75 sets of MIB NOS ceramic towel bars, soap dishes & toilet paper holders, in 7 vintage colors

Vintage bathroom towel bars, soap dishes, toothbrush and toilet paper holders — here is quite a stash: 75 sets of mint-in-box new-old-stock bathroom accessory sets that had been boarded up in a garage attic for decades — and were rescued out the the 2nd story window. If you’re planning a bathroom renovation and need a vintage color for your ceramic accessories, this just-uncovered inventory might be the treasure just for you. Read on for the story on how they were lost — and found.

Snaps to reader Lisa for sending in this craiglist find. I contacted the seller, Tim, and asked him where all of these mid century ceramic bathroom accessories came from:

Pam, It was a second floor on top of a huge garage that was used for storage on top of a ceramic tile company that my father used to deal with in the 60’s and 70’s. He was a tile setter for 35 years. After the business closed 30-something years ago, they sealed off the entrance and removed the stairs to turn the first floor into housing. My father being retired now runs into the owner of the building occasionally and inquired on the contents — which ends up with us purchasing most of the contents. Everything had to be removed through a second floor window. There are also some boxes of tile trim. It’s funny how that stuff sat up there for 30 or 40 years before my father thought about it. (He probably found the stash of dirty magazines that my friend and I had up there from when I was about 12 years old, I am now 43, but U won’t ask,) I have not been up there to see what else is up there, but I will ask him. As far as selling them goes, we are not greedy, I am sure we can work something out with you to see that you get your cut. I know it sounds like a quote from “Goodfellas” but that’s what we do, everyone is allowed to make a “Ham sandwich” as we say in Rhode Island.
Thanks again, Ti
Above: Tim’s dad also uncovered purple field tiles, yellow bullnose trim tiles, and even this marble vanity (?) top.
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Regarding the 7 colors: I took a page from Palm Springs Stephan’s book, and recommended to Tim that he get Benjamin Moore paint chips in the exactish colors of these fixtures — so that potential buyers can get a closer idea of exactly “what shade of [fill in the blank]” is under consideration. Back in the day, there were numerous shades of pink, for example.
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And haha, I told Tim that I don’need no ham sammich, thank you very much for offering, though. (Although, yes, I do get a spiff if you enter ebay or Amazon from any of their links on my site and buying something – which I make a point to disclose, as appropriate.) That said, if Tim gets a good response, he is certainly welcome to advertise on the site.
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Good luck to all — I hope this find makes some readers happy and that it gives the out-the-2nd-story-window-rescue story a happy ending.
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If you’re interested in these fixtures, click here to contact Tim via his craiglist ad.

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Comments

  1. Cindy says

    You have so many interesting stories, Pam! Just imagine what else is stored out there in attics and sheds yet to be discovered!

  2. Gwenn E says

    I just rescued some tile this week too! Neighbor (in a sister 50s cape) was getting rid of the ‘junk’ the previous owners left behind. 3 boxes of vintage tile in there- some pink and sage field tiles and harvest gold octagons. The sage might get used when we build the upstairs bath, but the others will be looking for new homes once I account for how much is there. Also scored doors from him and a set of 50s shower doors from another cape around the corner on the same ‘bulky waste’ pick up day. Such treasures!

    • pam kueber says

      Woah, Gwenn: Octagon in harvest gold? My heart be still! Hey, please note that old shower doors may not be “Safety Glass” – something to be aware of, get informed about, so you are conscious in your decision on whether/how to use them…

      • Gwenn E says

        I know! Harvest Gold is amazing, but we have enough other colors going right now (yes, I need to document my bathroom and kitchen for you guys soon- you’re gonna die when you see the kitchen colors!). Thanks for the heads up on the shower doors. They’re the same as our current doors, cept the handles are slightly different. They’re that nice mottled glass that gives you good privacy. I’ll check them over- we could always take the apart and replace the glass.

  3. Mrs. Pitcher says

    I’ve got that color pallet, they are awesome. One person’s “junk” is another’s treasures!

  4. Lynn-O-Matic says

    I’ve only got one bathroom to go in our house. Makes me want to buy all of this and redo all three bathrooms. Love love love!

  5. Lisa says

    Hi Pam, thanks for putting this Craig’s list find (and my name- I feel famous!) on your site. I was just doing my daily Craigs list browsing and came across this and thought I’d send you the info……….what got me was the array of colors! And what a great story! Thanks again

  6. Tracy Toepfer says

    Do you know if it’s possible to replace the bar only? I have an original towel bar set in my bathroom – just the two ends are there…the bar is gone. Did the bar have to be in place as the ends were set as tile?

  7. Timothy Giammarco says

    I would like to thank Lisa for bringing this to Pams attention. Also to Pam for doing the story. I can’t tell you how many interesting stories and pictures i have seen in the past two weeks. It is great to see so many people restoring and duplicating bathrooms from years past when they really had style. It’s like driving a classic car every time you sit on the throne. Thank you to all that have inquired or purchased the fixture sets.

    Tim Giammarco

    • Story Vogel says

      I bought a set of green fixtures from Tim. He’s a straight shooter and the fixtures are as described. My only problem was one of my own making. I neglected ,as I was busy, to sk whether these fixtures slid onto clips attached to the walls. Of course they don’t., they have to be set in cement as the wall is tiled.
      Oh well..it’s great to have them for a future project. If anyone knows of a supply of those clips that screw onto the wall and the towel bars, soap dish etc slide onto the clips…please reply .
      Thanks

    • Judy French says

      Tim,

      Do you have any ceramic recessed toilet paper holders left? I have a 50s yellow ceramic bathroom and the holder recently broke. Am hoping you have one left that would work – doesn’t necessarily have to be yellow! Desperately seeking a vintage piece for my mid-century bathroom.

      Judy from Texas

      • pam kueber says

        check back read regularly, judy — i have some new resources for colors coming….note: i DO NOT sell anything on this site, i point out resources….one place you can try right away is B&W Tile. See Bathrooms/Tile category for all resources. good luck.

    • Lou Pope says

      I am in need of one but would buy a set of towel Rod holders. I have the original rod and onlly one holder. I have a picture of what I am looking for if you would contact me. Thank you.

      • pam kueber says

        Lou — I DON”T sell anything on this site. If you want to contact TIMOTHY – do it directly as per the info he has left on the site. I am closing this thread to comments.

  8. Marissa says

    I just came across this post, but it looks like the craigslist ad has now expired. Could you possibly post his contact info or send him mine? I would be eternally grateful. I have been looking for a set like this for months now!

    Marissa

    • pam kueber says

      Sorry, Marissa, too many now to referee these… keep an eye on the blog, I post them when I see them.

  9. Lou Pope says

    I am very interested in gettting a set of the vintatge towel rod and holder. I am looking for a deep red or more of a burgendy color.
    could someone please contact me if these are still avilable.
    Lou Pope

  10. Timothy Giammarco says

    Hello everyone,

    As of today 7/5/11 i do still have many full sets and seperate fixtures for sale in many colors. I have more colors than in the original picture in this article. I am so glad that the story Pam did on these have joined many old bathrooms with the fixtures they need.

    Thank you to Pam and everyone that has inquired.

    Tim Giammarco
    thgiammarco@yahoo.com
    (401) 480-2214