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Stuff to fill my house with (purchases/potential purchases)

Postby hannah » Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:52 pm

I started a thread in another section about the little 1961 Ranch we're closing in on. The original close date was Nov 23, but we're still in the apt. I hear yesterday we could be looking at 2-4 weeks now. I'm so EXCITED!!!!
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In the mean time I've been rounding up goods I KNOW I must have for the new place.

Bought this Lane blanket chest locally for $75 from the original owner. It was her hope chest for her wedding bought by her husband to be. She's had it 38 years. This pic is off eBay, but it's the exact same thing (her pic was too dark and at a bad angle):

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Holt & Howard Cozy Kitty salt and pepper shakers ($10):

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Better Homes & Garden's cookbooks - MINT - no writing, no stains for $6

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The 10PM Cook Book by Good Housekeeping (which I've coveted for some years) for .99 cents:

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This ORANGE rotary wall phone (AT&T - 1986) WORKS! The seller at Etsy said it didn't work, she tried it, but we got it here and it worked right out of the gate! ($12+10 shipping):

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And dig this (saving the best for last!), I have the opportunity to buy locally this Heywood Wakefield bedroom set (there ARE two side tables) for $600...I'm going to look at it on Saturday:

Lowboy w/mirror:

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Tallboy:

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Head and footboards:

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Side tables (must've taken the pics in an odd light) and there are two:

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I'm SO excited!!! It's all coming together, even though we're not there yet! lol
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Heywood Wakefield

Postby Mr. Modtomic » Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:56 am

Nice set of Hey-Wake. I can't live with a full size bed though. I have two of these headboards and one footboard that I'm hoping to some day modify into one Queen set (somehow). I've got some ideas. We'll see. Having a matched set of night stands is a huge plus!

I need to find a lower profile chest like that to put at the end of our bed. Something that I can upholster the top of to make a storage bench. Thing is it also has to go well with Broyhill Brasilia. Plus I'm picky.

Nice stuff. Near St. Louis Mo.? I got lots available!

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Postby hannah » Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:54 am

The Broyhill is gorgeous stuff, to be sure. Such style!

Mr. Wonderful and I keep our own bedrooms, so a standard double is fine for me. :)

No, sadly I'm in Maine. Otherwise I'm sure I could throw some business your way. lol
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Postby Slim and Gabby » Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:22 am

This is all fun stuff !

I've always loved those darned kitties.

Glad you found your phone and it works off the bat.
Did Slim already share this video with you?

This is from the Seattle World's fair, 1962, and is as close to old phone porn as you are going to get.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4Iu3JEsoQY

Then you too can bop around your kitchen singing,
" A PHONE, a phone, a BRIGHT RED PHONE!"

I think you'll enjoy it....

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Postby hannah » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:41 pm

Thank you Gabby, for rejoicing with me! I was beginning to wonder if I was being a PITA here. *lol*

I think ALL of this is outrageously fun!! I even believe Mr. Wonderful is having fun watching me - and I am seeming to find some real bargains, considering.

I viewed the HW set, and it's all pristine except for one of the side tables, which has water damage on top from glasses - but that can be tended to with some oil, and a doilie (doillie?). I put down $300. The seller is a real estate agent, looked up my property and knows exactly what I'm going through. She OFFERED to hold the set 'if you decide you want it." So, yes...I want it. I'll pay the other half when I pick it up. The lovely part about going to see it is her Mother was there (78 yrs old if I recall correctly), and it was her Mom's set. She bought the first piece (bed) in 1948. I was going to ask about the history of the set, but I got to MEET the 'history'. :) I got all teared up at one point when I shared that buying these sorts of furnishings take me back to better days when my family was here (Mom, Dad and brother are all gone), and they are so glad the set is going to someone who really cares about it.

Thanks for the links, I LOVE the prices on that one site, and do like the squiggly pattern. Thanks for the input on the chenille for HW set. I shall bookmark.

Also, meant to let you know (you asked in one of my original threads) if I was going to get real drapes 'because they're so grown up.' Yes, I hope to get REAL drapes. I saw a solid orange one (bright as h*ll) in etsy, but a bit over priced and a little too loud - I think.

Thanks again!
hannah

PS: I just watched that Youtube film - all kinds of wonderful! Barbie would have worn a dress like that. ;) Also, that boy - he sure looks familiar. I'm thinking he must've been in some PSAs of the time or a bit earlier - bomb shelter things and such. Gerry says he looks like the kid from Hazel....your two cents?
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Postby Slim and Gabby » Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:27 pm

Hmmm. Have no idea who the kids are, but you are even nerdier than we are if you remember the KIDS from Hazel.
I'd love to find clothes in my size so I could dress like her-she is the epitome of cute and perky!

We pretty much love anything that has to do with world's fairs, but Slim loved visiting the grounds from Seattle. If that dose wasn't enough for you, Netflix has the Elvis movie "It happened at the world's fair".
Lots of great clothes, cars and interiors, plus a very very cute little girl.

Let us know what you find for drapes. I love em.

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Postby hannah » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:56 pm

Hmmm. Have no idea who the kids are, but you are even nerdier than we are if you remember the KIDS from Hazel.


