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Old 05-21-2008, 08:00 PM
 
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Is anyone else into retro furniture? My parents used to have the most beautiful formica and chrome kitchen set and I actually found the exact same set at an auction in PA. I grabbed it and now started going nuts buying all sorts of retro kitchen gadgets on ebay.

Love the danish modern stuff too. I did my office in that.
It seems like 50's furniture is the craze now, I like the old stuff.

What great finds have you come across lately?
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:08 AM
 
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Love the stuff, especially Danish Modern. It has an understated elegance and looks really cool. My house as well as my previous apartment were built in the 50s, so if fits right in.

It is in vogue right now as numerous commercials as well as music videos attest.

I get mine from a variey of sources- Inherited family pieces, eBay, Craigslist is good, Estate Sales, Dealers, the trash, etc.

Some tips: Check out a brand called Heywood Wakefield and be prepared to drool. Atomic Ranch is a quarerly mag devoted to this stuff- called Mid Century Modern.

Feel free to PM with any questions.
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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When I got out of college in 1981, all that stuff was dirt cheap at Goodwill and I snatched it up: kidney-shaped blond coffee tables, two-tiered end tables, lamps, ashtrays, the whole nine yards. Pretty much my entire house is furnished with castoffs and Goodwill finds.

And not that I'm wishing ill will on my mom, but when she's ready to sell her house and get rid of the sofa she's had since she got married in 1957 ... well, I've got just the place for it!
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Old 05-24-2008, 12:10 AM
 
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I have this dinette in my kitchen. I love it! It's a reproduction. I'd like to get the real deal, but I'll wait until the kid and cats are out of the house.
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Old 05-24-2008, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I have all my moms Danish Moderne solid walnut furniture, its wonderful, she also gave me a lot of her Dansk serving pieces from the '60's. I saw her walnut ice bucket in AD magazine recently in the "Finds" section for over $2000. I must price out her Rosenthal china and Dansk sterling flatware, cant even imagine what thats worth....... not that I would sell any of it, those are heirlooms to me!
Beautiful. sculptural pieces.
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Old 05-26-2008, 08:57 AM
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Location: Coastal Georgia
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I got a great kidney shaped coffee table and matching side table from ebay. The top is glass and the base is wood. Fortunately, the seller was local for me, because the glass top is so heavy that it really would have cost a fortune to ship.
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Old 05-26-2008, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I have my parents Heywood Wakefield Dining room table and sideboard and the six chairs. It was their first dining room set that they bought in the 50s.

I was using the dining table with no leaves as a desk until I also inherited my Dads desk. Now the table is taken apart and in a closet. I have the sideboard in my guest bedroom.
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:31 PM
 
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Yes, love it, but unfortunatley my house is not in that style. Our style is "whatever we could get at the flea market cheap"... and whatever relatives gave to us.
We once went to an estate sale where the house looked like it was straight out of 1968-70s, nothing had been changed. The person selling the house was talking about changing this and that... I would have bought it as-is furnishings and all, if I had $600,000. Way cool house.
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:54 PM
 
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Does a vintage glider count?

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Old 05-27-2008, 08:25 PM
 
Location: WNY
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Does a vintage glider count?

Looks like to have reagange your (?) furniture, so the pool will become more visible and you'll have a better view of your back yard.
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