On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Estate Sale Shopping = New Bathroom Flooring

Our original plans were to head to St. Louis this weekend, but we had to reschedule that trip.  So we went with plan B instead - estate sale shopping!

I regularly check Craigslist with the hope that a great mid-century piece of furniture at a great price will pop-up.  So earlier last week I was doing my usual Craigslist browsing when I came across a listing for an estate sale which claimed to be the estate sale to end all estate sales.  They had quite a few impressive architectural pieces, but the one that really drew my attention was a molded chair they described as Herman Millerish.  But the sale started on Thursday, and we had to work!

Saturday, we took the opportunity to go to the estate sale in hopes that the chair would still be there.  Well the chair was there, but unfortunately it had already been sold and was awaiting pick-up.

It was quite an impressive sale, there were several interesting pieces, but they did not fit the aesthetic of our house.  LD wondered into the garage and called me to look at some slate tile.  It was approximately 32 square feet of a charcoal slate tile for the bargain price of $25.00.  Even though we still have not made a final decision for a design to use in the bathroom, we bought it anyways.  If we decide not to use it, then there is always Craigslist.

Funny thing is that when LD was paying for the slate, she inquired about the chair.  They told her that the person had not paid for it yet, and if they did not do so by 2pm, they would sell the chair.  So LD placed a bid on it and gave them her cell.  In the mean time, we went to several other estates sales, then went back.  I waited in the car while LD checked on the chair.  She came back to the car empty handed and broken-hearted.

To make her feel better we decided to go the River Market Antique Mall to browse around.  They had some chairs there, but we decided that purchasing one of those chairs would be more of a rebound chair.  So we decided to wait and continue our hunt.  The hunt is after all half the fun.