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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!


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.


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

Cow creamer, S&P

Here are more kitschy cows.


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


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!


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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!


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

IMG_0398Mel scored this fantastic large vintage plastic aqua and white purse.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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!


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.


This still has the original 45 adapter.



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


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


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.





NOS Montgomery Ward “Style House” Electric Wall Fireplace

NOS Montgomery Ward “Style House” Electric Wall Fireplace

IMG_0280Mel and I were antiquing in the bay this past weekend when we came across this NOS (New Old Stock) Montgomery Wards electric wall fireplace/heater.  This thing was never used or assembled.  It’s in fantastic condition and in a chartreuse color that looks great in our guest bedroom.


We were amazed with the condition of this unit.  Usually they get pretty filthy and beat up after years and years of use.


This hanging fireplace had its original parts packet.


This packet included new screens, screen pulls, and mounting hardware.


This just goes to show you that our home is always changing.  We thought we completed our guest bedroom, but when we found this we couldn’t pass it up!


This will add both functionality and ambiance to the room.






Now this room has a heater, and with a newly acquired Vornado floor fan our guests will have cooling as well!

Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour Recap


Well, Mel and I have finally gotten back to normal after such a big event.  The home tour was a lot of work, but well worth it.  We had a fantastic turnout and we got to meet so many of our neighbors, followers of our blog, and made some new friends.


An event this large doesn’t happen by accident.  It is through a lot of hard work and sacrifice of dedicated people.  We’d like to thank the following folks for everything they put into making this such a successful event.  First off, we would like to thank the SacMod team who put this all together and made the event run seamlessly.  Thanks to the Sacramento Art Deco Society volunteers who helped manage the crowds during the tour.  A special shout out to our friend Jon of SacMod, my Mom Shirl & Step-Father Dave for sticking with us the ENTIRE day!  Finally, a huge thanks to the guests!


We were up early on tour day trying to make sure everything was perfect.  We even tried to stage the front yard with vintage cement pink flamingos, atomic lawn furniture, and of course, Betty-Lou our 55′ Chevy Bel Air!

Shane & Mel

Mel & I even dressed up for the event.  Shane: Vintage Paradise Found Pink Flamingo shirt. This is the same style shirt worn by Tom Selleck in Magnum PI.  Mel: Pinup Girl Clothing Jersey Cap Sleeve Top and Best Frocks Forever – Circle Skirt in Midcentury Bubble

People started showing up right at 9am and they came in waves.  Below is a video of the line that started to form outside our house.

The line is forming!!! #sacmcmhometour

A video posted by Hepcat Restorations (@hepcatrestorations) on

 As you can see in the video below of our kitchen & dining rooms, our house was literally packed with tour guests.


Here’s a video of our living room.  Volunteers from the Sacramento Art Deco Society even dressed in Art Deco period clothing, which complimented the tour nicely.  This is Linda at our front door.

All the folks who toured our home were very respectful and so complimentary of our home and collection.  We loved being around so many folks who appreciated the same things we do.  We even received gifts from folks who wanted us to have items to add to our collection. We received a lamp, bathroom fish & bubbles, and tiki mugs.  It was also great to find out that some of our blog followers made special trips just for the home tour.  Some readers came out as far as Texas, Arizona, and Los Angeles.  We want to extend a special thanks to those guests who traveled a great distance to see our home.

As promised, for folks who were unable to make the tour, we’re posting photos & videos of each room in our home.  There is too much to include in just one post, so you’ll see separate posts for each room over the next few weeks.  Let’s start with a video of the tiki room.  Unfortunately, there isn’t any music (so we don’t infringe upon any copyright issues).  Just imagine Martin Denny’s tropical music playing in the background.

Below are some shots of the room for a more detailed view.

1957 Sylvania Halolight Blonde Tabletop Television


Please excuse those unsightly cords,  I plan to remedy that soon enough.

A while back I came across this television in Sacramento.  I thought it might be a good conversion project for our friend Justin of Stellar Electronics.  Justin said he liked the tv, so I offered to pick it up.  But, once I picked it up I fell in love with it!  It was so clean and even had the original floor stand. IMG_0123

I asked Justin if he would be interested in a conversion trade for our 1960 GE conversion that he completed for us sometime back.  Luckily, he agreed.  The General Electric conversion was dynamite, but this style TV works better with our decor.


This television is now in our guest bedroom.  I refinished the cabinet to match the Franklin Shockey bedroom set in the room.  It all looks so fantastic together.


