when I said it was uncomfortable.  It's probably just fine.  Probably....maybe.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Stylish Flatware On The Cheap. Estate Sale Sundries. Status: Odd Lot.


Chow time? Do you do it in style? I got this everyday silverware at an estate sale last summer just so we could have something a little less embarrassing to eat with than the mismatched incomplete sets of various eating utensils littering our silverware drawer.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Barstools At Kevins Crib Reminded Me That I Have A Pair Of Beat Up Umanoff Barstools Out In The Garage! Status: Rediscovered.


These are...how you say? Rough.  They've been rode hard and put away wet.  Maybe Rustic is a more attractive term.  Shabby Mod?  Has that term been coined?  Anybody who knows me or has been reading this blog knows I have a weakness for rod iron and wood furniture like this.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

While Not An Actual "Best Of" List...This Is A Compilation Of The Most Viewed Posts Over The Last Year. Status: The "Best" (As Always) Is Yet To Come!

best of 2011

Here we are again.  Last year I made a list of "best" scores or fails.  I hadn't been blogging for a whole year back then so I couldn't do a "best" of my blog.  This year I scrolled back through all the post and tallied up the most viewed and well, here it is.  Most viewed Postings by yours truly for the last 365 days!

Monday, January 2, 2012

More From Kevins Joint. Great Local Art. Great Local Artists. Status: Good Taste / Lucky Bastard.


My buddy Kevin is a bit of a Bohemian (IMHO).  He's the local Slam Master for the St. Louis area Poetry Slam and writes a bit himself.  He's the guy who's going to suggest we all go out to an art opening...but mostly for the open bar.  I met him working the door at a local watering hole / music joint in Soulard called Kennealy's Pub reading some book.  I had just heard the story of how the book Confederacy Of Dunces came to be so I struck up a conversation and the rest is history!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

I Know I Know...I'm Late...C'mon...It's New Years Day! Of Course I Had To Recover. Check Out My Buddy's Raymor Barstools. Status: 1 Down - 364 To Go.


We celebrated New Years Eve on the South Side like a proper couple of St. Louis Hoosiers!  We had a delicious dinner at The Shaved Duck where we absolutely stuffed ourselves silly then headed over to my good friend Kevin's joint to drink and have Hoppin' John at midnight.  We bought him these vintage Barstools for his birthday about 4 or 5 years ago.  Arthur Umanoff?