When the roommate got home from work the other day, we headed out to the mid-century modern/atomic era yard sale that was listed on Craigslist. From the moment I got out of my car, I didn't know where to look! Everything he had was so cool and interesting that I wanted everything. It turns out that he had a booth at an antique mall and pulled out when the recession hit and he wasn't making any money. If the prices on his stuff is any indication of how he priced things in his booth, he definitely needs to get back to it.
I didn't take much cash with me,
but we ended up going back on Friday and buying even more. Everything
in this post is just from our Friday trip and doesn't include the
black mushroom lamp my roommate bought (marked down from $35 to $17
and in perfect working condition) or the turquoise bullet lamp that
he bought ($3 because it had a minor chip in the shade that you can't
even see when it's turned around) or anything else he bought. I'll
post Friday's purchases when I clean out my car!
First up is this awesome
mid-century table. I love everything about it from the great pattern
on the top to those amazing legs with the brass feet. Excuse the
grossness of my garage; we're in the process of turning it into a
little lounge area. The funny thing about this table is that I almost
didn't buy it. I saw it, the roommate pointed out that he already has
a mid-century modern table in our living room, and we got in the car.
We didn't even make it a block until we realized that it was perfect
for the garage, so we turned around and went back. A ten-dollar bill
and it was all mine.
I'm so jealous of the blow molds
that I see on everyone else's blogs, but now I have a few of my own!
The Christmas ones will look great
sitting on the mantle this Christmas. I love how how casually he's
leaning on the chimney.
The little snowman looks so happy,
and he'll go nicely with the Empire one I picked up a few years ago.
This is the only one with a maker's
mark on the back. It's marked Empire and it's from 1970. Oddly
enough, he charged me $1 for this one and $2 for the others. I bought
one on Thursday for $3, so he probably marked things down a little.
I also picked up this smiley guy
And his new best friend for another
Speaking of Christmas, how about a
happy little mouse? He's marked Roy Des FLA 1970. I've seen other
designs online but I know nothing about him. He has a slit in his
back, and some of the listings online claim it's a bank. He's clothes
are so tight that I have no idea how you would put money in and get
it out. For $2 though, he'll look nice at Christmas.
This little pixie has hands that
let him hold onto something. Unfortunately, his arms are pretty
loose, so he'll probably just end up in a sitting position. How could
I leave him behind though, especially for 50 cents?
I also grabbed some other
knickknacks that I probably don't really need.
I love the Miller Studio fish,
mainly because I remember my mom having two of the fish and the
bubbles in our bathroom. I've only found two of these fish in the
past, and my cats were nice enough to knock one over and break it
into a bunch of pieces. This fish had a similar fall at some point,
and someone tried to repair it. He was only 50 cents though, and I
didn't even notice the repair until I took it out of the car. It's
This Glasbake mug came home with
me, even though I originally thought it was Fire King. It's such a
pretty color though that I couldn't resist.
The nut grinder probably should
have stayed behind. Even though it was only $2, it looks like someone
used it to grind something nasty. There's some kind of yellowish or
brownish discoloration and stickiness inside.
I'm not sure who made this bowl,
but I love the color and it was only 50 cents.
I somehow missed taking a separate
picture of it, but I also got a black melamine ashtray. It was $2,
which was a little pricey for an ashtray, but I loved the boomerang
This cookbook will go nicely with
an old Esquire bartending book I picked up at a book sale years ago.
"For the pioneering male with a taste for fine food, and for the
woman who wants to be the perfect hostess." I'm not sure how
good of a hostess I am, but maybe this book will make me a little
Though completely not exciting, one
of the reasons I went back to the sale was specifically for these
coasters. My ex-boyfriend left a set behind that we use for drinks,
but the moisture seeps right down into the bottom and all over your
drink. These have tiny holes that push the moisture into a pad hidden
in the bottom. Plus, I have a hard time resisting any type of vintage
Tupperware, even if it is from the 80s.
This giant (GIANT) poodle ashtray
caught my eye as soon as we started up the driveway. This has to be
the biggest ashtray that I currently own, but the poodle was so
kitschy and I'm pretty sure it begged to come home.
I hope the poodle doesn't mind
having a set of cats nearby. The colors on these practically scream
70s, and I love how well behaved the kittens are. So much better than
my own cats!
Lastly, remember how I said I don't
need anymore dishes? I'll gladly make an exception for Blue Heaven.
Made by Royal Sebring, which was right here in Ohio, these dishes
made me do a happy dance. I got six of the large soup bowls and one
of the small berry bowls, which will go nicely with the matching cake
plate I got the day before. He charged me $1 per piece for the bowls,
$4 for the poodle ashtray, $1 for the cookbook, $2 for the cats, and
$3 for the coasters.
All in all, I spent about $40 on
Friday and another $20 or so on Thursday. My only regret is that he
only has this sale once a year!