Snag » Weekend Finds All Found. All Vintage. Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:18:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Weekend Finds: Invasion of the Pod Sofas Wed, 08 Jun 2016 20:58:26 +0000 In case you’re wondering what I’ve been up to—aside from roving around in search of vintage greatness—I’ve been attempting to organize the vintage greatness I’ve already got. I’ve got a new larger storage area and I’ve finally installed some shelving to help wrangle the chairs that seem to be multiplying like rabbits.

When there's nowhere left to go, go up!

When there’s nowhere left to go, go up!

But even all of this work has not stopped me from dragging more in and last week featured some particularly fortuitous dragging. It all started with spotting an ad for this:


I always love finding Broyhill Brasilia, even if it does need a little work. It came from the estate of a centenarian who, I was told, wore suits up until the day he died and always drove a Cadillac—he owned 38 of them over the course of his driving years. A man after my own heart.


That would have been a great enough find for any week, but then I spotted two of these:


That’s right, two. Who could say no to these pods? And the best part is the shells are lightweight—you can pick the entire couch up with one arm. Still riding this high, a mid-week trip to the thrift store yielded this:


An Adrian Pearsall dining table! What. Is. Happening? At this point I was feeling like some sort of wizard, conjuring great mid-century pieces with mystical powers that even I couldn’t fully grasp. Though I was excited about the table, I couldn’t stop myself from wondering if it had been donated with chairs and, if so, could they be out there at a different store? That thought ate away at me until the next night when I literally visited EVERY THRIFT STORE IN THE METRO after work in a two hour span. That level of insanity did not yield the matching chairs, but I did find these cute sectional pieces:


This time I didn’t get carried away with the notion that the rest of the sofa could be out there somewhere. I’m content with these. But I still decided to do a little research online to learn more about the Pearsall chairs. As I did, I managed to find a set of four and another table for sale locally. Boom. Instant gratification. Granted I had to pay about 20 times what I paid for the first table to get this set and from previous experience that pretty much guarantees that I’ll find four more chairs for free very soon. I’m ok with that.


Don’t worry, that terrible fabric is going away (and with it the petrified foam dust that keeps pouring out of the extremely open weave fabric). Of course, on my way to pick these up, I happened to stop at a garage sale a block away. And, of course, I bought the two biggest, heaviest, most ridiculous things at the sale.


These definitely qualify as my most questionable purchases of the weekend, but I think they’ve got kind of a luxe look. And because each one weighs more than a Cadillac, the price per pound was very, very reasonable. But if I needed to rebound from this decision, a trip to the thrift store later that day had just what I needed.


More Broyhill Brasilia! Plus it was half price furniture day—these set me back a whopping $3.99 for the pair. I will have to do a total restoration on them to match the rest of the chairs in a set I’m slowly building. Although I may have lost track of how many of these I actually have. I’m hoping this makes 12, but I may be up to 14. Obviously I have more organizing to do in my storage. I might need a few more shelves…

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Anthropomorphic Lemon Snack Set Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:29:13 +0000 Lately I have found very, very little out at our local thrift stores but finally last week I walked out of Salvation Army thinking it hadn’t been a complete waste of time. This bright yellow snack plate and cup set had just been brought out that morning and was cheerfully waiting for me.

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It’s an anthropomorphic lemon-faced snack set. Too cute for me to pass up. Would you agree? This set was produced in Japan by PY Company and Norcrest. This lemon set was produced from the late 1940’s until 1961. Many other fruits and veggies can also be found with human like expressions on kitchenware during this time period.

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There are lots of fun, little details on these pieces but my favorite is the lemon skin texture around each cup. Too cute!

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A perfect kitschy kitchen snag! I think it’s time for a tea party with my niece.

