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The Gnomad Beach Pad!

Built in the Mid Century and Only Blocks from the Beach.

A Match Made in Style and Relaxation Heaven!

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It’s not just a home, its a vacation for you, or a great set for your filming production, or a nice location for a photo shoot!

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I mean check out the Sunken Living Room.  The Gnomad Beach Pad was Built in 1964. Old Stan kept great care of the house and we were happy to take it over after his death in 2012.  We honored him and his wife by not making a ton of changes.

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You can see in a previous post the changes we made: Our House Out House

I decorated the entire house with picked and found items.

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I went with the design theme of Mid Century, because, well, It was built in the Mid Century!

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I mean look at that original Formica counter top…

So we had to go all the way Mid Century in the Kitchen.

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Vintage Tupperware for any and all occasion or storage needs!

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Even Vintage Kitchen Appliances : Ice Crusher – Check, Milk Shaker Blender – Check, Mixer – Check, Juicer – Check, and even an Popcorn Popper – Check!

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Lovely Bunch of Lovely Vintage Bowls that I slowly collected by picking often and regularly.

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Now for on top of the super cute Formica counter top!

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Some of the stuff is just for show, and some for use, but love it all!

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And yes those are old Cosco Stepping Stools as seating at the very large peninsula counter top!  Perfect height, why not?

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Moving over to the Family room, the Hub of the House!

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One big giant room with a fireplace on ones side and the sliding glass doors to the patio on the other side.

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And a big TV, DVD Player and a Stereo for your entertaining pleasures.

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Let’s take outside before we go into…

The Bedrooms!

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Hammock AND Bocce Ball.  Yes…And So Much More!

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Easy Breezy Back Patio with curtains that go all the way around for extra privacy.

And get this…an Outside Shower with HOT water.

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The front and side grass covered yards provide enough area for a football game and croquet match to go on a the same time, if not more activities!

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So much room for so much fun!

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Now that I wore you out with all those activities…

Let’s go the rooms of rest!

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The Master Bedroom itself is a retreat!  Large, Light, Airy and oh so Comfortable!

And then there is the large En Suite Master Bathroom!

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The Shower Sliding Doors and Toilet Private Swinging Door are to Mid Century Die For!

And the Huge Sunken Tub is to Relax in!  It is a Mid Century Beachy Mini Spa Room!

And now the Guest Rooms…

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This is the “No place like Gnome” Guest Room.

Relaxing, complete with an adjustable bed, and a desk to write home on!

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A nice place we like to call the “Mad Men Den” Guest Room.

Relaxation up front and Worker Bee Desk on the side.

And the Ever so Cute “Mamie Roosevelt” Pink Jack & Jill Bathroom…

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It is as adorable as it looks.

Complete with vintage pink hamper and trash bin.  I could just live in there.

There is half bath too, but I have to leave something for your imagination!

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That’s the House and here is some nature.

Take a look at the cute wood peckers I caught on film in the yard.

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And here is just a bit of what we have seen nearby The Gnomad Beach Pad!

Indialantic Manatees

And if Technology and Space is your thing…

Check This Out!

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The Falcon Heavy Folks, which you could have seen from the front lawn!                              FeetatHiltonDeck

So get your feet on over to The Gnomad Beach Pad.

And Sink your Feet into the Sand or the Lush Sunken Living Room Carpet.

For Vacation Rental, Please Book Through:  The Gnomad Beach Pad

To Book for a Photography Shoot or a Filming Location Please Use: The Mid Century Beach Pad

Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below!

And Here is to another “My Gnome Little World” Adventure!  Cheers!


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Life is Too Short to Just Put Paintings on Our Walls…

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Or Books on Our Shelves.

(You Can find this wall art at Vintage Gas Stove Grates)

From Unusual Decor

(You can find this Cooper’s Hoop Driver Folk Art at Folk Art Tools)

How About Books On the Walls…

From Craft Ideas From PR!

