December 5, 2013Vintage 1960s Lee Wards Christmas Catalog For Sale…….and It’s The End of The World as We Know it………for Mid Century Modern Brasilia Lovers That Is
By Sara In AZ
I recently came across this vintage Lee Wards Christmas catalog up for sale on eBay and wanted to share it with y’all. I mean seriously – combine Christmas and vintage and it is the best of both worlds!
Vintage 1966 Lee Wards Christmas Catalog from seller bringmegiants
Ok, I don’t know about you but I am all about those Mistletoe Pixie’s! Cute!!!
If I could place an order today I’d be all over that entire angel door panel/bell light set/light-up candle display!
Awwww, ornaments…who doesn’t love ornaments!? For me the red satin ornaments have special memories. When I was young we would travel to Grandmother’s house for Christmas where she had the most beautiful tree all decked out in red satin ornaments. I remember gazing in wonderment at that tree….it looked SO perfect compared to all the mismatched ornaments and popcorn strands we had on the tree back home!
Oh boy….get a load of ALL those elves….and ONLY 23 cents each…and 17 cents each for the girl pixie elves…….sign me up for that please!!!! WOW!!!
And finally……..the most horrible, heart wrenching tragedy any mid-century piece of furniture could EVER face……………….but first the price – for the tidy sum of $550 this piece can be all yours…..maybe some of you already recognize this line by those drawer pulls.
For those of you faint of heart you may want to have the smelling salts ready…………….Yes…….a white painted, shabby chic’d, distressed Broyhill Brasilia Breakfront Hutch. *grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr*
Painting wood MCM furniture is a BIG no-no in my book. I am guessing that the original finish was kinda shot on this piece and the dealer was not sure how to deal with it…..and I know sometimes people just want an easy fix and paint seems like the quickest way to achieve that, but now any value this piece had has been virtually destroyed. If the dealer had just researched a little tiny bit they would have found out there is a HUGE collector base for Brasilia and maybe they could have restored this with one of the great Howard’s products out there like “Restore A Finish” or “Feed N Wax” ….what Mid Century furniture collector is going to want this piece now?
I have refinished a lot of Heywood Wakefield furniture in the past and honestly I personally would NEVER touch a painted piece of H-W as a project to refinish. First, you don’t know what condition the wood in underneath all of that paint….and second – you are going to have to strip off ALL of the paint. Yes, you can try to sand – but in my experience sanding paint is one of the most horrible experiences ever. When I refinished the white painted doors in my Mom’s time capsule condo I initially tried to sand the white paint off ….and I quickly gave up and bought the most hard-core paint stripper I could find. If you try to sand paint the sanding action turns the paint into these little hard grains (almost pebble like) it will wreck your sandpaper in no time…and mess up your wood in the process. So, you will need to strip every nook and cranny and then sand on top of that. ugghhhh. It would have been SO much better, even if the finish was horrible, just to sell it as-is and let someone else restore it to it’s intended glory.
*shakes fist at shabby chic’d out MCM furniture*
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