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  1. Hello,
    I am trying to find a buyer for an old Westinghouse Roaster with the griddle attachment. I don’t know the exact year. Would you be interested? I am not sure of the current value.

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    • I would be interested in purchasing the griddle if you were to sell it separately. What would be your asking price?

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      • Hey Hep Cat! I just scored this awesome Gill painting of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. It was my husbands, Grandmother’s originally. I noted the signature is identical to yours. I also noticed the label on your Street Scene says San Francisco. Any other info on this guy?

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      • Hello Lisa,

        I don’t really have any info on Gill. He is an mystery just like Carlo of Hollywood. I know his Hawaiian pieces are VERY popular and expensive. I have tried researching him and have really never found anything.

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  2. Patrick Matchell

    I have a copy of the book Our Big Story Book, like the one you are talking about. Would you be interested in my complete book. It looks to be in the same condition as the one you have on your site.

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    • Hi Patrick,
      Thanks so much for checking out my site and contacting me. I’m not looking for another Big Red Book but I really appreciate you checking with me. Feel free to reach out to me if you find anything else you think may be of interest to me.

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  3. i have a moss floor lamp. I believe it’s a tulip style–it has two plexiglas petals coming from the bottom. Also a moss shade which needs to be re-shaped but otherwise in great shape. Where can I get it appraised? I live in St. Louis

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    • Feel free to send me pictures of your lamp. I am sure between my friend Frank and I we can estimate a value for you, god knows we have seen enough moss lamps to understand their value. Unfortunately if you are looking for a professional appraiser I am not familiar with any in your area.

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  4. Hi there i was wondering if you were interested in another library unit, Missing the mech cover and back door. Front glass does have a crack but it is still intact. unit was working a little while ago but it is frozen now in the middle of making a selection. it also comes with a custom speacker cabinet and Amp to power it with remote volume control, that i was told was made for the manufactoring manager of Seeburg here in Chicago. I purchased it off the old head of marketing/advertising for Seeburg. He was very ill when i purchased it so i do not know if he is still around to verify. let me know if you are interested and where to send pictures. also have other older jukeboxes that i dont know if i will ever get to resoring. Derek

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  5. Hey there Shane! Greetings from Canada and http://www.decollect.com I am a partner in the Gallerie Decollect which carries classic design items from the 20′s to the 70′s .We have recently purchased a very nice Moss spinner lamp and were at a loss as to how to restore its ‘bad-hair-day’ shade until we stumbled on your fabulously helpful post. So “thank you!” andweI am going to give it a try. In addition we have just aquired a pair of white angled Moss floor lamps that are in perfect condition but alas are missing both finials and shades. We plan to have both of these items made but, while we have photo reference, we have no idea of the dimensions of either and were wondering if you would know anybody who can help us out?
    By the way it was great to discover your site and we love the attitude.
    Thank you for your time, keep up the good work and please let us know your thoughts.
    Cheers,
    Gray Abraham.

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    • Hey Gray!
      Here are the dimensions of the finial.
      7in’s on the longest side, 5.75in.’s on the shorter side, 2.25in’s wide on top and at the bottom is is .75in’s wide at the base.
      I hope this helps.
      I am pleased to hear you like my site. It sounds like you might have Moss “Leaning Lena” lamps.
      I am glad that you found the repair method I used on my shade helpful. Thanks for your kind comments.

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  6. Hi
    Great site Hepcat!
    Are you still selliing some of your items?
    If so how would I find these items on your site?
    Thank you!

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    • Hi!
      Thanks for visiting my site. I apologize for the delay in response. Travel and the holidays have monopolized all my time so I have been unable to restore or post. After the holidays I plan to start my shop on Etsy. I’ll link it to my blog when it is ready.

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  7. hey there,
    this is our first visit to your site and we love it. we have been looking for the little nut hut like the one you show on your site. would it be for sale or can you get one and could you give us a price? thanks for giving us a chance to reclaim a little of our past.

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  8. hi there, i just purchased a philco miss america tv set at the flea market and lucky enough it is still working. a quick google search brought me to your site where you connected it to your dvd player. being very non tech savvy i can’t figure out how to do this ! any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks! dane

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    • Hey Dane,

      Congrats of your purchase!

