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One Man’s Trash is Another (Wo)man’s Nostalgic Treasure!

1950’s Pink & White Formica Table

I have been drooling over some incredibly awesome 1950’s Formica tables I’ve come across on Pinterest and searching the local thrift shops and garage sales looking for such a vintage gem- but have had no such luck… that is until my walk to the post office last week!  I love to go for walks and since the Post Office is only 4 blocks from my house, I walk there often. Last week on one of those walks I happened to walk by this old house and saw a pile of Trash they had stacked in the dirt outside their shed next to the street. Yes, I can be nosy- and yes,  my DIY obsession may cause me to glance at people’s trash more than the average person, but I had no intention of digging through this pile of trash. I was just about past it when the silver trim of a 1950’s Formica table top caught my eye and I about jumped out of my jogging shoes with excitement! You mean to tell me all my searching and wanting to “buy” a retro Formica table was unsuccessful and I just happened to find a free one by chance- HOT DAMN!! I was (and still am) over the moon excited! I went back later with the car and picked it up. And after removing all the layers of spider webs and dirt- I am happy to share my pink and white 1950’s Formica table (top)!!  Now I just need to find a table base to put it on!

FOUND SOME, BOUGHT SOME, PUT THEM ON!!!!

I found new round chrome table legs on Ebay (looked for originals but had no luck).  So when they arrived I flipped the table over, removed the old brackets and screws, cleaned it, screwed the new brackets on by hand (took forever that way, sucks when you’re impatient and your drill’s battery is dead), and attached the new legs…..  and my retro beauty is reborn!!! I am so happy with it, love my formica table!

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Vintage “Treasure Hunting” Tip!

Glass or Crystal!?

Vintage treasure hunting is one of my favorite things to do. I didn’t put much thought into what materials many of my vintage finds were …until I went to list them and was asked.  I had NO CLUE how to tell the difference between glass and crystal- so I called my dad!  My dad has restored antiques for years, attended antique auctions for years, and has a pretty large (and very particular) collection of vintage crystal- so I figured he would know.  He told me to FLICK it!  He said you flick it and crystal makes a unique- more high pitched ringing, glass doesn’t- it just kind of thuds.  At first I thought he was joking, was I really supposed to go around flicking things- and not only that but I thought it was going to be ridiculously difficult to really hear a difference.  So I got off the phone kind of laughing and went to flicking!  To my amazement I was totally able to hear the “ring” he was talking about and the “non-ring” sound of glass!!  I’m sure there are vintage treasure hunters out there that have been doing this for a lot longer than me, and have other tips – and I would love to hear and share any, but this is just one little resource for other vintage treasure collectors out there that may not have known…. Happy Hunting! 

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