Sunday, August 14, 2011
Some recent pickups: firewood stand, monkeys, flamingoes, and camper parts!
Hey everybody, Uncle Atom here. I won't bore ya with everything I've found recently, but here are a few highlights:
I've been looking for something to store firewood in, and I recently found this hoop setup with hairpin-style legs at a local thrift store. Not bad for $10!
On a day trip yesterday to Charm City (Baltimore ya know), we found a few things, including these great plastic monkeys for just $5. I didn't notice until I got them home that they're each different - see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. They're perfect for the tiki screened porch!
From the same vintage shop, I also scored my third brass metal framed/lightup/3D picture. A deer in the woods to go with fat Elvis and the Last Supper. So it's official, with three I've got a collection. How hooked am I? I actually paid $27 for this! I know. You don't need to say it. Lunatic! Still, if I average the three together, I've only got about $40 tied up. And they're so Kitschy!
I'm really curious to know what other pictures came in these brass lightup frames. Could there be one out there with a bullfighter? Jesus? Or maybe Marilyn Monroe? Who knows, but if Uncle Atom spots one, rest assured you will read about it here.
UPDATE - ADDING THE FORGOTTEN FLAMINGOES:
Across from where I got the monkeys and picture frame I found a local shop carrying new pairs of made in the USA flamingoes. These guys will go along on camping adventures.
Here's one thing in Baltimore that I came very close to buying - an awesome Delmonico console stereo/record player/television set. The store owner wanted $100. We got both AM and FM stereo to play and they sounded pretty good after the tubes warmed up. But the record player looked like it was missing parts, and it would not even spin. I did not want to try the TV. I'm not a fan of black laquer wood,and I'm not interested in fooling with vacuum tubes and electronics - I've got enough projects and I know my limits. I want one of these that works! But despite the things I didn't like, this was tempting because it looks so darn awesome. I mean, I could just sit and look at this and keep smiling.
My big find this week was this mint/aqua stove/oven, exhaust hood, and sink taken from an old truck camper. I found a 1964 date code under the sink, and the Shasta was built in 1962. The colors really are nearly perfect for the Shasta! I spent a good part of today installing the stove and hood. It's so great to replace the ugly brown stove and hood, and the plain white sink.
Luckily the dimensions were very close to the original pieces. I did have to get out my tin snips and cut off about an inch or the back of the exhaust hood I have the countertop pulled and the old white sink out. As soon as I can get some replacement formica I'll finish installing the sink.
So that's about it for now. Did anyone else find some great stuff?