Because good vintage wares wait for no man

I know I told you in the last post that the next thing you saw from us would be a tutorial on how to build the best fence ever. Well, I didn’t intentionally lie, but if you’re here for fence building, you might be disappointed. Aaron is putting the finishing touches on the posts and gates. When that’s done we’ll be back with the full run down.

In the meantime, let’s talk about buying vintage things when you have no hope of using them in the immediate future. Some people might call it hoarding, but those people would be wrong. Finding the perfect vintage thingamabob is not like stopping in at Target. It takes time and perseverance and a little luck.

So despite the fact that most of our living space could rightfully be categorized as “chaotic,” we’ve picked up a few gems since we moved in.

We stumbled upon these stage lights at a local antique mall and were blown away at the $40/ea price tags. WHAT THE WHAT?


These babies are huge, gorgeous and in fantastic condition. That down there? That’s glass on the front of the light!


And a light bulb that we won’t be using because we don’t want to burn our faces off.


The other one also has glass, though it’s a bit dusty and comes with an ominous warning.


Current home: The basement
Future home: Possibly the downstairs living room
Needs: Cleaned up, rewired and mounted on a stand

This next piece was living in our favorite booth at the River Market Antique Mall when we went to visit this spring. (We’re not the only ones with favorite booths at particular antique malls, right?)


It’s a rolling metal cart that adjusts vertically and is also the perfect solution to my near lack of counter space in the kitchen. The room isn’t big enough for a true island and we didn’t want to spend much on a temporary solution (the kitchen is destined for a full gut job some day). This cart fit the bill perfectly, ringing in at just $120. It wheels out when it’s needed and lives under the window when it’s not.


There’s only one identifying mark – a name inscribed in the metal on the top of the table – but it’s so covered with paint that we can’t read it. I did some internet research, but came up empty handed. My best guess is that it was used in a dental office.

Current home: The kitchen
Future home: The kitchen in the short term, maybe a nightstand in the guestroom eventually
Needs: This piece was in pristine condition. I just gave it a quick wipe down before using it. We might paint it someday.

Have we talked about our love of fireplaces? No? I didn’t think so. Well, we love them, specifically wood burning fireplaces. At our condo, we got our fix with an outdoor fire pit and have plans to build a larger one here. We’re also toying with a fireplace in the downstairs living room. As we thought about our huge master bedroom we realized there was plenty of space for… you guessed it… a fireplace.

When a local midcentury antique dealer posted this guy on his blog:


It was basically love at first sight. Aaron saw it before I did and the following ensued:
Email from Aaron: Did you see this fireplace!?
Me: Wow! That’s really cool!

(Time passes)

Aaron calls and says: “Wasn’t that fireplace cool”
Me: “Absolutely. I’ve never seen anything like it. I wonder what he’s selling it for.”
Aaron: “What would you pay for it?”
Me: (knowing my husband well enough to know where this is going) “I don’t know. I know he’s listed others around $500 and that seems reasonable. Plus this one is SO cool!”
Aaron: “Good. Because I offered him $400 and he’s going to be here in an hour.”


Wood burning, masculine, black, mid century… what more could you ask for in a fireplace for your bedroom?



Current home: The studio (we really need to move this guy somewhere else)
Future home: Master bedroom
Needs: Assembled (the pipe on top comes in three pieces) and installed

Tell us we’re not the only ones scooping up random vintage finds despite an obvious home for them. What have you scored recently (vintage or not) for your place?