Donna and Steve waited 18 months after moving into their 1957 ranch home before tackling the renovation of their main bathroom. The original soft blue-green Rheem-Richmond tub and toilet were in great shape and could be reused, but they would need a matching vintage sink, new wall and floor tile, and a new vanity. So a gut remodel — which ended up including a memorable adventure to the famous World of Tile liquidation sale — was in order. Of course, Adventures in Remodeling don’t usually come cheap — and we get Donna’s hilarious calculation: The cost of “unobtainium” — we love it!Heck yeah there is more →
I made three trips down to World of Tile during their liquidation sale. In the wake of this once-in-a-lifetime, bittersweet adventure, I was so exhausted that I never did write about all my loot. My favorite purchase: Seven (and there were 12 in all, read on!) great big, never-used vintage signs — all hand-painted by sign painters from back in the day. I recently had one of the signs framed, and I hung it up in my mudroom. The photos don’t do it justice, but here’s a try.Heck yeah there is more →
I went again yesterday. 350 miles round trip, my third. If you look up the word “mania” in the retro-dictionary, this about defines it. Heck yeah there is more →
I had an epic 16-hour experience on Saturday, round-tripping it to/from World of Tile. Once there, I spent 10+ hours (including a short offsite lunch/bathroom break) trying to cover every last nook and cranny. But no, there was still more I did not get to. About 30 trips loading tile into my car 15 (?) pounds at a time + everything else — I am so tired I can barely move. So yes, this continues to be the World of Tile blog, more photos of my treasures and/or “other normal stories” to come as soon as I get full night’s non-adreline rush sleep. Meanwhile, I have nothin’ else but WOT on the brain, in the bones, in the soul, for ya this morning. Formal updates on status still be posted regularly here (tip: Subscribe to comments on all these stories if you are following the sad saga.) Who else went this weekend? What did you get?
Can you spot what’s missing in this photo?
I went to World of Tile — the amazing time capsule tile store located in Springfield, New Jersey — yesterday. Here is the liquidation sale information I received directly from the owner of the company running everything:Heck yeah there is more →
This weekend, I received confirmation from a reader who’s been to the liquidation sale, twice: Yes, World of Tile — our beloved time capsule tile store — chock full of New Old Stock going back to the 1960s — seems to be in the midst of closing. Currently, there is a big closeout of all stock going on — 80% off, Marie says, and you can wander throughout the cavernous structure to hunt treasure in every nook and cranny. I do love me a time capsule liquidation sale — and this may be one unlike any other — but even so, please say it ain’t so. Alas. Lovely photo of World of Tile’s classic 1960s sign (click to enlarge and experience the beauty) courtesy Tony Zarak on flickr and professionally here.Heck yeah there is more →