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We’ve had a couple of very busy weekends in a row and, though they have been packed with great deals and even better items to pass along to you, we’re looking forward to a weekend at home (we hope) this coming Saturday and Sunday! Still, it’s hard to pass up a great sale and we recently happened upon one that yielded some extraordinary pieces. We also just took a very large load of items in on consignment and we’re excited by all of the treasures, both big and small, that we’ll be sharing with you!
If you’re local, we just updated the items available in our booth space at House of Vintage with some of the pieces we’ve recently acquired. Among other things, there are a couple of real standout pieces we wanted to especially tell you about!
First is a gorgeous late 30’s/early 40’s sideboard made by the Blue Bird Manufacturing Co. of Los Angeles. It’s really a stunning piece and features the original hardware, too! The style is often referred to as Spanish or Spanish Revival, though there is some overlap with the Jacobean style as well. The intricate details on the accent portions of this piece are amazing, and it would look great in a dining room or even as an entryway piece. (sorry for the dark pic! We were just so excited to photograph it as soon as we got it home and then take it in to the space!)
The second piece that we are very excited to offer is also from the late 30s and is a simply amazing 1938 Philco radio. It’s hard to know where to start with this gorgeous guy. It is a model 38-7 and is in beautiful condition. All of the knobs move freely and the speaker cloth doesn’t have even the slightest snag in it much less any fading. As is the case with many old tube radios, this fella isn’t working but it sure wouldn’t take much to get him to, though how many AM radio stations do you listen to these days anyway, right? That being said, the lights in it DO work and the soft glow that comes from its face is enchanting.
Both pieces are currently for sale in our booth but, if you’re not local and are still interested, let us know! We’d be happy to send you more pictures and work out shipping costs with you!
In the Pacific Northwest, we tend to start school later in the year than most places. That means, for us, school lets out later than most places, too. This year, due to excessive snow days during the winter that we’ve had to make up, today is finally the last day of school for us.
For students, the last thing they typically want to think about on the last day of school is school desks. Well, we’re no longer students so we do!
Recently, we picked up this beautiful pair of E.H. Stafford school desks. We see them periodically, though it’s usually just one desk with the bench seat attached to the front of it. When we found this set locally, we were ecstatic since it’s unusual to find them this way!
The E.H. Stafford Co. was founded in 1890 in Muskegon, Michigan, was reincorporated as E.H. Stafford Manufacturing Co. in 1904 and was in business until 1920. Based on the imprint on the cast iron on these desks, that puts the manufacture of these particular desks sometime between 1904 and 1920. Besides school furnishing, the company also made church and office furniture as well as opera chairs.
We were lucky enough to purchase these desks from a local family that was liquidating their parents’ estate. The desks had been removed from one of our local Catholic schools sometime in the late 1940s – early 1950s and had been with this particular family ever since. They had resided in the kids’ playroom and the eldest daughter recounted to us how she and her brothers and sister would sit at them to color or play school when they were children.
The desks measure 25″ high x 21.5″ wide. With the bench down, the complete set is 52 inches long (42 with it folded up). The ink holes are 5.5″ deep (there is a shelf below them to hold books) and 1.75″ in diameter. The wood, as would be expected after 100 years of use, has some ink staining and scratches but is in remarkably great shape given its age. The folding benches work well; a testament to the level of craftsmanship put into the pieces.
Like so many of the treasures we pick up along our journeys, these gorgeous desks are for sale and looking for a new home. Whether you use them as their previous family did or repurpose them as a bench with table in your foyer or porch area, they’re sure to get attention!
Well, it’s been awhile since we’ve posted but, darnit, the Portland Swap Meet tuckered us out! We’ve regrouped, though, and are getting back in the swing of things. And, since so much of our recent activity has centered around more manly pursuits, we thought we’d throw in something special for the ladies!
We’ve been lucky enough lately to score some really fantastic vintage clothing and accessory pieces and, since prom season is right on top of us, what better time to feature some beautiful accessories for the teen girl who loves vintage? But, really, even if you’re not going to a prom or even close to an age that you would be going to a prom, these gems are sure to please.
First are a couple of vintage karakul sheep pieces. Karakul sheep is also known as Persian lamb or curly lamb and is characterized by a tight curly hair that is usually black or very dark in color. The process for acquiring the pieces to make garments or hats from the karakul is not a kind one and, thus, finding genuine karakul is generally unheard of these days. If these weren’t vintage pieces, we certainly wouldn’t be advocating for the purchase or wear of such a garment. However, these particular pieces are from the 1950’s and come from an era when the the practice was more commonplace.
