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AH Stock Manufacturing Corp Vintage Grand Server Coffee Table or Bar

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This wonderful table was manufactured by A.H. Stock Manufacturing Corp. of Newton, Wisconsin, and is called the “Grand Server”. The title hits it on the head. Say you are throwing a dinner party and you need to spice things up. All you do is walk over, slide the top back and crack open your favorite spirits and presto instant party maker! Melody and I purchased this off of Craigslist awhile ago. We really love its kidney shape and the ultra comic white fabric that wraps around it. This table even has a hidden compartment to hide some other party makers.


1966 General Electric Mustang Portable Stereo Record Player

1966 General Electric Mustang Portable Stereo Record Player

We picked up this little gem while we were out antiquing. I love that it is on an original Gusdorf D2300 stand. It is such a small and compact unit, which makes it great for on the go entertaining. We wish we never sold our 1964 Motorola Cadet Portable Television. These units would have looked great together.

While speaking to the shop owner, he notified us that he rented this out for a photo shoot in Content Magazine. We took a couple of photos of the magazine with it in the background. Just a little more cool to add to this set up. The photographer was Arabela Espinoza.

Looks like a cool shoot! Nice staging.

The photographer did a great job with even with the little things. In the foreground we can see Pall Mall cigarettes, Polaroid camera, pull tab beers!

This player is really clean. The platter mat needs to be glued back down to the platter but that is an easy fix with some rubber cement.

Gotta love the 70’s green and orange accents!

I have to bring this in to my good buddy Justin at Stellar Electronics to give this little guy a tune up.

I haven’t decided if we are gonna keep this unit yet.

Below is the verbage from the advertisement for this Mustang Portable Stereo Record Player.

Turn that thing down! How many times have you heard that? Now you can do something about it. Besides suffer in silence. Pick up your party & your stereo Mustang & sink slowly into the sunset. Like far away. G.E.’s Mustang is meant to be carried room to room or house to house. The big speakers make great stereo sound sound that way. & that’s what musics for.”

-Boys Life November 1966

Tiki Room Shark Head Restoration

Tiki Room Shark Head Restoration

No, this isn’t something out of your nightmares. Mel and I purchased this fiberglass shark head from our good friends Donny & Romy Oster. Donny told me this shark has actually tasted blood! It was installed on the bottom of the deep end of someone’s pool. Donny said a kid dove in and his rear end somehow ended up in the mouth of this shark and he was cut!

Donny and Romy are collectors/dealers who are really good at finding unique and strange items. I knew when I saw this shark head that it would look great hanging on the wall in our tiki room.

A lot of the teeth tops were busted off and some of the teeth were split.

There were also many places where there was damage like this.

Upon further examination, it seems that this was assembled in two pieces. The two pieces were starting to separate in numerous places.

I knew I could fix all the physical issues with JB Weld. I have used this product on many of my restorations. Here you can see that I spread a liberal amount on the separated areas.

While that was drying, I sanded down the body of the shark.

Next, I patched the breakouts on the bottom. Once filled I sanded away the excess.

Next, I had to fix all the messed up teeth. I spread the JB Weld on the busted teeth and once they dried I sanded them into shape.

After all the repairs were complete it was time to primer the outside.

Since I do not have an airbrush, I had to control the stream of the spray paint to create the color scheme for the shark.


With a lot of time and effort I was able to make the mouth look like new.

Once I finished the eyes it brought it all together.

I really like the way it turned out!

We are very pleased with the finished results. It looks so different from where it started. Onto the next restoration!

Quick Lighted Fiberglass End Table Refresh

Mel and I purchased this piece a while back. When we purchased it, we knew we wanted to liven it up by changing its color.

I am not sure if this is a Frankenstein creation or if it is actually made by someone notable. There are no maker marks and I couldn’t find any info online.

It came apart very easily and painted even easier. I love the yellow and it really adds a nice pop of color.

I love the way it looks with everything. I might see if I can find a green or blue lightbulb to really shake things up!

I think colored transparent glass might look better on here than this sort of glass. I think that kind of glass would add more drama to the lighting.

