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Deal of the Week!!! SOLD!!

It’s the Deal of the Week! And as a bonus today we are going to do two! One now, one later.

And it’s not because we have completely slacked off for the last two weeks…. Okay, yeah, it really is because we have slacked off for the last two weeks. What can i say, we are trying to make amends.

Today’s deal is a side table. A pretty cool side table. It is a marble top that sits on an iron base. It has sort of a modern vibe to it, and we like a little of that thrown into a room. It’s is 18″ wide and 22 1/2 ” tall. It’s a nice size – big enough to tuck in between a pair of chairs, but small enough to sidle up next to a sofa or chair and not be in the way. So, to sum things up, It’s a good little table.

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original price –  $299   sale price – $100

And remember – stay tuned. Another deal is coming your way.

Happy 4th of July

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We decided to close up shop for a few days in order to thoroughly enjoy this holiday weekend. We will close this evening at 6pm and will reopen at 10am on Tuesday morning.

 

Deal of the Week -SOLD!

Deal of the Week is sold!

 

The Deal of the Week is back! The person that posts the deal of the week is not back, but the deal is. Because the deal of the weeker is still technically vacationing they have decided to phone this one in. No long drawn out descriptions, no elaborate backstories, no witty ramblings. No, this deal of the week is stripped down to a few brief statements.

First, the rules :

1. First paying customer gets it. By phone or in person ( 817-332-1772 , call. it’s best to call.)

2. No holds. None. We just can’t.

3. No returns. We never want to see this thing again. ever.

Description : This is a metal vintage milk pricing sign. It was found (and this so cool) still wrapped up, unused, untouched in an abandoned warehouse in Fort Worth. It is marked May Advertising, Fort Worth, Texas. It’s pristine. It’s a two sided sign, which is pretty cool, especially if you are a sign geek. Great graphics. Nice typeface. It’s everything a good sign should be. And it has a set of numbers that flip around so you can price your milk however you choose (see photos below and that last statement will make much more sense). And it’s just cool. It’s a perfect piece of art for a kitchen or maybe a kid’s room…or, you know, a milk store.

Why is this a deal? Well, unlike most Deals of the Week, we’re aren’t tired of it. We don’t hate it. In fact, we love it. It’s just that it’s been around for a long time and we are baffled by that. Somewhere we have a photo of it in the old store. The old one. I’m talkin’ University Park old. Anyway, we love it so much that we are ready to find it a good home. A home where it’s loved and appreciated. And we want to find an owner that is excited to get it. Maybe that’s you! …..Now that i think about it, you may be competing with me – now that I’ve written all this, I may be the first to call! You just better hurry!

Dimensions : 36″x 48″

Okay, so that wasn’t as brief as originally planned.

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original price –  $499    sale price – $200

Deal of the Week…uh, not so much.

Houston, we have a problem. There is no one here to post a deal of the week. I completely understand your disappointment and frustration with this glitch, but there it is. You see, the person in question that is responsible for these shenanigans is AWOL. If you were to search them out, you might find them galavanting through the desert southwest, hiking in the mountains of utah, or sitting on the edge of a mesa. In any case, they are in no position to make the deal happen.

This person, if they were here, would apologize for this change in our regularly scheduled programming. They would also express sympathy that all of you, back in Texas, are not experiencing 0% humidity, and currently enjoying high temperatures in the 60s, and that you are not seeing some of the most beautiful scenery our country has to offer. They might feel guilty about this, but they really don’t. They would like to say that they miss being at work to sit and write the deal of the week post for you, but that would be flat out lying, and this person just doesn’t lie.

And one last tidbit, here is a little shot from this little adventure that this person, who can only be described as delightful, is experiencing. It is most likely taken on the porch of an old victorian cottage overlooking a quiet mountain village.

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Please check back in for the deal next Friday.

Deal of the Week! SOLD!!!

 

Sold!!!!

