MID CENTURY MODERN ITEMS FOR SALE

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One of the problems I have as a collector is that my mid century collection gets a little too big very often.  As a result, I have to sell some pieces to replace them with the new ones.  I buy and sell as a hobby.  I have a job and I attend school as well so I buy and sell mid century items whenever I have some free time. I try to sell things at a low price.  However, if you think the price is too high, please MAKE ME A REASONABLE OFFER.  Many of the items I sell are highly collectible and in good vintage condition.  I love them all but I am not using them and I do not have room for them at the moment.  Please send me an e-mail for further information: jesusxochitl@aol.com. Here are some pieces I have for sale.

STORAGE HAMPER

Nice storage hamper made of plastic. Awesome butterfly stamps. Removable shaped lid with handle. Original butterscotch yellow color. Has pierced vents on one side. Solid construction. Great vintage condition. It has some minor, minor scratches from age and use. No chips or cracks. Could be used as laundry hamper, trash can, or to store things. Measures 26″ tall (including lid) x 13″ diameter. Price: $39.00 CASH or FREE if you buy any item with value of $99.00 or above $99.00 listed in this blog.

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ELECTRIC WALL CLOCK

Elegant electric wall clock. Very cool design. The face background with the zodiac signs is made of a masonite type bosrd, and the signs were etched in and colored gold to stand out (only one picture shows the clock with zodiac). The ends of the wood spokes are real wood, either teak or mahogany. You can remove the zodiac pieces from the clock if you prefer. Keeps perfect time and it does not make much noise. In good working condition. Made in USA by United Metal Goods Mfg. Co., Brooklyn, NY. Model number is 203. Measures approx. 25″ wide. I am asking $43.00 CASH for the clock.

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ELECTRIC FAN BY McGRAW

Cool vintage table top electric fan by McGraw Electric Co., Boonville, MO. This is a wonderful piece of mid century machinery! It works beautifully. Very clean and sleek. It has 4 aluminum oscillating propellers, has only one setting. It even has a hole in the back so it can be hung upside down if you don’t put it on a desk or shelf. The base is blue metal and it is in very good vintage condition. The fan is a 40 W, 105-125V, Model 1250R, 60 Cycles, AC Only. It is 10 1/2″ tall and 9 3/4″ in diameter. This is a great addition to your home, great for antiquing and fans of vintage home decor! I am asking $31.00 CASH or FREE if you buy any item with value of $99.00 or above $99.00 listed here.

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SET OF 4 AUTHENTIC CHAIRS BY SAARINEN FOR KNOLL

Great set of 4 chairs designed by one of my favorite modern designers of all time: Saarinen.  I love the design and colors of these rare chairs.  Fiberglass backs. Seats are covered with a nice blue color vinyl. Aluminum bases. Chairs are labeled.  The chairs show some light wear due to age but they are in good vintage condition. The backs has some light scratches. Price: $1129.

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TRIANGULAR TABLE BY LANE (ACCLAIM SERIES)

Small, stylish and functional side table by Lane (Acclaim Series). This is a rare model from these series and a desirable mid century modern piece. The piece has the signature Acclaim design of dovetailing on the top and it is clearly identified on the bottom with the Lane stamp. In addition, it has a lower shelf that will come in handy when displaying or storing your mid century modern accessories. In excellent original vintage condition. This sharp looking table measures 26″ from point to point and 18″ high. Price; $195.00

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CLASSIC MID CENTURY PLANTERS

For sale several cool small and medium size mid century planters. My planters have interesting colors and shapes. They were made by some of the most popular manufactures of the atomic era: US Pottery, Bauer, Gainey, Shawnee, etc. All of them are in good vintage condition. I can provide dimensions upon request (too many to measure individually). Please notice that the PLANTS STANDS ARE NOT FOR SALE and they are not part of the planters. Also, the empty planters are the ones I am selling only. The planters with plants in them are not for sale. The price varies depending on the size and brand; planters are from $5.00 to $17. For instance,

