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.

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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PIREX DISHES

Vintage and cool Pirex dishes. In good vintage 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 $20.00.  In general, the small bowls are $5.00, the medium casserole dishes are $13.00, the big round bowl is $17.00, and the big yellow casserole dish is $20.00 (in extremely good condition).

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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: $1133.

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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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MODERNISM WEEK. FEBRUARY 13-23, 2014.

Albert_Frey_Palm_SpringsSince it is almost February, just a reminder.  Please do not forget that Modernism Week will be held in Palm Springs in February 13-23, 2014. I have been super busy lately so I will not be able to attend this year.  I hope some of the readers can attend this cool event.  Especially, if you live in the East coast and want to take a break from the harsh winter, go to the magic place named Palm Springs.

The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of mid-century architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in Palm Springs.

Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture. This exciting “festival” takes place in February in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. It features more than 100 events including the Modernism Show, home tours, films, lectures, double decker bus tours, parties, walking and bike tours, a pre-fab showcase, vintage fashion, live music events, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more.

In addition to the events in February, Modernism Week hosts the “Fall Season Kick-Off” over Columbus Day weekend in mid-October. Partner organizations collaborate to produce a “mini-Modernism Week” to commence the active social and recreational season in Palm Springs.

Modernism Week is also a charitable organization, providing scholarships to local students pursuing college educations in the fields of architecture and design, as well as supporting local and state preservation organizations in their efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California.

For more information, here is the lick to Modernism Week webpage.

http://www.modernismweek.com/

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SACRAMENTO MODERN

20131027_170355During last year I was able spent some days in Sacramento and I noticed that this city has a lot to offer to mid century modern collectors and admirers.  For instance, there are great stores where you can find interesting items at a fair price. Here are some of my favorites stores in Sacramento:

  • SACRAMENTO’S 57th STREET ANTIQUE ROW

For over a quarter of a century, a unique group of fine antique shops in one convenient area:

57th Street (Off H), Sacramento CA 95819 ● An acre of parking ● Open 6 Days

www.57thStreetAntiqueRow.com

Among these shops, my favorite ones are ’57th Mall’ and ‘Picket Fence’.  There two places always have great mid century modern items at a good price.  Sometimes some dealers offer up to 25% off of the original price!

  • EMPTY ATTIC

702 57th Street, Sacramento CA 95819. Tel: (916) 202.7956, 11am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday.

http://emptyatticsac.com/

Their inventory consist of antique and vintage furnishing with a proclivity toward mid century furnishing and unique merchandise.  Fine art in all mediums can also be found.  Do not over look the collectibles that range from primitives and tribal, to avant-garde.

  • SACRAMENTO ANTIQUE FAIRE

An outdoor marketplace. 300 vendors!!

21st and X street, Midtown.  The second Sunday of every month. 6.30am-3.00pm. Tel: (916) 600.9770

www.sacantiquefaire.com

  • MIDWAY ANTIQUE MALL

5130 Madison Avenue. Sacramento, CA 95841. Tel: (916) 779.6252. Open 10-6 every day.

www.midwayantiquemall.net

1950′s ● Art Deco ● Mid Century Specialists.

If you have not visited this mall and you are a mid century modern collector, YOU MUST VISIT IT.  This store is a monument to the mid century/atomic era. Even if you do not buy anything, you will be very please by the great modern furnishing and recreation of the 50′s-60′s.  More than a store, this place is a museum. Honestly, I have not seen any place like this in San Francisco or the Bay Area. However, I have to warn you: the dealers in this store want real money for their pieces and items.  If you look carefully and you are lucky, you might find something nice at a good price.  If you are not concern about money, I am sure you will find tons of nice pieces designed by some of most famous modern designers. The mall is big: 30,000 sq ft with 100 dealers.  Below you will find some pictures of  a few booths in this cool place.

Amazing mid century pieces.

Amazing mid century pieces.

I love this clock.

I love this clock.

