Getting my Mod Fix

26 Apr

I don’t know what it’s like in your town, but in the Seattle area it’s hella difficult to find reasonably priced mid-century modern furniture in good condition.  Even more so since Mad Men premiered and everyone wants MCM style.  People selling these pieces on Craigslist or at used furniture stores often completely over-estimate the value of the piece or mis-represent its condition.  This is why I was so thrilled to find a darling new store offering mid-century furniture and accessories in great condition AND at awesome prices.

The Mod Fix opened three months ago in the downtown area of Olympia.  Owner Katherine Sampson had seen plenty of stores in Seattle and Portland, but nothing like it in Olympia and grabbed the opportunity.  She collects the pieces from a variety of places and organizes the shop like a high-end retail boutique. (In contrast to some other MCM stores that look more like garage sales!)  Katherine said her grandparents had owned a flea market and she just developed an eye for MCM pieces.  And I agree, she definitely has an eye and an understanding of how to best price and market them!  Plus, she collects Catherinholm pieces and that makes her a-okay in my book.

Below are some images taken in the store with prices.  Everything is in pristine condition.  I highly encourage anyone in the area to take a look and those not in the area to check out their online store.  Enjoy!

Classic Lane Dovetail Coffee Table $265

Danish Modern side chair $235

Kitsch Tiki glasses $8.50-$14

Variety of Catherineholm enamelware.  Set of 4 small green bowls $175; Set of 5 blue bowls, one large, four small $265

 Catherineholm coffee pot and casserole in green $65 each

Amazing retro stand alone faux fireplace $775

Turquoise arm chair with woven side panels $175

 Round coffee table $139 (Kind of wish we’d bought this!)

Nesting side tables $145

Dining set:  Table $675, set of four chairs $500

Gorgeous credenza in the background $800

They also stock a variety of new products like lamps ($200 below), books, aprons and kitchen linens in retro fabrics and wall clocks.



7 Responses to “Getting my Mod Fix”

  1. ashehliwo September 11, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Although I have not been to Olympia to visit this store, I have shopped a great number of MCM stores in Seattle and have found similar and same items at comparable if not lower prices. Certainly there are stores that have highrer/much higher prices in the Seattle area. I attribute this to high rent and perhaps designer name pieces. I have tried getting around this by shopping yard and garage sales, but seem to find only tons of Ikea and ‘made in China’. Occasionally I will find a nice piece in a thrift store. However, not like years past before MCM became so emormously fashionable. Secret…sometimes antique malls that have a lot of old stuffy stuff, have an occasional vendor with very reasonable modern, which seems oddly out of place.

    When next in Olympia I will stop in at The Mod Fix. It is nice to learn about new places.

  2. Pirkko April 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Thank you for the post. I went to Olympia right away to check out the store and loved it. Great mix of stuff and reasonable prices.

    • Brandy April 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

      I am so glad! It’s a really cool place! Hope you didn’t have to drive too far.


  3. Jamie Shehan {Mommy's Cigar} April 26, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    It’s hard to find MCM here period and if I do it almost always needs refurbishing. When I look out of town the prices are Mad Men-ified {Except a few, Mid2Mod, Groovy Treasures, Retro Revival.} Crystal just took a traveling job, we’ll be a different place 6 months out of reach year and you better believe I’ll be taking advantage and hitting Estate Sales all over the North and East Coast.

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