Saturday, August 25, 2012


We're back from our brief business trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul, and I must say, I kinda miss it. 

Minneapolis doesn't really come to mind when you think of "top places I'd love to live", but I've never seen a major city so clean and quiet.  The whole place was lush, serene, and gorgeous.  That's my kind of town.

They also have some amazing mid-century homes and the best thrifts I've ever seen.  I'm kinda freakin' jealous.  Too bad my suitcase was already full of  Ikea or I would have snatched it all it all up.

Speaking of Ikea, everything made it back safely save for a small scratch on one picture frame.  Whew!  I had serious doubts as to whether we'd be able to get those suitcases stowed. 

Now, I know that some of you retro purists may frown upon my Ikea-shopping ways.  In my defense, some of the stuff there is pretty cool and there's no way that I'm gonna pass up a $29.99 goose down comforter and $5.99 down pillows!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Shop 'till you drop

How much Ikea can a man stuff into one suitcase and two carry-ons?

We'll soon find out.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Update: 1520 Carman Road, 63021

We've received more than a few inquiries about the modern home at 1520 Carmen Road, most wondering if it would meet the same fate as so many of the older homes in the area and be torn down to make room for more McMansions. Well, it looks like there is a glimmer of hope. I received a message from the (likely) future owner:
"I have it under contract, with the intent of living there while building a new home on the neighboring lot. Home is warn, but in good condition. Once complete, I would like to subdivide and sell - and NOT tear down Elkington home. However, the subdivide processes kicks in various goverment requirements... for example, we just found out that saint louis highway department would require us to put a side walk in if we sub-divide (but not if we tear down). The cost becomes quite prohibitive given the total frontage (600 ft) and the placement of the Elkington home (sidewalk in theory would go through current garage, front walk, etc). Ironic given my understanding that original proposals before I got the contract included tightly packed subdivision that the city said no to. If city doesn't want development, but then requires me to put in a $50K sidewalk when I subdivide, I don't know if there is any option other than tear down scenario. The house is pretty cool - I would love to keep it as a guest home. Since I can't afford that and city wouldn't let me anyway, I'm not sure what to do... I think the house would be perfect for a young couple with no kids, or simply an modern home enthusiast that doesn't mind the carman road proximity...Elkington sub-divide would include 1-1.5 acres of the land (net any r-o-w easement required by county)..."
Looks like the government is being helpful, as always. Hopefully everything will go through and another buyer interested in renovation can snatch it up.

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.