Archive for ‘Things’

March 5, 2013

Sparky! Get The Clamps!

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Take the night off they say. Don’t write anymore blog posts, you’re loosing your edge . . . but the blog posts, they do not write themselves and Reynard has been in the laboratory all night making all sorts of ruckus and who knows what he’s doing and  . . .

AHHHH it’s a cyborg lobster with clamps! And a heart made of an old spark plug!


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To buy this Item: Call 503-445-1449, Email: Ed at communitywarehouse dot org or stop by ADDRESS: The Estate Store, 3969 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Portland, Oregon 97212 Hours: Open 10am to 4pm Thursday through Monday. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

March 5, 2013

Sweet Set Of Six Antique Berry Bowls

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This is a stunning set of berry bowls. The paint on a couple is a little faded but overall the decorations are fresh and bright and very well executed.

I told the donor this and they tried to talk me into taking them home as a gift, which was tempting, but seems a bit loose in the ethics department. As an organization we’re incredibly lucky, we have great donors, wonderful people who give us great stuff to further us helping out our neighbors. Over time the staff (myself included) builds relationships with these folks and sometimes they want to do nice stuff for us. Sometimes it’s really hard to say “Thanks, but I can’t.” In a legal sense I don’t think a donation diverted  by the donor to a staffer counts as theft, but I’m pretty certain it’s unethical.

So we offer them to you.

There are six of these footed bowls. They feature raspberries, flowers leaves and gilt edges. They are hand painted and three of them are signed and dated. The three that are signed are marked with the initials BMM and dated ’75, ’76 and ’81. We talked with the donor and these were in her collection for a long time and so the dates are 1875, 1876 and 1881.

Which is rather neat.

I’m surprised they’ve survived, intact, this long. They measure about 3 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter.  $60

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To buy this Item: Call 503-445-1449, Email: Ed at communitywarehouse dot org or stop by ADDRESS: The Estate Store, 3969 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Portland, Oregon 97212 Hours: Open 10am to 4pm Thursday through Monday. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

March 4, 2013

Almost A Googlewhack Of Mid-Century Modern Teak Nesting Tables

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Do you remember long ago when the internet was new and people had to find was of making it interesting, before funny photos of cats were invented?

If so you may recall the heady, thrill filled days of the googlewhack, the search for two words (not in quotations) which only appear once together on the internet.

Yeah kids, it was a long time ago and we didn’t have LOL Cats and so we did the best we could, OK?

Since quotation marks aren’t allowed this table isn’t a googlewhack, but if they were it would be (at least until search engine found this site).

This a a nice set of three mid-century modern teak nesting tables. They are signed underneath “Arthur Solvedt” which if searched for (with quotation marks) produces only one result, from some spamalicious style people finder web site which may or may not (more likely) contain useful info about Mr. Solvedt. Since I’m not only a cheap-skate but morally opposed to websites that pretend to present useful information while directing you, for a fee, to unrelated people with vaguely similar names (“Alf”)  I’m not about to find out.

Anyway . . .

This is a nice set of tables. They are well built and the largest one is 24 1/4 inches wide by 17 inches deep and stands 19 3/4 inches tall. the smallest table is signed “Arthur Solvedt” “Cosy Teak” and all the tables bear the number 28.

They are in god condition.

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March 3, 2013

“American Druggest Counterdoses For The Home” And More!


Included with this pristine 1960’s Johnson and Johnson First aid kit. In short, it is an instructional table of “fail safe” remedies for your run of the mill case of poisoning and/or overdoses. Everything from barbiturates, poisonous mushrooms, turpentine to opium. This chart provides such remedies as your common, everyday vomit educing concoction of tablespoon of mustard in a half glass of water, soap and water, salt and warm water, or the ‘finger in throat’ method. And one of these will, hopefully, counter dose ingesting the powder found in fluorescent bulbs…


What the, WHAT?

We seriously take our modern medical services for granted here in America (I know, I know, it’s not perfect, don’t get me started). But could you imagine sitting at home, choking down one of these ‘cocktails’ hoping to not DIE? If they were to print this chart today, every one of these would read :” CALL 911! Like right now, dummy! What are you waiting for??!!”

