Friday, May 31, 2013

I'd Been Eye-Ballin' This Quistgaard Cheese And Cracker Board For Ages At The Green Shag. Half Off Sale? SOLD!!! Bonus: Dropped Off A BRNO Chair And Some Smalls There Yesterday Too. Status: Win / Win.


I stopped by the shop in St. Charles and The Green Shag Market yesterday to drop one of the Mies Van Der Rohe BRNO chairs in each and while at The Shag I of course had to snoop around.  There had been a Dansk cheese board there for ever that I had been pining over since it came in.  The vendor had JUST put up a Half Off sign and I pounced!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mmmm...Don't You Just Need A Crackling Romantic Fire Now That Summer Is Here? What? No? Then How About A Retro Cone Fireplace With Electric Logs? Yeah, I Got Ya Covered. Status: At The Shop!


Not a lot going on in the world of craigslist over the weekend but I picked up another cone fireplace Monday and have already dropped it off at the shop in St. Charles.  Bonus, it can be used as a real wood burning unit OR just leave these electric logs in there and forgo all the mess!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

::Update!:: Back With Some More "Design Within OUR Reach". This Time I Found Some Mies Van Der Rohe "BRNO" Chairs In Sleek Stainless Steel And Lushious Chocolate Brown Leather. Status: Liquidation Special.


So right away, let me get this out of the way...sadly, they are not Knoll.  They are "Made In China" repros.  I know, I was disappointed too.  Still, they are super nice reproductions, being made of real leather and polished stainless steel.  My hopes were high but did I really think my luck was that good?  Uh uh.  ::Check inside for a lil more info I just came across::

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Made In America...South America That Is. I Was Told By The Former Owner Of This Huge Fantastic Fiber Wall Art That It Was Created By A Local Artist In Brazil. Status: Did I Mention Huge?


I can't make that signature out...Dinah?  I don't know.  The bigger question is How Do You Feel About Fiber Art.  This can be a real contentious and polarizing issue so I'm hoping to see some lively debate in the comments...or maybe it's time has arrived and everybody's come to accept it's skinny jeans and pop up headlights...oh wait...that second one ain't happened yet.

Monday, May 27, 2013

This Weekend Was More About Shifting Merch Than Epic Acquisitions, But I Did Find A Couple Little Goodies. Status: Thrifty Goodness.


Wow, what a weekend. I took a couple extra days of (Thursday and Friday) to make it a nice little five day mini-vacation. Of course I'm gonna scour the thrifts the whole time and as per usual, very little turned up. Seems like when I have the time to really make the rounds there's just not much to be had.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Looking For Some Stylish Bargains In The Baltimore MD Region? Caryn R. Certainly Is! She Asked If I Could Take A Moment To Scrounge Through Her Neck Of The Woods To See If There Were Any Diamonds In The Rough. Let's Check Out What I Found, Shall We? Status: Not My Turf!

Greetings from Baltimore, Maryland - Large Letter Postcard

We're back up in the North East this time. It took me a couple hours to put this all together and some of the ads might be a little bit older, but there is definitely some good and undervalued stuff up here in Baltimore. Let me know in the comments if you happen to snag any of these treasures!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Z'at Look Dangerous To Anyone Else? Makes Me Wonder If Anyone Has Ever Had To Have A Kromex Serving Dish Removed From Their Body At The Emergency Room. Full Body Shivers Aside, I Removed This One And A Nice Lot Of Taylor Smith Taylor Jamaica Bay From The Goodwill. Status: No Stitches Necessary!


Every good super mod host / hostess should have a couple of pieces of Kromex in their arsenal of serving pieces.  In my humble opinion, this is probably the coolest style out there.  And as far as "attainable" dinnerware goes, I don't think you can get much cooler that Jamaica Bay.  It's just the right mix of Atomic and Tiki.  Never seen it?  Click through to see the newest lot to be added to my collection!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Yup, More IKEA But It's Still A Pretty Cool Candelabra And It Totally Fits In With The Rest Of My Wares. Plus, Bonus, I Found A Near Perfect Globe Lighting Fixture At The ReStore Too! Status: Old Vs. New (ish).


