Isn’t this 1950s bar amazing? Our son, Michael, purchased it over the weekend, and so much more. Read on.
David and I have had our space at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery for 8 months. Recently they hired Michael to help establish an online store.
Michael and Georgina are responsible for this significant component and they’ve created a professional photography studio. They transport items into the studio, take photos, catalog descriptions and prices, then return them to the vendors’ booths. Once the site goes live, they’ll keep track of online purchases. This is a big deal for Avonlea’s almost two-hundred vendors.
We know that Michael likes Mid-Century Modern furniture. It seems the folks at Avonlea are learning this as well. A vendor invited Michael to a closed estate sale that had MCM pieces, because she has no interest in retro furniture.
Michael couldn’t go because of work but he directed us to the house in a beautiful part of town quite close to the river. The homeowner had recently died at the remarkable age of 101 and her daughter was handling the estate, which included her mom and dad’s home built in 1950. She led us into the rumpus room. That’s how it’s identified on the original blueprints: Rumpus Room. I love it.
Lots of photos and texts back and forth to Michael. Here’s what he bought:
This card table extends into a rectangle for parties. Can’t you picture it in the ’50s . . . ladies wearing red lipstick, fancy dresses, and high heels; gentlemen in their suits and ties. Soooo smooth and stylish. We just need Don Draper from Mad Men.
Michael bought this matching lounge chair, table tamp and a pair of stereo speakers. One speaker is hiding in the photo below.
The speakers were manufactured by Wharfedale in England sometime between 1970-71. They’re monsters, weighing in around 75 pounds each.
I’d say Michael, whether he knows it or not, has started a new Mid-Century Modern business. Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said: “To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.” Michael has weighed anchor.
David and I made a few purchases, too, but I’ll save them for another day.
Thanks so much for visiting.
Ann Marie and David