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Weekend Finds: Eames Aluminum Group Table Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:07:26 +0000 While in the throes of winter it’s difficult to get a good get. There aren’t many estate sales and the thrift stores are barren and, frankly, it’s hard to muster the desire to leave the house to go to either of them anyway. That’s why I like Craigslist: it’s easy to shop from the comfort of your own home. I haven’t been finding much on there either, but just before giving up all hope entirely I just happened to click on the “General For Sale” tab. It’s a catch-all category. A no man’s land for all the wretched cast-offs that even Craig himself dared not name a category for. Marine batteries, door knobs, DIY medical devices and this…


A 48-inch dining table designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller. Though the sellers had posted it as an Eames table, their failure to place it in the oft viewed “furniture” category hid it from other buyers’ eyes for days until I found it. Although the listing said it had a wood top, it wasn’t easily visible in the photo and I assumed it to be laminate as so many of these are. Much to my surprise…


Real wood veneer in flawless condition. Happy dance. I was a little baffled at the fact they knew it was an Eames table but didn’t slap a big Eames price on it. Never one to haggle against myself I asked no questions, but when I flipped the table over I found my answer.


This table is a newer production (in fact it’s only about five years old) and bears an Eames Office authentication tag that Herman Miller now places on the tables. The sellers probably read this but never looked it up to see what it meant.

Original Herman Miller ad for the Eames Aluminum Group

Original Herman Miller ad for the Eames Aluminum Group

Charles and Ray Eames developed the aluminum group in 1958 as a commission for the J. Irwin Miller house designed by Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard. Herman Miller cites the round table as being introduced into the collection in 1964, though I think the contract base version (which this example is) may have been introduced earlier. All pieces have remained in continuous production by Herman Miller since their introduction.

So, this serves as a great reminder to occasionally look in those places you’d never expect to find anything. You might just find something iconic.

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Thrifty Scores Wed, 16 Dec 2015 15:30:12 +0000 December in Iowa means no more garage sales. Although the weather has been unseasonably warm, nobody seems brave enough to set up a garage sale. So, I’ve been getting my snagging bug filled by stopping into local thrift stores. These two recent finds are keepers.

I spotted this Lane Perception end table with a cross base at a thrift store for $15.00. It’s smaller than most mid-century tables and fit in the front passenger seat of my van. It is the perfect size of furniture for me to haul by myself. By the way, can you believe how green our grass is for December?

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I was super excited when I spotted this large dark orange lamp at a Salvation Army for $4.99! I love the areas of lava glaze on it.

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Two perfect finds that have found a forever spot in my home.

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Christmas in July Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:05:47 +0000 I went to two fun sales last week. The first was a Thursday evening church sale and the other was a tag sale. Oh my, did I get my fill of holiday goodies!

These Christmas boxes all came from the tag sale. Vintage Christmas boxes can be just as amazing as what’s hidden within. Aren’t these boxes stunning?


Now lets take a peek inside the boxes! Christmas candles that would have been used in clip-on Christmas tree candle holders to light up the tree before electric lights were used. The boxes are full and most are in unused condition.


The “NOMA” box was super fun to open! Inside I found this fragile tag still attached to the cord of lights.


A patent date of “Oct. 21st. 1924″.

And then there were these lights in the box…



I also found a few Santas. A paper mache Santa candy container, an old card box with Santa on the front and a Santa stuffed toy.


I paid $0.25 at the church sale for the Christmas card box. Once I opened it at home, I was pleased to find it filled with vintage bell ornaments.


The last two Santa’s came from day two of the tag sale which was also 50%-off day! I was second in line to get into the house and knew exactly what I wanted and it paid off. I paid $20 for this paper mache candy container Santa! He is in great condition!


The bottom of one boot has “Patent Applied For” markings on it. Super cool!


The Santa stuffed toy is the cleanest I have ever seen! So I couldn’t pass him up for $5.00!


I paid $10.00 for this 10 piece village of Pulz houses at the church sale. They are all stamped “Japan” on the bottom.


A view of the rooftops.


I love the two separate trees that were also in the bag and also marked with a “Japan” stamp.


My last two finds are not Christmas but Easter. They were the first items on my radar at the tag sale on the 50%-off day and the first items I was able to grab. They are both old Easter bunny candy containers. The people running the tag sale had marked them both as “German” on the price tags. Each would have each been filled with candy for children to find on Easter morning.