 

Has it been a week already? Wow, time flies. Without further adieu – the rules :

1. First paying customer gets it. By phone or in person ( 817-332-1772 , call. it’s best to call.)

2. No holds. None. We just can’t.

3. No returns. We never want to see this thing again. ever.

 

We LOVE garden furniture! We love it outside, we love it inside. We use it all the time in the store to add a little touch of texture to a setting. We especially love it when it’s white – and when I say white, of course I mean dirty, crackled, chippy white. So when, on a little shopping excursion, we witnessed these guys sitting in the back of a truck waiting to be unloaded, we said “SOLD!”

We couldn’t wait get them into the store, but as with all great things we had to wait. We hate waiting. Finally delivery day came, and we all watched the truck pull up with our haul – we then all squealed like little girls when we saw it. And we all gasped when we caught a glimpse of these little chairs. Here’s where it all went wrong.

Before we go on, let me take you back to our first meeting with these chairs for a minute and say this: the back of a semi trailer can make one think that something is not the size that it appears, and when one is looking up into said semi trailer, one can be further fooled by the scale of something. Okay, stay with me; now we are going back to the point earlier in our story when we watched our stuff get unloaded at the store. The drivers set our chairs down in front of us. Insert silence……. to say these chairs are diminutive is generous. NO, these chairs are child scale. Small. Tiny. Can we set them next to one of our sofas? Uh, no. Can we put them on our store’s front stoop? Nope. So now what? Enter – Deal of the Week.

Now, for Pete’s sake, get these things out of here. Use them for your children, use them for a little plant stand, use them for a garden decoration… or if your sofa is not more than 16″ high use them as side chairs. But by all means, use them.

I will include the dimensions later in this post, but more importantly, I offer you a photo with a volunteer subject included for scale. Need I say more?

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Here’s a little close up – perfect patina. These are beautiful little chairs. Did I mention they were little?

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original price – $299 for the pair   sale price – $100 for the pair

 

 

 

 

The Kantha – an education

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You ever heard of a kantha quilt? Yeah, a year ago we hadn’t either. Oh, we had seen them; we just didn’t know what to call them. Let’s break the phrase up for analysis.  Kantha refers to a type of embroidery, a simple primitive stitch–most frequently a long running stitch. And quilt, well, I guess not much analysis is needed on that subject.  So a Kantha quilt is a quilt made using this kantha stitching, capeesh??

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Kantha embroidery is used to bind colorful cottons in every pattern or hue you can imagine. What do you do with one of these things? Kantha quilts are used–by us, anyway–for throws or coverlets, and pillow covers. A few months ago, we covered a wall in them. Who knows what we will come up with next? As for you, we completely trust your creativity in purposing or repurposing these quilts.

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Here, in the US, the quilts are beginning to pop up here and there. And one of those here’s is here at Simple Things. We have sort of fallen in love with these things. We love the texture, the color, the size, the way they can add a strong and fresh dose of color to a room. We love them so much, we really stocked up. You know how we love a collection. And just one, or two, or fifty of something is sometimes not enough to suffice. And so, of course, we brought home 340. Did you get that – 340?? Do you have any idea what that looks like? Well, it’s a lot. We are guessing that we have the biggest selection of kantha quilts in the country and maybe even further–there is no research data to confirm this, but we defy you to find a larger stash.

Here are approximately 20 kantha quilts that our lovely assistant is holding. The stack is in the neighborhood of 36″. So mathematically (and with math help from a recent high school graduate), our stack of kanthas would be 51 feet high! That’s like a building – a 4-ish story building. That wouldn’t fit in our clerestory. Somebody call the Guinness book.

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What relevance does the size of this gargantuan pile mean for you? Glad you asked – This means we have the exact color you are looking for, because honestly, we have every color in the rainbow. Every single one. Really.

And here’s the really cool thing about OUR kantha quilts. We pre-washed every single one. That’s right. We laundered all 340. So when you come pick yours out, it will be clean and soft and perfect.

And one more note. We have been displaying them for the last week or so, and they are trickling out of here. When you swing by to pick yours up, ask to see them…although, you might find them with very little assistance, since you literally run into them as soon as you walk in the door, neatly contained in the biggest armoire you have ever seen.

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*This photograph contains a part of our inventory. A part. Seriously, we have a lot.