      It took me awhile to figure out how to get it to work. I went to Radio Shack and they helped me buy the right RF adapter. I will say when trying to to find the correct channel it is important to have a DVD playing and have the volume turned up on the TV so you can hear when you hit the correct channel. One you hear the sound of the DVD playing then you have to adjust the horizontal, vertical and contrast to bring the picture up. I hope this helps.

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  9. Hi Shane,
    I have a plaster or chalkware ballerina lamp and I have been trying to find some information about it. I have come across a picture on the internet of a lamp that looks just like mine but the lamp on the internet is by reglor of Cal and my lamp is by continental art co. Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks So Much
    Kathy O’Quinn

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    • Hello Kathy,

      I am familiar with the ballerina lamps made by Reglor of California but I have not seen any made by Continental Art Co. I have a couple Continental lamps with fairies. I know both companies used pretty much the same techniques and styling when making their lamps. If you could send me a picture maybe that would help me find more info. I am sorry I don’t have anymore information.

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  10. Thanks Shane I will send you a couple of pics to your email account.

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  11. Hello Shane

    My wife and I have 3 Carlo watercolors in forced perspective frames. Just wanted to see if you were interested.Two are a pair together with opposite side signatures with a Japanese man in one and a woman in another. Please let me know if you are interested- Andrea

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  12. Tammy Grandstaff

    Hello, I would like a price list for your shades please.
    Thank You,
    Tammy

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  13. Rodney Tucker

    I just purchased a large watercolor signed Carlo in the bottom right corner. Looks like a Polynesian scene with a boat and men ready to sail. Frame is very angular like the ones in your photos. Bought in Atlanta. Do u have more information on this artist etc. ? I love the piece.

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    • Hi Rodney,

      I just updated the following post with additional information I know about the artist and his work.

      http://hepcatrestorations.com/2011/08/22/carlo-of-hollywood/

      This artist truly is an enigma. There is very little known about him and most of what we know might be myth. One thing is undeniable, the watercolor art with the angular/forced perspective frame is timeless. I dare say that as far as art from that time period is concerned, nothing conveys the feeling of “atomic” better than these pieces. I’m pretty sure I know which one you just purchased, but feel free to email me a good quality pic at shane@hepcatrestorations.com. I’d love to see it. I’m thinking of adding a new tab showcasing all the images I can get of Carlo of Hollywood watercolors. This is because the the main search that brings people to my site is “Carlo of Hollywood”. I would showcase the art with the owners name, city, state, & country (if they choose). It’d be pretty cool to see all the Carlo watercolors out there and how far they have traveled.

      BTW..Mel and I actually picked up a pair of Carlo’s today. Watch for the post. I’ll blog about it tonight.

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  14. Ronald Hancock

    Hi: My wife and I have an oil painting by carlo, it depicts San Francisco with the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s also a lighted painting,size is about 6′L x 3′W. The painting has the black on gold metal tag attached on the back. There is a number on the back R93-288E We.would like to know somewthing about this painting if possible. Thanks Ron and Sandy Hancock

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  15. I have some hey wake pieces that have the infamous splits at the edges. How do i repair them? They arent big enough to get the pieces apart but more than hairline splits. I did a dry run with a large clamp but they wont even press together for gluing. Help would be greatly appreciated!

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    • Hi Christine,
      The technique I use to fill cracks is to sand the piece enough to get a smooth surface. I use the wood dust I sanded off to make a paste with wood glue to fill the crack. I wait for it to dry, then I re-sand the area I filled. Then, I re-stain. I hope this helps.

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  16. Stephen Thacker

    I have a Carlo of Hollywood oil painting of a peacock. Is there a market out there for paintings by this artist?

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  17. Hi. I bought a very large oil painting at the annual Catholic Central High School Clutter Closet sale about 2-3 years ago. It is signed Carlo in th lower right corner. Size is approximately 5 foot x 2 1/2 foot long. The C in his name matches some of his modern1970′s pics I researched. It is orange, cream, and black swirls. Maybe the interpretation of the back of a bull. Not sure. Do you know anything about this one?

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  18. Hi!

    I was wondering if you know anything about Burwood or Syroco products. I purchased a really great wall plaque that is broken in one spot. I figured that I could do a better repair job than they did and I didn’t pay much for it. I was going to epoxy it but I was not sure if that was the right way to go about it.

    I’d appreciate any advise on how to repair it or if you know anywhere I could look to figure it out.

