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This group is completely dedicated to those who love Mid-Century and Retro Modern Collectibles from the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. So join up to just talk or get some help. Everyone is welcome.

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Comment by carolyn on January 26, 2009 at 8:11am
I have done the same, With some items in my Home, I needed a stand for my Microwave, Everything was so cheap looking and very "Country", I had an Old metal typewriter table, on wheels, The kind a secretary would use in an office. One side has a small leaf that folds down, or up for extra space..My microwave fit perfectly on top and it is so Industrial Modern!
Comment by MOD-CENTRAL.COM Carin Brown on January 25, 2009 at 7:16pm
Oh almost forgot to add, yes Milo did make the shelving you are talking about, but to be forsure let me see a photo.
Comment by MOD-CENTRAL.COM Carin Brown on January 25, 2009 at 7:14pm
hEY TO ALL THE NEWBIES!!!! So what has ever one been up too.. Any new cool finds out there send photos and I will add them to the forum. Just redid my bedroom totally retro still looking for some key pieces but I will get there for sure. So I have a great idea, when I was looking for some great paintins to put up on some of the walls. It was a overwhelming thing to do. I ran into to costly, to ugly, to cheezie you name it. So I went back to the old 60's 70's way of doing it. I found some great vintage fabric and made some great wall murals. Bright red orange, green and yellows. Turned out amazing and was cheap to do. I also had some very rare fabric from Denmark which I made one huge mural for my son's room and one my living room. Cost of everything was less than 20.00. So I guess I am saying if you can't find what you want think outside the box and make it, paint it or do it yourself. I also had 3 GE phone stands you know the old metal ones, well I needed some book racks so I just painted two of them orange and one of them black total cost was 10.00 for the paint. Everyone comes over and wants to take them home. So sometimes getting something no one else has just takes some handy work. Any thoughts out there??? Let me know your new ideas, I will be putting everything into a new book I am writing. Retro on the cheap.
Comment by Colleen Smith on January 25, 2009 at 12:54am
One more question. Did Milo Baughman ever produce a domed shape chrome etegere? Four glass shelves, a little more than 6' tall, 4' wide, square chrome tubing. If not, does anyone know who did? I don't believe it's a modern piece.
Comment by Colleen Smith on January 25, 2009 at 12:31am
I have to agree with you, Elle. My own tastes run toward vintage pieces. I have friends, however, that wouldn't even consider using a used piece of furniture. It's the old "cooties" scare. Ridiculous, yes..but real. There are those people who are re-creating their idea of retro with modern vintage new pieces. Me, well, mine are just plain vintage. I shop Craigslist, thrift stores, consignment shops. The chair I'm sitting on is from the late 50's, my husband's desk chair is from the late 40's - early 50's. Both are solid as rocks. Even the two desks are from the 60 - 70's. I'm more comfortable with these kinds of things around me. Used, maybe a bit worn, much loved and protected. But different strokes...
I have a question, though. I found an adjustable footstool, it has a sticker saying it's a Pearl Wick Leg Lounger from Long Island City 2, NY. The patent number dates it to June 10, 1958. It has a tufted vinyl covering on the top. The vinyl is in great shape showing no wear, it's just pretty stiff and rather uncomfortable. How do you feel about re-covering something like that? Or is it best left alone?
Comment by Elle Greene on January 19, 2009 at 12:16pm
Have to add my two cents.
Since we specialize in harder to find pieces which are "spendy" due to rarity, I usually suggest to my customers that finding a vintage piece needing re-upholstery is a great way to buy original without breaking the bank. Our main reason for not suggesting new is the vast amount of chemicals used in the manufacture of new pieces and the materials for frame construction are generally of composite fiberboard that falls apart after 6-12 months. Even the "expensive" furniture from pottery barn and others is most often made in china and the frames start to give after a few years. A 50 year old sofa in visually horrible shape is usually still rock solid 50 years later.
If you take a look at craigslist and look at the vast numbers of IKEA furniture offered for sale you'll start to get the sense that this stuff while cheap is not made for long term use.
Since the economy is making us all take a look at our spending, it seems buying one good piece that will last ten years makes more sense than an inexpensive piece every 8 to 12 months.
Also consider that vintage holds it's value (and sometimes increases over time) while new inexpensive pieces lose half their value once you've bought them and the value continues to go down over time.
Even on a budget it is possible to get better quality vintage over low end new.

Cheers, AustinModern
Comment by MOD-CENTRAL.COM Carin Brown on January 17, 2009 at 11:54pm
Cool, I will have to check out the site. Not sure if I have one close, but buying new isn't a sin. The older stuff is just so spendy we have to do what we need to to get the look.
Comment by Colleen Smith on January 17, 2009 at 11:29pm
Thought I would share this - if anyone is lucky enough to have a Garden Ridge store in your area the ad right now features a lot of very cool Mid Century type furniture. Granted, it's NOT vintage, but I haven't been lucky enough to find just the right vintage couch so I've been looking at new. There are a couple of sofas that are definitely mod inspired. And they're under $200. Check out their website. I really like the tufted armless convertible model for $169. I checked into the maker and they're actually a very well-respected furniture company. Just thought I would share. The slipper and club chairs ($99) are nice too. Nice when you're on a budget, I think.
Comment by MOD-CENTRAL.COM Carin Brown on January 10, 2009 at 12:50pm
She sure is mine, she is differet than most cats I have owned she actually says me me when she wants up or needs anything. She's a hoot to play with to and smart as a whip. To smart sometimes. Hope you are doing well I am off to get some stuff ready for this weeks listings on ebay. Cheers, C.
Comment by MOD-CENTRAL.COM Carin Brown on January 10, 2009 at 11:49am
Thank you for your prayer we could use all we can get. She's just an amazing baby I was only able to have one son and so she is my daughter, little hair but noon the less my daughter. She what ever it takes I will save her. Pullamn Doctors are the consider the best in the country and they have really high hopes she can live a long wonderful life with chemo. So we are going to start treatment next Friday and pray for great results. Thank you again for your prayers, Carin
 

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