Deal of the Week!! SOLD!

Deal of the week is sold!

Alright, first the rules :

1. First paying customer gets it. By phone or in person ( 817-332-1772 , call. it’s best to call.)

2. No holds. None. We just can’t.

3. No returns. We never want to see this thing again. ever.

Here we go again. As you know, the deal of the week debate is a complicated and contentious ordeal. Every week, generally at the very last minute, we walk around bickering about objects we despise or are just sick of. This time, this poor chair that has been on death row since day one finally reached the chopping block. Why has it taken so long, you might ask? Well, mainly because we are split on hatred for this chair. I won’t mention any names or take sides……..except to say this, I love this chair and I am, quite frankly, in the right on this one.

Okay, I know, this chair is not for everybody. It is unique and is of quite a vivid hue. We call it “the lime green chair”. I know, we are great with creative monikers–something we take extreme pride in–and obviously this name is a raging success. It has an unmistakable 50s/midcentury vibe. It’s upholstered in a lime green damask fabric  from which it takes it’s name. It’s a small scale chair that can be tucked into a corner and yet still make a statement. One of the cooler more surprising details is its wood frame which is stained grey. I will miss this chair. It adds a little pop of color in each vignette it’s placed in. (I hate both of the words “pop” and “vignette”, and I apologize for using them, and both in one sentence no less).

Dimensions? 23″wide, 28″ deep, 33″ tall

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Original price – $899   sale price – $250

One more note – the artwork is not included, but don’t you wish it was?

 

What’s new?


I know – we haven’t posted anything but Deals-of-the-Week for the last few weeks, and really, it’s not because we’ve had nothing to say. I assure you we always have something to say at Simple Things. What have we been doing with our time, if not posting tidbits of information on our blog? It’s a simple answer really – we’ve been unpacking. That’s right. Unpacking stuff from all points. Unpacking stuff from buying excursions. Unpacking boxes and boxes of lamps and chandeliers. Unpacking sofas and chairs. Unpacking antique rugs. Unpacking art. Unpacking pillows. Unpacking cool one-of-a-kind antique do-dads. And then, after all that stuff is unpacked, somebody, or rather everybody, has to clean it, price it, and find a pretty place to put it. And this time there was so much new stuff that there was no one left to write a blog post.

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Here is just one of our truckloads.

When we reopened the store last year, we got in all kinds of new stuff to fill it up – a daunting task really. And we did. It was full, or at least we thought it was full. We stood back, patted each other on the back and said – “Wow, this is cool. Look at all this cool stuff under one big roof!”…… And it was cool. And it was a lot of stuff. So when we unpacked all of this new stuff over the last few weeks and then placed all this new stuff on the floor, we realized – “Okay, now this store is full.” What were we thinking calling our grand opening “full”? Because over the last few weeks we have realized that you can cram a whole, whole lot of stuff under this roof. We have shuffled stuff from here to there, from there to here trying to fit it all in. And the truth is – it’s still not all in. And we have more stuff coming. If ever there was a time to pop into Simple Things for a visit, this is it. That time has come.

Here’s just a glimpse. A glimpse – I kid you not.

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Some large scale art and a trio of wonky little tables.

 

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A pair of faded worn teak chairs with the perfect pitch. And check out the giant squishy denim pillows.

 

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We got several industrial side tables – we are using this as a bedside. The perfect old green.

 

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A set of 8 french dining chairs – a faded black finish, upholstered in a cotton ticking.

 

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Grain sacks! And a lot of them – We prewashed them for you! – Just shove a pillow inside.

 

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A pair of vintage outdoor chairs – We like them inside too!

 

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We brought back several of these table/stools. Great chippy finish – we love chippy.

 

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Okay, these are pretty much my favorite, if I get a vote. They are amazing pendant light fixtures. Hand blown glass, inspired by old telephone pole insulators. They hang from natural rope that’s meticulously wrapped with wire and capped at each end with metal trim.

 

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We call these the Mad Men chairs. They are low, deep, and soft (not unlike Don Draper actually). This time we ordered them in a soft leather and had them topstitched with a heavy contrasting thread.