In any case, we found these pieces as part of a small sale out of storage unit! They are both in remarkably fantastic condition. One is a collared cape with hook closures down the front and the other is a wrap that features pockets on the front. Hurray for pockets! Ladies, you know what I’m talking about! Both pieces are fully lined, too! The cape lining definitely shows wear at the collar and it’s clear it’s been repaired, but, when worn, it doesn’t show at all. The wrap, however, is in excellent condition. It’s amazing they have withstood the test of time as they have. And, while vintage pieces, they are timeless enough to wear today and still look outstanding with nearly any outfit!
Next, we happened upon two stunning hand beaded handbags. Well, one handbag and one clutch to be exact. The black clutch was made in West Germany and the white handbag was made in British Hong Kong. Both are 50s era and, like the pieces already mentioned, have aged beautifully. Neither shows signs of missing beads or trauma of any kind, which is amazing as we found them buried at the bottom of a cardboard box at an estate sale in a house that looked like it was about to fall over any minute! But, really, these two pieces are just lovely. If you’ve ever done any beading, you know how tedious the work can be. Looking at the detail, especially on the black clutch, I can only imagine the care that went into making these two! Certainly both are special pieces. Can you imagine what venues they may have seen? Cocktail parties, the opera or theater, special formal nights out. The white handbag would be a fantastic edition to a bridal ensemble, too!
Alas, as beautiful as all these pieces are, keeping them would be selfish. They really do belong in the hands of someone who has just the right occasion for their use. If YOU are that person, hop on over to our Facebook page and click on the Shop Now button where you can purchase them. But, if you do, be sure to send us a picture!
Whew! Another successful swap meet is in the books! And what a weekend it was! Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly…
First, the good… We were blessed with the help of a renter on Wednesday night and managed to get our 17′ U-Haul truck filled completely up in short order. Wow. We had never taken so much stuff! Bonus – Karen commanded that 17 footer having never driven anything larger than a large passenger van before! She even backed that bad boy up into the driveway from the two lane road in front of the house! Well done! Karen’s youngest son joined us on the last day of the meet, too, and was a great help loading the truck and unloading back at home!
More good came in the form of meeting up with friends at the swap meet. We’re blessed with having some terrific longtime neighbors at the swap meet and we were glad to get to share the weekend with them again. We also saw countless friends that were also there as vendors and attendees. One thing that is fantastic about being in the same spot each year is that people know right where to find us and find us they did! We were happy to do business with them and to create new friendships along the way. Plus, a huge shout out to the organizers and staff of the Portland Swap Meet. This is the 53rd annual show, and it is a HUGE show (the largest on the west coast with approximately 3,500 vendor stalls and over 50,000 shoppers). The men and women that keep it going are so helpful and so nice. We LOVE doing business with you folks!
On to the bad… The weather this year certainly could have been better. Last year we had sunshine all weekend and it was WARM! This year…not so much.
Which leads us to the ugly… If you live in our local area, you know what this last Friday was like. If not, let us break it down for you. We started Friday morning with five popup canopy tents. 20 minutes after raising the tents to start the day, we had four. Despite the tents being lashed to each other, tables, wheels, and more, our casualty tent was lifted up, bent, and thrown on top of another tent all while the two of us were trying to keep the other four tents from flying away, too! We managed to get the destroyed tent down, took another tent down completely, and kept two of the remaining three lowered as far as they could go for the whole day. The last tent wasn’t even extended fully and that’s where we spent the day. Much of the day found Karen hanging onto the frame of that remaining tent to keep it from flying away as so many others did. It was exhausting. And cold. And wet. The dumpsters were full of canopy carnage. We heard that the folks at the swap meet down at the racetrack didn’t fare any better. We’re told that canopies were blowing across the track and that there were even porta-potties that were blown over. Eew.
All in all, though, we had a great weekend. Lots of great people, great cars and trucks, great sales, and great finds! It wore us out and we were in bed and asleep before 9pm on Sunday, but we’re excited to do it all again next year!
We’re in the home stretch of preparing for the Portland Swap Meet. The U-Haul arrives tonight, and we’ll load up and be ready to start setting up at the Expo Center tomorrow. We’ve been working hard to bring you a great selection of carbs, lights, NOS upholstery, accessories, advertising and signage, vintage gas pumps, vintage Pendleton wool shirts, and sooooo much more. We’ve procured bits and pieces from garages, barns, and ghost towns from all over and we think you’ll be hard pressed to NOT find something amazing!
