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50’s Sundrella Aluminum Patio Umbrella

50’s Sundrella Aluminum Patio Umbrella

Mel and I have been looking for one of these for a while. We currently have quite a few pieces of Fibrella (Set 1, Set 2) fiberglass patio furniture, but no vintage aluminum pieces…until now.

The overall umbrella is in great shape. Some of the slats need to be straightened out, but that is easy considering it is aluminum.

I plan to dismantle the umbrella and have it powder coated in pink and white. I will also replace all the hardware.

I will keep you abreast of the process once I start to restore it.

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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!

1956 Pink Household Magazine Hi-Speed Cookbook

1956 Pink Household Magazine Hi-Speed Cookbook

Mel and I came across this piece last weekend when we dropped off some things in our showroom at Midway Antique Mall.

As you can see, this is basically a rolladex cookbook. This cookbook has 1000 recipes, including a card of measurements for cooking.


I imagine this was a promotional piece offered by the magazine.


This unit appears to be in good shape with no cracks or chips.


This will be a great addition to the other kitschy items in our kitchen. Our collection has gotten to the point where we are trying to find the little cool and uncommon pieces to accent each room.

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.

Collection

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!

 

 

Alameda Point Antiques Faire Small Haul

Alameda Point Antiques Faire Small Haul

Alameda Haul

Today, we hit the Alameda Point Antiques Faire.  Mel and I were up around 2:30am to get ready and head out for the faire.  The Alameda Point Antiques Faire opens at 6:00am, and there is usually a line eagerly awaiting to get in.  We were third in line and managed to score a few items for our collection.  Here are our trophies for the day!

Holt Howard Pixieware

Mel was able to snatch up these two pieces of Holt Howard.  These little pixieware jars can get pricey!

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We have tried to kitsch up our kitchen even more than it already is.  When I saw these Holt Howard scarecrow salt and pepper shakers I knew they would look fantastic on our Big Chill cooktop.

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This kitschy ceramic cow bank will look great on top of our fridge!

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Here are more kitschy cows.

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This is a metal doggie bank.  He is so cute!

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We already have a set of these, but one of them was repaired.  This is a flawless set that will be a great replacement.  These are so atomic!

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Though we do not smoke cigarettes, we love the colors in this set of ashtrays made by Eagle.

Coral Fiberglass Shade

This is a great coral fiberglass barrel lamp shade.

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Mel was able to pick up these fifties wall fish as well.  Ceramicraft produced the fish on the right.  Although we’ve seen the set on the left before, we’re unsure of the maker.

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These vintage hanging seahorses were a great find.  They were produced by Nameth Enterprises.

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These of course will end up in our Tiki room.  They are vintage Bali Tiki headhunter salt and pepper shakers.

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We are always on the hunt for vintage barkcloth, so we knew we had to get this bolt of fabric.

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This is an awesome small pink ceramic bullet planter.  Something that is crazy in the bullet planter world is that sometimes the smaller ones are more valuable than the larger ones.

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Mel and I have really enjoyed staging our rooms such as the kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms.  This set of vintage products will end up in our master bathroom.  We love all the little starbursts!

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I love this novelty shot glass set, it’s fantastic!  The imagery on the original box is so cool.

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These speakers look like UFO’s!  They were made by National Home Speaker (model SPT-501) and were mainly used as external speakers for small radios.

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For me, this was the find of the day.  This little record player is in fantastic original condition.  The unit still works, but needs some minor adjustments to fine tune it.

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The green felt on the platter is still soft and the fabric on the front is flawless.

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The cabinet needs a little touch up, but I am so lovin’ this little guy!

1958 RCA Victor Mark IX “Stereo Twins” SHP-9

1958 RCA Victor Mark IX “Stereo Twins” SHP-9

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I have always been a fan of RCA.  I like the styling of their units and they always seem to be reliable.  I was cruising Craigslist as usual, when I saw this unit in Merced and decided to zip down and pick it up.  Overall, it’s in great shape, but the needle needs to be replaced. The cabinets of both units are also in good condition.

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Obviously, this unit is called “Stereo Twins” because it has the main unit and a matching satellite speaker.  This sort of set up fills a room with sound, it’s fantastic!

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Someone at some point mounted a Heathkit tuner (AJ-14) into the record storage area.  I am not sure if I am sold on it yet.  I might remove it so it looks more original.  When I checked with our good friend Justin at Stellar Electronics, he said that he has only seen these units with a phonograph.  He said the Heathkits were usually sold as kits which were assembled after you bought them. So, this is a DIY job.

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This still has the original 45 adapter.

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Justin was also able to help me find a replacement needle (EVM-80x), thanks Justin!

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The speaker fabric is in fantastic original condition.  This set was cared for and loved by someone to be in this great of shape.

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This looks great in our office and will really be a nice addition to all the other vintage audio equipment in our collection.  I have alway been drawn to vintage electronics, and I love the quality of the sound they produce.

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