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Hardware store New Old Stock — “100s of sinks, 100s of light fixtures” — !

Ebay-NOS-collage3Words we love to read in ebay listings:

“My in-laws own of those neat old hardware stores, and this was recently discovered in their warehouse where it’s been stored for decades.”

midcentury modern outdoor lightprogress-outdoor-lightYes, ebay seller nomoredrama4me continues to uncover and list for sale lots of NEW OLD STOCK items. A cover for an American Brand faucet! Rare tile-in sinks in several colors. Pendant lighting. AND MORE.

Indeed, I followed up with the seller, and she said:

Thank you! I have literally an entire warehouse of new old stock items. It’s all very fun to look through. 100’s of sinks and 100’s of light fixtures. My father-in-law used to buy out old hardware stores in the 60’s and put everything he bought in a warehouse thinking he would go through it all someday and never did. He has given me free reign in selling it off. If there is anything in particular your followers like let me know and I will get it listed so you can have pics.

To get ’em:

Precautionary Pam reminds:

When buying vintage — including New Old Stock — with the intention of installing it, be sure to research whether the item is up to current building code and safety standards. For example: Vintage lighting, even if new old stock, should have its wiring checked — and there may be other issues — get with a pro. Vintage plumbing pipes may not be up to current standards for, for example, lead. Painted or glazed finishes also may contain lead, etc. Get with your own properly licensed professionals to help you assess what you have so that you can make informed decisions. See our Be Safe/Renovate Safe page for more info.

vintage-lightingAbove: Some more stuff being prepped for listing the week of 2/22. Oh My.

  1. valvashon says:

    Stephanie- You might want to do some research on the Zinsco panel you have listed. The Zinsco panels were of a poor design and can easily catch fire. In addition, the breakers fail without any warning signs and can continue to conduct electricity when they are off, which is an obvious shock hazard. These are not isolated incidents, they were recalled en-masse in the 70’s I believe. Simply type “Zinsco” in your favorite search engine and you will find a wealth of reading material on this. Even if the one you have wasn’t recalled, it is unlikely anybody would be able to find breakers for it. Replacing our Zinsco panel was the first thing we did when we bought our 1961 ranch house last year. That said, if you have any 6 lamp bathroom fixtures, the kind with the “U” shaped glass shade, please let me know. Thanks!

    1. Stephanie says:

      Hi,
      Thanks for the info on the Zinsco panels. I actually do have breakers for them too but didn’t know they were recalled in the 70’s. I will be removing them from my store listings.
      I will dig around fur the fixture you’re wanting. Might take me a few weeks to look at all of the fixtures I have though. Thanks for the info!

  2. Tikimama says:

    Wowza! What a fun job to go rummaging around that warehouse! I am dying to see more vintage lights (did the aqua pendants pictured above already sell?). Do you have any lavender (light purple) bathroom fixtures? Our new old house has original gold-and-purple-flecked tile (not as bad as it sounds, honest!) and I’d love to find a tub and sink to replace to old, damaged white ones we’ve got.

    1. pam kueber says:

      Yes, the aqua pendants — and there were yellow ones, too — look like they sold in a flash (see Sold items tab in ebay)

    2. Stephanie says:

      I’m not sure if I have any light purple/lavender fixtures but can dig fur some in the coming days. There is still a mountain of fixtures I haven’t searched yet.

  3. Joe Felice says:

    WOW! So-much cool old stuff! One does wonders what, on earth, this man planned to do with all of it. It’s fun to see all the old inventions and devices they came up with back then to solve common problems. I can see this seller would be a great resource for anyone who is fortunate enough to own a vintage home.

  4. kristin says:

    holy cow! what a find!!

    I’m in the same boat as colleen, looking for kitchen cabinet hardware 🙂

    thanks so much for posting this…love this site!! 🙂 also, love your formica colorways, biggest problem is choosing which one!!

    –kristin (new owner of a mostly untouched 1950s ranch in NJ…)

  5. J. says:

    I am speechless. My father was well versed at repairing things around the house and I am familiar with a number of these items. This brings me back to those days. 🙂

    I am looking for a retractable pendant light fixture to go over the kitchen table and will be checking back daily. There are a number of other items catching my eye as well.

    Thank you, everyone! !

    1. Stephanie says:

      Hi, I have retractable fixtures in copper and stainless steel. They will be listed in the next day or two.
      I look forward to supplying you with a few pieces.

      1. pam kueber says:

        Precautionary Pam notes: I have been told that retractable fixtures are no longer to code. Get with your own properly licensed professionals, folks, to assess the situation so that you can make informed decisions.

  6. Sue says:

    Wow! Is there any way I can submit a shopping list? There is lots of stuff I’ve been looking for without success.

      1. Sue says:

        outer door hardware by McKinney : I’m looking for a black, iron-look doorknob and heart-shaped rosette from about 1950; also, a chrome ballast cover from a fluorescent light that brackets a medicine cabinet and chrome towel racks that bolt to the floor and the wall, and iridescent dark-brown bathroom tile. Anybody?

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