Friday, July 31, 2009

Summer Blues

It’s so hot here in the summer it saps all of my energy and most of my enthusiasm. That’s why I have been shopping for 1950’s accessories so much lately and have done little with the house. Got outbid on some barkcloth and was glad. I debate a lot over some of these things. And I’m keeping my accessories budget low. It's not that I can't afford the most expensive things. I can get them if I wanted. But the house itself is modest, and that's the way I want it.

And those ugly little handmade pots and vases I made a post about? Seems other people want them too. Waa!

I did snag this little pot for $4:
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Yesterday I remembered Mom had a couple of these. One was on the back porch table, and suddenly I remembered one she’d had for years and years. A little, nondescript ugly dark brown weed vase that I never liked… Until now!

I’ve been through the whole house, and didn’t remember seeing it, but something made me go out back and look on the shelves I have on the back porch, and there it was! I was sure it had been thrown out long ago. It’s the one on the second shelf to the left.

I found I had a beautiful olive bowl with a bright blue interior, and a couple others, so that helped my Eames pottery fix and cheered me up:
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That’s not dust on those shelves, but over 50 years of honest wear from a lot of living.

Still at one of those points when I’m not sure what to do next, and nothing I need to do next seems like any fun.

I got some weed killer and sprayed the grass growing in the driveway seams, and those awful weeds at the strip of lawn by the curb. Not very exciting stuff, I’m afraid.

I picked up some paint chips for the interior painting:
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Won’t do that until the floors are done.

The fencing needs attending to, but that doesn’t sound exciting. Back porch needs clearing but the shed is full of another family members things, who won’t be able to get them until November! I can’t wait for that. And even then, I suspect it won’t all be taken.

The dining table needs to be taken out or taken apart, and a set of shelves in the living room, along with a few large framed pictures that I guess I have to do a large item pick up on, and I hate putting that stuff at the curb for people to gawk at.

The two big windows need to be replaced, but only after I move the dining table and the stuff on the back porch. Ugh.

The floors, seems like I have been waiting forever on the floors but must clear the living room and not sure how. Hate to put more stuff in the garage/studio, but seems I have no choice.

So this is why I have been shopping eBay lately. I’ve been doing the mundane grunt work for two years, and there’s more to do. You don’t really want to hear about this stuff anyways. I don’t even want to think about it!

1950’s Starburst Candle Chimney

Is there anything more quintessential than these starburst designs?

This sold for only $15:
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pink Mid-Century Fiberglass Lamp

Sweet!
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I bought a pair of these about a month ago. I love them.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Atomic 1950’s Turquoise Items

Sweet. All currently for sale on eBay from the sellers personal collection. Although, why would anyone in their right mind get rid of things from a personal collection that matched the blue tile so very well? Wish I had a blue theme just so I could buy these!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

1950’s Atomic Starburst Drinking Glasses

Got these for the opening bid:
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What did I say? It’s a buyers market!

Now for these items to arrive in the mail:
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And I got all this for less than $150. Amazing. If I’d gone to an antique store, I’d have paid over $500. If I could have found it all in my area.

I’m about done with everything I need for inside my 1950’s Atomic Ranch House! I’m excited.

Once the weather cools just a bit, on to floors, painting, curtains and getting the furniture in the living room. Then the major stuff will be done.

1950’s Eames Black and Gold Glasses and Metal Carrier

Bought these black and gold glasses in this awesome circular metal carrier for the opening bid:
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Is it too early to be buying mid-century gifts for myself for Christmas? lol…

The two tidbit trays I got, also won for the opening bid. I saw an Eames patterned blanket sell for the opening bid as well.

It’s a buyers market! This must be the time of year to buy. Last Fall and Christmas season, sales were stronger.

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Tribute to Mid-Century Hand Thrown Pottery

I’m not sure why I got to thinking about these. Mom had a couple of these I kept, but they are something I could have easily thrown out.

I’m talking about those insignificant little hand made pots with earth tone drip and sand glazes.

Most people would consider these ugly, and it took me until today when I did a search to appreciate them.

I like the little hand made one’s, signed or initialed by the artist.

Check these examples out. Most are quite small but interesting. Most are under $20, but one is priced at $600. Can you tell which one?

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Mid-Century Disneyland Memories

Allow me to indulge in the “way back machine” here for this post.

I came across a Disneyland Monsanto postcard on eBay and it brought back a whole flood of memories.

I was born and raised and grew up in southern California (still live here) and every Birthday, Mom would have Dad take each of us somewhere special for our Birthday.