On to the next project!

2016: Year in Review

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A lot happened this past year, and it was definitely a roller coaster. For our year in review, we’d like to focus on some of the highlights and cover a few of the things we missed sharing with you.

Showroom @ Midway Antique Mall

We kicked off this year with a full revamp our our showroom at Midway Antique Mall. We painted the walls in our signature Hepcat color and added some really killer pieces (all furniture shown is already sold).

Our Home

The first half of the year was devoted to preparing for the Sacramento Mid Century Modern Home tour organized by SacMod. We made some updates to our home such as new VCT tile, outdoor lighting, pink Big Chill appliances, paint, windows, concrete walkways, custom shutters & vintage style door.

Our home was also in a few publications to help promote the tour, including a feature in Inside Publications, a shot of our tiki room in Land Park News, and an ad in Atomic Ranch (our flamingos & lounge chairs).

Photo Shoots

In addition to the promo pics for the tour, we had a few photo shoots in our home. Here are shots Shameless Photography did of our home.

Here are some shots / behind the scenes photos from a couple shoots with Shogun Photography, MUAH Brandi Proffitt, and models Trisha Turner, Cherry D’Lish, Sarah Christine, GG Montoya, Evelyn Voss, Righteous Rose, Bombshell Lola Pop & Kitti Von Paige.

Vintage Cars

We were fortunate this year to acquire a couple vintage cars; a 1955 Chevy Bel Air hardtop convertible, and a 1972 Ford F100 truck. Unfortunately, we had an electrical engine fire in our Chevy during its weekly start up in the garage. Thank goodness for Shane’s quick thinking. He was able to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to our home!  The fire caused about $15K worth of damage to the car. Fortunately, we have good insurance and we were able to find a fantastic auto body repair guy named Robert Greer, who worked tirelessly to get our Chevy back on the road.


Here are a few things that we added to our collection.

What’s Next?

We have some exciting developments to look forward to including additional photo shoots, restorations, and of course expanding our collection. We were also contacted by Houzz TV because they’re interested in showcasing our home in an upcoming episode. So, stay tuned for the new year.

Happy New Year everyone!



Vornado Floor Fan Model M-B38P1-1

Vornado Floor Fan Model M-B38P1-1
This is probably one of the coolest advertisements of all time! Could it be anymore atomic than this?!

I used this ad in an earlier post but I can’t help myself!  This is probably one of the coolest advertisements of all time!  Could it be anymore atomic than this?!

With summer quickly approaching we were on the hunt for a cool, nu pun intended, fan.  We have always loved the style of the vintage Vornado line of fans.  For you readers that have followed us for a long time you might remember the Vornado box fan I restored before.  I sold that fan and have regretted it ever since, so I am glad to have picked this up.


The thing that draws me to these fans in the way the body of the fan looks like a nacelle of an aircraft engine.

7661009298_3a775be0ebVornado kept in step with the demand for spaceage design.  Here is an example of how the body of the fan looks like the engine nacelle of an aircraft.


We found this fan at an antique shop in Chico last weekend.  These can run a pretty penny, but this one was priced well so we jumped on it.


This fan works perfectly.  It has three speeds and really moves the air.  I love this profile.


I don’t know the last time this fan was serviced, so I need to pick up some S.A.E. 20 oil.


As you can see, this is not in restored condition and I don’t plan on restoring it.  Cosmetically, there isn’t a lot wrong with it.  I actually love the patina.  Also, the one I restored before was a nightmare because of the supports that connect the fan motor to the outside fan body.  I’ve already cleaned it and waxed it to bring out some of the original shine.  I had to really scrub to remove the years of built up grease and oil.


These fans are built like tanks and are bulletproof!  We really dig this fan and hope to be able to use it for a long time.  We’ll have this cranked during the home tour because I am sure June will be a scorcher.

Vintage Grocery List

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Vintage Grocery List


With the Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour quickly approaching, Mel and I went grocery shopping today.  We are trying to fine tune our collection to include grocery products from the period that will compliment our decor.  Today, we headed out in search of a list of items such as vintage bathroom, laundry and cleaning products.


