Lucite Magazine Rack

Wanted to share my fun new find with you today!  I went to a very interesting estate sale a couple of weeks back.  It was the estate of a wealthy doctor in a tony neighborhood in Nashville.  The home was built in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s, and it was furnished and decorated to the hilt of that era.  I mean gold foil wallpaper, sunken living room (and sunken tub, of course), high-end art.  No expense was spared – it was the biggest and best you could get at the time.  But then they never touched it again.  Not since 1972.  A total time capsule – I was walking around with my mouth hanging open.  I love that kind of crazy stuff.     The bad news was everything was overpriced, no matter how hideous it was. 

But, under a table I found this fab lucite magazine rack.  Not a cheapo plastic knockoff from IKEA (no offense, IKEA, I love you), but a real-deal high-design model circa 1970.  It was $11.  SOLD! 

Now, before you think that $11 was a little high to pay – I checked ebay today (just out of curiousity) and found several similar vintage models for $250 and up!  Now THAT’S a bargain.  And my decor magazines have never looked so good!

The winner of my latest Prize Giveaway provided by Mimi’s Garden Florals will be announced at the end of this week.   It’s a cool set of retro drinking glasses from IKEA. 

To be eligible, you need to be an email subscriber to my blog (sign-up is at top right) and post a comment to my blog sometime over this week.  

To increase your chances of winning:  your name will be entered again for every comment you make this week (only one per post will count!) and yet again if you post a link to my blog on your FaceBook page (please notify me that you have done that so I can enter your name again).  Good luck! 



  1. Phyllis Hill

    Glenn was called last year to rescue Koi from an Estate sale pond. We got 30 or 40 koi from that rescue. They were free just took our crew and a whole afternoon. But it was worth it. The biggest Koi are valued at $500. Love a bargain!

  2. Michelle L.

    You are talking about MY house, with the 70’s vibe…. yep, I’ve got the sunken living room and sunken tub. But when I got it, it was full of 80’s country charm. Hearts, ducks, navy and rust. Uh, it doesn’t still look that way, though. Glad for your neat find!

  3. kristiebarnett

    Michelle, you have a sunken living room and tub???? do tell!

  4. Jen C.

    i spotted your awesome magazine rack the second i walked into the room! so jealous! if you ever tire of it, you know where it would have a happy home…. 🙂

  5. Jen C.

    and btw, i linked to your blog last week on FB! and i didn’t even know that it would help me win those cute little glasses!

  6. Echo

    I love “time capsule houses”! I remember being a teenager and visiting my dad at work. He was doing construction on a time capsule house. I walked in the front door and got this weird feeling. I literally felt like I had stepped back in time about thirty years! It was so bizarre! But cool too.

  7. Phil B. (husband)

    Really $250… what was our ebay login info again? 🙂

  8. kristiebarnett

    Phil, I didn’t even think you read my blog!!! You must miss me up there in Canada 🙂

  9. Kathy

    I was just learning about decorating in the 70’s and remember well the brown-gold-green color schemes. We called them “earth tones”. The newer version is so much more inviting.


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