I've taken Thursday and Friday off this week and while Thursday was kinda cool and drizzly all day Friday is looking up.  I did manage to shift the Yellow Majestic fireplace and after delivering it downtown (to the City Museum Lofts...SUPER Cool place!) I was already it made sense to check the traps while out, right?  This (and a cool hanging globe light fixture) is the takings.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A (Mystery) Danish Slipper Chair, Brass Top "Spider" Table And A Cool Candelabra. Not A Bad Haul For A Late Flea Market Arrival! Status: Sweet Flea Finds.


Yeah, that upholstery is pretty hideous but the chair is solid and has great lines.  You've already seen the Spider Leg Table, and the candelabra...that's pretty darn cool too.  All this was found and hauled back to Frank within an hour from the various vendors.  Not too shabby, eh?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gawsh...Another Freestanding Fireplace? You Betcha! This One's A Genuine Malm And - BONUS! - Looks Like A Robot! Status: Daytrip Booty / Already Gone.


This fantastic Malm "Diamond Fire" fireplace came from the Springfield Il craigslist.  I was surprised that it didn't get scooped up before I was able to get up there and buy it myself.  I was hoping to pick a set of stacking bentwood and chrome steel dining chairs while up there but it just didn't work out.  Oh well, can't win 'em all.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Craigslist Wasn't My Only Shopping Venue This Weekend. We Also Made The Trek To The Wentzville Flea Market Where I Got A Good Deal On This Fabulous Brass Top Spider Table. Status: Available.


I love these tables.  I don't think that they were intended to elicit the response they get from the Eames era / mid-century crowd but it's those lovely sculptural legs that get us.  This particular piece has much darker legs and a smaller top than the others that I've had, but it's in excellent shape...and it's available!

Monday, May 20, 2013

All Week Long I Had Been Spotting Stuff On Craigslist That I Couldn't, For Various Reasons, Get To Until Saturday. Stuff Like This Majestic Cone Shaped Gas Fireplace. So Yup, I Was A Busy Boy Saturday! Status: Stocked, Satisfied / Already Gone.


This Majestic cone gas fireplace was spotted in the background of an ad for some shelves.  I sent an e-mail to the seller on the off chance that they might want to be rid of the fireplace too.  Turns out they were emptying a property for to put on the market and eventually they did want to be rid of it.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

8 Days Ago I Had Never Heard Of Ron Rezek...Now I Have Two Versions And Three Desk Lamps By Him. Strange How This Kind Of Thing Happens. When It Rains It Pours...And I'm Always Out There With A Bucket! Status: Hunted / Gathered.


While I was trying to find some intel on the mod desk lamps last week after spotting them on craigslist, I kept seeing this design as well.  Turns out that it too is a Ron Rezek designed desk lamp.  Not exactly my style but if you look around the web for a minute you'll see that they don't exactly come cheap.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tired Of Shooting Without A Tripod, I Though I'd Share With You The Prey I'm Stalking This Weekend. Kind Of A Before And After, If You Will. Plus, How Cute Is That D*mn Kitty?! Status: All Atwitter.

stalking kitty

Look owt internets...I's commin' to get yooz.  Such is my late week agenda.  I set up all sorts of hopeful rendezvous with dreams of epic scores.  Wanna take a look at some of the items I've got in my laser sights for Saturday?  Click on through and be prepared to Be Amazed (or whatever)!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Ever Wonder How You Get "Ahead" In This Vintage Modern Craziness? Well, Finding "A Head" At The Flea Market Can't Hurt! Status: Flea Finds On Friday!


