Secondhand Surplus

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

We've been busy...

Well, I'm not sure where to start. But, we have been very busy and I haven't had much time to blog.
I will start with the first two photos. I found this chair and a vintage scoop back chair in an alley not far from here, dirty and alone, about to be poured down upon. I snatched them both up, the white one being my favorite. I've seen this shape before, but at this point I can't turn anything up online. If anyone knows anything about it, please leave a comment.
The next photo is of a chair we found at a thrift store in Rolla, when we were on our way to go camping, at $5, I paid for it, and hoped we had room for it on our way home. After a weekend of fly fishing, floating, and camping, we picked it up on our way back through and my husband tied it fown to the roof of the car. It made it home in one piece. I thought it might be made by Dux, but I can't find any markings. The webbing was shot, so I went ahead and re-webbed the underneath. The cushion was dry rotted, so I found a new cushion, and now its just about good as new.
Some of the photos online of the Dux lounge chair had an ottoman to match, which my husband thought was great, so I've been also working on an ottoman we've had in the basement, trying to stain the wood to match the teak base of the chair.
The next photo is of a tray table that I found at an estate sale. I found the base folded and tied up in the basement, the woman at the sale had not a clue as to what it was, and charged me a $1. The next day, I went back to see what else I could find at half price. I found the brass tray, priced at $38, but at half price $19, I got this beautiful Middle eastern tray table for $20. I found the same one on 1stdibs, for $2200. Not bad.
And last but not least, we spent all day in the car(with a few thrift stops)on our way to check out our next big project, a vintage Yellowstone camper, that is sitting on a piece of property that my parents just bought. We were almost to the Iowa border, it was probably the hottest day of the year, but we were able to take lots of photos, do lots of measuring, and lots of dreaming about our new camper.


  1. Check out my vintage Scamp trailer renovation photos! My husband and I renovated this old trailer last year and traveled around in it for the year.

    I love that scoop back chair! I've loved that shape as well and haven't been able to find out what it's called.

  2. Stephanie, your trailer is beautiful. I would only dream that ours would turn out that way, thank you so much for the inspiration.

  3. The first one looks like an Eero Saarinen design to me. Like you, I'm sure I've seen it before...but can't place it.

    That second one is too sweet. Whatcha want for it?! How's about an Angus Cowskin Rug?

    Love the Spider base table but I've never been a fan of the brass tray top. I'd just go with a piece of glass myself.

    The trailer is cool. That looks like it'll take some time. I dream of an Airstream Bambi and a cool 1967 GMC pickup to haul it around. Ah, someday.