Nice Adrian Pearsall couch

Nice Adrian Pearsall couch

Cool dining room.

Cool dining room.

Great recreation of the atomic era.

Great recreation of the atomic era.

An iconic Brasilia credenza.

An iconic Brasilia credenza.

Lamps!!

Lamps!!

Great mirror.

Great mirror.

Another couch by Adrian Pearsall.

Another couch by Adrian Pearsall.

Another couch by Adrian Pearsall.

In addition, there are amazing modern buildings and houses in Sacramento.  Some of the most interesting buildings are located in downtown, on J street between 18th and 21st streets.  I took some pictures of the buildings but they do not look good so I will not post them.

3821214468_3a633ab821Finally, there is an non-profit organization, SacMod, dedicated to promoting, preserving and protecting modern art, architecture and design in the Sacramento region. Please check their webpage for more information or for annual tours.

http://sacmod.org/

WIN THIS TEAK COFFEE TABLE!!

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WIN THIS TEAK COFFEE TABLE!  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

To celebrate the holidays, our friends over in Mid Century Mobler are giving away this beautiful Danish modern teak surfboard coffee table with black leg accents to one lucky mid century fan!  Forward this email to a friend and Cc info@midcenturymobler.com to be double qualified to win.

The deadline for entries is Monday, December 23rd, so hurry up and enter to win!

www.midcenturymobler.com/contest

Also check out their PRE – ORDER section to reserve the top picks from their  next shipment from Denmark arriving in mid January!

The shop will be open this Saturday (12/14) from 10am – 6pm, and Sunday (12/15) from 11am – 4pm.

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

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COOL MID CENTURY MODERN ITEMS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA CRAIGSLIST

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Happy Friday everyone!!

Searching for a mid century modern danish bookcase in Craigslist, I noticed that people are  selling the following cool items in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I wanted to share this information because I believe they are good deals and you might be interested in getting them.  Please notice that I am just sharing the information,  I do not own any of these items and I will not get any commission from the seller so contact the seller directly for further information.  Click on the pictures below to get directed to the actual CL ad.

I have a similar chair and a lot of people have asked me in the past if I would be interested in selling it.  I love my chair,  I use it as a desk chair, and  I do not think I will sell it any time soon.  Anyway, someone is selling this chair in Santa Rosa.  If you have been a looking for a chair like this one, this is your chance to get it.  The seller claims in his ad that the piece was designed by Cherner.  However,  my chair has a label stating that it was designed by George Mulhauser for Plycraft.  $225.00, which is a good price.  I have seen people paying more money for it in EBay.

AMAZING CHAIR BY GEORGE MULHAUSER FOR PLYCRAFT

AMAZING CHAIR BY GEORGE MULHAUSER FOR PLYCRAFT

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Anthony,  a collector a met earlier this year, is selling this authentic Eero Saarinen tulip dinning set.  Really beautiful set at a fair price.

GREAT EERO SAARINEN DINING SET IN SAN FRANCISCO.  $4750.00

GREAT EERO SAARINEN DINING SET IN SAN FRANCISCO. $4750.00

Someone is selling this authentic set of Eames chairs (DCM) in San Francisco. $1000.00 for the whole set.

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Adrian Pearsall is one of my favorite designers.  He designed some of the most beautiful and comfortable sofas of all time.  Adrian Pearsall sofas are hard to find but this weekend  2 sofas are for sale in Craigslist.  Also, a very cool and rare set of 4 dinning chairs.

$1450.00 in Oakland Piedmont/Monclair

$1450.00 IN OAKLAND PIEDMONT / MONTCLAIR

$2900.00 in Lafayette/Orinda/Moraga

$2900.00 IN LAFAYETTE/ ORINDA / MORAGA

NICE AND RARE SET OF 4 DINING CHAIRS BY ADRIAN PEARSALL IN OAKLAND.  $600.00

NICE AND RARE SET OF 4 DINING CHAIRS BY ADRIAN PEARSALL IN OAKLAND. $600.00