This Book Cover Art Works for Me!

(Found in a cafe in San Juan, Puerto Rico!)

And this So Very Beautiful Thing…

From Unusual Decor

Would Match This Cool Industrial Wheel Folk Art Rather Well!

(The Above Piece Could be Found at Honey Blossom Studio)

From Unusual Decor

How cool is that?

(Found at a MA Auction)

And how about Blossoms that Bloom all year-long?

From BrassFlowers

Rusted Railroad Screw Spikes and Up-cycled Vintage Brass Curtain Tie-backs make an Awesome Bouquet!

And for more color…

From Unusual Decor

How about this Bundle of Fun up-cycled colored metal!

(This piece can be found at Industrial Bloom )

And speaking of color…

From Unusual Decor

How about a mini croquet set to snazz things up a bit?

(This piece can be found at MINI CROQUET)

Vintage Sporting Goods and Color?  The options are limitless!

From Unusual Decor

Fun old pool balls in a cool old box!

(This piece can be found at Fish Legs )

And for less color…

From Unusual Decor

Love the feel and look of an old baseball, and a basket of them is even better!

(The piece can be found at Chaps and Rascals )

Staying with the old in mind, but moving away from sporting goods…

From Craigslist Ads

And going Industrial!

Like an old tool box, or even better, a vintage Votive Candle Mold Folk Wall Art!

(The candle mold can be found at Rusted Metal )

Metal of another kind!

From Craigslist Ads

Pots, Pans, Strainers…are all cool wall art!

(These items can be found at Enamel Ware )

Let’s saunter away from metal.

(Because metal is just too cool to walk away from…sauntering seems right and make sure look over your shoulder at it before it goes away.)

Take a deep breath…

More fun to come!

Let’s linger around another cool idea!  

The re-use of a useful item of days gone by for decor!

From Craigslist Ads

A 1800’s Dough Bin to hold throw blankets, pillow, magazines, games…

Whatever you need to store…

It will look Oh-So-Loverly in an Old Box of any kind!

(You can find this particular one at OLD WOOD )

 To finish up, let’s go circular!
From Craigslist Ads

Vintage Chenille in Vintage Metal Needlepoint Hoops!

OLD MY!

(The can be found at ARTS, CRAFTS & THINGS )

And for a Modern Turn…

From Unusual Decor

So Cute!

(These can be found at JoeMomma )

And if you want curtains that are NOT curtains….

From Craigslist Ads

Then these are for you!

(They can be found at ARTS, CRAFTS & THINGS )

NOW GO PUT A STICK ON YOUR WALL…

AN OLD METAL PIPE ON YOUR SHELF…

OR A PIECE OF HISTORY ABOVE YOUR MANTEL!

Thanks for visiting!

To see more of our UNUSUAL DECOR SUSPECTS go to OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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Our Sunshiny Mid-Century Modern House!

There will be some before and after photos, but to get the full view of the before house please go to:  HenderBalz Blog: Adventures at Home !

As always if you want to see the full photo album, click on any of the photos!

Welcome to the Living Room!

From House House Lovely House!

We may just leave this oh-so-not mid-century couch in this room as both the room and the couch are big and they fit each other!

94% of everything else in the living and dining rooms is from the Mid-Century!

Matter of fact, most of the house is furnished with mid-century items…down to the set of Sears flatware my Mom gave me as a teen probably for my hope chest!

New Living & Dining Above…
Old Below!

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You get the point…new paint, furniture and personal touches!

The Foyer…

Could not pass up the light fixture that Jim rebuilt and the Sears star burst clock that my Step Father fixed!

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From House House Lovely House!

A corner here…

The Above Corner has my Mid-Century Belt Chair and a bunch of drift wood in the corner!

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From House House Lovely House!

And a corner there!

The above Corner has our somewhat collection of international stools…two are old, one is from Honduras!

From House House Lovely House!