It wasn't cheap (or maybe it was and my cheap meter is out of whack) but I wasn't finding much else and I wasn't coming home empty handed.  The seller said he had sold a dozen or so in the previous weeks but this one was his last.  I was happy to relieve him of it!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Art Imitates Life? Sometimes. This Vintge '70s String Art Is Probably What My Brain Looks Like On The Weekends When I've Got Too Much Going On. Status: Controlled Chaos?


I picked this up at the Goodwill in St. Charles Sunday after making my first trip to the Wentzville Flea this year.  It was a great day for the flea market and I did pretty good both there and at the Goodwill.  Can you believe that this didn't get destroyed going through the donation process?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Picked Up A Bag Or Two Of Smalls A Few Days Ago That Just Run The Gammut Of Vintage. Retro? Check. Danish? Check. Antique(y)? Check. Status: Gotta Get 'Em Tagged.


Since this pair of steel framed Chinese scene plaques were in sorta rough condition I almost passed on them, but then I took a second look.  That's not "rough", that's Character!  Yeah, I mean for the most part they are actually in great shape.  It's the frames that have taken the real beating anyway.  Plus, I picked up some other goodies while out checking the traps.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How Long Has It Been Since I Featured My Little Outlet At The Green Shag Market? Too Long? Not Long Enough? Beats Me! At Any Rate, I Dragged Some More Goodies Down To The City Over The Weekend. Status: Flourishing.


There's a couple of new big items in the booth lately.  Can you pick them out?  I dropped off three of the Eames shell chairs I brought back from Texas, obviously the Majestic fireplace is front and center, just behind that is the swivel, tilt Eames shell armchair and then behind that is the brass "Z" floor lamp.

Monday, May 13, 2013

What Pops Up On Craigslist Never Ceases To Amaze Me. Sunday Afternoon Afforded The Mr. An Opportunity To Acquire A Fine Pair Of Ron Rezek Desk Lamp...And This Mister Is Not One To Look A Gift Horse In The Pie Hole. Status: Snatched.


Truth is, I hadn't even heard of Ron Rezek until yesterday.  I spotted this pair of perforated diffuser desk lamps on the "list" and decided to do a little lookin' 'round on the web.  I only turned up one other pair and they were listed on 1stDibs.  A good sign, but not definitive as far as I'm concerned.  Still, they weren't pricey and they looked cool.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

'Twas A Marvelous Day Here In The Midwest. I Partook Of The Wentzville Flea This Morning And Rescued This Vintage Jacobsen Series 7 Chair. Status: Why-Oh-Why.


I passed it by three times before breaking down and making an offer on it.  I just felt so sorry for it.  It's not a bad paint job...just SO the wrong chair!  It's a shame Becky Miles didn't know any better.  But I'm gonna see if I can rescue it.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

I'm Hoping To Have This Magnificent Majestic Cone Fireplace Available At The Green Shag Market By The Time You Read This Saturday. Status: Available...But For How Long?!


I used to photograph a lot of the items I posted on craigslist in front of our orange Majestic cone fireplace.  I'd get about 3 or 4 inquiries asking if the fireplace was available for each ad.  We still have that old Majestic in our living room because some thing are just matter what.  Well, now I have an opportunity to make someone very happy.

Friday, May 10, 2013

I Found Waldo. Well, A Painting BY Waldo...Z. Waldo That Is. Just Some More Delightful And Anonymous Late '60s Art. Status: Almost A Keeper.


I popped in to the Salvation Army the other morning before heading into work and this lovely lanscape painting (acrylic on canvas) was waiting for me to take it home.  I love rescuing stuff like this from the last place before the landfill.  Hopefully, I'll be able to foster it into a loving new home.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

While I Was Picking Up The Brasilia Table From Dan Over The Weekend I Was Given A Chance To Cherry Pick His Upcoming Garage Sale And Snag One Of The First Case Study Style Planters. Status: Super Mod Smalls!