*The small cylindrical mustard planter is $15.00. It was made by Gainey and it has a few chips (pictures 1 and 2)
*The medium cylindrical black pot is $17.00. Made by Bauer (picture 2 and 4).
*The small pink planter is $9.00. (picture 2 and 3)
*The small yellow planter is $9.00 (picture 2 and 3)
*The small black pot is $5.00 (picture 2)

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LUNA CHAIR BY ODD KNUTSEN

For sale amazing sling IMG lowback luna chair. Base is made of solid wood. Great upholstery from the 70’s. Solid and sturdy. Very comfortable. In good vintage condition. I have too many chairs so, sadly, I have to depart with this one. I am asking $179.00 CASH for the piece.

The Luna Chair, created in 1970 by designer Odd Knutsen, is the result of perfecting wood lamination techniques that were first introduced in the 1950’s. It features a graceful, lightweight, elegant and strong chair frame; a perfect example of the Norwegian tradition of furniture as both art and cultural expression. Curvaceous legs reach up to embrace you and the simple elegance of the cushion cradles and supports with effortless comfort.

LUNA LOWBACK DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 28.5″w x 28.5″h x 31″d
Seat Width: 22″
Seat Height: 16.5″

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COFFEE TABLE BY PAUL McCOBB FOR PLANNER GROUP

In good vintage condition.   Measurements: 32″ x 32″ x 15″ high. Price: $239.00

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PYREX DISHES

Vintage and cool Pyrex dishes. In good condition. Nice colors and patterns. All of them are labeled underneath and all of them were made in the USA. I have collected these items for a while and I have too many of them. I do not cook very often so the dishes are in the same condition I got them. Prices are fair: from $5.00 to $19.00. In general, the small bowls are $5.00 each, the medium casserole dishes with lids are $13.00 each, and the big round bowls are $19.00 each. I can negotiate the price a little if you get several of them.

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MODERN ARCHITECTURE AT THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

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Kresge Auditorium by Eero Saarinen

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Last Spring I was in Boston.  What a great city! Very historical and charming. Also, while in Boston, I was able to get a tour of Harvard and the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).  Since I was a teenager, living in a foreign country, I wanted to visit these two institutions.  I was not disappointed. Their architecture, libraries and academic resources are unique. In terms or modern architecture,  the MIT has some iconic structures that it is worthwhile visiting. Many of the buildings have been designed by leading architects, among them, Alvar Aalto, Eduardo Catalano, Stephen Holl, Frank Gehry, and Eero Saarinen. Sculptures, murals, and paintings, including works of Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and Louise Nevelson are found throughout the campus.

KRESGE AUDITORIUM

The building was designed by the prestigious Eero Saarinen.  Its initial occupancy was 1955.  The main auditorium seats 1,200 people. The Little Theater, with a capacity of 212, is used for the theatrical productions including the Drama Shop and Shakespeare Ensemble.  Downstairs are the rehearsal rooms for the Choral Society, Concert and Jazz Bands, and various ensembles.

The interior of the auditorium.

The interior of the auditorium.

The main auditorium.

The main auditorium.

Entrance to the Little Theatre

Entrance to the Little Theatre

Great windows.

Great windows.

Among Kresge’s interesting features is its outer shell which is one eighth of a sphere that floats free from the rest of the auditorium.  Three deeply sunk abutments support the shell, while the auditorium’s interior is build from the ground.  The roof of the building is only supported in three places and in the middle it is only 3 1/2 inches thick.  A Woltkampf Organ is located in the main auditorium.

One of the interesting supports of the shell.

One of the interesting supports of the shell.

Great cuves.

Great curves.

 THE CHAPEL

This is one of my favorite buildings at the MIT. The architect for the building was Eero Saarinen, 1955. There are currently 32 active and long-standing student religious organizations. The Chapel bell tower and bell were designed by sculptor Theodore Roszak.

The Chapel by Eero Saarinen.