The Dining Room!

From House House Lovely House!

We love our new OLD dining room lamp that Jim rebuilt!

And now our bedroom!

From House House Lovely House!

Oh so cool, airy and grey with a splash of color!

New Above….
Before Below:

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The other side (plus a tri-pod, an air filter and Chloe):

From House House Lovely House!

The Master Bath!

From House House Lovely House!

And Before!

No more carpet, stripped wall paper or dressing room lights!

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Now…

THE FAMILY ROOM!

From House House Lovely House!

And what it used to look like!

From Melbourne House

The Whole Picture!

From House House Lovely House!

We want a cool low profile mid-century couch in this room, probably where the table and chairs are…but have not found one we like enough yet!

And Introducing…

THE KITCHEN!

From House House Lovely House!

And a similar view from before!

From Melbourne House

Bright and Happy!

From House House Lovely House!

Similar shot from before:

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Personal Touches!

In the Kitchen:

From House House Lovely House!

And in a Hall!

From House House Lovely House!

TaaDaaa…

Jim’s new Office/Den/Man Cave!

From House House Lovely House!

And the old Dark Den!

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Personal Touches in the Den!

From House House Lovely House!

And…

From House House Lovely House!

The guest room / Dawn’s Making Things Room!

Cozy Area!

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And Work Area! (The table enlarges!)

From House House Lovely House!

The Pink Jack & Jill Bath just needed some love and a spit shine!

From House House Lovely House!

Half Bath is just a “happy” as before…

From House House Lovely House!

But updated!

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And with personal touches!

From House House Lovely House!

The new front!

From House House Lovely House!

The old front!

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Not sure you can tell the changes…

All the cranky 50-year-old bushes were removed and more tropical plants were put in AND the entire outside was painted!

From House House Lovely House!

Love our new mid-century style shutters and the pop of flower in front!

The new Landscaped Corner Island!

From House House Lovely House!

The old corner:

From Melbourne House

New side yard “Island” landscaping!

From House House Lovely House!

And if you ever visit (And you know YOU ALL are invited) the Garage Door Entrance Welcome Area!

From House House Lovely House!

WE Love our new place and had fun and some fights getting it to this point, but it is not still 100% done!

And 10 pieces in these photos, I created!  Can you guess which 10?

Look forward to finishing it completely!

And to buy Mid Century Modern Items for you Home…Visit Our Online Shop!

Click:  OurOwnBigWorld

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THE NEW HOME!

Although the house is not blog ready yet…

HERE IS A PEAK AT SOME OF THE STUFF GOING INSIDE IT!

From More Mid Century Finds!

THE BAR!

From More Mid Century Finds!

AND WHAT IS A BAR…

From More Mid Century Finds!

WITHOUT A 3 TIERED SERVING CART!

From More Mid Century Finds!

WHAT?  YOU NEED TO MAKE A CALL?

SIT HERE ON THIS COOL METAL STOOL AND USE THIS EVEN COOLER PHONE AND PHONE BOOK STAND!

From More Mid Century Finds!

THE WORLD ON A DREXEL!

Vintage Globe sits atop a perfect Kip Stewart’s Declaration Line Drexel End Tables!

From More Mid Century Finds!

WHICH GO  SWELL WITH THIS…

Kip Stewart Drexel Coffee Table!

From More Mid Century Finds!

FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS ONE OF A KIND STAR BURST MIRROR!

From More Mid Century Finds!

AND WHO COULD SAY, “NO” TO THESE BEAUTIES?

“NOT I!” SAID THE MID CENTURY VINTAGE BUYING FOOL!

From More Mid Century Finds!

TO FINISH THIS UP…

WE HAVE ONE OF A PAIR OF FUN CIRCLE GLASS TOP OCCASIONAL TABLES!

I HAVE AN OCCASION FOR THESE…DO YOU?

