Sunday, October 21, 2012

NOW AVAILABLE: Pair of Art Deco Lamps

Pair of Art Deco Lamps in Wood & Brass. New black shades, new wiring. In great vintage condition with some patina to brass finish. 23.5" Tall. Priced to move! Pair with shades for $260. Also offering pair without shades for $180.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

NOW AVAILABLE: Arts & Crafts Bench

Fully restored Arts & Crafts Bench 28"H, 22" W, 18"D. Quarter sawn oak with active grain. New rush seat. Excellent Condition. Please call or text 312.550.8980 for appointment. $950

NOW AVAILABLE: Regency Nesting Tables, att. Maison Jansen

Set of 3 Regency Style nesting tables. Metal with brass finish, original glass inset tops with silver leaf edging. Identical tables here attributed to Maison Jansen. Unmarked. Overall wear/patina to finish as seen in last photo. Largest table 20" x 18" x 15" H. SOLD

NOW AVAILABLE: Mid-century Bulbous Lamp, Chrome

Mid-century Bulbous Chrome Lamp. Measures 34" overall. New Black Drum Shade. In good vintage condition with some wear and patina to finish. Please contact me at 312.550.8980 for more information. $180

SOLD: Brass Trunk/End Table

Vintage Trunk/End Table with Brass Finish. In good vintage condition with overall patina to brass plate, some rust at base, wear to top as shown. 18"x 18"x 22" H. Please contact me at 312.550.8980 for more information. SOLD

NOW AVAILABLE: Queen Victoria Lamp

 Bust of Queen Victoria Lamp. New Black Shade. Bust is dated 1864. Ceramic & Wood. 36" Base to top of finial. Excellent Condition. $350

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bungalow Days

Houndstooth got a great interview & house tour with our friends over at The Vintage Bazaar. You should check it out! Here are a few pics. Also, special shout out to the great people behind the Historic Berwyn Bungalow Tour and the Berwyn Historical Society. Without them asking me to be on this year's tour, I would never be this far along with my home renovations. It was the inspiration I needed!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Albini Ottoman Giveaway

I'm giving away this Franco Albini ottoman to one lucky Facebook fan. All you have to do to enter is "like" the Houndstooth Vintage Facebook page by this Friday, February 24th at noon. Shipping charges will apply for those living outside the Chicagoland area.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Feeling DANKstalgic

The eve of the Vintage Bazaar finds me more than a little nostalgic for my days with STUDY, a company John Tyler and I started together almost three years ago. A lot of my stuff, my taste (okay, our taste) his passion and affinity for the written word, some blind ambition, and bang: a vintage business was born.

Seems like ages ago that our first little booth had been carefully plotted––each item cataloged, priced, and packed. We asked a friend to take a load in her car, the rest was crammed into my Acura. We were so excited.

As I look at photos of this and the following markets, I think of the hours spent sourcing all of this stuff. It has been a labor of love and some pain, tears even, financial risk, joy, success. And we had only just begun. And now "we" is "I". Now Houndstooth is me, and STUDY is he.

I wonder what keeps me going, and there is a lot of grey. My day job has not gotten easier, in fact the contrary, as there have been increased responsibilities and promotions to live up to. In the last months I have sold some items I swore were part of my permanent collection. There is still a certain chair I long for, an unusually large cloche that I may never see the likes of again. In the evening after packing up I sit in the living room, and it's often stripped of its best pieces. Items that don't sell come back with a dent or scratch from the rough haul. And every time I put the room back together, the best I can, with leftover items from my inventory. And then I repeat it all again: build up the collection, pawn it off.

I am an agent of things.

To sound even more maudlin and self-absorbed for a moment, when people buy from Houndstooth they are buying a piece from an assemblage. One little piece of the whole. For this reason I do not see the point in an online store, where objects are isolated from their intended purpose against a white background. The joy I get is creating a whole environment out of found objects, and then showing it to everyone. Selling that environment, piece by piece, allows me to do it again and again.

One of these days maybe I'll get it out of my system, but until then, I guess we'll see you at the Dank?

The Vintage Bazaar
4740 N Western

Saturday, Feb 11, noon-6PM
Sunday, Feb 12, 11AM-4Pm

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

is returning to it's roots, y'all. I'll be Danking it out with some great company. Check it out.

Hoping to get some pictures up soon, but let's face it: I probably won't. It's all I can do to post this lovely postcard. (My time is better spent scouting gorgeous little things.) You'll just have to be there.