Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Charlotte, NC: Part II

My miniseries on the finds at the ReStore Habitat for Humanity on N. Wendover in Charlotte, North Carolina, continues. Hey, where else on the web can you find a blogger who gleefully leads with used toilets on her highest-traffic day of the week. Faithful readers will know, there is nothing I like better than a beautiful mid-century toilet. That said, I am not up on my brands and styles these days. Scathing Jane, can you tell me about the one on the right, with the squarish looking everything. Is that an American Standard Pillow Top or something like that? I like it a lot alot. Continue for 24 more photos.

Every self-respecting ReStore has sinks galore and Charlotte was no disappointment.

A gorgeous classic shelf-back sink from the 40s or 50s. Jane: Crane? I’m guessing that because of the rounded central part of the faucet?

These were another favorite find — four vintage Eljer sinks. They looked never-installed. They were identical. They were weird in that the porcelain sink seemed to sit in another porcelain receptacle. I think they are 70s or 80s because of the color — off white with a brown decorative line around the edge.

You know how much I love matchy-matchy. I can imagine having a house with three bathrooms and buying all of these to install: Two in the master, one each in the other two bathrooms. Oh, it would be SO FUN to decorate around these. I may be have to do a complete post launching right off them. Can anyone explain the design, though? That is, the fact that the round-bowl sink sits in some sort of other container or pan?

Behind the sinks were various other items. I liked the fact that you could buy cabinet shelves for $1.

They had enough of this Wilsonart terrazzo-like laminate-topped snap-in-place flooring to cover $45 s.f. I like the look, and can certainly see it being appropriate (and easy to install) in mid-century renovations.

Here’s the Wilsonart flooring packaging. I don’t think this was very old. I will have to go online and check out the story.

They had a good selection of wood shelf brackets, each for $5. Kinda country, I’d guess you could say… but maybe an application for us.

There was a nice little selection of bedroom headboards.

The whole home design blog world was gaga for make-your-own or buy-it upholstered headboards last year. This was a king-size upholstered headboard. Change out the fabric and you are in business way cheaper even than starting from scratch.

Oooooh, dig the ivory and gold French Provincial princess bed. I wanted one of these so bad when I was growing up. But my evil mother (just kidding, mom) stuck me with practical maple that oh by the way is still in the family.

Oooh la la, a very wonderful modern church chandelier. The shade is some sort of acrylic, and it’s trimmed with wood (birch?) and unlacquered brass. Just $35. I am kicking myself for not buying it, drats. What the heck, my luggage was already overweight due to the vintage Hall-Mack advertising display that Lauren brought me. DH wouldn’t mind a religious relic, too, now, would he?

A little bit of lighting sweetness for a foyer. I love the frosted glass on this style of vintage light fixture.

I noticed on another blog some dumping on old-fashioned interior wood shutters. Hey, I like these!

A cute maple hutch. One of the things I really tend to like about these is their scale — they are usually not too big for our smallish rooms and ceilings. Lots of collection display space, too.

I’ve always liked the look of screens like this, although I am not sure I’d ever put one in my house. I could see buying this, and taking it apart to transform / repurpose / upcycle each panel into something else, though.

Outside, you could get a whole vintage colonial lamp post.

I know this is hard to see – but it appears to be a large acrylic storage or display case of some sort. I was thinking: If I lived in Charlotte, I would buy it to hold all my vintage wallpaper.

This concrete piping (?) had an interesting shape and was about 12″ square. I was thinking, you could wet-saw each piece into a different length then stand the pieces up and make them into mid-mod planters.

Maybe use this turquoise wire containter (?) material as a trellis? Would it get too hot? Perhaps it also could be repurposed as a groovy fencing.

Last but not least: How many homeless piano-organs do you think there are now in shops across America? I know that I saved one — a 1971 Conn. DH was not happy, oh no no no.  This vintage Kimball organ is surely a beauty.

The vintage Lowrey was lovely.

This one, too, is very pretty.

Ta da. Thank you, ReStore Habitat for Humanity Charlotte.

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Comments

  1. Jeanne says

    I love that church chandelier. I’m doing a research project for a class on a local Hungarian Reform Church and I attended a mass there a couple weeks ago and those were hanging in the church! I don’t think they had crosses on them, though. I said “ooooo, totally 60s” and afterward I asked someone when the church was built and sure enough “1962”.