The Chapel by Eero Saarinen, Theodore Roszak, and Harry Bertoia .

The back of the Chapel.  The entrance is a nice rectangular building.

Back of the Chapel. The entrance is a nice rectangular building.

Beautiful low arches and nice fountain surrounding  the Chapel.

Beautiful low arches and cool moat. I love the tower.

The main entrance.  It has lots of mid century features.

The main entrance. It has lots of mid century features.

Sunlight striking the moat around the windowless Chapel is reflected upward into the arches at the base and appears in sparkling dots on light on the interior walls.

Amazing skylight.

Amazing skylight.

Behind the altar is a sculpture by Harry Bertoia.  This sculpture is also used to help scatter light throughout the room.

Breathtaking sculpture by one my favorite designers:

Breathtaking sculpture by one my favorite designers: Harry Bertoia.

The sculpture and skylight give the impression that a rain of light is coming from the roof. Lovely.

The sculpture and skylight give the impression that a rain of light is coming from the roof. Lovely.

Picture of the interior of the Chapel taken from the back of the sculpture.

Picture of the interior of the Chapel taken from the back of the sculpture.

A closer view of the sculpture.

A closer view of the sculpture.

THE BAKER HOUSE

Alvar Aalto designed the Baker House in 1946 while he was a professor at the Massachussets Institute of Technology, where the dormitory is located. It received its name in 1950, after the MIT’s Dean of Students Everett Moore Baker was killed in an airplane crash that year. The dormitory is a curving snake slithering on its site and reflects many of Aalto’s ideas of formal strategy, making it a dormitory that is both inhabited and studied by students from all over the world.

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The Baker House by Alvar Aalto

The site runs along the north side of the Charles River and from the very start Aalto’s plans seek to find ways of maximizing the view of the river for every student. Aalto refused to design north-facing rooms since he wanted most rooms to have a view of the river from the east or west, and thus proposed enlarging the rooms on the western end into large double and triple rooms that receive both northern and western light. Instead of rooms, a stairway systems is housed on the north side of the building with an unobstructed view of its surroundings.

Main entrance to the Baker House

Main entrance to the Baker House

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OTHER INTERESTING BUILDINGS AT THE MIT

The MIT is an amazing institution.  Some of its structures encapsulate the modern era like not other school.  There are more buildings, murals, and sculptures to talk about but I am just going to stop here. Unfortunately, I do not have time to upload more pictures.

The Faculty Center

The Faculty Center

Different view of the Faculty Center

Different view of the Faculty Center

Interesting building with cool arches.

Interesting building with cool arches.

EAMES MOLDED PLASTIC CHAIRS RETURN TO ITS FIBERGLASS ROOTS

MODERN AND FUN OUTDOOR CHAIRS FOR THE SPRING/SUMMER

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Great chairs at FARNSWORTH, a mid century modern dealer in San Francisco. Price: $3800.

The Spring/Summer are great seasons to display fun outdoor chairs. However, there are so many great chairs that it is difficult to chose. If I were looking for outdoor furniture and I had a big budget for it, then I would consider buying the chairs above (the ones at Farnsworth) or some others such as the ones designed by Salterini or the Sculptura chairs by Russell Woodard. The comfort and elegant design are unique.

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Sculptura wire mesh patio chairs by Russell Woodard

Sculptura wire mesh patio chairs by Russell Woodard

Cool chairs at Vintage Mode in South San Francisco.  Price: 1000.00

Cool chairs at Vintage Mode in South San Francisco. Price: $1000.00

If I did not have a  big budget for the outdoor chairs, then I would go for my favorite chair for this season: the Acapulco chair. This chair is very comfortable, relaxing, and with an amazing design. The chair comes in many different fun colors and shapes.

A rocky Acapulco chair, a recent version of the chair.

A rocky Acapulco chair, a recent version of the chair.

acapulco-poolOriginal versions of this chair are pretty rare these days and can be found on sites like eBay, Etsy, or Amazon if you are lucky. The modern ones are far more common and utilize modern construction techniques. The benefit of this is more solid and reliable construction.