The above items were bought at Antique Fairs in Acadia and West Palm, Florida, and at an Auction in Sarasota Florida.

Everything we buy we get for relatively cheap…the Drexel pieces and the 3 tiered wood cart were a bit higher…but still way under value!

We hope to have the house 90% done by Christmas…photos in the new year!

Matter of fact…I should be packing right now so we can move our stuff on over! Shhhhh!

UPDATE….OH WE BOUGHT SO MUCH THAT WE OPENED OUR OWN ONLINE STORE!

Please visit and shop, if you are so inclined at:  Our Own Big World!

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It’s official now…

WE ARE MAD FOR MID-CENTURY PIECES!

Here are some of our most recent finds.

Mind you, most of these photos are taken after I rubbed, shined, & scrubbed!

To get’em cheap, you gotta get dirty!

From Mid-Century Finds

Oh, yes we did!

Although I love the colors of the material on the stool, I am thinking we just may have to change it! And folks, the pillow is Jim’s pick. That is his favorite color after all!   The book rack and snack trays make everything all the better!

From Mid-Century Finds

I am not sure if this is a stool or a table, but how can you not love those curves and swirls?

From Mid-Century Finds

Poker anyone?

From Mid-Century Finds

No poker could be had without hip turquoise cocktail glasses and bowls for chips and snacks!

From Mid-Century Finds

And we could use this octagonal beauty for a card game or two!

The above has not yet been spit shined, as I have do not own my secret spit shining sauce in that color…yet!

Okay, it is not a secret, I will shout it out! I love Howard’s Restor-A-Finish !

Here’s a cutie to look at in the meanwhile!

From Mid-Century Finds

Need some light and a place to put your cocktail while you lay out a flush? Use this handy lamp / triangle table!

For those non-card playing party goers, we have this nice conversation area full of lovelies!

From Mid-Century Finds

We prefer wood, but could not pass up these chrome numbers for the price offered!

Already shined up, but with some new material, they will soon be everyone’s favorite!

And anything looks better next too a black metal magazine rack and a “I dream of Jeanie” table lamp!

In love with our new Mid-Century Danish Modern chair…look at those lines on that baby!

From Mid-Century Finds

One of my favorite finds…the lamp shade!

Ooh, the chicken scratch of it all just makes me smile.

From Mid-Century Finds

 I got the lamp with a different shade…

But I had to bring the couple together and now they will live happily ever after!

From Mid-Century Finds

Old kitchen chairs and a vintage doctor stool, with new colors, may make great seating at our low kitchen peninsula!

I could not pass this one up for only $2.00!

From Mid-Century Finds

If I do not use it as is, I have a gold-fish scale wall art project in mind for that frame and maybe a couple of smaller pieces from the art!

But this little cutie will fit in nicely.

From Mid-Century Finds

My husband is a sap for water / boat scenes!

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From Mid-Century Finds

Although we have the nice turquoise ones above, these small handfuls of color will fit nicely in that mid-century bar…uh…when we finally find it!

Speaking of glass…

From Mid-Century Finds

My husband being sensible, found some ceiling light fixtures, that just may fit in!

As a gift, I found this beauty for my Jim!

From Mid-Century Finds

No Picasso’s in our finds, but we like them!

So…”Where do we find them?” You ask.

We found most of these pieces in a great little town in the middle of nowhere, Florida. Arcadia has a cute little downtown that consists of 4 blocks and a million antique stores. Once a month they have an Antique Sidewalk Sale!

We found some smalls for great deals on the sidewalks, but hit the mother lode when we walked into the The Opera House!

If you are into history, antiques from any era or style, or even ghosts, Arcadia and The Opera House are must see!

We will be back for sure! Okay, we need to pick up a bigger piece…but since a full day there did not get us through all the stores, I think more shopping will happen.

Some of those pieces are from thrift stores! Thrift stores are my heart and soul! Most antique stores are too dear for my pockets, so I hunt thrifts often. And don’t forget to find the Goodwill Clearance stores! Chairs for $3.00…what the what?

