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The fabulous Witco tiki bar goes to: Reader “Ghost of Elvis”

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GHOST OF ELVIS (aka Arne) recently scored the fantastic Witco tiki bar for sale on Ebay – and had it hauled all the way from the east coast to his Jungle Room in Albuquerque. I am so jealous!

GofE explains that, ” This tiki bar made its way from the thrift store outside Washington D.C. where the ebay seller first found it around the time that President Obama was inaugurated… to a consignment store in Virginia, and then through the magic of this blog, ebay, and craters and freighters the whole set ended up in my jungle room in a mid-century ranch home in New Mexico built in 1953….” Click through for more on the story, along with some Witco history… and 2 more great photos…

GofE aka Arne also adds is a little advice on repairing vintage Witco furniture and tikis when a piece chips off and bare wood is exposed. He says:

Witco decor is generally made out of red cedar with dark walnut stain.  In the original pictures that Chad sent in, you’ll notice that a piece is broken off the foot of the bar on the right side.  The original care and treatment instructions from Witco advise to darken such bare wood with dark walnut stain and then rub smooth.   That’s just what I did, and you’ll notice the bare wood area is gone when the bar appears in my pics.

-Arne

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Thanks, Ghost of Elvis!

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  1. St. Christopher says:

    I thought I spotted an Umanoff Barstool back there behind the bar! I bought my buddy a set of four Umanoff / Raymor barstools at an estate sale for his birthday. They are so cool. Three of them have armrests. I haven’t seen many with armrests.

    I need some animal print stuff for my bar.

    Chris.

  2. Anita says:

    Tiki is so fun! Almost everything from 40s, 50s & 60s is so fun though which is why my house seems to have a different ‘theme’ from one of those eras for each room…. too hard to pick and stick with just one! Love the tiki bar, so jealous!

    1. B.L. Jensen says:

      I am trying to obtain information on the line of Witco furniture… I also have a lot of this I won’t part with but the last SELL that I am aware of came at the Las Vegas auction where Col Tom’s chair went up for sale… (i have 3) I believe it went for 15K..

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