October 12, 2015

This just in…Guest Room Ready Daybed


Gorgeous daybed with twin mattress in really great condition ready to deck out your guest room. We have a cover for the mattress in the neutral beige that matches the ends.


October 7, 2015

Hepplewhite Buffet


Compared to the heavy pieces of his contemporary, Thomas Chippendale, the designs of George Hepplewhite are graceful and delicate.  Thin, straight legs, and a preference for painted pannels instead of carvings.  The designs on this piece are also telling of the Hepplewhite style – light and balanced with flowers, leaves, and urns.  The sensibilities are neoclassical – the fashion of the time – but they stand apart by favoring elegant curvature over firm, square designs.

We were lucky to have this piece appraised by Gary Germer last month at our “Warehouse Roadshow” event and it is in beautiful condition. $900

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October 6, 2015

Turn of the Century Cook Book

Looking for an exciting and rare recipe?  Why not pick up the Premium Cook Book – Dresden Edition, 1894!


It includes special chapters on “Preparations of ‘Foods’ for Infants” – a short philosophy (without recipes) on feeding children:


and “Antidotes For Poisons” – including “A Cure for Whiskey-Drinkers”:


The back of the books shows it’s been through some amazing, or maybe harrowing, kitchen adventures:


October 3, 2015

“Bridge, Anyone?”


Somebody’s having a “Mad Men” party – I know it!

This “retro” games table has been a sensation at our Tualatin Estate Store:


The table has an embossed leather top with a lovely floral pattern. It also includes a period-telling feature: pull out drink and ashtray caddies on the right of each side of the table. Arne Vodder-style chairs; each has arm rests and are padded with tan leather. Enjoy a game of bridge or poker with a martini and a smoke all in maximum comfort.

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October 1, 2015

1/2 Price Yellow Tag Sale – This Saturday, Oct 3rd


Yellow tag bargains this Saturday, October 3rd, from 10:30am – 4pm at both Portland and Tualatin locations. You’ll find 50% off unique, eclectic one-of-a-kind goods….inventory changes daily!

September 28, 2015

“WHAT IS IT?” September ’15 – The Answer

Ladies and Gentlemen – it’s been seven exciting days full of Amazing guesses to the question “WHAT  IS  IT?”


This piece was a lot of fun to research – and its unexpected explanation is well worth the effort.  I must say that everyone who sent in a response was on the same lines of reasoning I had been.  It’s non-conductive, so good for electricity.  It’s non-corrosive, so good for food.  However, the answer managed to hang just out of reach.

So…. What Is It?

It’s the filter for a Kent Products Vacuum Coffee Maker:


Vacuum coffee makers are a very old-fashioned method of “automatically” brewing and filtering coffee – the first noted example of this method was in 1840!  The filter we have is from 100 years later (circa 1940).  Read more here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacuum_coffee_maker

Though the answer was not uncovered, fear not!  In “WHAT  IS  IT?” an interesting answer is just as good as an accurate one.

Our judges have looked over your comments and e-mails, and the prize goes to:  Don Gilson for his guess that this could be used as a knife rest.  Congratulations, Don, great use of those little grey cells : )

Look out for our next installment of “WHAT  IS  IT?” and another chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Estate Store – coming soon!


September 25, 2015

Antique Hope Chest


Looking inside this dark wood chest is like looking back through nearly 400 years of American history.

In colonial America, chests like these would have been essential to any home.  They were storage for heavy blankets, desperately needed during long winters.  They were specifically made with unadorned tops so as to comfortably double as a seat in homes which could not afford much furniture.  The design of the cubby on the left hand side is to store bee’s wax candles – a predecessor to moth balls.

In time, these also became known as “hope chests”.  They would be a common part of a young woman’s dowry in which gifts of linen and blankets would be stored untill she married.

Our hope chest in Tualatin is a real beauty.  Its wood is dark, smooth, and virtually unblemished.  Its hardware is in great shape, although we don’t have the key to its lock.  Its the kind of quality furniture worth handing down.

More info about chests like this one, check out: http://www.wwch.org/monproj/yr03/jan03/blankchest.htm

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September 22, 2015

“WHAT IS IT?” September ’15 – Best Answer Wins a Prize

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the latest installment of the Community Warehouse Estate Store’s “WHAT IS IT?”, the game that tests your knowledge of things strange and rare.

Below is a photo of a curious piece that has baffled our staff and volunteer.  Where did it come from?  When did it come from?  How was it used?  And, most importantly, WHAT IS IT?


We now know the answer, but we want to hear from you, our loyal readers and fellow treasure hunters.  Do you know what this mystery is?  If you do, leave as detailed an answer as possible in the comments below.  Good luck!

As always a prize of one $10 gift certificate will be awarded for the most accurate or most interesting answer.

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September 21, 2015

Manager’s Specials

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September 19, 2015

Swanky, Space-Age Style

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“Like my new end tables? I can play Eartha Kitt on ’em.”

The 1960s were an era of innovative fusion between function and style.  Take for example these Magnavox stereo speaker end tables.


In this design, a pair of everyday-looking end tables hide secret speakers.  Their tops roll back to reveal a record player and radio in one, and storage space for a collection of LP’s in the other.  This kind of “cutting edge” style would have been the sensation of any Paul Varjak’s bachelor pad.

Come check them out at our Tualatin store.

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