Last December, we scored the infamous Milo chair at a big warehouse sale (by the way, we finally ordered fabric for the chair, and we veered completely off course; go figure!), and over the weekend, the sale was back! It was being held in the same warehouse, but it was even bigger – if that’s even possible. The warehouse was stuffed full of The Best of the Best, and everything was extremely negotiable. And just like last time, we came home with three things:
ONE. A new desk chair! I’d been on the hunt for something more interesting and cushy than my very used, very loved chair of yore, but – of course! – everything I loved was $$$. The warehouse sale boasted an absurd amount of authentic Knoll Pollock chairs (for $40 or less!), some with missing buttons and others with bubbled chrome. This one had some scuffs on the back and was missing its arms, but the leather was in the best condition, all the buttons were in place, and the chrome was rust-free! If I’d like to add arms later, we figured we could turn to Ebay, but right now, I’m loving the streamlined look.
The consumer tag on the underside confirms that this chair was manufactured in 1970; there’s even a 45-year-old rusted wrench scotch taped to the bottom. It took no more than thirty minutes with leather conditioner and our favorite metal polish to get it looking so, so pretty.
TWO. Surprisingly, we don’t like the gold faux-finish on this mirror, but the shape! That arch! Oh, yes. It weighs a ton (nice), and once we decide where it’ll go (can you ever have enough vintage mirrors in your home?), we’ll give it a fresh color. In other news, if you sit on our floor, Jack will sit on you. It’s, like, his weird thing.
THREE. We almost made it out without any sort of knick knack, but then we saw this guy! He’s super heavy, and obviously, super awesome.
There were a few items in the warehouse listed as FREE, and if it weren’t for being in the midst of a de-clutter (there’s a yard sale looming in our future!), we likely would’ve come home with a few more things, too. But, look! We can’t figure out why there weren’t more people there, but I could barely go to sleep on Friday night knowing that we’d be knocking down their door as soon as they opened.
Let’s play shop the photos. What catches your eye?
As we were leaving, I saw this 16×20 signed art print and screamed (not out loud, I don’t think), but now I’m kicking myself that I didn’t try a little harder to convince Scott that it should’ve come home with us. We have too much art as it is!, he said. Which, okay, might be true. But then again, maybe not? Is that even possible?
We found out about this sale (and many others) by participating in this Facebook group, and for our Chicago locals, it seems as though this particular pop-up is at least a couple of times a year. Three cheers for flea and thrift and yard sale season!
PS… We took the plunge and hung navy roman shades in our dining room. We’re writing about it on the Bali Blinds blog today, and they make all the difference. Spoiler: WE LOVE THEM. Read about it right here!
Wow, you really scored!! I wish I had known about this sale, I would have been over there in a heartbeat. Is it still going on, by any chance?
It was just a quick 3 day pop up sale, sadly! We shared the details in real time on Instagram, and we try to do the same if we find random sales like this:
Good to know, thanks for the intel! I also signed up for the Mid Century Modern FB page to keep on the lookout for these types of events. I’m currently on the hunt for some unique dining room chairs, but don’t want to spend a fortune. :)
nice finds! love the chair! very jealous of this sale, looks like they had a great selection. i’ve been looking for an eames lounger for years, maybe one day i’ll find one in decent shape, and within my budget (hahaha…)
As soon as we walked in, the hosts of the sale said, everything is negotiable EXCEPT the Eames loungers. Those are firm at $3,000. So, there’s that. But everything else was fair game, and at incredibly low prices! Madness, I tell you.
I like the green chair you’re sitting on! I can’t tell the condition, but I love the color. :)
Yep. I’m joining that group. Next time that sale comes up, I believe a girls trip from Indianapolis will be in order. Those are way too good of deals NOT to drive for!
Also, I’m drooling over that green tufted chair you’re sitting in. My heart skipped a beat!
Great finds! I’m glad you decided on fabric for the chair and can’t wait to see. Also, I LOVE how the window treatments turned out! Any excuse to add more navy is a good one.
Right? Navy is the world’s best neutral.
And thank you! :)
I SOOO wish we had sales like this in Canada, it hasn’t really seemed to catch on yet! I mean we have yard sales and sort of flea market type sales, but nothing to this caliber! Maybe a move to Chicago is in my future! Or at the very least, a visit!
Chicago is pretty spectacular in the summertime…
My pitbull does the same thing. As soon as Im sitting or kneeling on the floor she backs up into my lap. She is almost 80 pounds!
Isn’t it so silly? He won’t look at you… he just… backs up into you.
So bummed we were out of town this weekend. What’s the name of the facebook group? The link just takes me to my facebook.
Oh, strange, it worked for me! It’s called Mid Century Modern Chicago. It’s a closed group, so you just have to request the invite.
Such great finds! That chair looks so comfy. :) The olive green sofa is calling my name.
LOVE the lion. so jealous! and BTW, tell Scott it’s just not possible to have too much art!!
SO jealous of your desk chair. I’m in serious need of a new one. By current one is too short for me to work at my desk comfortably.
Josh – The Kentucky Gent
Thanks for sharing the sale info – I signed up for the group too! I need a few more pieces for my apartment (including a chair!) so next time I’m totally gonna check this out!