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1970 Electrohome Apollo 862 Record Player With Custom Fiberglass Base

Check out our recent restoration on our sister site spaceagemod.com.

Mel and I have had this player for some time. This is the table top model, but they also made ones that had a tulip base stand. We purchased this base that was originally for a terrarium, but was missing the plastic ball terrarium topper. I wasn’t sure what to do with this base until […]

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1956 Pink Household Magazine Hi-Speed Cookbook

1956 Pink Household Magazine Hi-Speed Cookbook

Mel and I came across this piece last weekend when we dropped off some things in our showroom at Midway Antique Mall.

As you can see, this is basically a rolladex cookbook. This cookbook has 1000 recipes, including a card of measurements for cooking.


I imagine this was a promotional piece offered by the magazine.


This unit appears to be in good shape with no cracks or chips.


This will be a great addition to the other kitschy items in our kitchen. Our collection has gotten to the point where we are trying to find the little cool and uncommon pieces to accent each room.

2016: Year in Review

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A lot happened this past year, and it was definitely a roller coaster. For our year in review, we’d like to focus on some of the highlights and cover a few of the things we missed sharing with you.

Showroom @ Midway Antique Mall

We kicked off this year with a full revamp our our showroom at Midway Antique Mall. We painted the walls in our signature Hepcat color and added some really killer pieces (all furniture shown is already sold).

Our Home

The first half of the year was devoted to preparing for the Sacramento Mid Century Modern Home tour organized by SacMod. We made some updates to our home such as new VCT tile, outdoor lighting, pink Big Chill appliances, paint, windows, concrete walkways, custom shutters & vintage style door.

Our home was also in a few publications to help promote the tour, including a feature in Inside Publications, a shot of our tiki room in Land Park News, and an ad in Atomic Ranch (our flamingos & lounge chairs).

Photo Shoots

In addition to the promo pics for the tour, we had a few photo shoots in our home. Here are shots Shameless Photography did of our home.

Here are some shots / behind the scenes photos from a couple shoots with Shogun Photography, MUAH Brandi Proffitt, and models Trisha Turner, Cherry D’Lish, Sarah Christine, GG Montoya, Evelyn Voss, Righteous Rose, Bombshell Lola Pop & Kitti Von Paige.

Vintage Cars

We were fortunate this year to acquire a couple vintage cars; a 1955 Chevy Bel Air hardtop convertible, and a 1972 Ford F100 truck. Unfortunately, we had an electrical engine fire in our Chevy during its weekly start up in the garage. Thank goodness for Shane’s quick thinking. He was able to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to our home!  The fire caused about $15K worth of damage to the car. Fortunately, we have good insurance and we were able to find a fantastic auto body repair guy named Robert Greer, who worked tirelessly to get our Chevy back on the road.

Collection

Here are a few things that we added to our collection.

What’s Next?

We have some exciting developments to look forward to including additional photo shoots, restorations, and of course expanding our collection. We were also contacted by Houzz TV because they’re interested in showcasing our home in an upcoming episode. So, stay tuned for the new year.

Happy New Year everyone!

 

 

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!

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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.

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

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Here are more kitschy cows.

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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This still has the original 45 adapter.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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This hanging fireplace had its original parts packet.

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

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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!

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This will add both functionality and ambiance to the room.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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

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 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.

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