So, as I hope you are picking up on, this kit if for NOVELTY purposes only. I mean, I guess you could try to use the ammonia inhalants, or adhesive tape, but why would you? This thing is a relic. And please, do not try any of these remedies at home. Call 911 if you ever poison yourself. That’s why the service is there.

To make sure you don’t die.


Available at the Estate Store West in Tualatin

March 3, 2013

Antique Oak Secretary

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Here’s a wonderful piece and it is in great condition too.

It was manufactured by the Rockford Chair & Furniture Company (of Rockford, Illinois) and measures 38 inches wide, 43 inches high and 18 1/2 inches deep.

There are three well-functioning full width drawers and two curved front half drawers. The upper compartment has several pigeon holes for smaller items, two drawers and (my personal favorite) two little grooved shelves for pens or pencils.

They say the devil is in the details but it’s little details like those shelves which make a piece like this really work. You could go fishing about, searching for a pen,  in the nether regions of the back corners or the drawers but why when there will be one in the perfect spot?

Per Robert’s suggestion:

To buy this Item: Call 503-445-1449, Email: Ed at communitywarehouse dot org or Stop by: our address is The Estate Store, 3969 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Portland, Oregon 97212 Hours: Open 10am to 4pm Thursday through Monday. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday.


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March 2, 2013

Renaissance Revival Blue Velvet Chair

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If one thing has been a constant in national politics it is the careening from a financial crisis of one kind to that of another. Even during the era of ‘The Founders’ this was the case and some of those founders had serious spending problems.

Take Jefferson for example. When he died he was over $100,000* in debt and while purely coincidental, the last chair he sat in was not terribly dissimilar to this one.

Somethings never change and fashion always comes around again . . . right?

Given the glacial pace of government and party ideologues it might be wise to have a comfortable, fashionable chair to sit through this latest financial quagmire.

37 inches tall to the top of the back.

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*As cited in The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello by Susan Stein.

March 2, 2013

Set Of Four ‘Euro’ Chairs By Sibau, Italy

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Covered in a warm chocolate-brown leather upholstery these chairs bear the look of contemporary and mid-century modern influenced Italian design.

They are the ‘Euro’ chair and were manufactured by Filippo Sibau. They are in very good condition.

They top of the back measures 35 inches high.

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March 1, 2013

Vintage Oak Sideboard

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This is probably an English piece but I’m not completely sure. I have seen the decorative scroll work accent on the doors before though.  I looked through the back blog posts for something like it and discovered 184 previous posts contain the word oak. This comprises just under 4.3% of all the posts and I’m a little surprised* it is in so few.

Whatever we had with this motif didn’t make the blog, that’s for sure.

This piece will though. It is in good condition and measures, 38 inches wide, 18 inches deep and 36 1/2 inches tall to the top of the backsplash. The lower compartment is accessed by two doors with a central panel between them. The inside is not divided so you can put largish pieces in there. In a pinch you could hide a particularly small crook, like in the desk scene in the 1940 comedy His Girl Friday (starring Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant and John Qualen as the diminutive, confused and hiding criminal Earl Williams).

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*To put it in perspective I looked at other types of wood. Teak comprises 2/3% (n=94) and  mahogany 2.9 % (121). There is some sampling error as words that contain oak but are not oak (e.g., croak, soak) will also appear in the search results so the 4.3% might be somewhat high number. Regardless, it raises the question: what they heck have we (I) been prattling about for so flippin’ long?

March 1, 2013

Daily Pooh Wisdom


I really think people don’t give Winnie The Pooh enough credit. For all his bumbling and lack of self control, he really is prolific. However, he wouldn’t want me to use that word to describe him, as he would say – “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”

Speaking of lunch, the Estate Store in Tualatin currently has beautifully crafted, not at all cutesy (seriously), limited edition “Din3″ Winnie The Pooh themed dining set for four, as well as 3 serving dishes.


I’ll leave you with a piece of advice from Pooh: “When carrying a jar of honey to give to a friend for his birthday, don’t stop and eat it along the way.” Wise words dear friend. Wise words.

February 28, 2013

Vintage Shrimp Cocktail Set

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Alas there is only one. Of course this also means that you don’t have to share. Score!

This vintage shrimp cocktail set has a silver band at the top. It is in good condition and measures about 6 inches tall. If one were so inclined the lower part could double as a brandy snifter.

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