And, as if that all wasn’t enough, we’re excited to let you know that we’ll also be selling a limited run of Spooky’s Hot Rod Salsa at the show this year! If you’ve never tried Spooky’s Hot Rod Salsa, you’re in for a treat. Warning, though, you must be fond of a salsa that will give you a kick like no other store bought salsa you’ve ever had!
Stripped down to the bare essentials like a good Hot Rod should be, Spooky’s Hot Rod Salsa is everything you’ve been looking for in a salsa and more.
It’s the truth! If you think you’ve had good salsa before, think again! This is the salsa that will ruin all others for you!
We’ll have samples to taste and pint jars for sale. Supplies are limited, though! Spooky’s Hot Rod Salsa is only produced in small, limited run batches. And, if you’re unable to make it to the show but still want to purchase a jar or two of this amazing stuff, head over to the Spooky’s Hot Rod Salsa Facebook page and you can order right from there!
The Portland Swap Meet is just around the corner and we’ve been soooo busy! In just the last few days, we received a cache of traditional hot rod goodies to sell – Model A cross members, Deuce steering box, Old 97s, Ford 94s, a set of dragster front spoked wheels and tires, pie crust slicks, etc, etc, etc. We’ll have plenty to sell, that’s for sure! And there may be more coming in from a friend tonight! Whew!
Putting a masterpiece back together after it has fallen into disrepair is really kind of a beautiful thing to witness. As all the pieces fall back into place and the luster of what once was returns, it’s almost like there’s a new energy in the room.
So it was with putting this old man back together. It’s been mentioned before in parts one and two of this series that Mark is something of a “whisperer.” From the very beginning, he knew this guy had a story to tell. His patience and care in bringing this pump back to life is now written into every turn of every bolt that holds it together.
As faceplates and glass were installed, as panels and doors were attached, it was if the old man was slowly regaining his life. Images of where he may have once stood and the customers who he served over the years began to dance in the air. And, with the lighting of the new globe that sits atop his sturdy metal frame, it was if he finally exhaled and came into his own once more. He may not ever pump gasoline again, but, if you listen carefully, you can almost hear him breathe, “Let me tell you a story about the old days.”
Mark did a remarkable job (and in a very short time frame, too!) in giving this old pump new life. The sharp contrast of deep black, vivid yellow, and bright white are enough to draw you in, but just light this guy up and he’s the center of attention!
We’re very proud of the work that’s been done but we have only been his caretakers for a time. Now it’s time to find him a new home. If you’re interested in being that home, head over to our store for more details. And, if he hasn’t found a new home yet, we’ll have him with us at the Portland Swap Meet, April 7th-9th, at the Portland Expo Center. Come by “Hell’s Corner” (booth #s 6140, 6141, and 6156 just outside the D Building) and see him for yourself! We’d love to say “hi” and introduce you!
Other Posts in the Rusteration Series
The tables are filled with items to prep for Swap Meet and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet! We’re going to have LOTS of items to choose from! Signage, cans, vintage advertising, parts and pieces, upholstery, clothing, gas pumps, and sooooo much more! Don’t miss us at the meet! We’re in booth numbers 6140, 6141, and 6156 just outside the D Building!
When it comes to any artistic creation – whether it’s a painting, a costume, a piece of architecture, or even a gas pump – the devil’s in the details.
As you saw in part one of our saga, this old pump was in rather rough shape when we found him. Years of neglect and being left to the elements had robbed him of his once grand stature but surely not his character.
In part two, we stripped him down to his bones and began developing the vision that we hoped would begin to bring him back to his glory. When we left off, his exterior pieces had been sent off to the powdercoater to have him work his magic. In the meantime, there was work to be done at home.
With his exterior parts being worked on away from home, we knew we had some time to begin addressing all the little things that needed to be tinkered with and polished. But, wow, our powdercoater works FAST so we really didn’t have too much time to waste!
There were parts that needed to be ordered such as faceplates, decals, and a new globe. We managed to find some outstanding pieces from dealers in the US and waited for those to arrive in the mail.
We were fortunate that the old man still had one piece of original glass in him that was intact. No small feat considering his age! Replacement glass was cut to fill in his missing pieces and we even managed to score an original nozzle from a swap meet we attended at the beach. Chrome was polished and buffed and readied for the old guy. His wiring was reconnected and, with the addition of a couple of new lightbulbs, he lit right up when plugged in (and there were no sparks or fire; hurray!) And then…we picked up the pieces from the powdercoater. W.O.W. They were beautiful!
All that was really left was to put him back together. Witness his transformation in part four!