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Off the wire: Goodwill on Manzanita

14 Nov

Kathy M. sent in this photo and Craigslist ad:

Hi, I just saw this at the Goodwill on Manzanita Avenue.  It needs some cleaning, but looks to be in decent shape.  The laminate top looked OK too.  It was marked $8.99 so I think it is a bargain.  :-) Kathy

$150 in West Sacramento. (Original Post)

Thanks for being an extra set of eyes out there in the field, Kathy! Keep them coming, guys!

Community: This weekend! The Sacramento Antique Faire

11 Nov

This Sunday is the Sacramento Antique Faire. I still have yet to shell out my hard earned $3.00 for the entrance fee and go, but maybe you all have some feedback for newcomer to the Sacramento area Arin, who asks:

Being new to the area we wanted to ask you about the antique show this weekend, wondering do we need to be there at opening in hopes of finding decent pieces before dealers buy them, and we actually don’t know if it is a good place to find MCM items. Can you give us any idea of what to expect or if its worth attending?

I know a few of you Mimomito watchers had commented and mentioned some of the good and the bad aspects of the Antique Faire – but what advice do you have on this matter? Waste of time or great place to snack on some kettle corn and then touch some priceless antiques?

Community: Chocolate Cupcakes

9 Nov
Your blog has been a huge help and I just wanted to say thank you. We relocated here six weeks ago from Minneapolis and we sold our furniture on craigslist before we left town and have used your blog to track down furniture for our new place here in Sac. its great to be able to find so many great mid century modern pieces and much of it through your direction. Now we just need your cup cake recipe;) 

Thanks again,
Arin and Chrissy

Our dear readers Arin and Chrissy love cupcakes, too. Per their request I typed up the recipes for the Mimomito cupcakes that were photographed a few posts down. Enjoy!

Oh, and please make sure you guys send us photos of your coolest Mid-Century designed cupcakes.

I used the recipe from my favorite cookbook:

Chocolate Cupcakes: — I personally like to double this recipe. There will be enough frosting for both batches.
-1-1/2 cups (188 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
-3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar
-1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 cup (30 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
-1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-1/3 cup (80 ml) canola oil
-1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
-1 cup (235 ml) cold water
Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C or gas mark 4). put liners in muffin tins. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Create a well in the center of your dry ingredients, and add the vanilla, oil, vinegar, and water. Mix until just combined. Pour into your prepared pan, and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting with Buttercream Frosting.
Buttercream frosting:
With an electric mixer, blend 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1/2 cup of Earth Balance, 2 tbsp soy milk and 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.
Also, here are some super cute cupcake designs that I found on flickr for some inspiration:
Eames themed cupcakes by Designerista

“Let’s do the hop” cupcakes by Sugar Daze

Dianna’s cabinet. It’s in walnut.

11 Oct

We really like sharing and hearing about people’s scores (it’s one of the reasons we started this blog). It’s a real treat when someone retells a really interesting Craigslist encounter. Like this time the dude went to go pick up a lamp at some guy’s house in Ranch Cardova and there was an alligator in the kitchen. Oh and a nifty collection of Mississippi mud jugs (I totally forgot how to spell that). When the seller was asked if he was afraid of having an alligator just out and about in his kitchen he replied “Nah man he’s harmless. I am thinking about throwing him in the pool when it gets hot ya know…swim with it.” I really like the series of mental pictures that one brings up.

Stories like Dianna’s make my heart skip a beat. It’s sweet and helps one remember why we like buying other people’s stuff. Here’s her story:

‘I was not expecting much after seeing the Craigslist ad, but was blown away when they pulled the blanket off the thing. It’s amazing and looks so much better than the pic. It’s solid walnut, no veneers at all. The guy was in his 80’s and had built it himself. He actually teared up a little when we had it loaded and were about to leave. Amazing craftsmanship and in perfect condition. It had a built in reel to reel tape unit and I also bought the matching large walnut speakers with high end components. The cabinet itself is 7 feet long and the speakers are about another three or four feet so I came to the conclusion that there’s no way that I can fit the speakers anywhere in my home.”

Sweet right? Unfortunately the speakers Dianna and her husband bought are too large for their home and they are parting with them. Good news for some of you though because these things are great looking:

” The gentleman who built them told me they are air suspension speakers. The make and model is AS-2 by Heath. He took exceptional care of all of it.The speakers are large: 20 1/2″ by 19 1/2″ and 28 1/2″ high. We are taking the reel to reel unit out to sell also. It’s an EICO RP100. The cabinet and speakers were built in 1964.”

If you’re into the reel to reel and speakers you can contact Dianna through email: diannafinley@sbcglobal.net
Thanks Dianna for sharing your score with us. It’s a gorgeous piece with a heart warming tale. :]

Mimomito News Update: Who the heck am I?

5 Oct

Hello there,

My name is Toni and I love mid-century design. Like you, I spend my time searching the depths of Craigslist for the absolute best deals and since I don’t have an infinite amount of money or space, I’d love to join Serene and Rose in the celebration of Craigslist and inexpensive, sustainable, darn sexy vintage furniture.

I recently saw a bumper sticker that read, “This car breaks for ALL yard sales” and I feel like that just about sums me up. I’ve been an avid thrifter and yard sailer for many years and I was just telling Rose yesterday that if I knew then what I know now, my home would probably be filled with unwanted goodies from Eames, Nelson, Jacobsen and the rest of the gang. It breaks my heart to think of how many awesome things that I’ve probably passed over the years. — My fondness of 1950’s life began as a child. My dad had an awesome pompadour, both of my parents were into doo wop music and our first family vehicle was a black 1953 Chevy.  However, it wasn’t until I met my dear friend Gretchen (who has the most awesome home, by the way) that I really began to appreciate Mid-Century Modern design – in all regards.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to letting you know about the coolest yards sales around town and about learning some awesome things from Rose and Serene. I’m completely excited!

Community: Mention in Eichler Homes in Sacramento!

30 Sep

Goody googie gumdrops! Thanks to Eichlerific for the shout-out for our little bloggeroo. Be sure to subscribe to this blog and keep an eye out for upcoming info on the Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tours. This blog is also a fantastic resource for all the local and historic MCM gold mines you never knew existed! Thanks again!

Justin’s dining set

25 Sep

We are so happy that Justin picked up this wonderful dining set and that he was willing to share it with us in it’s new home. If you have any midcentury scores that you would like to share please email us and let us know about them! We get super excited about stuff like that (Seriously we do. It’s the whole reason we started this blog. Our normal friends got way tired of the midcentury gibber gabber).

I’ve been searching for over a month for a quality mid-century dining room set. After getting skunked by faster buyers this popped up and I spared no time running up to Nevada City. The lady I bought it from was the original owner who purchased it in the early sixties. She is in the process of selling all of her belongings and moving to Colorado. Keep an eye out for Nevada City postings, she is going to be selling her bedroom furniture which it pretty sweet stuff if you like mid-century!
The furniture I bought is immaculate and built to last. Ya, it was $$ but damn it looks good in my dining room! I will definetly be keeping my eye on Mimomito!

Sweet score Justin. I hope that floating china compartment does many wonderful things for you! :]

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