Come Sale Away!

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!

Photo of an antique sideboard.

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!)

Photo of a 1938 Philco floor radio, model number 38-7.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.

Photo showing a closeup of the face of a 1938 Philco floor radio, model number 38-7.

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!


School Days Revisited

Photo of set of two antique school desks.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!


Rusteration – A Love Story, part 4

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.

Photo of vintage Bowser gasoline pump in the midst of restoration.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.
Photograph of a side view of a restored vintage Bowser gasoline pump.
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!

Before and after photo of a restored vintage Bowser gasoline pump.


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!

Photo of a restored vintage Bowser gasoline pump.


Other Posts in the Rusteration Series

Portland Swap Meet 2017

Swap Meet is coming up in just two weeks. TWO WEEKS! Great googly moogly, we’ve got a LOT of stuff to prep for this epic weekend! More details about the event and how to find us there are on our Facebook page under Events!

Memory Lane

Lane furniture. For some of us, just the name brings to mind quality. Many girls longed for the day when they would be gifted a Lane hope chest, but Lane was known for far more than just that. American made craftsmanship, quality materials, and outright beautiful pieces of furniture were the hallmark of the Altavista, Virgina, manufacturing plant in the sixties.

From 1912 to 1951, the Lane Company was known only for those popular cedar chests. In the fifties, Lane expanded to occasional tables and case goods with accent pieces making their debut in 1965.  And, man, what a splash those pieces made!Image of a page from the Lane Acclaim Series catalog from the mid 1960's.
Lane became a fixture in mid century modern furnishings in America. The Acclaim series was especially popular, appealing to both the traditional and modern senses. Not only did it feature the standard coffee tables and end tables but also buffets, desks, dressers, chairs, and even a snack cart! In fact, one product catalog shows 44 different pieces!

Fast forward nearly 40 years from accent pieces making their debut with Lane, and these two beauties came into Karen’s possession. They had been left behind by a renter that she also acquired when she and her then husband purchased a home. When he moved, the renter indicated that the tables had been there when he moved in and weren’t his so he just left them. Over the years, they were used by other renters and, really, their condition showed it. Still, they were sturdy and their structural integrity stood strong.

Photo of a restored Lane Acclaim Series end table.After sitting in storage for years, Karen’s parents, bless them, took on the task of refinishing the tables. Wow! The end result was (and still is) glorious! No wonder these pieces were popular! Made of walnut and ash, the dovetail finishing is just exquisite.

Only the top 35% grade of walnut on the market is considered for this furniture. Then, out of 100 feet purchased, only 40 feet will meet Lane’s exacting requirements for grain and color. This fine wood is then finished with a mellow gunstock patina, enriched in character with dovetail inlays. -Lane Acclaim Series Catalog

Now, more than 50 years old, this gorgeous pair is awaiting a new home. If you think your home is that place, head over to our shop and seal the deal!

Photo of pair of restored Lane Acclaim Series end tables.


We spent the day at the beach yesterday and, of course, we had to poke around in the local antique stores as well as a flea market we happened upon on the way! Duh!

Just like tide pools at low tide, you never know what you’re going to find! The flea market yielded a few goodies for our home – a couple of new spice tins for the vintage spice rack and a Quaker Oats tin that has become the new home for our large utensils.

Photo of three vintage clocks sitting side by side.The antique stores in town yielded decidedly larger (and more costly) items. We found a never ending supply of glass fishing floats of all sizes, plenty of maritime antiques, dishes, linens, antique hardware, and even the bones of a covered wagon! There were a surprising number of beautiful vintage clocks of all kinds that Karen was quite enchanted with, too!

Photo of antique canopy bed frame, settee, dresser, chair, and amiore.But the furniture! Wow! We saw some really amazing antique pieces! Just check out these pieces! This beautiful wood double canopy bed frame and lace canopy was to in amazing condition and, if we had space in our own home or a buyer to pass it on to, we certainly would have picked it up. The dresser and mirrored door amoire behind it were stunners, too!

Finally, we did make one larger purchase and will return to bring it home shortly. This beauty was sitting just inside the door of a store we stopped in and both our jaws hit the floor when we saw it.

Honestly, the shop was closing soon after we got there so we didn’t purchase it at that time. We couldn’t stop talking about it over dinner, though, or even on the way home. Mark called the store this morning and spoke with the gentleman that owns it and put a deposit on it over the phone.

We haven’t decided yet if we’re going to keep her or pass her on to someone else but she’s a real looker! It’s hard to even decide if she should be restored or left as is. The patina on her is extraordinary!

All in all, it was a pretty fantastic day. It was a beautiful spring day on the Oregon Coast, we got to experience sea spray on our faces, indulged in the obligatory clam chowder and fish and chips, and, like almost all of our treasure hunting excursions, we found creepy dolls. It’s just not a treasure hunt without creepy dolls.

Photo of two creepy dolls.