Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pardon the mess

Mid-Century Midwest is under construction at the moment. Our old look was getting a little stale, so we're trying out a selection of new templates.

For your enjoyment, I've also got a couple goodies from last week's trip to the Wentzville Flea Market with Mr. Modtomic (and our respective lady-friends).

Mr. Mod didn't see much that piqued his interests, but I managed to bring in a decent (if somewhat unexciting) haul: an enamel teapot, a West Bend penguin hot and cold, and a collectable tankard. There was one additional purchase, but I'll have to share that with you all later.

I'm batting 1000 on the West Bend hot and colds at Wentzville. This was my second trip and my second hot and cold score.

They're not really my favorite retro server, but they are kinda cute and I have vivid memories of seeing these at my parents' and grandparents' holiday parties. I'll keep one for the memories and pass the other on to a new home.

Here we have another kinda "meh" item: a white enamel teapot. The girlfriend likes tea. I kinda like coffee. We needed a teapot. I like the white/black enamel combo. That's about all there is to say about that one.

The pewter-topped Longton Crown tankard is a gift for the girlfriend's father, who has a budding collection. He (and she) are from the United Kingdom, so we wanted to give him something quintessentially American from her latest visit. I'd say we found it.

I'd venture to guess that very few Englishmen have a Robert E. Lee tankard in their collections.

Well, that just about wraps it up. Keep an eye out for that last item from Wentzville in my next post and let me know what you think of the new format. I'll be adjusting (and hopefully improving) it over the next few days.


  1. I like your new format. Like you, I have bought my share of Penguin hot and colds, even though there are other pieces in my kitchen I like more. However, it's a good place to stash the ton of Splenda that I buy at Costco. :)

    1. Thanks Dana! It's kinda a work in progress right now. I'm not one of those people with a natural design flair, so it'll probably be changing a few times before we settle on something final.

      I do like the hot and cold. It just doesn't have the exciting mid-century look that a lot of pieces do. They make a great ice bucket though.

  2. The new look is great! I bought one of those Penguin hot and colds recently - it was super cheap and looked like it had never been used. No idea where I stashed that thing.

  3. Yep, loosing stuff in the mid-mod stash is easy to do. Sometimes the line between collecting and hoarding is fuzzy one.