These are nondescript corner speakers.  I plan to replace the fabric on both of them with something atomic.  I’ll also refinish them in the champagne Heywood Wakefield toner sold by Jeff at Needful_Useful_Things on eBay.

These are the corner mount wall speakers that Mel and I picked up to complement the Sylvania.  I plan to rewire them and get them hung in time for the up and coming Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour.


Justin also added more modern connectivity to the back of the set.


Of course, this is what these televisions are known for, the ring of light on the front.  I am so glad we have a Halo in our collection now.  This is such a unique television.


This television has a pleasing glow and has multiple setting for the brightness of the surround.


We had this fantastic asian television lamp that I knew would look great on this set.  The whole idea of the Halo television was to make tv lamps obsolete, but I couldn’t help myself.


I plan to just have a DVD player hooked up to it so guests can watch any of the classic movie flicks we have in our collection.


 This was the last piece of furniture to add to this room.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the look of this room.

Vornado Floor Fan Model M-B38P1-1

Vornado Floor Fan Model M-B38P1-1
This is probably one of the coolest advertisements of all time! Could it be anymore atomic than this?!

I used this ad in an earlier post but I can’t help myself!  This is probably one of the coolest advertisements of all time!  Could it be anymore atomic than this?!

With summer quickly approaching we were on the hunt for a cool, nu pun intended, fan.  We have always loved the style of the vintage Vornado line of fans.  For you readers that have followed us for a long time you might remember the Vornado box fan I restored before.  I sold that fan and have regretted it ever since, so I am glad to have picked this up.


The thing that draws me to these fans in the way the body of the fan looks like a nacelle of an aircraft engine.

7661009298_3a775be0ebVornado kept in step with the demand for spaceage design.  Here is an example of how the body of the fan looks like the engine nacelle of an aircraft.


We found this fan at an antique shop in Chico last weekend.  These can run a pretty penny, but this one was priced well so we jumped on it.


This fan works perfectly.  It has three speeds and really moves the air.  I love this profile.


I don’t know the last time this fan was serviced, so I need to pick up some S.A.E. 20 oil.


As you can see, this is not in restored condition and I don’t plan on restoring it.  Cosmetically, there isn’t a lot wrong with it.  I actually love the patina.  Also, the one I restored before was a nightmare because of the supports that connect the fan motor to the outside fan body.  I’ve already cleaned it and waxed it to bring out some of the original shine.  I had to really scrub to remove the years of built up grease and oil.


These fans are built like tanks and are bulletproof!  We really dig this fan and hope to be able to use it for a long time.  We’ll have this cranked during the home tour because I am sure June will be a scorcher.

Vintage Grocery List

Vintage Grocery List


With the Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour quickly approaching, Mel and I went grocery shopping today.  We are trying to fine tune our collection to include grocery products from the period that will compliment our decor.  Today, we headed out in search of a list of items such as vintage bathroom, laundry and cleaning products.


We began our search at Antique Warehouse in Salida, California.  We found some really great pieces at that mall.  When the owner of the mall saw what we were purchasing, he gave us an unused, pre-war Zee waxed paper for free (pic above).  He said he wanted it to go somewhere where it would be appreciated.  He’s always been such a pleasure to deal with.


Our haul included a lot of unique and colorful items with such great visuals.  We are by no means authorities on this sort of collecting, but the experience has been enlightening.


We plan to stage areas in our home so the folks on the tour can feel as though they are in a time warp.


We love the imagery.  On so many of the packages, there are classic images of the ultimate housewife.


The advertisers of the day used bold lettering and bright colors to pull in the customer.


Many of these packages still had the original product inside of them, never used!


Like I said above, this type of collecting is new to us.  During our search, we had the good fortune to run into the owner of Antique Avenue in Manteca, California.  She is a large collector of items of this sort, and she took the time to explain what to look for when collecting vintage advertising products.  Her store was overflowing with all kinds of cool pieces like these.  Some of these vintage products can fetch a pretty price and can be highly sought after.


We love seeing the coupons listed on some of these pieces.  That’s a heck of a discount on the Vaseline!


Toilet paper is actually not that easy to find, for obvious reasons.  The TUMS box has original promotional books of matches instead of the actual product.  I guess these would be made available for passerbys to pick up.

IMG_9894 I think the score of the day was the huge box of Rinso Blue.  I love the imagery of all three of the pieces above.  We plan to get as much staged before the tour as we can.  It has been a fun experience getting into this sort of collecting.  I can’t see anything made today being as collectible as this stuff in 50+ years.  Also, an unitended benefit of us collecting these pieces is that they’re great staging props for future photoshoots at our place.  We seem to be getting more requests for that lately.

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