It's not too often that I find this many great things in the dead of winter. I spent $45 on everything in this post. All from charity thrift stores.
My favorite find is the Goodform aluminum office chair. These can fetch a lot of money for mid-century modern furniture collectors. I found a great website that shows many of the models of Goodform chairs (this one is #3325), and some history of the company that makes them, General Fireproofing Company. This is the second aluminum office chair that I've found on my junking journeys. You may remember that I bought a similar chair last summer - the one that I accidentally dropped on my foot.
I also found a 1950's strawberry tablecloth with 4 matching napkins, an ironstone brown/white transferware pitcher, a black painted parlor chair and a brown and blue plaid wool throw. I originally thought that the throw was new when I saw the trendy color combination, but then I noticed an old fabric label from "William Ayres & Sons, Philadelphia". It's an oldie.
The silver ice bucket is not marked - I have no idea how old it is. But is looks damn cool, even it is a circa 2002 tarnished bucket from Homegoods. I also bought the glass tea canister, the French vocabulary book and the 1939 illustrated book called "Where Did Your Garden Grow"?
Here are a few of the colorful pages from that book:
These books are from my local thrift store that offers a bag of books for three bucks. I made out pretty good this time. I looked up a few of the books on eBay, and found that five of them sold for $15-$25 each! The book titled "Stillmeadow Kitchen" seems to be worth the most.
And now, let us address the big fat orange elephant in the room. Yes, we painted our family room last week. I love it - Chris is still warming up to it. It is hard to tell from these photos, but it is an orange creamsicle/tangerine color. I found the paint chip at Lowes - it is an Olympic paint called Mandarin.
I was inspired by the colors in the pillow below (formerly a napkin) and decided to use the orange/green color combo in my family room and kitchen. It actually looks good with the dining room colors, too.
My neighbors have already started joking that our house looks like a crayon box. Screw 'em! Neutral isn't in my vocabulary.
PS: That rooster weathervane lamp is the first purchase I ever made in a thrift store (12 years ago)!