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This bunny still has his paper plug with some marking which I’m unable to make out. Can anyone tell what it says?

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This last bunny was the main reason I went back for day two of the sale. I couldn’t believe he was still there and I was able to bring it home!

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I couldn’t be more happy! I also have a lot more non holiday finds from these two sales that I will be sharing in an upcoming post. I am always so surprised with what can be found at sales at great prices!

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Don’t Forget the Free boxes Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:06:12 +0000 A few weeks ago I had one sale on my radar. That day it just happened to be raining but it was an indoor sale so I ventured out in the pouring down rain. I was disappointed when I left the sale. There was not a single item that interested me and if there would have been something, the prices were crazy high anyway. Still pouring, I made my way to the free boxes outside beneath a tree by the curb. To my surprise it was one of the best free boxes I have ever dug through.

You might call me crazy but I was not alone, another lady who was equally disappointed by the indoor sale, was also digging though the boxes. We both drove away from the sale smiling and soaking wet!

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A handful of amazing wooden fruit and a wooden leaf tray.

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The hand carved wooden tray is marked “Blair Hawaii, Monkey Pod”.

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A ceramic owl and a large wooden bowl.

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My best find was this owl candle holder.

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I’m so glad nothing was ruined by the rain or broken in the free boxes!

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Weekend Finds: The Best of Scandinavia …and a Hooker Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:52:46 +0000 Like so many of my weekends lately, I have been too busy with other things to spend much time thrifting. Yet it always seems like I find just as much when I’m not looking aggressively. A quick stop a thrift store or a casual flip through Craigslist and boom, I’ve got just as many great things as if I had spent days hunting them down. Good things, too, like this Dansk serving tray.


Granted this wasn’t priced as though it was at a garage sale (or even a thrift store where it actually was, for that matter) but still a solid find. Designed by Jens Quistgaard in the 1960s, this teak was produced in a few different sizes. Often riddled with knife cuts, this one is no worse for wear.


My next bit of Scandinavian wares did come with a thrifty price tag of $2.99 and is a good example of why you should always open interesting looking boxes.

IMG_7877I almost overlooked this box on the shelf entirely—viewed from straight above no text can be seen. But it’s colorful pattern drew me in and the minute I picked it up, I saw the name of the legendary mid-century modern Finnish sculptor, Tapio Wirkkala.

IMG_7885Inside the box, nestled in their original styrofoam packing, were six “Niva” cordial glasses designed by Wirkkala for Iittala. Wirkkala’s work ranged from mass consumption items like vodka and ketchup bottles to artful ceramics to one-off works of art. His masterful use of small patterns and textures are showcased here in ice-like glasses that sparkle like crystal in the light. After seeing the glasses, I particularly liked that the pattern on the box is a dramatic close up of the glassware.

IMG_7894And finally, my last find of the weekend is that Hooker I mentioned in the title of this post.

IMG_7866She might be a Hooker, but she’s got class. The result of a quick Craigslist check, this desk was a good Sunday afternoon find. Other than needing a little polishing up, I was surprised to find it in such good condition. I was also pleasantly surprised to discover a finished back panel.


I don’t come across pieces by Hooker every day, but I’m always happy when I do. They’re always interesting and finished very nicely. They’ve become one of my favorite makers to hunt for.

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Weekend Finds: Puppy Love Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:32:12 +0000 The only sale I hit last weekend was a Saturday morning tag sale where I found this vintage Gund Creations plush stuffed dachshund. I’m guessing this scruffy puppy dates from the late 1940’s.

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My other find was from a trip to Goodwill. I usually walk out of Goodwill empty handed but last week I was happy to snag this vintage wedding cake topper. I have a small collection of wedding cake toppers but this is my first one complete with a base and arched floral surrounding. The best part was the $1.99 price tag!
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Weekend Finds: Beauty and the Beasts Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:48:38 +0000 This weekend I didn’t have much time for thrifting or garage sales. But I did make a trip to visit Angela and, as usual, I try to make my trips out of town do dual duty. I picked up a few things on the way there and something pretty sweet while I was there. Though they were all great finds, some weren’t the cleanliest traveling companions. Let’s start with the beauty.


