Reader Question: Is It Valuable?

by Josh on March 16, 2011 · 2 comments

in antiques

A reader wrote me recently with a question about his inheritance of an antique buffet: I was trying to find some information regarding a piece of furniture that was left to me when an aunt died. I came across some Flickr photos of yours from a couple years ago in my search. It turns out […]


Garage Sale Finds

by Josh on August 27, 2010 · 4 comments

in antiques,furniture,Journal

Garage sales can be a great source of vintage house parts and antiques.  Even though I only got out to a few garage sales this summer, I had some excellent luck. This nice mission-style oak plant stand was set out at a garage sale just 5 minutes before I scooped it up for a song […]


Weekend Discoveries

by Josh on May 6, 2008 · 8 comments

in antiques,Journal

Every old house owner gets surprised now and then. Sometimes the surprises are bad, like when you discover a broken drain pipe. And sometimes the surprises are good, like when you find buried treasure in your yard. If you’re lucky, the good surprises outnumber the bad. I can’t claim to be keeping strict accounting of […]


Entry Light Restored

by Josh on March 26, 2008 · 12 comments

in antiques,Projects

Does completing two projects qualify as a streak? I’ve just finished my second session of stripping and restoring the old hardware from around the house, and I’m on a roll. First I cleaned some window hardware a few weeks ago. Now in the last few days I decided to tackle one of my most hated […]


Got Plate, Need Car

by Josh on November 2, 2007 · 2 comments

in antiques,House History,Local

Our house was built in 1923 with an attached garage for a car. Now I’ve got a 1923 Minnesota license plate that could have been attached to that car.


Halloween In A Bungalow

by Josh on October 31, 2007 · 2 comments

in antiques,House History,Ideas

A couple nights ago I attended (the last 30 minutes of) a Twin Cities Bungalow Club event called, “Halloween in a Bungalow” with presenter, Janelle Henry. The talk covered the history of Halloween celebrations in the United States, with a particular focus on Bungalow era.


Fresh Bungalow Pies

by Josh on August 17, 2006 · 25 comments

in antiques,Journal

Every now and then I visit a little online auction site looking for house parts and decorations. I found this nifty “Bungalow Pies” pan a few days ago and thought it would look great on my kitchen wall. We already have other functional wall decorations in the kitchen including a pot rack and a serving […]