Re: Ever "found" valuable vintage furniture?

Postby Lmo » April 17th, 2011, 3:13 pm

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I'm not really feeling too guilty about it; the "buyer" obviously appreciated what he was getting. Perhaps these were all it took to complete his vintage Knoll Tulip office ensemble.

Definitely a once-in-a-life-time kinda score for me. I usually buy high, and sell low.. .. . Image

Just wishing I could get my hands on all of my grand-parent's Stickley stuff that was discarded back in the sixties when they passed on... . :roll:
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This is an entertaining thread...tons of nice finds.

I found a pair of Eames armchairs at an abandoned camp while deer hunting three years ago. I figured they would be pretty haggard from being outside, legs rusted from being pressed into the dirt, etc. but they cleaned up very well.

Several months ago, I noticed that a neighbor had an Eames lounge sans ottoman wasting away outside on their front porch. Sadly I couldn't shake it loose. I offered them a better than half of what I found similar examples sold for. In my mind a better price then they would get selling it in a garage sale or letting it waste away until it was eventually thrown out.

I don't believe one shouldn't necessarily feel bad about getting a bargain. If an owner doesn't know the value of an item or value it themselves, it is a good bet it isn't going to be taken care of or appreciated.

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This is a great thread. Very cool finds. My eyes are open for stuff all the time and so far knowledge has saved me some money a few times, but it hasn't made me any.....yet.

Like others, I am holding on to the hope that I may be able to find some of the furniture from my past...from before I knew Koll from a hole in the wall. College roommates (still good friends) had a complete Saarinen breakfast set with the yellow seats, the public schools I went to had hundreds and hundreds of Eames fiberglass chairs, my grandfather had a bunch of Herman Miller stuff from his old office, etc etc. Not sure what happened to it, but I still have lines to a bunch of it.

Re: Ever "found" valuable vintage furniture?

Postby Carrion » June 23rd, 2011, 2:51 pm

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I once snapped up 3 Knoll diamond chairs (red, blue and yellow) that someone left out for garbage. Got a few years of good use out of them but decided to get rid of them after yet another move to a new city.

Re: Ever "found" valuable vintage furniture?

Postby Rokypop » August 25th, 2011, 5:52 am


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I actually found the same Electrohome Circa 701 stereo console from the first page. This is the only other place I have seen one like it.


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Yes found this really nice set of plastic Kartell drawers at a yard sale. Guess brand new those same drawers are a couple hundred. So good deal at $20 dollars.


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Kung Fu Jesus wrote:knoll is in PA, john.



It's in MI. They may have stuff in PA also but it's from Mi.


I have found a Bertoia diamond lounge, Two sofa's, two shell side chairs, one shell arm chair in the trash. I got a Naguchi Coffee table for $40 on CL, a twist coat rack NIB for well under MSRP. Also found a Jens Rinsom end table / coffee table for $10. Ricky you need to hit up the H-M scratch and dent shop in Zeeland, and if you know any h-m employee's they get an even larger discount.

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Re: Ever "found" valuable vintage furniture?

Postby IDiot » August 26th, 2011, 10:48 am

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Stephe, our employee sales have been treating me well.
Running out of room for seating at this point, might have
to start selling some stuff.

Re: Ever "found" valuable vintage furniture?

Postby rkuchinsky » August 26th, 2011, 10:48 am

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Zebra skin is real. I still have it but it's in storage since it's kinda dry and cracking. Got a real zebra head in the loft now.

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Re: Ever "found" valuable vintage furniture?

Postby IDiot » August 26th, 2011, 5:47 pm

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a few more treasures

the chair peaking over the top of the MBP is a John Stuart inc. GR NY - Teak Danish MCM chair I found on
Craigslist for $50.
The frame seems very similar to these chairs on Madmen
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other than the backs which are completely different.
I've had to glue one of the lower dowels of one of the legs back together about 6 times now, which is why I have not yet
reupholstered it, still trying to decide if it's worth it.
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Nice set up you got there. http://www.repocast.com/home.cfm Is the place for deals in the GR metro area btw.
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Re: Ever "found" valuable vintage furniture?

Postby PackageID » November 17th, 2012, 3:36 pm

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Don't really know how valuable but found this sweet piece on the side of the road today. Figured it would work great in my mid 30s house. Needs a bit of work as some kid drew all over it.

The half torn off skater sticker has to be worth something.

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Re: Ever "found" valuable vintage furniture?

Postby Lmo » November 19th, 2012, 2:20 am

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Needs a bit of work as some kid drew all over it.


Quite a few kids I would imagine.

J, y0u know what the hole was for, right? An ink well.... . .

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American Seating, vintage, 1940. See > http://americanseating.com/images/homep ... ricawv.pdf
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Re: Ever "found" valuable vintage furniture?

Postby PackageID » November 19th, 2012, 9:25 am

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Thanks Lew for the reference material. I will have to find one of those ink wells.
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