Make a Vintage Cake Stand from Secondhand Stuff

by DIY Maven

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Christina shows us how to make the prettiest vintage cake stands from secondhand items that, when put together, look like a very upscale (code for 'expensive') serving piece. (Don't they look like they could be in a Martha magazine?) If you're as smitten as I with the idea, here's what we'll need to make one (the construction reminds me of my garden decor post from earlier this week):

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Suitcase Side Table

by DIY Maven

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One of the 14 original projects in Make It! Secondhand Chic, is a circa 1970's suitcase turned side table, but its maker, Chris, gave it that fresh mid-mod vibe that we've come to expect from him. In this option, an old folding director's chair serves as the legs of the side table while the vintage suitcase on top gives the whole look a steampunk feel. 

If you wanna see Chris's version, you'll have to snag a copy of Make It! Secondhand...

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Dear Goodwill, Are You Getting Too Big For Your Secondhand Britches?

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 03/25/2010

Image: Shelly Miller Leer

Table purchased Saturday at a city wide 1/2 price sale at Goodwill.

In one out of ten posts I usually mention a shopping trip to Goodwill. For me, it's Mecca, one of my favorite places to relax and do some serious creative thinking. I promote you; I laud you on your good works and pure mission, etc. However, the prices on used furniture and furnishings have skyrocketed beyond realistic value. I mean, come...

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Mid-Century Modern Blog of the Week: The Vintage Life.

by Chris Gardner

Dave and Rebecca from The Vintage Life started the blog, in their own words, to "share our passion for living the vintage lifestyle. From the home we own and fill with 1950 and 1960s items to our vintage camper and boat, we are proud to be vintage through and through. Join us on our vintage journey, so far it has been a great ride."

created at: 2010/01/25

Over the last few days, they've been featuring a series of vintage postcards they found in an now-closed antique store in Columbus, WI.

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The Most Valuable Thrift Store Shopping Tip

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2010/01/20

Photo: ApartmentTherapy

This ApartmentTherapy photo is featuring wallpaper. To me, it screams "buy both of them" in reference to the chairs. I've said it before, here on Curbly, and I'll say it again, ALWAYS buy a pair if they're available.

One of my upholstery students arrived last week with a beautiful maple, mid century modern Conant Ball chair she just purchased at Goodwill. An unusual and exceptional find at Goodwill! 

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Salt & Pepper Bots

by Chris Gardner

"Hey, Chris, can you please pass the salt?"

"Why, of course. Just allow me to wind it up for you."

At least, that's what I WOULD say, if I snagged myself a pair of these Salt & Pepper Bots. "[These] condiments have come to life! They will waddle wherever you tell them to,so the next time someone wants the pepper, wind up the key, and pepper they shallhave! Mercilessly marching towards them like the terminator, more of a threat to dull

tastes than the human race."

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How To: Fit a Secondhand Sweater.

by Chris Gardner

Many a vintage//thrifted/solastseason sweater were patterned with a boxy look that doesn't flatter anyone's figure. But don't place that classy secondhand gem back on the rack just yet. Sarai Mitnick is on top of it.

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"My grandmother gave me this gorgeous rose pink vintage cashmere sweater a couple years back and though I’ve worn it from time to time, it was really too big for me and felt really frumpy. I finally took action and could not be...

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Vintage Typewriters in Design

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-10-21

Photo Image: LuphiaLoves

Can you think of anything unappealing about the design of vintage typewriters?  They evoke feelings of long, arduous hours of thinking and rethinking brilliant ideas, plunking along until the last page is yanked from the rollers with satisfied uncertainty. It's old school at its best.  Even if you're not a writer, you can't deny the coolness of a vintage typwriter sitting there all "I still look so good, even if you prefer a boring keyboard". Grab one or two before it's too late. Plus, it's a darned clever way to add a splash of color...

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