That would be my better half that's the uber nerd about who acted in what show, in what year, and played what part. Me, I'm a nerd by association only. :P

We're considering Netflix - cancelled cable (went up from $66/mo to $72 out of nowhere - so forget that!) to save for the move - AND more important things! I love to watch period TV shows or movies that have all the furnishings I'm looking for. So, thanks for the tip.
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Postby hannah » Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:30 am

Broyhill Brasilia hall mirror for $20 via Craigslist -
http://maine.craigslist.org/fuo/2248201039.html

Same thing going for $199 (OBO) on eBay! I LOVE finding a bargain. We have a wall that separates the LR from the Kit, that this would be perfect on, and I want warmer wood tones for the LR as well as opposed to the blond bedroom set of Heywood I bought.
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Purchase update!

Postby hannah » Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:23 am

Hi everyone - I'm closing on the ranch house next week!!! By the time we move, it'll be 7 months of waiting for deeds to record, ammending contracts, drawing up new contracts, and getting the 'senior mortgage' on the house 'waived'. April 8 is the date being tossed around to close. We'll be moving in mid-May!

In the mean time I paid off the Heywood-Wakefield set and it's now all over the apartment. :D HEAVY stuff!

And, I made my very first furniture purchase over eBay with a Greyhound bus delivery! The seller was more than awesome, accomidating and anything good you'd want in a transaction on eBay.

Two Lane end tables. Including transit, I got them for appx $100/ea. And, they are in what I'd say pristine condition. They had custom cut glass on them but I won't use them and didn't want them, so the seller said he'd recycle the glass. It did it's job protecting the quality and beauty of the wood.

Note: they MATCH the Lane blanket chest! (the weave effect)!!!! The blanket chest will be used in the LR as a credenza under the LR windows. I feel so grown up I could cry!!! :o

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Postby Slim and Gabby » Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:29 pm

Oyouuooouuooo!

Nice work. Those should look really good together.
I have always had all kinds of furniture I pulled together from here and there. Having a ton of stuff makes the odds that we end up with matching sets much much greater. You're right....it DOES feel strangely grown up.

I finally ended up with a set of light maple items for the guest bedroom that all go together. Not a bedroom set. I thought it would be cool someday for Slim and I to have a proper bedroom set in the master, but I am not going there unless it's the full nine yards (bed, dressers, vanity, end tables, etc.)

Thanks for the update on your closing. We are likely going into escrow on selling our place next week. We've seen 4 or 5 places online in the neighborhood we want, and are going out with a realtor next Sat. I'm a bit skeptical about being able to close in 45 days so we can get out of here directly into our new place.

My illusion is that by buying Grandma's House *TM* we will have a straight sale from an estate. But that's not likely these days.
Glad to hear you were able to wait it out.
We want photos when you're in there!

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Postby hannah » Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:24 pm

Gabby, thank you SO much for sharing in my excitement. I know this isn't as posh or big as a lot of the homes people post here, but it IS period - even if it's tiny and un-posh. :)

I will be sure to share plenty of before and after pics. If you have a FB account, feel free to friend me, search for hannah banque. I have a photo album dedicated to the things I've purchased so far, and will add another one on the transition of the house. I even thought to get a scrap book to print all my pics out, paste them in, receipts and jot down notes on the items and transition of the house for the first year.

The big items I still need are a sofa, easy chair for the LR, and 4 chairs for our kitchen table (or if I could afford it, a HW bamboo dining set *swoons*).
Still keeping my mental note on Brylane and that wavy green bedspread. The cats will completely wreck it though, so might only pull that out during parties. I found a REAL UN-USED blanket!!! I hate all that microfiber crap they're pushing these days - but eBay and no bidders but myself - landed me a great pink/heather wool blanket with the satin trim. So happy about that find.

You mention looking for a bedroom set, this one is only 3 pieces. Drexel, from the guy I got the Lane end tables from.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Mid-Century-Modern- ... 2a0f730f86

He is WONDERFUL - (an aging hippie, like myself), VERY communicative, and flexible. The tables were listed as 'local pick up only" - I asked him if he'd consider shipping. He did. Then I asked if he'd consider not sending the glass. He did. THEN I had the *unmittigated gaul* to ask him after two consessions already - if I pre-paid could he hold on to the tables until we closed. He said yes. I ended up having the tables sent before closing as it was taking longer than I wanted to take advantage of his kindness. So, we had them sent here and are all crammed in with our HW set and the tables plus all the boxes. :D

How's the house search going? Did you put in a bid yet on one? Are you and Slim all packed up by now? I hope you find one that rocks your MCM soul!!
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Postby Slim and Gabby » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:52 pm

you're not kidding.....that is one PURTY bedroom set.

We're house shopping on Saturday, and will likely find one we like that day. I'm really pleased with our Realtor so far; he seems to have a good idea of what we like. I've been researching the market and neighborhoods since about Thanksgiving, so I will feel pretty confident making an offer if there is something we like.

Several of the homes we like are on the small side. They look just like the Plasticville buildings that are made for model train sets.
I think those of us who actually LIVED mid century seem more amenable to smaller homes and that low key period aesthetic.

Interestingly, the home that is leading the pack in our interest is not mid century, but built in 1922.
Sounds like you grew up in a way similar to us. We ain't looking for a mansion, just a place to call our own.

Keep the pix and fun coming, and we should have something to share by summer....
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Postby hannah » Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:04 pm

Good luck with the search on Saturday!

Had a scare yesterday that the HUD report wasn't going to make it in time, that has passed and we're 'clear to land' tomorrow afternoon (EST) at 3pm. Just had my final walk through prior to closing and d*mn, that place needs a good scrubbing!

Good news - I'm getting $1,352 BACK at closing! Sofa and easy chair money!!! w00t!!
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