We began our search at Antique Warehouse in Salida, California.  We found some really great pieces at that mall.  When the owner of the mall saw what we were purchasing, he gave us an unused, pre-war Zee waxed paper for free (pic above).  He said he wanted it to go somewhere where it would be appreciated.  He’s always been such a pleasure to deal with.


Our haul included a lot of unique and colorful items with such great visuals.  We are by no means authorities on this sort of collecting, but the experience has been enlightening.


We plan to stage areas in our home so the folks on the tour can feel as though they are in a time warp.


We love the imagery.  On so many of the packages, there are classic images of the ultimate housewife.


The advertisers of the day used bold lettering and bright colors to pull in the customer.


Many of these packages still had the original product inside of them, never used!


Like I said above, this type of collecting is new to us.  During our search, we had the good fortune to run into the owner of Antique Avenue in Manteca, California.  She is a large collector of items of this sort, and she took the time to explain what to look for when collecting vintage advertising products.  Her store was overflowing with all kinds of cool pieces like these.  Some of these vintage products can fetch a pretty price and can be highly sought after.


We love seeing the coupons listed on some of these pieces.  That’s a heck of a discount on the Vaseline!


Toilet paper is actually not that easy to find, for obvious reasons.  The TUMS box has original promotional books of matches instead of the actual product.  I guess these would be made available for passerbys to pick up.

IMG_9894 I think the score of the day was the huge box of Rinso Blue.  I love the imagery of all three of the pieces above.  We plan to get as much staged before the tour as we can.  It has been a fun experience getting into this sort of collecting.  I can’t see anything made today being as collectible as this stuff in 50+ years.  Also, an unitended benefit of us collecting these pieces is that they’re great staging props for future photoshoots at our place.  We seem to be getting more requests for that lately.

Our New Addition…1955 Chevy Bel Air Hard Top Convertible

Our New Addition…1955 Chevy Bel Air Hard Top Convertible


Well, after a long search Melody and I finally found the car we wanted. We came across this 1955 Chevy Bel Air that has a 350 V8 with a 700R automatic transmission. It has power steering, power disc breaks, vintage air, tilt column, auxiliary dash gauges with tach. This car is in the original color combo of ivory and regal turquoise. Researching the VIN it revealed that this was originally a six cylinder and was manufactured out of Kansas.


This Chevy is in great condition and I would consider it a mild custom.


Currently there is a louvered hood on the car, but we have the original hood with hood ornament. Our plan is to reinstall the original hood.


We also plan to add wide whitewall radial tires to enhance its overall appearance.


I do think the louvered hood is cool, so we will store it in case we want to swap it out.


The body is very straight considering it’s age.


The trim is in good shape and shines up nicely. When all windows are down it is almost like being in a soft top convertible.


This Chevy has a few spots with custom pin stripping.


Here is the other area with pin striping. The original hood that is not pictured also has pin striping.


The interior is in great shape. It isn’t original, but we love the color combo.


We have turquoise rubber floor mats on order to replace these black matts.


Something that puzzles me is why the previous owner put a tach on the column when this car is an automatic. My plans are to have it removed. I don’t see a real reason to have it, unless there is something I am missing.


Since we got rid of our 1955 Ford Fairlane and our 1970 Ford F-100 truck, we really wanted a nice Bel Air. I think we accomplished our mission. What we love is that the color is very similar to the Hepcat turquoise color.



I really dig these reverse rims with baby moons.



This louvered hood not only looks cool, but it helps keep things cool under the hood.


Currently, the back and side windows are tinted, but we plan to have it removed. We are not fans of tinted windows on classic cars. We look forward to cruising around town and antiquing in this little gem. I found the following videos showcasing the lineup for 1955 Chevrolet cars. It is in the usual 50’s flare!


Our Atomic Ranch

Our Atomic Ranch

This is a photo of the front of our house before we started adding our personal touches.

