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Postby midwestsky » February 19th, 2008, 1:52 pm

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Have any of you ever come across collectible furniture at a garage sale or thrown out without the owner realizing its worth?

i often imagine that there are old public schools in America that house unspoken numbers of eames lcw chairs in their basements waiting to be thrown out by the clean up crew.

Postby rkuchinsky » February 19th, 2008, 7:19 pm

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not so much garbage, but back in university, i used to be a second hand shop (value village, salvation army, etc.) addict just for this reason. literally used to hit 3+ different shops every day on my way home from school, for about a year!

made some great scores. sold a few things on ebay, but was never in it for the money. more the fun of the find, and the score of having great stuff, cheap.

here's a pic of my old studio showing some of the stuff. also have a huge collection of smaller things like tvs, record players, phones, kitchen appliances, etc.

I dont collect much anymore (no space, and the market is much more overpicked here), but always keep my eye out during garage sale season. a lot of the stuff though, im still using and mix it up with newer things to give my loft a unique vibe.

happy hunting!

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Postby fatkid » February 19th, 2008, 7:51 pm

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I found an Eames Aluminum Group ottoman at a thrift store for $3.00 :shock:

Still have it too!
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Postby van_ID » February 20th, 2008, 12:01 am

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About 10 years ago I found an Eames wireframe chair next to a dumpster in Vancouver's "trendy" part of town - Yaletown. It had been thrown out because one of the welds was loose. I fixed it up and still have it.

Postby Scott Bennett » February 20th, 2008, 11:30 am

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Richard- That studio is so badass. I can totally picture Charles Eames sitting there smoking a pipe.

Postby jGray » February 20th, 2008, 12:31 pm

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yeah whats the story on that wicked stereo-sideboard peice? ive never seen that before.
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Postby Jackal9699 » February 20th, 2008, 2:15 pm


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Found one of these babies sitting on the curb, in beautiful condition. Love it!

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a garage sale in northern indiana where the owner had stacks of eames dining chairs (wood). there were used for seating at a church that had moved on to more traditional seating (pews, i think). he was selling them at $5/ea. i believe he had about 100 in there. i bought a couple because i had a small car.

west michigan turns up some unbelieveable stuff. the classics are so common to them that they don't often realize what they have, so they chuck it or put it in a garage sale. not so much now with the rise of the interwebby and ebay.
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Postby yo » February 21st, 2008, 5:20 pm

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rkuchinsky wrote:not so much garbage, but back in university, i used to be a second hand shop (value village, salvation army, etc.) addict just for this reason. literally used to hit 3+ different shops every day on my way home from school, for about a year!

made some great scores. sold a few things on ebay, but was never in it for the money. more the fun of the find, and the score of having great stuff, cheap.

here's a pic of my old studio showing some of the stuff. also have a huge collection of smaller things like tvs, record players, phones, kitchen appliances, etc.

I dont collect much anymore (no space, and the market is much more overpicked here), but always keep my eye out during garage sale season. a lot of the stuff though, im still using and mix it up with newer things to give my loft a unique vibe.

happy hunting!

R


Richard, you could charge admission to that place! :shock:
Quite the nice collection.

Postby jknodell » February 21st, 2008, 6:20 pm

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A couple of years back I found this great chair at the Salvation Army for a buck-fifty. I swore up and down it was one of those diamond in the rough scenarios... after much research I've come to the conclusion that it's a knock off of a Peter Hvidt dining chair.

Oh well. I still have a nice chair that I bought for less than box of pop tarts!

...on another note, I still can't decide whether I HATE or LOVE the upholstery...

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Postby optimistic » February 22nd, 2008, 11:32 am

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I bought a set of white Herman Miller Eames fiberglass shell chairs for $5 each back in '97 in Providence. I think that was just before mid-century got soooo popular...

They had 3 more chairs for the same price and I still regret not buying all 5. I just didn't have the room at the time, plus I could only fit 2 in my Jeep...

Postby TaylorWelden » February 22nd, 2008, 12:42 pm

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An old girlfriend of mine found a Victorian-style velvet red chaise lounge in mint condition, just sitting on the sidewalk in Savannah, GA. It moved into my apartment with her for a while. She moved to Kansas, and that's when I lost track of it.

I wonder what ever happened to that old red chaise.
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Postby carton » February 22nd, 2008, 4:07 pm


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We saw a the noguchi coffee table at an antique store in stillwater mn for 500 once, I figured they didn't know what it was because the label said "biomorphic coffee table" and I imagined even 500 was too cheap for it if it was indeed real. Later I checked ebay only to see hundreds of knock offs for about that price.

sometimes I think even as a knock off it is a very nice table
Just some guy, trying to figure it out too.

It's not furniture but....

Postby Stucon » February 23rd, 2008, 3:16 pm


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I bought a 74 Fender Telecaster in fairly mint condition, with the original case and documents, at a tag sale 3-4 years ago for $150. It is awesome and after having it set up for another $150 it plays like brand new. It's worth about $2400 or so!

Postby rkuchinsky » February 24th, 2008, 7:45 pm

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jGray wrote:yeah whats the story on that wicked stereo-sideboard peice? ive never seen that before.


the big cabinet stereo or the pedastal stereo? both i found at a salvation army shop of other second hand kinda store.

i think both cabinets were actually designed here in canada as ive seen them in several design in canada book. the big unit i still had (the other i sold) and the cabinet i believe was produced by delicraft for electrohome. the model is called Circa 701. I was actually in touch with electrohome as while back as they were looking for a unit for there museum but decided not to sell it off. i still use it almost daily and the sound is excellent. warm, full and much better than most off the shelf modern units. im in a hunt now though for a new stylus for the record player as the original got damaged in the shipping back from denmark to toronto recently.

its a beautiful piece and you cant see in the pics but also has a roll top type of cover like some of the george nelson herman miller desks of the 60's.

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