 

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Here’s a set of four Danish Modern dining chairs and a drippy crystal chandelier.

 

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Lots of pairs of bedside tables. This is just one of them.

 

 

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And, more art – vintage silk screens. Aren’t they great in a window?

Whew! Hope you hung in there with me all the way through – The thing is, even though I listed a lot of items, there’s so, so much more. And more is coming. Lots more. I implore you to stop in for a gander – and the sooner the better. We want you to see Simple Things at its best.

 

 

 

 

 

Deal of the Week!

Deal of the Week time has arrived!

1. First paying customer gets it. By phone or in person ( 817-332-1772 , call. it’s best to call.)

2. No holds. None. We just can’t.

3. No returns. We never want to see this thing again. ever.

 

We are getting tired of getting rid of new stuff. We thought we’d throw something old into the mix. I’d really like to be writing a post in which we trash something and talk about how sick we are of it, but I can’t. I’m not sick of this. I could never get sick of it. I don’t even know why we are doing it. It’s never even been discussed as a possibility. But, at Simple Things you are accustom to spur of the moment surprises and the loss of things you have grown to love.

So here goes – you might as well start dialing. This is a vintage medical cabinet. It has glass on all sides – And I mean that – 4 sides AND top AND bottom. It sits atop 4 slightly splayed legs. We lovingly call these kind of things “floaters “- in other words, this can’t be crammed against a wall. It likes a little breathing room – and don’t we all? The frame is metal – it looks like a tarnished dirty brass – in a good way, a real good way. We can’t call it brass though, because actually we have no idea. Its about 5′ tall. The frame has some lovely little detailing in the corners. It has three shelves – 4 shelves if you count the bottom. All this glass set in a minimal frame means you have a sculptural little cabinet that even though it takes up some physical space, it visually takes no space at all. Does that make sense?? The door is a little grumpy but we don’t mind that from something that is approaching 100 years old. “Almost 100 years old” – Did you hear that? This ain’t no Restoration Hardware reproduction.

What do you do with it?? Use it however you see fit. We use it to display collections and do-dads. Anything you set in this little cabinet becomes immediately more special. It can be used in a bathroom to hold bottles, containers and towels. Right now it’s holding some lovely little tea towels in our bedding area. I promise you will find the perfect spot.

You’re crazy if you don’t buy it. Crazy.

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Personally, this little handwritten “open” is my favorite part.

 

original price – $1299     sale price – $500

 

 

Deal of the Week – SOLD!!!

Well, here we go again. It’s deal of the week time!

1. First paying customer gets it. By phone or in person ( 817-332-1772 , call. it’s best to call.)

2. No holds. None. We just can’t.

3. No returns. We never want to see this thing again. ever.

This week, another first – a coffee table! So, here’s the deal on this – in a buying frenzy we bought 4 of these tables. They are heavy metal (not the music kind), industrial style tables. When you see piles of cool coffee tables in a large warehouse or market they don’t look that big. You think to yourself, we totally have room for 4 of these. then when you bring them back to your smaller storage space your realize that you might have over shot it. The smart thing we did was buy 4 different colors – red, green, white and blue. We mulled it over, discussed it, analyzed it, pondered it and generally ran the subject into the ground as we are apt to do. The final verdict. The blue has to go! We’re not saying blue’s not cool, quite the contrary. We are not blue-haters. We will not judge your love for blue if you are so inclined. BUT if we are forced to pick the one we most DON’T want to look at one second longer – it’s the blue.

So here are the details : this is a 40″ round table, 18″ high. It’s three legs sit on industrial wheels – which brings up a little detail to keep in mind – the wheels DO NOT swivel – this fact semi bugs the heck out of us, but their general cool factor makes up for it. The wheels each face the same direction, which means one of the wheels sits out a little further than the other two – I realize that statement is remarkably unclear, but that’s how I roll on Fridays. The blue paint is chippy, scratched up and distressed – in other words -perfect (in our world anyway). And without further adieu, here are some pics :

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original price – $499    sale price – $200!!!

 

 

 

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