Dan and a friend of his are making these Case Study style planters and I'm gonna get some in both the family shop, Fleur De Lis - Home Source and in my booth space at The Green Shag Market.  This is the first of three that I've got coming my way.  While I was there I snatched up this neato kinetic mobile sculpture.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Is This A Knoll Table? There's No Label But There's One Tell Tale Sign. I Just Can't Find Another Like It Anywhere. Can My Amazing Readership Help? Status: Mysterious.


I found this big heavy steel and walnut pedestal dining table over the weekend languishing at the South County Value Village.  No price so at first I thought it was already sold.  Then I noticed that NONE of the furniture had prices!  So, although I hate having to, I asked.  Then I purchased.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Brasilia Before And After. You Might Remember This Broyhill Brasilia Drop Leaf Harvest Table From Last October. It's Has Finally Emerged From It's Cocoon And Boy Is It Pretty! Status: Available.


After a long winter the Brasilia harvest table is back out in the open.  It's been a long wait but it was totally worth it.  It needed lots of love and luckily I know just the man for the job.  He loves the work and loves Brasilia so it was only natural that he takes care of all my Broyhill "troubles".

Monday, May 6, 2013

This Sensational Dining Suite By Drexel Was What Had Me Running Around All Morning Saturday. It's The Subtle And Sublime Declaration Line...And Lots Of It! Status: Available.


The name "Declaration" conjures up what, Colonial style furnishings?  This ain't that.  But to be fair, there are many pieces of the Drexel Declaration line that would perhaps fit that image you've conjured up.  I'm not sure how the two fit together and share the same name but I'm not a marketing genius either.  I'll leave that mystery to the pros.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

It's Been A Crazy Weekend. I Need A Drink. How About A Whiskey? This Set Should Help With That. Looks Like New. Status: Headed To The Shop.


One of my co-workers offered to GIVE me this as a neighbor had offered to give it to her.  She's not into vintage the way we are and she knew I'd love it so she shot me a text photo of it.  I asked her to bring it in to work and gave her some cash for it.  Next stop: Fleur De Lis - Home Source.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Ah...The Siren Song Of Unobtainium. This Smashing Set Of Stacking Hairpin Leg Tables Eluded Me For Months...MONTHS!!! And It Drove Me Crazy!!! Status: Stack-tacular?


To just see them in a photo...on might think (I did) that these are Knoll...if you know about the Knoll stacking hairpin leg tables.  If not, might just think that they are some cool stacking tables, and you'd be right.  Not Knoll, much to my chagrin.

Friday, May 3, 2013

It's Not Vintage But It's Certainly Modern. I Snatched Up This Great Herman Miller Aeron Chair Off C-list Last Evening After Work For A Song. It's Not Perfect But Certainly Serviceable. Status: Ohhh...The Comfort!


If you've never had the pleasure of sitting in one you are probably scratching your head right about now wondering why I'm showing off my plastic office chair.  The thing is, this is a future classic.  I can't really even remember where I first heard of the Herman Miller Aeron chair but a friend of ours had one years ago and when he moved we got to "baby set" his...we still have it.  It's sweet.  Last night I found another.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Taking A Day Off Tuesday Payed Off Big! I Picked Up This Great Vintage Mod Swag Lamp Along With The Tulip Table Featured Yesterday And A Few Other Choice Goodies That You'll See Later. Status: Available.


I had to clean up a chair and shoot some pics of that this morning before work for a potential new owner so I didn't have a real good chance to clean this little gem up.  Please disregard the spots you see on the globe and how dull the wood looks.  It's gonna get a proper scrubbing and the wood, a danish oil bath...then it's off to the shop.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Who Doesn't Love A Beautiful Tulip Table? I Picked Up This One, In Coffee Table Form, Just This Afternoon. I'm Still Not Sure Whether Or Not It's A Knoll / Saarinen. Status: Unidentified Bequiling Object!


Regardless of it's maker and or designer this table was such a brilliant score.  I spotted this a few days ago and had shot off an e-mail right away...then heard nothing.  For days.  And days.  Then today, a day so nice out that I just happened to take off work, the seller called me out of the blue!  Talk about perfect timing!