    Also, I grew up with a maple hutch in our kitchen. Not quite as wide as the one you feature. Definitely 50s/60s. 🙂

  2. Zena says

    I live in Charlotte and have never been there! I was just looking up last week how to make my own king size padded headboard..I might have to go take a look at that floral one to re-do!

  3. Annie B. says

    Thanks for the great photos. Glad to see what’s available in Charlotte and to see how our Morehead City ReStore compares.

  4. G.G. says

    those church chandeliers must have been in production for a long time. In my town 2 churches built in the early 1980s (Lutheran and Catholic) both have those exact same lights.

  5. John D Taylor says

    Habitat for Humanity is an awesome place to check for retro items.

    I know them in my town on a first name basis. If you are into making your home look like that time era. They are definately the source to help you provide that look.

    Habitat helps those get their homes in order, they are a great Organization.

    Jimmy Carter the 39th President of the USA is a very active person in the Habitat Building Organization. Long live greats like him.

    JT

  6. Maryanna says

    Wow! I agree with Cindy…that Charlotte Restore makes the one in my town look like a dump! (I won’t stop shopping there, though!)

  7. Caryn says

    My mother-in-law had a hutch similar to this one in her kitchen/dining room of the ranch my husband grew up in. Her father, a gifted cabinetmaker, custom-made it to the space (BIG), and it always reminded me of something from a church, it was so huge! It held not only all her tableware and linens, but family photos, bills, etc….her Command Central.

  8. says

    Hi Pam!
    The sink is an american standard, from the mid-to late 1960’s. It has the “Nu-seal” type of valve in it rather than the “Re-Nu’ valve. The toilet looks to be an elongated AmStd, early ’60’s. Heck, were that place closer, we’d be shopping there.

  9. says

    I also coveted the french provincial furniture my friends had, but mom prefered matching spindle beds for my sister and I. Our Re-Store just opened up about 6 months ago and is really lackluster compared to this one! Rest assured I’ll keep checking it out, though.

  10. Cara says

    Charlotte’s definitely has more items then our store! Though this is a good thing because my husband and dad would not appreciate installing everything I happily would bring home. I’ve been ogling a fab mint green toilet at ours but I know I would never be able to find matching fixtures.
    I saved 2 of my grandma’s maple hutches from the estate sale and the one in the photo is very, very close to one – hers has flat panel doors and no spindles. I am amazed how much stuff fits in and on them!

  11. midmodms says

    What a fun place. I’m looking for a small wall-hung bathroom sink in gray. The original tub and toilet are both gray, but at some time (70’s or 80″s) the previous owners put in a sink cabinet that’s too large for my tiny bathroom. Did you happen to see anything in gray?

    • pam kueber says

      midmodms, I don’t recall seeing anything in gray. You can keep an eye on the Forum – where Scathing Jane often posts finds from clist from across the nation. I’d also suggest you try deabath.com — they have a lot of vintage stock in colors right now – John recently sent me a photo…

  12. karen says

    Ohhhhh, I had a French provincial bed very similar to that one, AND it had a canopy. It later became my daughter’s bed, then went into storage in the garage. I always planned to fix it up some day in the future for a guest room….or a grandchild (if we ever had either one of those!). But, sadly, we abandoned it during our last move.

  13. Alison Marie says

    I love these stores – my mother has one near her home in NJ and I always see great cheap things way too big to pack in my suitcase and bring back to LA…..where I wish I had a store near me….good deals and a good deed!

  14. says

    Hanging that church chandelier in my house would be way cool! and I love the idea of fencing with the turquoise pieces…and I’d love it in the front of my house (and it might just keep the school kids from stealing my bowling balls from my garden!)

    I think I need to run to ReStore in MA and see how it compares!

  15. says

    This is so totally awesome! We just got our own Re-Store here. The only reason I’m not down there right now is that I didn’t know until just a short time ago that they were actually open (not to mention I guess I better stay at work if I want to get paid!). I’m just hoping it is going to be a tenth as cool as this!

  16. Dot says

    Thanks for the great photos and inspiration when I get ready to renovate. I have the exact same American Standard sink in my upstairs bathroom, even down to the faucet handles and downspout. (Although the one you spotted seems to be in a little better shape). The word ‘Standard’ in the somewhat gothic/old English script is on the side of the sink.

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