    Thanks,
    ♥jenny

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  19. Hello,

    So i am not sure if you will ever be able to sell this item to me. I ran across your website because i was looking for tension pole table lamps.. i noticed that you had a picture of 2 side by side with blue glass fixtures. Would these ever be for sale.. if not how can i find these to buy?

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  20. Hello..I’m trying to find out the value/worth of three oil paintings by gill. They appear to be original. They are street scenes, the same abstract style as his watercolor/airbrush street scenes. On the back of the frames is has the blue label “Created by Parmelee Galleries San Francisco”. The signature on the paintings matches the one posted in the comments above. They seem to go together, each a different scene, yet the same colors, style..etc. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you..

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  21. Am I correct in my understanding that you are looking for the Holy Grail of the Carlo watercolors? If so I have it! Stamped artcraft on the back.

    For photo’s and info check auctionzip.com. Type in 29986 in the auctioneer ID number or look up Boston Auctions and Antiques LLC.

    Contact Rose or Debbie between 9-1.
    Thank you,
    Debbie

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  22. Just wondering if you received our email re: “The Holy Grail” of Carlo watercolor the stallions.
    Please contact us if you are still interested (or not).

    Thanks,
    Debbie
    978-988-2222

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  23. hello. i purchased a 3 lamp tension rod lamp a few years ago and all three lamps have finally given out. i have no idea how to rewire something like that. with a turn of the knob the lower light turns on, another turn of the knob and both the bottom and middle lamp light up. one more turn and all three lamps light up. where would i begin to bring it back to its lighted glory? could i just rewire it as i would a normal single bulb lamp?

    thanks.

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    • This is going to be a little complex because you might have a 4 phase switch. My recommendation (because I have not blogged about this yet) is to search the internet on how to rewire a 4 phase switch. If you are not comfortable doing it yourself then make sure to get someone who can do it for you (fire hazard if done wrong). If you know an electrician I would ask them to do it for you, it would be child’s play for them. I hope this helps.

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  24. My friend in Chicago has two Carlo watercolors with palm tree beach scenes that I want to trade a few things for but the larger of the two paintings was obviously on a sun exposed wall and has significantly faded compared to it’s smaller counterpart. The smaller watercolor is still very vibrant. Do you know who to refer me to that would be adept at restoring the faded Carlo to match the other? Thanks for any guidance you can give me on this. I love the paintings but the disparity in color between the two is troublesome to me. Thanks. Jack

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  25. Hello!
    I recently purchased a 50′s style painting by SHARLA. I know nothing about the artist, I just liked the style. The back is stamped Artcraft, Los Angelas CA. Do you have any info on this artist? Thanks

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  26. Patricia O'Neill

    I have two forced perspective bull and bullfighter paintings, both signed “Carlo” , Are you interested in them and if not, do you now what they might be worth? Tricia

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  27. I just bought two seeburg teardrop speakers they both are missing the seeburg logo do you know where I can find these or do you have them?

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  28. Hello, I wanted to ask if you can help me on knowing where I can find Upholstery Fabric, similar to your pink wing back chair . Please help
    Thanks
    Gee

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    • We purchased that chair already restored. The seller told us they had that vintage original fabric and used it for this project. I know Etsy and Ebay sell vintage fabrics so that is where I would start. I wish they still made that kind if fabric.

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  29. Hello- love your website! Frank Benedetto told me you might be able to offer me some advice on fixing up an old Brasilia dresser? I did look search your page, but didn’t find anything. I don’t mind living with things that are a little banged up, but just thought I’d ask around and see if I can fix it up a little.
    Love your dresser redo! Beautiful!!

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    • Hi Teresa, thanks for your comment! Frank is great!! As far as your dresser goes, I believe those dressers were made of walnut or some other darker wood? Depending on condition, it might only require some oil to bring it back.I can’t re-call if those dressers were made of veneer. If they are,unfortunately there is not much you can do but light sand and oil it. If you can let me know the specific condition issues you have, I can offer you some suggestions. Thanks for checking out my site!

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  30. Christo (modwagen) Stevens

    Hey Shane – hate to sound like everyone else but hey, your site is great. Very informative, very straightforward, and very therapeutic (for me) to know I’m that there are others sharing my mental illness (picking, collecting…you know what I mean!).

    Anyway, to my question…and thanks for taking the time to answer as many questions as you can.