Unless you are on your way to Mexico, your best bet in finding an affordable, high quality Acapulco chair is the internet. Many fine interior design stores carry Acapulco chairs, and there is probably one in your neighborhood. You should check the links to see what is available, what are the prices, what colors you like and whether there are any seasonal discounts or overstock sales.

My Acapulco chair, which I imported from Mexico.

My Acapulco chair, which I imported from Mexico.

Also, there are other fantastic chairs that are manufactured following the Acapulco chair design, style, and materials.  For example, the Innit chair and the Concha chair (shell in English).

The Innit chair in pink.

The Innit chair in pink.

La Concha chair in yellow.

The Concha chair in yellow.

The Concha chair in purple.

The Concha chair in purple.

The Solair chair is ideal, in terms of cost, design, and comfort, for someone with a medium size budget. The Solair Chair was created by the industrial designers Fabio Fabiano and Michelange Panzini in 1972 in Quebec, Canada. The Solair is timeless yet trendy with a minimal retro-modern aesthetic and a very reasonable price tag. Its comfort, style and sturdy construction make it a perfect fit for hip but harsh outdoor environments. This chair design is suitable not just for back yards, patios and gardens but also for commercial applications such as spas, modern and boutique hotels, resorts, cruise ships or coffee shops and it will compliment any outdoor living space or pool area.

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The Solair chair by Fabio Fabiano and Michelange Panzini

Now, if I had a low budget for my outdoor chairs, I would still have plenty of options to choose from.  There are several nice chairs I could by at a low cost.  They might have not been designed by a famous designer, but they are still fun, comfortable, and modern.  Here are some examples of ideas for outdoor chairs:

The hula chair. One of my favorite chairs.

The hula chair. One of my favorite chairs.

Great wicker chair.  If you are lucky, you might be able to find a similar one in an flea market or antique store.

Great wicker chair. If you are lucky, you might be able to find a similar one in an flea market or antique store.

Same wicker chair but different colors.

Same wicker chair but different colors.

I had this chair for a while in my patio.  A little run down but with tons of character and charm.

I had this chair for a while in my patio. A little run down but with tons of character and charm.

Very cool plastic chair I sold some time ago due to lack of space.

Very cool plastic chair I sold some time ago due to lack of space.

Fiberglass chairs, like this one, would work nicely in a patio or back yard.

Fiberglass chairs, like this one, would work nicely in a patio or back yard.

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ROCKABILLY TABLES

DSCF6532Small but cute.  German, colorful, and from the 50’s.  Tiny tables (none of them is higher than 16 inches), with triangular shape and angled legs. They were in fashion in the postwar showing creative printings and colors in the style known as Rockabilly.

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Most of these tables have wood legs but this one has interesting metal legs.

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Great color.

I love these tables because they are versatile, you can use them as a plant stands or side tables.  Even though they are small, the have became very popular lately and their  price has increased a lot.  You can find several of these cuties in Etsy or eBay but their cost could be high.  If you are lucky, you might find them at a lower price at an antiques fair, antiques store, flea market, or thrift store.

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Extraordinary plant stand.

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Rare shape.

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Nice vinyl design.

Smashing table I sold some time ago.

Smashing table I sold a while ago.

SOME COOL IDEAS FOR MODERN PLANTERS FOR THE SPRING

My favorite plant: a rare African encephalartos horridus (blue cycad) in a rare cylindrical green planter by Bauer.

My favorite plant: a rare African encephalartos horridus ( a blue cycad) in a rare cylindrical green planter by Bauer.

Here, in California, we are having a beautiful Spring.  People who like plants (like myself)  during this season repot them and look for nice planters to display their favorites plants.  There are some great modern planters made of interesting materials such as fiberglass, wood, thin, ceramic, plastic, etc. Even though I like most materials, most of my planters are made or ceramic and fiberglass.  If you are looking for some ideas for planters for this Spring,  here are some suggestions.

