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January 17, 2011

A Panther Painting, A Pink Washer & An Atomic Fruit Bowl Lamp

By RetroRuth

Whoa, check out this stuff!  These are some fun sightings from our antiquing trip to Bay City last weekend. Lots of stuff I wanted but, alas, either too expensive or not quite right.


Sometimes things are obviously MCM. Sometimes they are mid-century colonial. Sometimes they are just kitschy mid-century. And sometimes, they are every mid-century style rolled into one!


This lamp has a fantastic three-tiered shade, some metal “atomic” accents coming out of the middle, and the base is a pink gilded “fruit bowl” filled with fake, plastic grapes.

That’s right. Fake grapes.

I love it! The Style-Straddling Lamp!


I was very excited about this rattan sofa and table set when I saw it. On closer inspection, it just wasn’t quite what Tom and I want for the tiki room. But so close!


It even has the original upholstery!


A little carafe-love.

Both of these = gorgeous. Both of these = expensive.


I had to get peeled off of this picture. Tom was firm on his “no” stance (it had a $85 price tag) but it was a close one. 

I even loved the frame!


A pink washer, a white washer and a cream and mint enameled stove.  Soooooo pretty.


Now it was my turn to do the peeling. Here is Tom drooling over a Danish Modern floor lamp which was completely gorgeous. And also $235.  Yikes.

But while he was staring at the lamp, I was busy with the Heywood Wakefield rattan tables. Yummy.


“See Jimmy, this is how combustion works.”

“Wow, Pop! I can’t wait to grow up and get a job on the GM line, just like you.”

“Don’t worry, Son, you will. You will.”


The atomic high-chair!  I almost had Tom talked into this one, (for possible future baby Clarks – don’t get too excited yet, Moms) but we both couldn’t get over the pinching factor. The metal sides look really painful, don’t they?


An Eames chair. A real one, for once!


But too pricey for the condition. It needed all new upholstery.


This poor table was in rough shape, but it had an excellent Formica pattern on it!

Come back tomorrow to see what I got!  It’s awesome!

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8 Responses to A Panther Painting, A Pink Washer & An Atomic Fruit Bowl Lamp

  1. Mod Betty / RetroRoadmap.com Reply

    January 17, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who gets an adrenaline rush when she sees blonde rattan furniture! I too am looking forward to us having a tiki room / screenporch at the hacienda and am always scouring for The Perfect Rattan Set. One thing I want to make sure is that the arms of the chairs and sofa are wide and level, perfect for resting a mai tai on.

    Even though you didn’t buy anything it looks like a fun day!

  2. sablemable Reply

    January 17, 2011 at 11:07 am

    OMG, is all I can say!

  3. Annie B. Reply

    January 17, 2011 at 11:25 am

    What fun! I’m with Tom on that Danish modern floor lamp – just gorgeous.

  4. Sara in AZ Reply

    January 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I am kind of in love with that Panther picture! Gosh, everything is so amazing. How you left without that Danish Modern lamp, I will never know. 🙂 Can’t wait to see your finds!!!

  5. Annie Reply

    January 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Love the shopping trip along with you. Inspiring in many ways (and totally going to borrow the idea at some point and take my camera along treasure hunting and share on my vintage blog. The lamp was so deliciously tacky!

  6. Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} Reply

    January 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    What a great place full of finds… A pink washer, a white washer and a cream and mint enameled stove- oh my! Love it.

  7. RetroRuth Reply

    January 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    ModBetty – I know what you mean, the search is endless! I am hoping to score big, too. We are looking for something that isn’t too “precious” and that has the original upholstery. Crazy, huh?

    Sable! Isn’t it nuts? I love it!

    Annie B.- It was hard to leave that behind!

    Sara – I am in love with it, too! Hopefully it will go on sale and I will be able to justify buying it. 🙂

    Annie – I am glad I could bring you with me. 🙂 Happy to be an inspiration, and would love to see a post inspired by this one. And wasn’t that lamp just yummy?

    Melanie – Thanks! Would love to meet those some day in the woods, huh?

  8. Magnarama Reply

    January 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    You might come to some day regret not getting that floor lamp, even at that price. Heck, you can’t hardly get a crappy NEW floor lamp for less than $200! And that Danish mod one was a beauty — it would be totally at home in Don Draper’s office.

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