Vintage Cast-Iron Garden Bench – SOLD

20 May

Vintage cast-iron garden bench

Vintage cast-iron garden bench

I’ve had this beautiful cast-iron bench for years, in fact it used to sit exactly where it is in this photo! But a few years back my tenant who lives in the cottage arrived with a vintage Mercedes Benz, and sadly our driveway couldn’t accommodate both the car and the bench, so it was relegated to under the house, a setting not befitting of such a fine piece of furniture! It also meant that its wooden slats, which were quite worn to begin with, completely fell to pieces! So I decided that before we moved house I’d bring it back to life with some new (or rather reclaimed) wood. I’ve left the cast-iron sides unpainted, mostly because I’ve seen how garish they look when newly painted, and also because I think it shows the age well – I’m guessing, but I think this bench is probably around 100 years old! So the paint is quite flaky and there’s a small piece of the cast-iron frame missing, but it’s surprisingly sturdy for its years, and in my opinion, quite beautiful! The wood’s been varnished in a bit of a rush, so could probably do with another sand and coat (we used a water based decking varnish), but it should be fine standing outside for a few months as is.

A very special garden bench that I hope goes to an equally special home – it really does deserve pride of place in someones garden or verandah!

Dimensions: 126cm long x 65cm deep x 76cm tall

Price: R2000

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Vintage Kitchen Chairs – SOLD

20 May

Vintage kitchen table & chairs

Vintage kitchen table & chairs

I still have these kitchen chairs – they need to go in the next few days. I’ve dropped the price form R220 a chair to R120 a chair! A bargain! Read the original blog post blow (NB: the table has already been sold):

I’ve always liked these old formica kitchen tables – in fact I like them so much that I have a yellow one on my balcony – but this is an extra special version! It’s quite a bit older than most of the formica tables that you see, and has some very cool features, like that metal strip that runs around the circumference of the table and gives it a great American diner feel. My yellow table has a plastic strip , and it’s not quite the same! This table also has wooden sides which have been painted to match that minty green formica top, and solid metal legs (the legs are much chunkier than you normally find). The table is obviously quite worn in places, but that’s to be expected given it’s age (I think it mist be at least 45-50 years old), and on the whole it’s still a solid piece of furniture.

The chairs belong to a good friend of mine. I’ve been holding onto them waiting to find something to match them up with, and I think this table does a perfect job! The chairs are slightly more rustic than  the table, and could probably do with a good paint, although there’s a certain charm to just how worn they are. It looks like they were painted pink previously and some of this paint is starting to show through on the one chair – it was Janet’s favourite chair (she loved the pink/green combo!).

A very charming set that would look so sweet in a kitchen or on a covered balcony. The perfect place to eat your granola before you head out for the day!

Dimensions:  Table – 62cm wide x 91cm long x 77cm tall; Chairs – 88cm tall x 37cm wide

Price: Table – R980 – SOLD; Chairs – R220 each NOW R120 each

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Vintage Beveled Mirror – SOLD

20 May

Vintage beveled mirror

Vintage beveled mirror

Going on the wear and tear to the moulding I’d say that this mirror’s got a fair bit of age to it! There are one two cracks in the frame, but the most obvious wear is where the moulding has discoloured. Strangely the glass itself is in pretty decent condition – I would have thought that the silvering would have started to peel, but its seems to be completely intact with barely a scratch on it! The glass also has a really lovely beveled edge to it, which helps a bit to detract from the rather sorry state of the frame!

Because of its condition I think that this mirror would work better as part of a collection, but I suppose it all depends on the house – in the right setting a worn out frame might work quite well!

Dimensions: 64cm long x 51.5cm wide x 3cm deep

Price: R400

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Blue Enamel Bucket – SOLD

20 May

Vintage blue enamel bucket

Vintage blue enamel bucket

I’m sure I’ve sold a blue enamel bucket before, but I can’t remember when, so it must have been sometime ago. They’re definitely not the most common of items – and the person I bought it from knew that and charged me an arm and a leg for it! But I was happy to pay the price just so I could show it off on Mint – isn’t it so pretty? The quality’s not terrible, but not quite as good as some of the white enamel buckets that we’ve sold. On the plus side though it’s a nice decent size and has its lid which often go missing or fall to pieces over the years. These buckets are great for stashing your veggie cuttings in, or for storing cat or dog pellets – or if you’re a super committed smoker (like my bother) they’re also make great ashtrays – just fill with some beach sand and you’re good to go!

Dimensions: 29cm tall x 29cm in diameter

Price: R280

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Boxed Consol Tumblers – SOLD

20 May

Set of Consol tumblers

Set of Consol tumblers

I learned something interesting from these Consol tumblers: when the seller showed them to me I turned my nose up at them because I’d bought an identical set of these glasses a few years back from Mr Price, or somewhere similar, I can’t quite remember. I promptly informed the poor lady that her ‘retro’ glasses were in fact new – at which point she produced a photograph of a letter that she had found with the glasses dating to the early 1980s. The glasses were a gift from her cousin to her mother, and the note (which was now 30 years old!) was a thank you letter accompanying the glasses. So it seems that glass makers keep old patterns and reproduce them when they come back into fashion. Of course it makes perfect sense, I’d just never thought about it! And when I look at the faux-wood cardboard packaging, it does seem very ’80s, so the whole story ties together!

Of course once I realised that they weren’t new I fell head over heels in love with them! They’re still quite cheaply produced, but the colours and pattern are fantastic! And it doesn’t hurt matters that they’re still in their (rather terrible!) original packaging.

Dimensions: Each glass measures 12.5cm tall x 6.5cm in diameter

Price: R130 for the set

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Retro Clamp Lamp – SOLD

20 May

Retro clamp lamp

Retro clamp lamp

I just love these retro clamp lamps – everything about them! The gooseneck is probably my favourite part, but I also love the angle of the enamel shade which gives the lamp that great retro feel! There’s  bit of wear to the paintwork, but this lamp’s probably in better nick than most clamp lamps that you come across.

A stylish and practical lamp that would work well in a home office or bedroom.

Dimensions:12cm in diameter (across shade) x approx. 30cm tall (when fully extended)

Price: R180

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