Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday - Step Stool and Chair

When I was young, my mother kept a combination step stool slash chair in the kitchen. My mother is not very tall, and I am sure this metal and vinyl tool was useful. My great Aunt Bee also had one in her kitchen. I remember sitting and talking with these women while seated upon these chairs. I distinctly remember my mother rolling my hair in rags while I sat upon her chair. I always had wonderful, long bananas curls.


A couple of weeks ago I found a chair just like my mother’s and my aunt’s in a favorite thrift shop. It was a steal at $22.00. I didn’t even hesitate – checked the price, picked it up, and paid for it. This one is a refurbished vintage piece and is as red as it should be. It is just perfect for reaching the top of the pantry, where I hide the M & Ms, and the top shelf where I keep the heart shaped muffin tins. It is also perfect for LibbyLu as she sits, rather impatiently, while I create banana curls for cheer. I don’t use rags, but the sentiment still rings true and pulls my heartstrings.


I hope that you will join Suzanne over at Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingies Thursday. It is so much fun!

28 comments:

  1. What a nice post...your daughter is lucky that you are making fond memories for her too.

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  2. What a sweet post! I love your stool, we have a yellow one sorta like that which belongs to my husband...he loves the memories he has over fights of who was going to sit on the chair....loved this post!

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  3. great stool, beautiful little one.
    Molly

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  4. I remeber those stools my Mum had one on Australia when I was growing up, oh the vinyl! I would have had a hard time passing up this $22 gem!

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  5. AWESOME find!! Love it! I cannot believe you snagged such a great piece, in such great condition, at that great price. Great job!

    Love the story too. :)

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  6. I've never seen a stool like that! How handy dandy to have the fond memories and the practicality of the double function! Your daughters banana curls are just beautiful! This is when I really wish that I had a little girl:)

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  7. I have a stool just like that...but in black! Your daughter probably looks just like you! She's darling...

    Stay Cozy, Carrie

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  8. Such sweet memories and lovely curls!

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  9. It's amazing what we choose to take home with us, isn't it? I oftentimes will pick out a favorite item that reminds me of something I used to have, or perhaps what my mom used to tell us about....such treasures!

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  10. How great, and useful. I would love to have oe, my mom won't give her's up. I have a modern version, but it's not comfortable for sitting, it's really just a step stool.
    I am hosting a bunch of giveaways this week. It ends Friday night. Hope you'll check it out.

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  11. I do remember that chair and boy do I love yours--nice find. Your pretty model added to your sweet story-telling. Good post!

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  12. It's wonderful that you found that step stool. I know you enjoy having it. Great story.

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  13. I still have one of these stools but in avocado...yours looks a lot better than mine!

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  14. I remember going to my Great Granny and Grandpa's and they had one, though it didn't have vinyl on the seat, and I used to sit in it everyday and eat my lunch.

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  16. My mom and grandmother still have stools like this. I too spent many hours sitting on them talking my mom's leg off.

    Libby is a lovely thing. No matter how tight Momma curled my hair, it was stick straight before she could get the brush through it. Thus, I endured many hours sitting on that stool while my teenage aunts permed my hair.

    Forgot all about those memories until you shared your chair.
    Thanks!

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  17. Such a beautiful young lady..and how well I remember those stools..ours was yellow. :). Happy VTT....

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  18. So weird, just the other day I saw a new version in Target and told hubby that I need to "steal" my (Grand) Mama's from my Mom's house. It's buried somewhere in a big ol mess.

    "Ours" had pull-out steps and my little brother and I used to love to share it - one sitting & one standing on the steps - and "help" Mama cook.

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  19. Great stool and adorable cheerleader! Cute apron too :)

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  20. I can't believe that I had forgotten my grandmothers step stool like that. She had hers right beside the kitchen telephone where she sat to make her calls.

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  21. Great old red kitchen stool!

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  22. Great old red kitchen stool!

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  23. Very nicely written. Love the old red stool. I have one like it and they are so nostalgic.

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  24. How cute is that apron? Very! Your blog is lovely!

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  25. Your apron is adorable -- love it! We used to have a red step stool very similar to yours when I was growing up!

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  26. art-by-anna@comcast.netJuly 19, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    I love these stools. My mom and my Grandmother each had one. I also found out my mother-in-law had one just hanging in her garage and I begged her for it. Got it too! Saw another one at an antique store and got it too for about $30. So now I have 2 :-)(big, big smile)

    If you can't find a "real" one and give me a really, really, really good reason I should give up one of mine, you can contact me through this blog IF the owner doesn't mind AND IF you are close enough to come get it!

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  27. Def a childhood memory of mine in Canada in the 60's. A couple of years ago I found one at a yard sale and now have two in my kitchen. Form & Function & Memories :)

    Thanks for sharing yours.

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  28. I went looking for this chair and is how I found your wonderful site. My mom had one. I also found the chair is being sold at Costco, online. I will check the retro store in town first but if all else fails, Costco will get my dollars.

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