During my visit, Angela and I stopped in a nearby town to pick up this Drexel Declaration cabinet. As many of our regular readers know, I’ve got a thing for this 1958 line of furniture and I’m running out of places to put it. Clearly this isn’t stopping me. And this is no space-saver; the photo may not convey this well, but the cabinet is actually three feet wide and 29 inches tall. Still, the best surprise is on the inside.


It’s a record cabinet! And all the dividers are removable to allow you to use it as a storage cabinet if you wish. This will make  great companion to my Motorola console stereo housed in a Drexel Declaration cabinet.

Now for the beasts. I had spotted these Broyhill Brasilia chairs advertised earlier in the week for next to nothing. As excited as I was to find these (which I need to complete a set I already have) their location—nearly 100 miles away—meant they would have to wait until my trip on Saturday. After a week of anticipation had passed, I finally got to see them in person.


Now, I knew they were projects from the listing, but…nobody had prepared me for the smell. Nobody could have prepared me for the smell. These poor things had been discovered in an abandoned storage facility—and I’m guessing not a very nice one. The cushions were filthy and stained and the wood was covered in filth and mildew. I had to actually wrap them in plastic before I would even consider putting them in my car. The photo you see here is after I had cleaned them, first with a strong bleach solution, second with Murphy’s Oil Soap, followed by several hours of exposure to direct sunlight. But, to give you an idea of what they looked like “raw”, here’s a picture of one of the seats before I ripped the upholstery off:


And this was one of the better ones. Still, I’m glad the seller had the sense to rescue them before the building was demolished. They’ve got a long road to recovery, but there’s no major damage and the smell disappeared with the rotten upholstery. Once refinished, they’ll look good as new.

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Duck, Duck… Bertoia Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:12:12 +0000 Lately I’ve been trying to thrift a little less. My house and storage areas are all completely overcrowded and a super busy summer has meant that every new find pretty much stays wherever it lands for awhile. So, I’ve been resisting things unless they’re truly great or unusual. This weekend started out with unusual and ended with great.


Although not vintage (and not ducks, but geese) I couldn’t resist these mounted waterfowl when Tammy and I hit a tag sale on Saturday morning. I have no idea why, but I’ve always found taxidermy interesting and over time I’ve co-opted the Victorian tradition of decorating with it. Both birds are South American species, a male upland goose on the left and an ashy-headed goose on the right. The best part of this adventure by far was watching people react to us at stop lights on the way home. They looked pretty real.

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The view from outside the car resulted in some puzzled looks from passing cars.

My next find definitely qualifies as “great.”


A Bertoia Large Diamond chair with full cover, designed by mid-century sculptor/designer Harry Bertoia in 1952 for Knoll Associates.


This was listed for sale locally—for only 50 bucks—and had miraculously gone unnoticed for over 24 hours before I discovered it. How nobody snapped it up before me I’ll never know, but I’m very happy they didn’t. I’m not exactly sure what year it was made, but the original label on the cover helps pinpoint a range.


Knoll moved from Madison Avenue to their Park Avenue location in 1961 and remained there until 1970. In the meantime, Massimo Vignelli redesigned the Knoll logo (still in use today) in 1967. These clues mean the chair must have been made between 1961 and 1967.


As much as I love the original fabric on the cover, I’m not sure it’s practically salvageable. The front has a lot of fading, the sides have wear and the foam is essentially just dust. I will also have to find replacement shock mounts. Until this find I was unaware that any Bertoia chairs had such mounts. Evidently they were installed only on the large diamond chair the bird chair, allowing them to rock. One is missing on mine and the others are probably due for replacement.


Aside from these issues, the chair frame itself is in pretty terrific shape. Although the black legs need new paint, the wire shell is coated with vinyl for indoor/outdoor use and only needs a good wiping down.


As much as I like the form of the chair, I will probably have a replacement seat pad made. Now to find the perfect fabric…


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