We got this question recently from a reader:
Hi ladies –
I have a chair and a loveseat that desperately need re-upholstering. I can do the work myself, but I’m looking for a good, Chicago-area foam source. (I also might replace my couch cushions if I can find someone decent.) I’m at a complete loss. I know you can buy foam at fabric stores, but I’m looking for a source that can provide industrial sizes and custom cuts. A bonus if it’s someone who does “green” foam, whatever that material is….
So — anyone know where Becky can score some foam?
A while ago I purchased a vintage sheepskin rug for my living room. (You can see it on our Apartment Therapy tour. It really ties the room together, no?)
The problem is, my dog loves to camp out on it all day. She favors the sheepskin to her own comfortable, cozy dog bed. (My cats, however, avoid it like it’s a carcass. I guess it is.) So after about eight months of wear, the rug is looking a little dirty.
I regularly shake it out outside, use carpet deodorizer and baking soda on it, and occassional “comb” it with a fine tooth brush in order ot make it new. But I don’t want to shampoo or wash it unless I know it won’t ruin it. I’d almost rather take it to a dry cleaner than do it myself — but do dry cleaners do that kind of thing?
Can anyone suggest cleaning solutions for a sheepskin rug? Help!
Guys, who else is in love with the hanging spice rack in Don Draper’s new digs? (Click here for an interesting article about the set.) I tried to find it on Etsy, 1st Dibs, eBay, etc. and only found one rack that sort of looks like the one in Draper’s swank kitchen. Any of y’all out there have any info on this spice rack? Share your knowledge in the comments!
Oh pets. Usually hairy, sometimes fragrant cats and dogs that make upholstered furniture a chore to keep clean. What happens when you have to ditch their beloved perch of choice because the thing just can not be saved? Well, based on what happened last night when I had to get rid of my Midge’s favorite chair… they get kind of moody.
No more funny floral chair, Midge Pie. It just got too gross. I guess I have to get a regular dog bed or something? I had been making due with the tiny floral chair (as well as various hides) for her because she liked it, but a chair is obviously not that easy to keep clean — she broke the steamer, you guys. Do any of you have suggestions for easy to clean pet beds that don’t look like pet beds? or giant bean bags?
We received this question recently from a reader:
Do you have tips on how to clean old wooden crates and boxes? I have a few really cool vintage ones but they are on the rank side. How do you clean before clear coating?
– DeDe, VintageandFlea.com
Got any advice for DeDe? Leave it in the comments or comment on our Facebook Page.
If you’re a vintage dealer you probably get this question pretty regularly from people:
My family has been clearing out my grandparents’ home and we’ve found some items that we think we might be able to sell (I am holding on to some sentimental pieces, but really, it’s too much for me to keep it all).
I’m just not sure where to go to get a fair price on these items. I am not expecting to get a lot of money at all, but I’m just completely ignorant of the process. If there is anyone that you know of who might want to take a look at these things?
I would say I’m asked some variation of this question twice a week. What do I do with this thing I don’t know the value of, but think might be worth something? It’s a weird situation to be stuck in, inheriting things that seem to have a value (especially since every time you turn on the TV someone is cashing in their object inheritance for a fortune), but having no idea where to turn next.
Here’s the advice I usually give people.
We got this question recently from a reader:
When I was home for the holidays I found a handful of cassette tapes with my Grandpa’s sermons on them. I’d like to convert them to CDs. Any suggestions of a place in Chicago that does this?
Not only does this apply to family heirlooms, but those hundreds of mix-tapes taking up shoebox space in my closets and junk drawers. Does anyone know of a way to convert them to digital before they’re destroyed by the march of time?
Your answer can be specific to Chicago, or if you know of a place that does it nationally or internationally, let us know in the comments or post your answer on our Facebook page!
Is dry cleaning the only way to clean wool blankets and sweaters acquired from thrift stores?
I’ve nabbed a few awesome wool pieces from the Village Discount Outlet on Milwaukee recently and, since they were cheap to begin with and I didn’t feel like shelling out for dry cleaning, I washed them in our washer in cold water and then either tumble dried them in the dryer (NO heat!) or laid them flat to dry.
I had some mixed results. The tumbled-dry sweaters mostly came out okay (one particularly thick one shrank). The laid-flat sweaters mostly came out okay (again, one shrank), but they also still sort of had that thrift store stank on them, too. Plus the added odor of wet wool. Which is gross.
Is there ANY way to wash wool at home while guaranteeing not to shrink sweaters AND also guaranteeing not to get that wet-dog-meets-Salvation-Army reek?
Or do I just need to take everything to One Price Cleaners?
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Megan wrote to us with this question:
I was recently gifted an amazing 1950s (maybe ’60s) terrarium that is made of clear plastic. The sun has yellowed it over the years. I tried to mix my own retro-white formula with not so amazing results. Do you know of anyone in Chicago who may be able to help?
Any ideas out there for getting the yellowy faded color out of clear plastic? Leave them in the comments, or comment on our Facebook Page.
If you’re reading this blog chances are you’re into vintage. And you probably have a few friends that share your interest. So here’s a holiday question for you:
Do you give vintage gifts?
If you do, do you feel they need any “extra padding” in the form of, for example, nicer gift wrapping, the re-seller’s business card, or some sort of other explanation of their origin?
Have you ever been excited to give a vintage gift that, in the end, fell flat because the recipients thought it was old or dirty?
Any advice for how to give vintage gifts and give them well?