    I have a (will be) beautiful 6 drawer mid century American of Martinsville dresser with the aluminum(?) ‘waterfall’ pulls on the drawers – I just got it for $20 at an estate sale today, and it’s solid as a rock. Save one tiny little flaw…the previous owner did that ‘Antique-look’ paint on the outside surfaces back when that was so hot back in thge 70s.

    Finally, my question is…what paint-stripper have you found to be best, from your own experience? I’d love to think the current paint may be gently stripped in a way that will result in a very (read ‘easily’) workable surface for the purposes of just bringing the old girl back to her original reddish-walnut hue.

    Thanks a ton Hep Cap – your site is a blast. It’s one of my favorite.

    C. Stevens
    Canton, GA
    I use *modwagen* as my seller name on Etsy, ebay, craigslist-Atlanta, etc.

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    • Hey Christo,

      The best stripper to use but takes more elbow work is the citrus strippers. They do not bleach the wood but are effective at removing the paint. Unfortunately with paint it tends to penetrate deep into the grain sometimes so it can be difficult to get it all off. You may have to sand the piece but be careful because it could be veneer. I appreciate your kind words and feel free to ask as many questions as you want. Great find for $20!

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  31. Hi,

    I have a Hedi Schoop signed Pansy Lady with bowl. 12″ high and 18″ long in soft gray tones with a metalic finish on the inside of the bowl. It is in perfect condition. Is this something you might to looking for? It is a fabulous piece!

    Thanks,
    S

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  32. Hi Shane….hope you’re enjoying the Anthes Roadside Flares you bought from me….I have a question…..I’m wanting to restore a metal breadbox…it’s a brown Lincoln Beautyware (it’s in my Etsy shop). Any tips for me would be, ever so appreciated. Thanks so much..D

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    • Hey Donna, Love the flares, thanks!
      As far as restoration of the breadbox it depends on what you intend to do. Are you going to paint it or just polish it?

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      • Thanks for getting back to me, Shane…I want to paint it. It’s just too dull to appeal to most people I think. I think I will leave the inside alone…it’s white and in pretty decent condition with a removable shelf. I’m still deciding on a color….I’m just afraid to start…lol…I’ve worked with wood before…just never painted a metal item of this size before. Thanks again….love your blog and the pics of your house are awesome..I’m jealous….:):)

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      • Thanks Donna, I know you will do fine just make shure to prep well. Best of luck!

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  33. Oh, and I wanted to tell you that I saw your tip on using car wax to remove dishwasher buildup. Well, I was going to try it…then my son left his Turtle Wax headlight repair kit on the counter. So instead of fussing I thought I’d try it on some old glasses I wanted to list….worked llike a charm….you probably already know this…just wanted to pass it along and say thanks…I would never have thought of using it if I had not seen the tip. Thanks.

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  34. I have that exact Heywood Wakefield Rio Vanity with the mirror and an original chair with a cloth cover that I would like to sell. I was wondering if you could direct me as to who may buy something like this and what i can ask for it.

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    • I usually check on Ebay for completed listings to see what they sold for. I think I spent around $300-$350 range for each piece. Mine were in the same condition as yours when I purchased them. I hope this helps.

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  35. Do you still have the Sony Sava D900 system for sale?

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  36. Hey Shane,

    I picked up some cool Bernard watercolors today. Unfortunately, the panthers have some water damage. Any suggestions on repairing or at least sprucing it up a bit?

    Thank you in advance,
    Jess

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    • Jey Jess,

      Those are fantastic! As far as water damage repair that is tricky. If it were me I might try to fix it with some watercoloring but that requires some artistic ability….if that is something you do not possess then I would just leave them alone. They really are a nice set!

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  37. In the late 40′s – early 50′s I was living in NYC with my mother and she bought two signed CARLO polynesium watercolors from a J.C. Penny Dept. Store. They both have those unusual frames. I also have a signed Carlo with a regular frame of a nude woman. And like everyone else, for years I have been trying to find out who Carlo was. Liked your story about Count Carlo and enjoy your emails.

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  38. Hi we talked to you early in the summer about a carlos water color painting and you said you would buy the painting for 300.00 dollars plus shipping I would love to sell it to you if you still want to buy it.

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  39. I have two turner prints of women that are on a type of paper similiar to tweed. Anyone know anything about this type of paper or the prints

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