My Latest Vintage Furniture Finds

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This month I’ve had great luck finding several vintage pieces of furniture that I love.  I really don’t need any more furniture, but if I see something I like at the right price, I can’t resist buying it.  Thank goodness we have a basement!


My favorite find this month is a vintage lab stool.  A metal tag on this chair is marked,  “Madison College.” Madison College became James Madison University in the late 70’s, so this chair I would guess is from the 50’s or 60’s..  Perhaps my mom sat on this stool when she was a Madison College student in the 1960’s.

Lab Stool


I found this mid-century chair by way of Craigslist.  It needs a tiny bit of glue and reupholstering and after will reside in my family room.

Mid Century Chair from 7 Hills School


I bought this chair after Christmas at Estates Revisited downtown.  It is in excellent condition, even the upholstery, although it is a bit faded.  I imagine that it originally was in a living room where it was rarely sat upon.  I plan to upholster it in the same fabric as the chair above to have a coordinating pair.

Mid-Century Chair from Estates Revisited


This office chair was purchased when I bought the orange mid-century chair.  It is super comfortable and I’ll use it somewhere, perhaps as my sewing chair.  It needs new wheels and then it’s good to go.

Vintage Office Chair


I bought this office chair at a yard sale a few doors down from my house.  (I got the lab stool there, too.)  This chair is super sturdy and is very comfortable.  It is missing a wheel, so we’ll most likely replace all four at the same time.  We aren’t sure where we’ll use it but for $10, it had to come home with me.

Office Chair


This table and chair set isn’t vintage but it was too good of a deal to pass up.  My mom will use this on one of her Walnut Avenue porches.  (I’m sure she wishes that I would hurry up and bring it to her!)  I purchased it at the same yard sale where I bought the lab stool and office chair.  You should have seen me hauling my purchases through several neighbors’ yards to get these things home.  (Mr. SP had to get the table later on for me because I couldn’t carry it alone.)

Patio Set


If you follow me on Instagram, you know that another neighbor cleaned out his shed and put what he didn’t want on the curb with a free sign.  I couldn’t get to the curb quickly enough to snag a few vintage pots and a saw.  (Instagram is so much fun.  If you use it, I’d love for you to follow me!)

Have you found any great vintage finds lately?  I’d love to hear about what you’ve found or what you would like to find in the comments.


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  1. Paula, you are having way too much fun! You deserve it though. Can’t wait to see the finish products, you do such a good job 🙂 Have a blessed week! -Bev xoxo

  2. I haven’t found any awesome things lately. My husband is probably very happy about that because we live on the 3rd floor and he would have to do the carrying, unless it wasn’t heavy. I would love to find a bench for my entry way. I keep saying I’m going to make one, but people keep stacking stuff there. Maybe if I had a bench, they wouldn’t do it. Love all of your finds.

  3. I’m not looking for anything, but if you run across any other JMU lab stools (or JMU furniture), holler — I’d love to see it in my JMU room at the lake.

  4. Girl, you weren’t kidding. Seriously, I dub you the thrifting QUEEN this round!! I cannot stop looking at all the chunky wooden vintage chairs you’ve scored. And those prices, gosh girl– let’s go thrifting together!! Great finds, I’d love to see some of ’em linked to #thriftscorethursday (ha!). So glad we were able to dine together at Haven!

  5. LOVE that lab stool!! Are you going to paint it or do you leave things natural?

  6. Hi Paula,
    I love all your fantastic vintage pieces… We have also had a few lucky finds recently including a great flat wall cupboard, a huge copper serving tray and a doctors bag… I keep forgetting we are moving soon!!!
    I Love following your instagram feed BTW… It is so much fun to share and interact with people over there!!

  7. Paula,
    I’m completely in LURVE with that lab stool!!!! What a great find. It was great seeing you at Haven!

    1. I loved seeing you as well, Beth. I hope we can get together again before next year’s Haven.

      I’m in love with my stool but am not sure where I’ll use it.


  8. I need to go yard sale shopping with you! You always find the best deals. I love the lab stool and the mid century modern chair. Can’t wait to see the finished product. You always do such a great job! Oh, and the patio furniture – awesome!

    1. I got really lucky with these finds, Alli. I think I was in the right place at the right time!


  9. Is your lab stool height adjustable? I found a set of 4 that are similar but have not found a way to adjust the height

    1. To adjust the seat, put your foot on the base to hold it down and then pull up on the seat. You should feel it move up and when you do, push down and it should lower. I just lowered mine that way and the lab stools like this that I have at school raise and lower the same way.

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