ARCHITECTURAL POTTERY

My favorite ceramic planters are those made by Architectural Pottery.  It is a California based company that manufacturers ceramic planters with smashing designs.  Most of the great modern architects placed Architectural Pottery planters in their designs.  The price of these planters might be a little high but it is worth it.  The quality and design of the planters are a lot more higher that those cheap-made in other parts of the world.  For instance, back in the atomic era, Architectural Pottery hired the prestigious Lagardo Tackett and John Follis to design some of its planters, which do not have comparison.

Round white planter by John Follis for Architectural Pottery.

Round white planter by John Follis for Architectural Pottery.

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Double cone planter by Lagardo Takett for Architectural Pottery.

 BAUER POTTERY

Another important manufacturer of mid century modern planters is Bauer Pottery. The company was founded in Kentucky but it has operated in Los Angeles for most of its life.  I really love the colors and forms of the Bauer pots.  Planters with swirl forms and ceramic bullet planters are my favorites. These planters will make your plants look more alive and happy.

My favorite cactus: a pachypodium lamerei (from Madagascar) in a rare Bauer green. planter

My favorite cactus: a pachypodium lamerei (from Madagascar) in a rare green Bauer planter

A cool pink bullet planter.

A cool ceramic pink bullet planter.

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A beautiful swirl Bauer planter in blue.

A beautiful swirl Bauer planter in blue.

Another great swirl planter by Bauer.

Another great swirl planter by Bauer.

GAINEY CERAMICS

Gainey is the inventor of the iconic cylinder planter from the 60’s.  The La Verne company produced some of the nicest colors in the atomic era. Unfortunately, the Gainey stopped its ceramic manufacturing last year.  I have some Gainey pots, which I have been collecting over the years.  I will try to preserve them in good condition because they will become more scarce now that Gainey is not producing more ceramic pots. If you like these pots as much as I do, and you are looking for one; I wish you luck because it would be a little difficult to find one these days.

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Small cylindrical Gainey planter in brown color.

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SOME OTHER INTERESTING PLANTERS

Here are some other rare planters that I love.  I sold some of them in the past due to lack of room in my small place.

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I found this interesting planter at an antiques fair. The form and color are unique.

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When I first got this planter, it did not have the base and it look gray and opaque. I sanded it down a little and it “became” blue. Later, I found the nice base at an antiques fair. The result is an amazing blue bullet planter.

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Great bullet planter I found in EBay.

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Beautiful fiberglass planter by Art-Line of California.

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Small but very cute green ceramic planter by US Pottery.

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One of the best fiberglass bullet planters I have ever had. Made by mi favorite San Francisco company: Kimball.

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Super cute fiberglass bullet planter.

DESIGNING HOME: JEWS AND MIDCENTURY MODERNISM

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If you are a mid century modern collector / admirer and you live in the Bay Area,  you might be interested in attending this exhibit.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s recently open exhibition “Designing Home” examines Jewish contributions to the mid century design.  Guest curated by Donald Albrecht, the show encompasses an array of works -from tableware and posters to vintage furniture and architecture.  The more that 35 creative professionals whose endeavors are highlighted include lesser known names along with the more prominent (George Nelson, Anni Albers, Saul Bass, Richard Neutra).

April 24-October 6, 2014. 736 Mission St., San Francisco. 11am-5pm, Friday to   Tuesday, until 8pm Thursday.  Closed Wednesday.  www.thecjm.org

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SAN MATEO MODERN

coverThe San Francisco Bay Area is a beautiful place.  Some people in South California might complain about the “cold whether” we have in the north but the Mediterranean whether we have in the north is perfect for me.    In terms of modern architecture, Bay Area cities have magnificent and unique examples of modern structures.  For instance,  San Mateo (a city south of San Francisco)  is considered to have one of the larger, well developed, more prominent suburban downtowns in the area. The downtown core contains  shops and restaurants, many of them in historic buildings from the late 19th and mid 20th centuries.  The downtown is also home to many modern large and small multistory office buildings, apartments, government buildings and Mills Medical Center making the area a busy employment center day and night.

