Thursday, December 3, 2009

RetroMania's Christmas Visitors

Next door to RetroMania is Retromania Too, opening up especially for the holidays so we can share our retro-riffic Christmas stuff with the rest of the world. We're just one door down (look for the mid-century light-up Santas and aluminum Christmas trees!). For items in the Christmas shop, payment methods are cash or check. For credit purchases via PayPal, our e-mail address is

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Vintage Thanksgiving Feastival

Well hey there, Pilgrims! Because we're traditionalists here at RetroMania, we refuse to skip straight from Halloween to Christmas. No sir. Especially not when we've got so much to be thankful for, not the least of which is our fellow retro and modernist aficionados, aka you guys! Thanks to all for the kind words and the warm welcome, and for stopping in to check out the midcentury stuff that gets us goin' in the morning. Now, how about passing that Russel Wright gravy boat this way?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Halloween, Retro Ghouls & Boys!

We're suckers for retro holiday kitsch, which must be painfully apparent to anyone who's drifted into our shop this past month. (Next up: wacky tacky pilgrims!) To our fellow MCM enthusiasts in Fort Worth and Dallas, have an over-the-top, insanely fun -- oh, and OF COURSE, safe -- Halloween!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Restoring midcentury furniture

I'm currently working on refurbishing this little Lane table (top photo) to put in the shop. In this line of work, we see lots of furniture that needs love. Some of us are better than others at bringing these works of art back from the brink. On Dallas and Fort Worth Mid-Century Modern, I recently interviewed a man named Hank Tosh, who is dead serious about this endeavor. Check out his shop,Toshmahal (it's on Hampton Road in west Dallas) and you'll see: This man knows how to restore the glory of these deco and midcentury works of art. This is a Lane table (bottom photo) that Hank features on his website. Don't the contrasting colors just melt your heart?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Put a Cork Lamp in It!

Chuck a deuce at our newest lamp -- it JUST DOES NOT GET COOLER, children.
Nice and tall, too, at about 45" high, give or take an inch. There's wood around the top and the base, and the original vintage shade with its nubby vanilla fabric packs a wallop. Both the shade and lamp are in fantastic condition. Our midcentury cork lamp, which will be in the shop starting Sept. 27, costs $150.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Eastern Exposure South of RetroMania

Ni hao, y'all! Just a little shout-out for the folks at Butler's Antiques, who are featuring a special exhibit in the room right next door to RetroMania. They've made a new friend named Alfred Jones, a former instructor at TCU who has a collection of Asian artifacts. Butler's has fixed up one of their rooms in Butler's Alley just for the occasion and has put the items on display, where they will be for sale through Sept. 27.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Vintage Marushka Silkscreen Prints

And then along came Marushka!
The nature-themed prints that sprang onto the scene in 1971 are our latest passion. Apparently, we're not alone, because the folks at Apartment Therapy also have the Marushka monkey on their backs. The simple graphic art on tan and white linen often features sea creatures and coastal scenes because of the company's Great Lakes location. The founder, an art instructor named Richard Sweet, named the business after his wife, Mary ("Marushka" is a Polish form of the name "Mary.")
So romantic!

The small ones (each is 16x14) are $20 each, and the large one (18x24) is $50; all three are available for $80.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Make a Midcentury Fashion Statement

If only I'd thought to carry this sexy little leopard-print bag during my photo shoot for Banana Republic's "Mad Men" photo contest -- it's so Joan! And imagine Betty with the bejeweled bucket bag, lunching poolside at the country club. $28 each.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Awesome-Under-Glass. Or Resin.

Yowza! How many of THESE have you seen? Encased inside each glossy table are swirly, colorful cross sections of agate. A quirky little discovery: If you look really closely at the white-and-green agate in the big table, you can see that someone has identified it as "tree agate India." The larger table sports a sparkly background. Both pieces stand on dark wooden legs.
Because the little guy is missing his shoes, our confetti couple has an as-is price of $60; if sold separately, they're $35 apiece. Shoot us an e-mail if you want to buy them before they land in the shop!

Monday, July 27, 2009


RetroMania's ushering in August with
a 20% off sale on every lamp in the store
EVERY ... LAMP ... IN ... THE ... STORE!
(And some that aren't even here yet!)
It's this Saturday (Aug. 1) and
Sunday (Aug. 2).

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Who Could Resist?

We had a gi-normous sale July 11 & 12 for our e-mail friends -- 25% off all our stuff.
There's more where that came from, kids.

So if you're not already part of the club, drop us a line or visit the shop and leave your address in our guestbook.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SOLD! To the Man in the Hat

Never can say goodbye ... but we had to, to our elegant 9-foot sofa,
now residing in a house that, it turns out, can withstand this much midcentury might.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Freaky Tiki

"High Tide" indeed! Wanna have as much fun as these strappin' young lads are? Well, light those tiki torches, kids, and dive in! We've got the cocktail shakers and ice buckets - you supply the hot boys. We'll be right over. (All items -- Siestaware "Outrigger" glasses, Aztec decanter, tiki mugs and surf LP -- available at RetroMania; leave us your e-mail when you visit the shop, and we'll put you on our mailing list for discount coupons and insider-info on sales.)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Earn Those Stripes!

Oh, yeah, we love the '70s. This very cool couch and matching chair have the right stuff, with blue, brown and beige stripes, and, the crowning touch: a shiny chrome plinth base. Think Steelcase, think Helikon, think Debbie Harry ... $399 for the set.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Swivel sizzle

This sleek, two-in-one coffee table doubles your options:  The smaller piece swivels to fit under the big daddy when it's just you; bring junior out when it's time to entertain.  

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Not Just a Sofa, It's a Bit of Chinoiserie

This 1950s/1960s aqua sofa with Asian-inspired legs sports its original upholstery, with new foam in the cushions. It's a nine-footer -- long, lean and gorgeous. No maker on the tag, but it has Dunbar lines. This screams Palm Springs, baby! Price is $599.

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We are located at 2221 8th Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76110. Our shop is located in Butler's Alley behind Butler's Antiques.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Coupon for Readers of Theater Jones

We love Theater Jones! To show our appreciation, we're offering a discount for all their loyal readers. Oh, the drama! We sell Mid-Century Modern furniture, maps, art, ceramics, kitchenware and what-not. See our home page for current images. Print this coupon and present it with your RetroMania purchase for 10% off your total purchase. Offer excludes other Butler's Antiques merchandise and expires May 31, 2009.

Coupon for Readers of West and Clear

We love Fort Worth, and what's more Fort Worth than W&C? To show our appreciation to W&C readers, RetroMania is offering a 10% discount. We sell Mid-Century Modern furniture, maps, art, ceramics, kitchenware and what-not. Print this coupon and present it with your RetroMania purchase for 10% off your total purchase. Offer excludes other Butler's Antiques merchandise and expires May 31, 2009.