May 19, 2009
Mid-Century Treasure Hunt in Texas – Part 2: Slender-eeze Atomic Health Lounge, Pink Beauty Parlor Hairdryer, and Pink Bathroom Fixtures!
As promised, here is Part 2 of Reader Sara’s trip to an antiques festival/flea market in Texas, with all of her great descriptions! If you missed Part 1, check it out and see some of her great finds.
Once again, this is just some of the stuff she DIDN’T buy. Stuff she bought is coming soon!
Also, when you are finished reading, please take the time to respond to Sara’s question about buying a MCM house which I have included at the end of this post. She took pictures to share with us, so please feel free to give her some much-needed advice!
Here is the most interesting stove/oven. I have no idea when it is from, maybe 20s/30s??? It has a beige/cream enamel all over it with the cool scroll design on the front. As you can see there are some rusty areas on it and it looks like it could use a cleaning, but I thought it was really cool and decorative. What a fancy oven for that time. There was no price on it, so I have no idea what they were asking.
Here were some cool heart diner type chairs from a restaurant in Dallas (or so I was told). They were only $25 each – but the chrome was not in the best of shape, a lot of rust, so they would definitely have to be re-chromed. I thought they were very, very cute though!
Here is another cool 50’s Dinette set. I thought the Formica on this set was really cool with the pink background and the gray web like design. I also thought it was interesting that this set had hairpin legs. This set was also in really great shape. The price was $250.
I had to get a pic of the PINK beauty parlor set. How cool a – pink chair and hairdryer. The chair was $125 and the dryer was $65. I went through so many buildings and tents, it is hard to remember, but I think this place said everything they had was 20% off – so I am sure they were willing to bargain!
I guess I was finding a BUNCH of pink stuff this year, I don’t ever remember seeing do many different pink things before. We will call this “The Year of Pink”! They had this really cool pink bathroom set for sale that was taken out of a house in small town Texas. I thanked them profusely for not throwing it in the trash! It was in really great shape actually. The tub had a color stamp on the inside, it said ‘Peachglow’. They were asking $1295 for the set. I was drooling all over it and told them I would love to take it home with me, but I just could not. Maybe next time though……………..
And now, I have saved the BEST for last! Here was just about the absolute COOLEST thing EVER!!! It is a ‘Slender-eeze Health Lounge’ from the Mark Leach Health Furniture Co. in Milford Michigan (maybe you know where that is?). The guy said the cut-out white parts would vibrate and massage. He said it still worked!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the vinyl on this. I wish I could have gotten this baby home, but it was just too big. He was asking $650, but I know he was willing to deal. It appeared to be in mint/near mint condition. I LOVE it!
Wow, Sara! The Slender-eeze Health Lounge is amazing! I would have loved to see that baby up close! I especially love the vinyl pattern. Amazing.
Thanks for all the great recon you did at the sale, Sara! Stay tuned to see pics of things Sara DID buy!
For those who would like to help, here is the question Sara recently left in the comment section, asking for some advice on finding a good mid-century house: (Pam, maybe your readers would be interested in answering as well??)
Ruth, One question, about houses, while it is on my mind. When you moved into your house would you say it had been maintained pretty well? Mike and I have been looking for a 50s/60s house, more in untouched condition, like yours – and it seems like that is somewhat hard to find here, esp. in fairly good condition. I found this house here, from 1960, that I absolutely LOVED, but it had a lot of condition issues, eg. wood rot along a lot of the roof trim, water damage on the inside drywall (under most window sill areas) and also where toilets/showers had caused damage to inside drywall making the paint stained and chip off, also damage/stains (possible mold???) on carpet under window sills that had damage, all the patio sliding doors were out of frame and would not close or really lock that well, weird outlets that had been ripped out with wires just hanging out of the wall, etc., etc….. This was not a foreclosure, just a regular house for sale. It just seemed like the owners never really did any maintenance/general upkeep. I realize I want to buy an old house, and I definitely do not expect it to be perfect by any means – I was just wondering what your experience was. Should I expect most houses I look at (that are untouched/time capsule like) to have weird issues??? Anyone else have help on this subject – Tikimama, Sablemable – I know you guys have old houses as well……
Thanks in advance for responses!