I remember going to Disneyland several times back then. Mom didn’t know, it wasn’t all that fun going with Dad because he couldn’t go on any rides that would spin or drop or do much of anything fast, and he seemed to need to sit down an awful lot while I wanted to go, go go.

But I do remember having fun and being excited regardless.

I wasn’t like all the other girls; I didn’t want to go to Snow Whites castle. I wanted to ride Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and The Ride Through Inner Space:
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I also loved the Carousel of Progress with its silly song:
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I just loved it. It was the futuristic home of the future part I loved so much. And I thought they tore it down, but turns out they moved it to Disneyworld in FL. I just watched a youtube vid of the updated version. They changed the (outdated but very cool) futuristic home part for a modern, current home display. It’s not as good.

And after the ride, you walked by a big futuristic city in a big plastic covered bubble display that had all the little moving futuristic cars and such. Someone, a Disneyland collector I knew on a chat board, sent me a picture of it, but alas, my other computer died and I have it on back-up disk somewhere to re-find someday.

At any rate, I don’t remember ever riding the rocket ship ride that went around in circles (a make-Dad-sick ride):
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I never saw The House of the Future display:
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I believe it was built in the 1970’s and I’m going to write a post about how I think 1970’s style was different than “Mid-Century” style.

Monsanto display (remember the catch phrase “better living through chemistry?):
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I think they said that during the Monsanto-sponsored People Mover ride:
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Which was a Dad-approved ride, but one I found not exciting enough for me:
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I think I rode this once:
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…with my brothers on a rare, family trip to Disneyland.

Oh and somewhere I have original black and white photos of Disneyland before they even opened their doors. Dad and Mom rode out there and took some photos. Mom said it had a dirt parking lot at the time. I’ll dig those up as I have to go through all the family photos one day soon.

I remember having a whole $16 one trip to Disneyland. $16!! It was the most money I’d ever had at one time before in my life and it seemed like a small fortune to a kid like me. I bought a ceramic Dalmatian puppy and a Lady from lady and the Tramp wooden necklace. Somewhere I have a photo of the purple outfit I wore with that necklace, and I still have the necklace.

Ah, those were the fun days. It was a big deal to go to Disneyland as my folks didn’t have a lot of spare cash, and I enjoyed it so much.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

1950’s Mid-Century Atomic Mirro Tidbit Tray

I snagged this awesome gold space age tidbit tray:
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I did it specifically because of this tray I just mentioned I got for $6 (and one just sold for $36):
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Both are 1950’s Mirro brand gold trays and will match perfectly!

1940’s Calla Lilly Prints

A matching pair of these sold for $10. I just thought they were so sweet:
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I debated over these for quite a while. But alas, I can’t buy everything I really want. I have no room with these colors in mind. Deciding on a very specific theme and color scheme reduces the amount of “stuff” you can get for a room, and keeps the room looking very cohesive and uncluttered.

It also keeps your budget in check. Did I mention I’m trying to do all my renovations with $5 in my pocket? Ha ha. Not quite, but let’s just say I don’t have the kind of cash to pour into this project I’d like to have, and no thanks to the recession, I want to be extra careful and do each project one at a time as my budget allows.

But it also means passing on some wonderful items. Sigh.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

1950’s Starburst Lamp

I got this lamp, once again, purchased for a song:
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It will go very well on top of my vintage 1950’s T.V. in my living room. I seem to have a thing for vintage mid-century lamps and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I love a well-lit room.

Have my eye on one more, to replace the broken lamp an unscrupulous seller sold me last fall, and perhaps a pair for the kitchen.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Mid-Century Eames Mirro Tripod Bowl & Vintage Vanity Chairs

This sold for $36. I bought the same one a few months ago for $6 (both on eBay) and no one else was interested in it. There is a kind of satisfaction knowing you got something others wanted for less.
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I need a pair of matching vanity chairs for the master bedroom. One for the desk, and one for the little vanity built into the end of the tiny hall that runs in front of both the closet and bathroom.

Both are set quite low, so the chair would also need to be lower to the ground than most standard chairs.

These two are sweet:
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But I’d like a matching pair, and that will be near impossible to find in a lower height.

So this is why I was excited by Urban Outfitters little repro iron bench with the hairpin legs:
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And this is also a very cool design found on the net:
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It’s obviously a new design, but still nice.

With modern retro designs I can get in a matching pair. If any of you fellow bloggers know of more designs like the ones pictured, I’d be grateful to know!