As a ritual we went to the local Second Sunday Antique Faire and only found a couple of cool things this time. There were a lot of other dealers shopping this weekend. We did see a few friends there including our friend and antique hunter Dennis. Here is a cool art deco clock like the one I restored before…
Since Mel and I picked up that Rio Heywood Wakefield vanity, we have been looking for age appropriate items to stock it with. Here is a cool little set of Yona ceramic pieces Mel found that will be a nice touch to the vanity…
We then stumbled upon this vintage shadow box that needs to be re-finished but was soo large I could not pass it up. I have plans to doll this thing up. It isn’t much to look at right now but that will change.
Ok, as usual I saved the best for last. We met a nice couple who was selling their 1960 Emil J. Paidar barber chair. This thing had a lot of similarities with the Koken chair I have been holding out for but couldn’t wait any longer. This chair had accessories like a razor strap (used to sharpen straight razor blades) and a child’s booster seat. This chair just needs a good cleaning and maybe some small upholstery work.
Here is some info on this great chair…
The Emil J Paidar Barber Chair company was based in Chicago, Illinois. It has been building barber shop chairs since the beginning of the 20th century.
Here’s an interesting story about Paidar barber chairs: For many years, local US companies did pretty well selling chairs to the more than 100.000 barber shops in the States. But then, in 1957, a Japanese company, Osaka’s Takara Belmont Co. arrived in the States and started competing with American manufacturers.
The first models were almost identical models to the chairs produced by Emil J. Paidar Co., which by then was the leading manufacturer. Takara then made an intelligent move: his parts were interchangeable with Paidar Barber Chairs, so if an arm or footrest broke, Takara would just get some spare parts from their distributors network in the US, which were considerably cheaper than original Paidar Chair Parts.
This story about Japanese takeover sounds a little bit familiar, doesn’t it?
Anyway, going back to our Paidar Chairs, they are made (at least most of them) with the finest quality. Some of them get to be really expensive in the second-hand market.
I have a place picked out in the room right next to our restored barber pole. I think this will be a great place to sit while watching TCM or just to take a cat nap on a lazy day.