Earlier this month I had lunch in downtown San Mateo and I walked around the area to admire some of nice modern buildings in the city. Most of them are located along El Camino Real, between 1st and 7th Avenues. Below you will find some pictures of a few modern buildings in San Mateo.

Church with amazing roof located in El Camino Real, San Mateo, California.

Church with amazing roof located in El Camino Real, San Mateo, California.

Comerica Bank Building

Comerica Bank Building

Cool Sleep Train Building

Cool Sleep Train Building

Nice mid century sculpture outside Chicago Bank.

Nice mid century sculpture outside Chicago Bank.

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One of my favorite buildings in downtown San Mateo: the Bank of America.  It is located in El Camino Real and 4th Ave.

One of my favorite buildings in downtown San Mateo: the Bank of America. It is located in El Camino Real and 4th Ave.

Love the columns and the open space in the roof.

Love the columns and the open space in the roof.

What a brilliant mural!!

What a brilliant mural!!

In addition, when in San Mateo earlier this month, I was able to go the cool area named The Highlands.  This place is located in the San Mateo hills and it is such a magic place: it is full of Eichler houses. As I have mentioned previously in this blog, I love these houses.

Eichler homes are from a branch of Modernist architecture that has come to be known as “California Modern”, and typically feature glass walls, post-and-beam construction and open floorplans in a style indebted to Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright. Eichler exteriors featured flat and/or low-sloping A-Framed roofs, vertical 2″ pattern wood siding, and spartan facades with clean geometric lines. One of Eichler’s signature concepts was to “Bring the Outside In”, achieved via skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass windows with glass transoms looking out on protected gardens, patios, and pools. The homes had numerous unorthodox and innovative features,

I drove around The Highlands  for a little while and I was able to take a few pictures of some gorgeous houses:

Nice, nice, nice!!

Nice, nice, nice!!

Simple and elegant.

Simple and elegant house.

Cool roof and stairs.

Cool roof and stairs.

This house has the classic Eichler roof.

This house has the classic Eichler roof.

Another example of the Eichler roof.

Another example of the Eichler roof.

The Highlands of San Mateo, one of the nicest places in California.

The Highlands of San Mateo, one of the nicest places in California.

WHITE ELEPHANT SALE 2014

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Northern California’s biggest and best rummage sale, the 55th annual White Elephant Sale, will be held on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2, 2014. Admission is free. For more information, including how to purchase Preview Sale tickets, or how to donate, visit WhiteElephantSale.org.  If you are a mid century collector/admirer, the White Elephant Sale is a great opportunity to find interesting pieces and to support the Oakland Museum of California.

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Picture of some of the pieces that were sold in the past in the White Elephant Sale.

Organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, the White Elephant Sale is held in a 96,000-square-foot warehouse at 333 Lancaster Street, near the Oakland Estuary. The legendary White Elephant Sale has something for everyone, featuring an extensive offering of quality used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, jewelry, books, tools, furniture, household goods, sporting equipment and more. Made possible by donations from the public, Sale proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California.

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Interesting bar and stools that were sold in the past in the White Elephant Sale.

VOTE MID CENTURY MOBLER!!

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Vote Mid Century Mobler!

And Get $75 off any purchase until 03/01/14!
Mid Century Mobler has been nominated best furniture store in San Francisco.  How exciting!  They need your vote to help them get to #1.  Go here to vote, and as a thank you, Mid Century Mobler will give you $75 off any online or in store purchase until March 1st.

The shop will be open Saturday 02/01 from 10am – 6pm, and closed Sunday 02/02 (first Sunday of the month).

Mid Century Mobler
1220 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA
http://www.midcenturymobler.com
415-497-6626

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