HAPPY HUNTING TO YOU!

Our next adventure is a couple of mid-century auctions!

Wish us luck!

UPDATE:  WE BOUGHT SO MUCH WE OPENED AN ONLINE STORE!

Please Visit and Shop if you are so inclined at:  Our Own Big World!

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I have been collected leather belts from thrift stores, for this very thing!

I had to wait for the chair!

The chair finally came my way!

From Belt Chair

After I shined the wood up, I took off the seat!

From Belt Chair

My trusted basket of leather belts, don’t you have one?

From Belt Chair

Then I was a’belt weaving away!

From Belt Chair

Not sure if I will keep the belts on this chair or not yet…

as well if I should cut the ends of the belt off or let them hang!

From Belt Chair

Love how the colors in the belts bring out the colors in the wood!

From Belt Chair

Belt Weave!

From Belt Chair

I think this technique turns a plain chair into a conversation/center/art piece!

I love the chair so much…I think I am not going to leave the belts on it as the shape of the back and the wood speak for themselves.

So, I will go back to waiting for the perfect chair again!

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I will go back to my Upcycle Arts & Crafts projects…

But these days I am spending time to get stuff ready for a new home!

A Mid Century Beauty!

I thought I would to strip and refinish some of my old finds…but found something that I is my secret love.

Howard’s Restor-A-Finish

Some Before Photos…

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

One of two End Tables!

Warn and dull!

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

One done and one not!

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

On the way to looking good!

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

There you have it!

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

While I was at it, I worked on this little pretty!

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

Okay, the top is made of Formica, but did refinish the wood legs!

Is is bad that I am falling for Formica?

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

Speaking of Formica…

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

This little cutie has a wood pedestal which I shined up to make into a nicey nice!

From Mid Century Wood Shine!

It is happy in our now non-mid-century place!

Shining these guys on…so made my happy today!

Easy Peasy and such good looks!

Don’t be afraid of nicks & stains…all they are saying is “We have been loved, now love us again!”

UPDATE!  WE OPENED OUR OWN ONLINE STORE!  

Please visit and shop if you are so inclined at:  Our Own Big World!

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Although, I have always liked the funkiness or smooth lines of mid century stuff, my usual genre of antique is older, rusty and usually made of metal!

But since we started to look at homes to buy in Florida, we realized the one we will buy will most likely be one from the Mid Century.  The location we wanted was developed at that time period, so we decided we want to decorate it appropriately!  We finally found the perfect untouched beauty for us!

So now we are in love with all that is Mid Century Matter!

While things get worked on (and in an un-updated home built in 1964 there will be work needed)…

WE GO SHOPPING!

We love a good deal…and will take the time to search for it, most likely at thrift stores, flea markets, antique stores, auctions, yard sales, estate sales and antique fairs!

Here are some of our recent finds!

From My Finds!

Right now these are in my loft area sitting just like this, and I get tickled every time I walk up the stairs!

From My Finds!

For the Silver Band Chip & Dip, Atomic Star Coffee Decanter & Wood Handle 2 Tiered Dessert Tray I gathered the lowest prices I found on the exact or similar items online (without shipping costs).

Online Cost  = $45.00.
Our Cost = $7.00!

Every respectable Mid Century Home needs a Sunburst Clock!

From My Finds!

Similar ones online = $75.00.
Our Cost = $16.00 (which I got down from$ 20.00 because I will need to fix it a bit)!

Even though we do not have records anymore…we fell in love with this number!

From My Finds!

Look in other photos, to see the cute little Sunburst on the sides better!

Similar ones online = $65.00.
Our Cost = $8.00!

Jim has shown interest in a Vintage Travel Bar for quite a while now.

From My Finds!

So we had to pick up this one, that allowed for the morning after as well.

From My Finds!

