Archive for ‘Shabby Chic’

October 26, 2013

Vintage Hoosier Cabinet


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This is the second of these handy storage and work units in recent times. This one is a bit larger than we’re used to seeing (41 inches wide, 68 1/2 inches tall and 27 inches deep).

It is in fair to good condition since some hardware is missing. It has a pull out galvanized steel work surface, a bread cabinet with tambour door and a wooden cutting board under the metal surface. The top is not currently attached to the lower part. Interestingly the back of the piece has been covered in 1970′s vintage magazine photographs, some of which are pretty neat.

It was made in Elwood, Indiana and was sold as a Sellers “Kitcheneed.” It is a dead ringer for one in this 1916 advertisement so we figure it is probably about the same age.

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July 24, 2013

Unusual Vintage Desk / Library Table


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If it weren’t for the need to make a living and animalistic requirements for social interaction at even the barest level I’d probably be a an eccentric hermit.

If so you could bet there’s be a lot of reading going on and a table like this would be essential. It’s a comfortable middle size (40 1/2 by 30 inches, 32 inches tall at most)  and the top is sloped to hold the material you’re working on at a comfortable angle. This slope provides the secondary benefit of ensuring that one’s piles of books can only get so tall before tumbling off, thereby providing an automatic desktop cleaning service.

It also has two spacious drawers for papers, writing utensils, measuring devices, compass dividers and other arcana that might be needed by an eccentric recluse.

In good condition.

 

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February 23, 2013

Faux Vintage Farm Table


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Long and lean, this farm style table is a great piece. Perfect for separating warring siblings but skinny enough that one could plan a sneak attack upon the best bite* of your spouse’s dinner.

Given the materials and construction techniques of this table I suspect it is less than 20 years old. It is in very good ‘rustic’ condition and measures 30 inches tall, 24 1/2 inches across and 78 1/2 inches long.

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*The best bite is that part that of any meal that is the perfect mix of all your favorite parts. Inevitably this is also the part which will be consumed if you offer to share “a bite” of your food. In my experience this is not usually malicious, but with the right furniture and proper planning it could be.

February 22, 2013

Awesome Antique Storage Cabinet


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This is a great old piece. It likely started life as a wardrobe but shelves have been added to make it a storage cabinet where you can conveniently hide the stuff you need to store but don’t want to look at.

It is in good condition and measures 68 1/2  inches tall,  38 3/4 inches wide and 17 1/2 inches deep.

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February 13, 2013

It Is The Size It Seems Because


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It’s scale.

Yeah that was a stinker of a gag but times are tough all around and sometimes the comedic well runs a bit dry.

This vintage scale was made by the Pelouze Manufacturing Company of Chicago. It shows the mass of object placed in the upper tray in 1 oz. increments up to a total of 24 pounds (maybe more if it reads accurately over that and you can do a little math on the fly).

We have not tested it for accuracy and we do know, thank to the clear markings, that it is “not legal for trade.”

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October 29, 2012

Vintage Wooden Suitcase


I’d guess that this case once bore a thin skin of cloth but if so it is long gone. This is actually to our advantage because it is striking looking and would make a great decorative piece.

It measure 34 inches wide, 21 inches deep and when closed it is about 11 inches thick. It is in OK shape there are two longitudinally split boards and one of the leather handles is broken. Unfortunately we don’t have the key for the locks either.

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October 26, 2012

When You’re Looking So Good You’ve Got To Keep Your Face Behind Bars


An interesting mirror with wooden bird-cage style doors over the glass.

It’s like seeing yourself in jail, except you’re still beautiful and looking in from the outside. Don’t worry, the grill section is actually two doors and they swing open for those days you’re feeling like making a jail break or you need to really see what’s going on.

This faux vintage mirror measures about 31 inches wide by 35 inches tall. $70

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September 28, 2012

Vini, Vidi, Vidi, Vidi, Vici


I came to the Estate Store and I saw, I saw and I saw. Three old saws. The smallest one is double sides, the middle on is a fine toothed crosscut saw and the one on the right is a rip saw. They are probably still useable but could stand a good sharpening.

UPDATE: The one on the right is the only one left, the others are gone!

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July 25, 2012

Vintage Short-Handled Shovel (Not From The Big Rock Candy Mountain)


“In the Big Rock Candy Mountain,
 The jails are made of tin.
You can slip right out again,
As soon as they put you in.
There ain’t no short-handled shovels,
No axes, saws nor picks”

Ergo we know that this didn’t come from the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Back when I dug holes for a living I learned a lot about shovels and axes and picks. About how they were used, could be abused (shovel head pancakes anyone?) and what shovels said about their owners or the company. The short-handled shovel was a blessing and a curse. A blessing when in tight spaces or for excavating off a trench wall. A curse when that’s all the shovels the company had and you knew (or your back would soon know) that the owners were cruel and inconsiderate.

This shovel is 33 inches long overall and its digging days may be over but it’d make a good decor piece.

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June 7, 2012

Rustic Storage Cabinet


Yesterday we showed a little green cabinet that didn’t take up too much room as an option for storing things in small living spaces. The other classic gambit is to go up, vertical is a valuable, versatile friend when you don’t have a lot of horizontal space.

This great old cabinet has a small foot-print of only 19 inches deep and 17 inches wide but it stands 49 inches tall. There are three drawers and a cabinet so you can put lost of different stuff in here. It is in good condition although a paint job might be in order at some point down the road (but be careful sanding since it is probably lead paint).

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