About two years ago, Mel and I rented this 1959 ranch style home. We had a year lease and at the end of that lease we asked the owners if they would be open to selling it to us. Luckily, they said yes. Our neighorhood is known for homes designed by Joseph Eichler. Amongst the Eichlers there are ranch style homes like ours peppered in.

Here’s a “before pic” of the sideview of our home.

Our home is going to be part of a local mid century home tour in June. To prepare, our friend Gretchen Steinberg who organizes the tour did some research on our home. She found that our lot was originally slated to be an Eichler home. She advised us that they pulled all the permits but never built it. Eichler’s original plan was to build a lot more Eichlers but ended up only building around 60 Eichler homes in our neighborhood. At the time, this was largely due to lack of demand. This isn’t the case today.

This is a shot of the back of our home. We haven’t started on the backyard yet, but we have a lot planned for it.

The couple we purchased our home from said that Eichler signed off on the design plans of our house. We need to look into this. It would be very cool to find out that Eichler approved of the design of our home!


Floyd & Clara Cantrell (1958)

The builder of our home was a man named Floyd Calvin Cantrell (1911-2000). Floyd was the  builder/contractor for the homes in our area. Not only did Floyd build our home, but he was the first owner of it. I am not sure how long Floyd and his wife Clara Irene Todd Cantrell lived here, but it is so cool to know that he called this place home. Floyd built bridge railings, commercial buildings and other homes until his wife and childhood sweetheart passed in 1969.


The above photo is a current front view of our home. We recently had all new concrete poured including a walkway around the whole house and an expanded driveway. This last weekend my step-father Dave, my nephew Nicholas, Mel and I installed the new shutters that I designed and Dave built.


We had to have all the brick planters redone in the front and side of the house. The old brick planters were cracked and shifted because of tree roots. We also planted numerous topiaries and drought resistant plants.


We had an old metal room divider that we purchased sometime back permanently welded together. We then took it over to Perfect-It Coating and Sandblasting to have it done in this color. We installed it as an entryway feature to our home.


We also had a custom door made to give the house a more atomic feel. We added new old stock door hardware including the starburst back plate. The door and trim were painted the same color as the shutters, entryway feature and garage door. That way everything flows.


Here are the shutters on the other side of the house.


Heck, we even painted the garage door the same color! We are really pleased with our progress. We are anxious for all the new plants to mature and fill in. By the time the home tour starts we hope to have everything dialed in. The following photos are of the landscape lighting we had installed by F.L. Electric Service. The lighting created a whole different feeling to our home.





As we find out more history of our home we will make sure to share it with all of you.


Sculptured Maple by the Franklin Shockey Company


Mel and I drove out to Ceres California to take a look at a bedroom set we saw on Craigslist. The pictures in the Craigslist ad were not the best but it looked interesting. When we arrived to look at the set it was sitting outside basking in the afternoon light. The wood glowed and looked so nice.


These pieces were beautifully grained. This bedroom set came with a dresser, mirror,  nightstands and full size bed. This set is known as Sculptured Maple and was designed by the Franklin Shockey Company of Lexington NC.


The couple we purchased this set from said they were the second owners. This set came from an elderly lady that passed away that belonged to the same church that the sellers grandmother attended. When this elderly lady passed she donated all of her possessions to her local church.


This set is in pretty good shape considering its age. I plan to refinish the whole set to place in our guest bedroom. The style of these pieces remind me of Heywood Wakefield design so that is the reason why I plan to refinish the whole set with the champagne finish that Heywood Wakefield used.


Here is some history on this company……

Franklin Shockey Company was established in 1941 with around twenty employees. The founder and owner of the firm Franklin Shockey purchased the Cayuga Cotton and Linen Mills Inc. in 1941. Mr. Shockey converted the plant into a furniture factory and made tremendous expansions to create a large operation.


Originally the Franklin Shockey Co. was an investment firm located in New York. In 1940 Franklin Shockey and his business partner, George Ennis, came south to purchase plywood for a small wooden item Mr.Shockey had invented.


Though Mr.Shockey was successful in the furniture business he still remained very active  with his investment company in New York.


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