We thought The Executair 720C was a Bar and Coffee Travel Case, but in my research the original piece was mostly just coffee. We happen to like it as is…drinkies for the evening and coffee for the morning after!

Similar online = $25.00.
Our Cost = $5.00!

And for the Bar at Home!

From My Finds!

The Penguin Hot or Cold Bucket…we like to call it our new Ice Bucket! This particular piece is all over the internet!

The lowest price online = $20.00.
Our Cost = $4.00!

Another time piece…

From My Finds!

Could not pass up the bigness (Oh, okay…or the price) of this industrial most likely mid century clock!

Similar ones Online = $90.00
Our Cost = $7.00 (but ours has hand written additions to the face that may take off some of the value…but for 7 bucks…who cares!)

A Couple more morsels…

From My Finds!

1960’s Wharfedale W20D Speakers for Jim’s more modern stereo!

And everyone needs a Kromex 2 Tier Dessert Tray!

Prices Online = $92.00
Our Cost: $9.00 (Mind you, Jim bought both of these!)

And now comes the Funky Fun Find!

From My Finds!

Who knew there was something called “Popcorn Art?”

Well, I do now and I own 2 pieces…love them!

Similar items Online = $62.00
Our Cost = $7.00 (talked down from $10.00)!

Now on to my current Fav…Mid Century Lamps!

From My Finds!

This one is our newest and most expensive addition! It is  hard to find the same exact ones I have online, as there are so many cool similar designs though!  They varied so much in price, for ones in pairs, ones without shades, and ones outrageously overpriced…so I just took an average online price.

Similar Ones Online = $50.00
Our Cost = $16.50 (1/2 off original antique store price sale)!

Okay the following is not a new one, but I had to add it in this post!

From My Finds!

This is my baby…love her! A spontaneous buy at an auction in Townsend, Vermont!

Similar Ones Online = $50.00
Our Cost = $6.00

And now our Mad Men ensemble!

From My Finds!

No ciggies for Jim, but he does enjoy a cigar now and then (uh, outside).

Jim bought the 1998 Lammhult Cinema Chair at a tag sale (New England’s way of saying Yard or Garage sale) last year in posh Manchester, VT.

The LARGE lamp and end tables are newbies!

The chair is not mid century, but it fits in!
Current Price new = $1500.00!
Recently Sold at Auction = $600.00!
Our Price = $5.00 (but I must say the leather has a some damage…can be fixed though)!

The lamp was one of my recent finds here in Fort Pierce, FL!
Similar ones online = $50.00
Our Price = $10.00

We bought this pair of end tables at a Vero Beach Auction!
Similar online prices = $100.00
Our Cost = $20.00 (They do need some love).

And soon to be ours!

Recently Sold at Vero Beach Location = $550.00
Our Cost = $100.00 (plus $35.00 for deliver & thanks for our Realtor for it for us until we really do own the place, but 100.00 off original price because I am buying it on 1/2 Off Monday)!

So far we spent =$216.00 (minus the Lammhult Cinema Chair) for what would have at least cost $1174.00 retail!

We still have a couch, 2 chairs, 2 coffee tables to go and a lot of light fixtures…not sure if I can stay within our very low-budget as these items are definitely higher priced!   Of course, dessert trays, coffee decanters, ice buckets and traveling bars were not originally included in that budget!

In hopes of saving some money, I am already making art/decor and 2 hanging lamps for the house!  Check my future posts to see how I made them…and if they even came out decent enough to use!

Ha, after this recent experience of our Mid Century Hunt, both Jim and I feel I can buy extras as I find them (and maybe make extras), and start my own Mid Century Shopito!

We will See….

UPDATE….WE DID OPEN AN ONLINE STORE!  

YOU CAN FIND MID-CENTURY MATTER AND SO MUCH MORE AT:  Our Own Big World!

 

(*Note to those who are wondering…this will not be our permanent home.)

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